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#1 Rafael

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 02:45 PM

As many of you have read these recent days, i have received, from heritage, a new house, 5km inland from where i live (900 mts apart from sea line).
This house has a small garden, which has a mild microclimate, comparing to my main garden (where, for example, a cunninghamiana is frost and freeze damaged without canopy).
From my first researches, i know now that this new garden is four celsius degrees (and 7,5F degrees) above mine, concerning to minimum. These colder days, when we had 29,5F in my house's garden, this other one had 37F.
Besides that, it has north and west edifice protection.
And it has a resticted solar exposure mainly in winter. Some shade lover palms will be grown here, in a couple of months/years.
Firstly i will grow some fast palms. Later plant below its canopy. Howea, Ceroxylon, Rophie, Juania, bangalow, bizzie...

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#2 Rafael

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 03:02 PM

I had to remove the concrete tablets and the grass.

Hey, that's not me :D
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#3 Rafael

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 03:15 PM

Back of the house
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Another exterior spot, maybe where a small greenhouse will be built
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#4 Rafael

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 04:21 PM

East
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Gardeners doing the hard part
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#5 Rafael

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 04:25 PM

First palms on deck
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In the ground - Parajubaea tt, Queen, Liv. Australis, Date, Sabal causarium and jubaea
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With dypsis decipiens
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#6 Rafael

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 04:28 PM

A closer one, with mulch.
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:16 PM

Wow, Rafael, you wasted no time with the grass. :) Nice work, planting those palms. I am very happy for you. Will you live in the house, or is it a vacation home? It sounds like a very good climate for you.
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:42 PM

Wow, great work........makes me feel lazy.... I have a new garden to build but nothing like that!
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:44 PM

Good job at getting palms in the ground so quickly.



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Posted 17 January 2012 - 02:41 AM

Hurry up and finish this garden Rafael so I can move in. Looks funny seeing a portugese garden that isnt one plant and 2 hectares of tiles.
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Posted 17 January 2012 - 03:03 AM

Hurry up and finish this garden Rafael so I can move in. Looks funny seeing a portugese garden that isnt one plant and 2 hectares of tiles.
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Don't start me! When I was living in France, I visited Portugal with some friends. One of them had an unbeknownst to me tile fetish. I was trying to look at the gorgeous palms and scenery and spent my entire time getting dragged from one place to another to check out bloody tiles.

After three days of this, I was ready to wall to wall carpet and wood-panel Lisbon!

Nice start there, Rafael! Keep us apprised.......

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 08:54 AM

what is the building in the 1st 2 pix? a garage?

the yard is bigger than i thought it would be!

what are you going to do for ground cover?
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Posted 17 January 2012 - 09:59 AM

Bravo Rafael. Nice job done.
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Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:56 AM

Everything looks great !!! i have thought too to remove the lawn and cover the ground with gravels or pine bark but i haven't do it until now maybe the following spring . The strelitzia you got there is the Mandelas gold ? cause the flower looks to me like yellow .
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Posted 17 January 2012 - 11:02 AM

Nice Job Rafeal! That Jubea will look nice next to the parajubaea!

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 11:02 AM

Be sure to NOT plant any clumpers, Peachy will never move in.
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Posted 17 January 2012 - 11:09 AM

Rafael,

Wow, great start! And a quick one! Always good to get the palms in the ground as quickly as possible. Looking forward to more! :)

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 08:42 PM

Luv it so far! :)
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#19 Rafael

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 10:21 AM

Thanks you all, and yes, i was fast doing the convertion, mainly cause i had no more room to protect palms, and then decided to move almost everything potted. Some of my potted palms could not handle outside in my main garden, but can in this other one. Meanwhile, i decided to act immediately over the garden, and i am glad with it.

Kim - this will be a future week-end house, but first i have lots of work to do, as my kids and i want many changes before start moving.

Peachy - i will take just a few more weeks, and will let you know :winkie: . Btw, the portuguese concept of gardening is changing by my hand, so no tiles anymore :D

Paul - That's just a small outbuilding, where i will organize all gardening stuff. For ground cover, this time, i will use just mulch (pine tree bark). No more needs for constant irrigation, that was enough, when some of my palms have to support it, and dont like it, like parajubaea, jubaea, sabal, brahea...

Dimitris - There were two strelitzias here, but not any more. :rolleyes:

Braden - thanks, that's your qualified taste, good to hear :)

Tim - :lol:

Soon more updating!

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:12 AM

Bravo Rafael, and we wait in the future other photos
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 01:34 AM

The second take,

planting Bizzie,
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beccariophoenix alfredii,
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Rophie baueri and ceroxylon alpinum.
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#22 Rafael

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 01:06 AM

Ravenea Rivularis
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Hedyscepe and Illawara
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And a general view, today
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 01:59 AM

I must say Raf, that is one solid plant out..Love it
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 03:02 AM



Peachy - i will take just a few more weeks, and will let you know :winkie: . Btw, the portuguese concept of gardening is changing by my hand, so no tiles anymore :D
Tim - :lol:

Soon more updating!


Ah what fun a brand new canvas to play on, its looking good I love the enthusiasm to get those thing in, everyone should have a date palm, a mans soul left standing proudly long after he's gone.

But Oh and Awe and there I was envisaging a beautiful white washed wall with a line or six of stunning shinny blue/green tiles right around with mounted terracotta pots at intervals on its face (micro climate for ferns and orchids) a small window framing the ocean view through the palm trunks.......Posted Image I love some tiles think Morrocco, Yves Saint Laurent, Alambra and of course Gaudi. Here in Hong Kong if you have a small garden its usually a square of cracking concrete adorned with green slime and a dead pot plant serving as a lovely little hypoxic swamp for shimmering mosquito larva, dengue on the wing.




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Posted 19 March 2012 - 06:50 AM

Have fun with you new garden, Rafael, and I know you'll be putting on periodic updates. It'll be fascinating watching your palms grow and passing that love on to your children.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 11:49 PM

Thanks Wal, Cedric and Peter for your kind coments!

I have been planting some more stuff.

Cunninghamiana tranplanted from my other garden, showing some winter damage. On the right, illawara, next to small double decipiens

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Rophie sapida transplanted - hope it will make it through
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Rophie baueri transplanted on the left, next to sabal causarium
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General view
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Thats all, so far :)
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 03:34 AM

Stop putting secondhand palms into my new garden Rafael. Dont be so stingy. Buy new palms. And dont forget to leave room for the tiles. :P
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#28 Rafael

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 05:24 AM

Jubaeopsis caffra, the next one! And no tiles for now Peachy :D
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#29 Rafael

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 05:06 AM

Dypsis decarii - the new palm added to my new garden!
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 06:45 AM

Excellent transformation Rafael!!! Well done!Posted Image

I think you did well to transplant palms that burned annually at your other garden to your better climate one. I would grow the more tender species in this garden and leave the cold hardy ones for the worse climate one. Thats what i am doing in Pyrgos,planting mostly tender species and leaving the cold hardier ones i like for the main garden i will make which might not have as good a climate as PyrgosPosted Image That way you get to grow and enjoy more speciesPosted Image
Its also good to have a variety of different plant families in a garden as it makes for a more natural looking and jungle like garden if correctly planned but that of course if a matter of personal preferencePosted Image
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#31 Rafael

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 01:37 PM

Updating

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 01:40 PM

Howea
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#33 Rafael

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 01:44 PM

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 02:04 PM

Another one of another double dypsis decipiens
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Posted 01 November 2012 - 02:27 PM

Love to see an entire garden photo Raf, maybe get up on one of the walls ? Speaking of which, the walls look like they will help to create your micro climate effect. I love the idea of the Roystonea and Howea plantings. Thanks for the update..
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Posted 01 November 2012 - 05:00 PM

Lookin good Rafael. I can see in a few years time a bit of a canopy coming on...
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Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:10 AM

looking good,dewd!
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Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:52 PM

Looks like the start of a nice garden.
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#39 Rafael

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 03:09 PM

Thank u all!

This garden felt in my hands when i knew some tips about palms and that made some difference from the first one.
But i am still afraid of some losses in the coming winter.

Wal, this one is an almost entire garden photo :winkie:
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 11:15 AM

Nice! I look forward to visiting & seeing how it all looks in Spring! :winkie:
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