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Manambe Lavaka Video Tour 2012

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MattyB

I've been meaning to do a garden update this year, but I think my garden has been photographed and posted here a lot. So since I just got a new camera, I thought that I'd try to do a garden tour with video.

First Stop: Side Yard

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Stevetoad

that coolpix has great stabilization for video or are you using an easycam? very smooth. i like the first video when the sun light peeks through. very nat geo. garden looks great too!

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Walter John

Very nice, great steady moving camera work, I'm a sucker for a soundtrack so I would add something like "At Last" by Etta James, that would fit well with the motion and of the terrific gardening feat by the CEO of Manambe Lavaka.

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MattyB

ohhh yeah, I forgot that I was going to add music!!!! OK. Since you guys like the videos, I'll finish up shooting the rest of the yard in the next few days and then add music to those.

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Dypsisdean

How about some clever and witty narration. :)

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nkbish

Looking good and I can't wait to see the rest.

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Hilo Jason

Looks great Matty. I look forward to seeing the rest

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Hammer

Oh yeah!!! Looking forward to the rest of the videos.

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Hammer

By the way, where's DoomsDave? We need a good swoon right about now.

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CardiffPalmNut

Great project Matty! looking forward to the rest.

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MattyB

Moving on down the hill...

The Xeric-garden, with lots of retaining wall work and hundreds of rocks collected by Jen and I.

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DoomsDave

By the way, where's DoomsDave? We need a good swoon right about now.

OOMPH!

Whah? Hmm. Getting the dirt out of my hair . . . .

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MattyB

Walking down into the rainforest area.

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MattyB

Hit the bottom of the rainforest, do a rumba, spin around and take a look!

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The breeze picks up and you beging to fly back up the other side of the rainforest!

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MattyB

A look back from across the canyon

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MattyB

Some comparison shots:

A view from the bottom of the canyon

2007

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Now

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CardiffPalmNut

Matty amazing amount of growth since I was there!

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The Road To The Bizzie

2007

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Now

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Looking up Bamboo Gully

2008

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Now

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Looking down Bamboo Gully

2008

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Teddys

2007

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Now

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Entering the top of the rainforest near the Ficus dammaropsis.

2008

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Now

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quaman58

All right Matt, that's it. I'm taking up stamp collecting. Great job.

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Looking up and across the Rainforest.

2008

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Now

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DoomsDave

What's that KFC'd looking trio of palms in No. 25, first picture? Hard to tell what they are, and, if they're still around, hard to see in the second pic. Royals? :hmm:

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MattyB

Dave,

Those are the same Teddy Bears as in post 22. I planted them on Christmas Eve 2007, which is when the pic in post 22 was taken. Then in post 25, Spring of 2008, they were pretty crispy! But obviously they've recovered nicely.

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Walter John

Ah, that was so cool, music and plants, great work Matt.

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Tassie_Troy1971

:greenthumb: :greenthumb: :greenthumb: :greenthumb: :greenthumb: Unbelievable growth since i was there in 2010 !

The Kentiopsis is huge now

The arid area looks as good as any i have ever seen and is superbly landscaped for maximum effect all those small rocks and the blue plants look fantastic .

Great growth in the Rainforest section alot of those palms were shorter than me in 2010 . I spotted the bigger Hedyscepe in mix as well .

Looks like all your hard work is finally paying off

WELL DONE Matty ! :drool:

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GTClover

Absolutely Mind Boggling!!! From desert to Garden of Eden! Wow

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Bill Austin

WOW Matty you have done a in incredible job :greenthumb: :greenthumb: :greenthumb:

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DALION

That is one heck of a yard! Congrats on all the hard work.

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MattyB

The Triangle Palms were looking so good I had to give them their close-ups.

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Palm crazy

Looks fantastic! I love what you did with the old wheel barrel having the plant growing up into it.

Are you going to add any big succulents? They grow so good down there.

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Walter John

Funky decaryii for me yeah..

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MattyB

I have some succulents if you look closely in the "xeric garden" video; echeverias, crassulas, aloes, semperviums, aeoniums, dudleya, graptoveria, senicio, kalanchoe, and I'm always adding more. What do you mean by "big succulents"?

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Palm crazy

I have some succulents if you look closely in the "xeric garden" video; echeverias, crassulas, aloes, semperviums, aeoniums, dudleya, graptoveria, senicio, kalanchoe, and I'm always adding more. What do you mean by "big succulents"?

Things like big leaf Aeoniums like sunburst, tree Aloes from Africa, Euphorbia etc....I do see some of them now in the Vid. Looks Cool!

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MattyB

The videos captured the overall feel and layout of the garden, but didn't highlight some of the interesting individual palms. So I'll add some photos of some stuff that caught my eye this morning.

Grown from seed sown in 2006, my Copernicia baileyana is finally looking like a real palm tree, and will soon be released from it's cage!

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MattyB

Coccothrinax do really well on my sunny slope and rocky soil. I've got 5 planted in this area next to the dirt road, exposed to the afternoon sun.

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Our citrus trees are really doing well this year. Naval Orange and Bearss Lime (pictured below) are producing a lot of fruit right now.

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Sabal yapa is starting to get really large leaves. I don't think I've ever pruned a leaf off of this thing. It's gonna be a monster I think.

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