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Neoregelia joannis flowering!

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Janni

Γεια σου Κώστα,

 

nice pictures. It looks like the Kentias recovered fully from last years freeze damage, is that right? I alwys thought they grow slower. At least, they are by far the slowest grower of all my potted palms.

Best wishes

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Kostas

Γεια σου Γιάννη!

I lost one Kentia to that freeze two winters ago, from rot setting in the spring after the cold event. 

Another Kentia wasn't even bothered by the freeze, so that is of course great looking

The Kentia you see in the photo was quite damaged but retained 30% of its photosynthetic material, mostly older leafs though. It was a bit set back but the latest leafs are all full size again(4m), so doing great. It has about 10+cm of visible trunk and growing fast. It still needs upwards of two years to fully replace its canopy and shed all damaged leafs. Right now it has less than 1/3 of its normal amount of leafs. The rest are reduced to green leaf bases. It's looking nice again though.

Another Kentia right by the previous one, was quite damaged and set back, producing smaller leafs than normal and being slower. It's on it's way to full recovery though as the leafs are getting bigger fast and should soon be back on track. 

The last Kentia to mention was defoliated but has been very slowly and steadily growing new leafs as its in shade. Its also on its was to full recovery.

Kentias grow at a good pace in the ground here with some sun, water and full canopy of leafs. Recovery from damage is slower than normal growth 

Best regards,

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Ovar

Hello, what your perfect garden after this winter? Please report from Greece:).

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dalmatiansoap

Hi Kostas, any updates from this Winter? I hope everything is going good there :)

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Kostas

Hi all :)

 

Sorry for being away so long but wonderful things happened in my life in the meantime. I met my love and other half and have been together since :) 

At the same time, due to certain other family matters, I have not been able to visit my garden in Pyrgos for almost 2 years now. Thankfully, irrigation works and has been periodically maintained as the pump broke down a couple times.... The climate is wet enough to keep things alive even without irrigation and this helped too.

I will start with the sad news:

My Bismarckia is no more, possibly due to malignant herbicide use to kill it. It dried up for no reason and did not rot.  

My parents removed my Musa sp. “Kandrian” that I very much liked(9m tall....) as well as my very tall Grevillea robusta. The least I can say is I didn’t like any of this and was never asked about it so that I could act accordingly. 

I didn’t plant anything new so I don’t expect any new winter losses. Everything has been tested so far. 

The good news are, most things are alive and doing ok and Archontophoenix alexandrae has been flowering since last fall :) Hope for some fruit set soon.

Our Beccariophoenix alfredii are getting quite big also.

This garden will continue to be lightly maintained. Due to family and neighbor matters, and the fact we are not going to live in Pyrgos any more than we currently are, I am not going to invest in it anymore than I am currently. We have started a temporary garden with my girl in Glifada, Athens where we currently reside, a 9b/10a climate as well, and are growing up our plants there in preparation for getting our own roperty in a couple of years. At that point we will slowly move from Pyrgos what we think will fare better in our new garden in Athens and leave behind everything that can fend for it’s own or live with minimal maintainance, which is actually most things in the garden and certainly all palms with trunk. We will only take seeds of those at some point.

 

These are our news and I am very happy for them. I love my girl more than anything and gardening together is a pleasure no gardening alone could ever offer on any place of the earth :)

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cristi

Good to have you back. What about Dioon Spinulosum? I remember you got one in the back of your yard.

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Kostas

I got 4 in the backyard(or more?), no idea how they are but they should be fine. My folks took the pictures, i still havent visited the place

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limoncik

Will the theme update and add new information?

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Alberto

Hi Kostas. Nice to see how your garden evolved in all this years. It was a pleasure to meet you and Konstantino in 2016.

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dalmatiansoap

Hi Kostas

I hope everything is going good for you. Any updates from your garden? 

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