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MattyB

I've been meaning to take some progress pics of the garden and finally got started doing so this evening. I'll take and post some more this weekend but I can't wait to get started posting now!

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The front entry planter with Hyophorbe vershafeltii and Dypsis heteromorpha.

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Dispite being cold sensitive and getting spotty leaves, these Hyophorbe are getting fat!

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The triangle palms out front by the driveway are really shaping up nicely. The one on the left was blown over completely last Winter. I did not upright it, it did it by itself. The 7 small palms speckled in between the triangles are Brahea decumbens.

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From near to far: Copernicia cerifera, Copernicia alba, Bismarckia nobilis, and background stuff.

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MattyB

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Now onto the side yard. The front planter from left to right whether you can see them or not: Pritchardia pacifica, Archontophoenix maxima, Dypsis heteromorpha, Variegated Manihot shrub, Dypsis sp. 'clumping ambo', Archontophoenix sp., Pritchardia thurstonii.

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Kentopsis oliviformis with several rings of trunk now.

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Hyophorbe lagenicaulis bottling it up.

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Kentiopsis from other angle with Chambeyronia hookeri next to it.

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MattyB

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This Hyophorbe is cool!

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general area shot

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Carpoxylon macrospermum

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Jen (as pippy long stockings) next to Carpoxylon.

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MattyB

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Moving down the hill we go under the Jacaranda; a nice microclimate with filtered light.

L to R. Pinanga caesia, Satakentia likuiensis, Ptychosperma caryotoides, with a bunch of Ti plants speckled around.

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Satakentia likuiensis puts out about 2-1/2 leaves per year.

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We have a few very productive banana trees that are watered by our washer's grey water. This is 'Mona Lisa', the fruit is very small, very fruity and delicious, and there's upwards of 90 on each stalk.

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This is 'Blue Java' or 'Ice Cream' and the fruit is much larger and less plentiful.

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quaman58

Looking great as always Matt; the plants are noticibly bigger than when I was there in July. Since the Pritchardia pacifica don't grow here (obviously yours is something different), I've decided that you really don't have a Carpoxylon either. Everyone knows they won't grow here. Must be an oddball Archontophoenix or something...Need to brush up on your plant id's..

Bret

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Dypsisdean

You're turning into one of the grizzly old veterans with trunking palms. Has that first gray hair come in yet? :)

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LilikoiLee

Matty,

Enjoyed seeing your garden. We have many of the same palms and other plants (including the jacaranda and bananas). Everything looks so healthy. How long ago were most of your palms planted and what size do you usually plant?

Also, what purpose does the plastic 'wire' serve around the smaller palms? We use it on our newly planted palms to keep our cats from turning them into scrathing posts but I have never seen it anywhere else.

Lee

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carver

Matty

Looks great, those are some chunky triangles. Really like your bamboo guardrail/fence/bed border in post #4 too, very creative.

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LJG

Killer job Matt. 7 Brahea decumbens? What? Are you Bo now? :)

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industrio7

Beautiful...inspires me to try and grow more marginal palms.

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DoomsDave

Yeah, that's a great garden.

He gets D. decaryi and decipiens to grow, and they die for me.

Alas!

Hmm.

This calls for a special, Manambe Levaka dance.

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DoomsDave

Manananananabe . . .

Lehevak ka ka ka . . . .

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_Keith

Looking great Matt. Hope to see it in person some day.

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Jim in Los Altos

Matt, It's always a pleasure to see your garden as it progresses. You've got some major growth goin' on there. Can't wait to see tomorrow's shots!

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Tassie_Troy1971

I enjoyed my time at Manambe lavaka very much :D ! The average gardener would be scared off by the steep slope dry baked soil but Matty is no average gardener and has turned a challenging enviroment into an up and coming slice of palm paradise . The personal labour Matt has put into Manambe lavaka is amazing .

The Bismarck is one of the nicest ive seen and the Kentiopsis oliviformis and prichardia are stunning also.

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Miccles

Fantastic pictures.... the hard work is really bearing fruit (banana in this case).

Regards

Michael

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BS Man about Palms

Which one did your dogs chew on?

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MattyB

I've got insomnia, so let's post some more:

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Let's take a look at the 8 newly planted Syagrus sp. 'abre ojos' along the dirt/baby grass road. These were plucked out as 1 leaf seedlings out from under Pogobob's mother tree. I've been torturing them in pots for several years, waiting to do this row planting.

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Charles Wychgel

Well done with the Carpoxylon and Satakentia Matty

I lost them both but after seeing yours I will try again those pix are stimulating

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John in Andalucia

Well good morning the left coast! Nice progress, Matty. Looking like a future palm paradise!

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MattyB

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Looking down the hill you can see how much some of the trees have grown.

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Meet "The Frog", she's pretty much the cutest dog ever.

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Paulownia tomentosa is the fastest tree that we can grow in SoCal. I planted a couple for some temporary Summer shade and boy did they work out great this year! Now that Winter is coming, I'll chop them down to stumps and grow them as large leaved shrubs for a few more years. The leaves are gonna get huge; at least 2 feet across.

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My small Chambeyonia grove. 3 out of 5 had red leaves this week. :)

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MattyB

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Looking down over a couple of Ficus dammaropsis. The red shrubs that you see around are all Euphorbia cotinifolia, one of my favorite plants. I just take cuttings and plop them in the ground and they take even if there's just a little bit of moisture.

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Looking into the upper entrance to the rainforest area. I felt sorta stupid calling this the rainforest area a couple of years ago when it was just a dusty slope with some sunburning baby palms, but now it's actually starting to fill in and there's more shade on the ground then sun now!

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We finally got some Plumeria flowers at the end of this cool Summer.

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The official entrance to the rainforest. Paul got me this little guy at a yard sale. He's perfect to watch over the garden.

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MattyB

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Ficus dammaropsis sprawling in the sun

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A grouping of Ravenea glauca

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Papaya with some fruit on it, and Syagrus sancona

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A look back up at the Paulownia tomentosa. It flowers with blue flowers similar to Jacaranda.

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MattyB

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Standing below the Ficus d. looking back up.

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This is the Dypsis clumper that came in as Dypsis ambositrae, which it's obviously not. But this thing is amazing! The absolute fastest clumping Dypsis we can grow here in CA and it takes full sun from a very small plant.

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It has very distinct dark olive green coloration on the trunk. White powder occurs on the crownshafts, but not at all on the trunk.

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There are 3 Dypsis leptocheilos, 1 Dypsis lastelliana, and 1 Cyphophoenix alba in there. I went with the red fuzz/white powder theme on this corner.

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MattyB

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Some unknown Attalea sp. It made it through last Winter no problem and is all sun acclimated now so we'll see if it gets large in this densely planted area.

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We've come full circle back to the Chambeyronia grove. I've got both C. macrocarpa and hookeri in there.

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Syagrus botryophora has been an absolute rocket ship! Keep in mind that this thing blew over last Winter also.

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Kentiopsis pyriformis chugging along.

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MattyB

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Kentiopsis pyriformis from another angle.

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Dypsis plumosa, Kerriodoxa elegans in the cage, Dypsis ambositrae

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Jen with some nasty apple pieces in her mouth standing with Dypsis ambositrae

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I've got 4 different Coccothrinax planted along the bottom edge of the rainforest where it bakes in the sun along the road.

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MattyB

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The impatient man's Dypsis prestoniana: Dypsis madagascarensis

Everyone asks if this is Dypsis prestoniana because of the wide recurved leaflets. But no, it's Dypsis madagascarensis, solitary form, and a nice one at that!

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This palm is fast and loves the sun. I've planted a Dypsis mahajanga next to it so I have another madagascarensis type to compare it to.

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edric

Coming right along there Matty! really enjoyed the pictorial, Ed

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Surf Guy

Matt,

Your place is AWESOME!!!!!!!! WOW!!! Pinanga caesia? In So Cal? That is an awesome plant. Has it been through winter yet? I have to check out your garden in person some day. Also, in post #1 photo #4, is that the bottom of your canyon and did you build a small structure down there? Looks like a nice place to hang out.

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Perito

What a fantastic garden and great selection of species you've got goin' there Matty. I'm really enjoying the tour! Perry

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palmcurry

Thanks for the visual tour. Great to see all your work as is. I was also impresses by the Pinanga caesia...I hope to grow more of these Pinanga palms once I get some canopy. Your canopy is definitely forthcoming!

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JEFF from Trabuco Canyon CA

Matty, You have really done a nice job! Hope to see it in person someday soon.

Jeff Rood

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pogobob

All I can say is WOW! I'm doubaley impressed at the progression of your garden Matt :drool:

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osideterry

I love the way you've organize and arranged them all. The palms must be loving all the actual rain from the past month, and this morning.

An unbelievable amount of work you've done.

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realarch

Geeze Matt, looks terrific! So heck, who needs Hawaii anyway.

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samirbouag

geeze !!! your garden is magnifique!!! bravo!! :D

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cfkingfish

Matt, I was breaking a sweat just thinking about the humidity in your rainforest section.

Your garden look great and I am envious you don't have any grass.

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Kim

I am just amazed by the progress, amazed. :bemused:

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junglegalfla

Wow Matt, the garden is looking sweet! I admire your hard work. The Frog is one cute dog too!

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