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PRA in La Jolla, San Diego CA USA
Yesterday was the PSSC’s July 2018 meeting, potluck and auction, in the La Jolla section of San Diego.
Thanks @Philfor setting it up!
Hyophorbe languncaulis at second garden.
PSSC July 21, 2018 meeting
PSSC JULY MEETING SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018
TWO GARDENS IN LA JOLLA, CA
NEITHER PREVIOUSLY TOURED
POTLUCK LUNCH, BRING A DISH
Our next meeting of the PSSC will be Saturday, 21 July, 2018. Both gardens are in La Jolla (an area of San Diego) and neither has ever been toured by our group.
The first garden is at the Home of Mark Tarpin. Mark had this to say about his love for palms and the garden:
"I started growing rare palms, tropical fruits and tropical flowers in approximately 1984. My collection did not become extensive until I moved into my current residence which I have been in
for approximately 30 years. After traveling to many tropical countries I wished I could come back to San Diego and reproduce what I saw. Very few people were growing these types of products
but after reaching out to the palm society presidents past and present, rare fruit society presidents and orchid growers I have managed to accumulate a beautiful combination of palms, flowers and fruits. I have aproximately 20 species of palms and 8 to 10 species of cycads. I also have over 50 species of orchids most which are mounted to trees. In addition approximately 10 to15 different types of rare fruits and ferns are sprinkled into my garden."
The second garden is at the home of Peter and Judy Jol. Peter had this to say about his garden:
"In 1990 I started planting palms in our first home in the Clairemont district of San Diego. But, this home was no longer large enough with our two young children. So, in 1995 we moved into our
second home in the Mt Soledad area. But, my interest in the palm started at the first home while working with a friend at SDGE. He has a beautiful palm garden in Vista and after seeing it for the
first time, I was completely hooked! Most of my palms were planted at the Mt. Soledad property. Some of the more interesting palms include Archontophoenix Alexandrae, Burretiokentia hapala,
Burretiokentia dumasai, Dypsis leptocheilos, Hyophorbe lagenicaulis, Pinanga Coronata, Chambeyronia Macrocarpa “Water Melon”, Sabal mauritiiformis/yapa, Rhopalostylis purple crown
shaft and Sapida. All are large mature palms now and over 20 years old. I think my favorite is the Hyophorbe lagenicaulis which has approximately 6’ of clean trunk, a beautiful crown shaft, and 5 to 6 arching leaves. Planted against a south facing side of our home, it receives all day full sun and radiant heat. It sees very little frost if any during our mild winters and has grown to near
perfection. It flowers constantly and has produced viable seed. You will also see Plumeria cultivars, a few cycads and some Heliconias."
9:45 AM Board of Directors Meeting at first garden
11:00 AM Begin Tour Tarpin Garden
12:15 PM Depart Tarpin Garden
12:30 PM Arrive to the Jol Garden – Offload donated plants - Begin Potluck Lunch
1:00 PM Tour the Jol Garden
2:15 PM Finish Tour, Begin Formal Meeting, Announcements
2:45 PM Plant Auction and Raffle
4:00 PM Adjourn Meeting – Clean Up Help Requested
ADDRESSES FOR BOTH GARDENS:
TARPIN GARDEN (FIRST GARDEN): 1440 COTTONTAIL LANE, LA JOLLA, CA 92037
JOL GARDEN (SECOND GARDEN): 5275 SOLEDAD RANCHO COURT, SAN DIEGO, CA 92109
DIRECTIONS TO THE TARPIN GARDEN: FROM THE NORTH, HEAD TOWARD DOWNTOWN
AND TAKE EXIT 23 TOWARD BEACHES. CONTINUE, TURNING RIGHT ONTO GARNET AVE.
FROM THE SOUTH, JUST PAST CLAIREMONT DR, EXIT ONTO GRAND/GARNET AVE.
CONTINUE ON MISSIOON BAY DR. AND TURN LEFT ONTO GARNET AVE. .
THEN FROM BOTH DIRECTIONS TURN RIGHT ONTO SOLEDAD MOUNTAIN RD, LEFT ON
BERYL ST., RIGHT ON FOOTHILL BLVD., RIGHT ON CORDENO, LEFT ON ARCHER DR., RIGHT
ON LA JOLLA MESA RD AND LEFT ON COTTONWOOD LANE.
DIRECTIONS FROM FIRST GARDEN TO JOL GARDEN: GO EAST ON COTTONTAIL LANE,
RIGHT ON LA JOLLA MESA DR, LEFT ON TURQUOISE ST., A SOFT RIGHT ONTO FOOTHILL
BLVD., LEFT ONTO BERYL ST., LEFT ONTO SOLEDAD MT. ROAD, RIGHT ONTO SOLEDAD
RANCHO RD,. LEFT ONTO SOLEDAD RANCHO COURT
Bathroom available at second garden only
Wear appropriate shoes – No heels!
Bring hot or cold dish for the Potluck – Drinks will be provided at nominal voluntary charge
Bring donations for Auction and Raffle – 1 to 5 gallon size preferred
Questions: Contact Phil Bergman, San Diego Area Chairman, 619 291 4605
Short video. The only day of rain we have had (until now) this winter.
Video taken Jan 9th 2018
Rain began at noon lasted till dawn. We had a break right before 5pm, took this short quick video.
Temps dipped to 8C/46F right before dawn the next day. So I turned on the IR heat lamps from 4pm (9th) till 9am (10th). It's probably overkill, but I must admit, this winter (knocking on wood), has been very benevolent with us. Days in the 70-80's and nights in the 50's. This time last year, I had the coconuts completely covered. I think last years winter rainfall was a record-setting one.
So far, I have set up the tarps only to deflect the cool rain from pelting directly onto the coconuts.
This weekend they're calling for 80's again.
The video abruptly ends with with a bad shot of the 6-month old unprotected Adonidii merillii seedling.
As I said, a quick video. As of 1:20pm pst, we are at 24C/75.2F (Jan 11, 2018)
Seeding time again.
Well, now I can't kick the habit. It's that time of year again. I went to the supermarket in San Diego and I could not resist picking up four dehusked coconuts. Two dark and two "white". They all have the same brand. They're from Mexico. But this time they don't specify east or west coast. They're big. So they're the tall variety.
Disclaimer: you can take coconuts into Mexico as part of ones' groceries.
It's against my better judgment to germinate these little fellas, since I have no room to grow them. Here again, it's become a habit of mine.
I soaked them in a 5 gallon bucket. Two of them sank, almost instantly. One white and one dark. The other two floated. Yes, all were checked for cracks and made sure they had plenty slushing water inside before purchasing.
But let's see what happens.
Here are the pics.they are now in my "greenhaus".
Btw, this winter hasn't had winter weather. We've been hitting mid 80's these past several days.
It's 11am (pst) and we're at 81f.
Leland Fletcher garden Palm Society of So California visit
I'm sure there are other photos, but thought I might share some of the highlights for me from Mr. Fletcher's garden. Thank you to the PSSC for organizing the visit and Leland Fletcher for opening his garden.