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MattyB

Hey gang!  My buddy Ron took me to a couple of gardens today.  My camera only had enough juice to capture one.  This is a portion of Bob Hastings garden.  It's located on the west side of Dictionary Hill, east county's best kept secret.  His garden is 5 acres, located 9.5 miles from Downtown San Diego and includes a small footbridge over a ravine/wash that lets out down a huge canyon.  Super microclimate, and super soil.  The ground is mostly rock called meta-volcanic.  The strategy up here is to bring in lots of mulch and water a just a little bit, very frequently because of the superior drainage.  It's a cycad lovers dream; the heat of east county and the winter lows comparable to the coast (due to good cold drainage).  On with the tour!

A nice Cycad w/ cones!  There's lots of cycad pics.  I'm a cycad beginner so I don't know the I.D.'s.

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Roystonea regia in flower.

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African cycad!

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Blue E. horridus I think.

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:)

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I think this is Encephelartos princeps.  I want one. :D

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Bottle palm, Hyaphorbe lagenecualis, has gone through 2 winters unscathed.  This gives you an idea of the microclimate here.

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whoa

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Euterpe edulis

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I like the graceful curves of this Royal.

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5 cones!

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This was the highlight of the day for me.  Phoenix pusilla!  I've never seen one so big.  It was stunning.

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Here's Bob standing under it for scale.

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Bob and one of many of his Rhopalostylis baueri.....in flower.

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Ron next to a super nice Sabal.  This is his favorite palm.

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Now Bob said this was supposed to be Butia x Queen but I thought it looked more like a  Butia x Jubaea.

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Same palm.  What do you think, Butia x Queen or Jubaea?  Ron doing his best impression of the Fonz!

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Some cool bamboo that was used as a cascading ground cover.

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The view west.  You can see downtown and Pt. Loma from here.  If you look closely you can see Kim's place.... :)

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DoomsDave

Whoa!

Matty, you're getting around amigo!

I always carry extra batteries for my digicam . . . .

Hmm.  That hybrid looks more like a plain old Butea, but, well, who knows . . . .

d

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A regular Triangle that is suckering.

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nice view

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:D

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new planting area.

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Licuala spinosa that's about 5 feet tall.  It's hard to see but it's flowering too!

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L. spinosa fat trunk.

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Rhopalostylis sapida burning in the inland full sun.

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This was one of my favorite cycads of the day.  I think it's a Ceratozamia sp.

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Nice dioon leaf.

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Zac in NC

Matt- That suckering Triangle looks like the bud died and its trying its best to grow again. I bet that main stem dies after a little while. Thanks for sharing the pics.

Zac

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Bye.  This is the skinniest Howea I've ever seen.  It looks healthy otherwise.  Maybe the drainage is so good it dosen't stay wet enough.

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Zac in NC

Oh yeah, and I think that hybrid looks just like a plain old Butia to me too.

Zac

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Cristóbal

he should try a coconut for if the bottles doing very good the coco should do ok to, just plant in sand. he  has good micro climate and the heat for it

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Jeff Searle

Matt,

 Thanks alot for sharing all these pics. A good mix with the cycads. A little more color would be nice.

 Tell Bob, he should be extreamly proud to have a garden like this, I know I would!!

 Jeff

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Kris

Dear Matty  :)

thanks for posting such beautiful palm stills

and the cycas were simply fabulos and stole

my heart !

Love,

Kris.

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Scott

Matt, great tour! It's neat to see Cycads - something so new to me. Do the plants rely on natural water or does he have irrigation set up?

Great pics! Thanks for sharing :)

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BS Man about Palms

Matt-

Didn't Ron arrest Bob or you once?  :D

Awesome garden!!

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bgl

Matt,

That's a great looking garden in a spectacular location! Beautiful view (and I know it doesn't quite come across in the pics!).

Bo-Göran

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MattyB

Scott, everything is irrigated.  Mostly by large rotary sprinklers like big Rainbirds.  All the cycads caudexes were white with the residue of Daconil to prevent rot.

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kylecawazafla

awesome photos! Do you know if thats a heterospathe in the last photo with the view in the background? Those cycads are awesome too. Does he do anything for theft protection? I've never seen a Euterpe edulis before with almost upright leaves too as opposed to drooping. Is that normal in SoCal?

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