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MattyB

Time to take some updated pics of the garden. And I finally got Jen to model for me. Enjoy. :mrlooney:

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Here's some of the more marginal things planted up by the house.

Carpoxylon macrospermum, holding 10 leaves!

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Hyophorbe lagenicaulis

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Satakentia likuiensis

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And the Pinanga caesia that won't die after 4 years in the ground. I tried to burn it to death this year but it became sun acclimated. :indifferent:

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The bat cave w/ a small Pritchardia beccariana next to Jen and she's actually standing underneath a large P. beccariana.

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part of the dry garden

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Kerriodoxa elegans and Dypsis sp.

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One overall angle of the rainforest. Jen is in there if you look closely.

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small P. beccariana

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Dypsis prestoniana

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Beccariophoenix madagascarensis w/ B. alfredii in back.

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Some overall shots of the ridge with Dypsis decipiens, Brahea armata, some aloes, agaves, etc. I'm trying to preserve as much native coastal sage habitat as possible while still introducing the ornamentals in between.

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Washingtonia robusta hanging in there in very harsh conditions.

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Large Pritchardia beccariana

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Bizzie

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Copernicia baileyana grown from seed. Starting to look real nice.

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Funkthulhu

Matt, Your homestead never ceases to amaze me.

Thanks for the pics!

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Roystonia borinquena

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I tried to catch the green flash but I was a second too early.

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Roystonia regia

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Arenga pinnata

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Sun rays over Coronado

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Overall pic of the side yard where the Carpoxylon and Bottle Palm are planted. Tall Kentiopsis, Foxtails, Livistona, Dypsis heteromorpha, Dypsis onilahensis, etc. This is a sweet spot.

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After cutting down a Jacaranda that was up and over the house, I built a new retaining wall and soon I'll lay down some gravel for the path. The row of dwarf schefflera is acting like a living retaining wall, holding up the dirt on the downslope side of the path.

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Another pic of the Satakentia from above. Since cutting down the Jacaranda it's really started to grow fast. I think it likes the brighter light. Next year it'll be in full all day sun.

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Painting with succulents.

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Rhopalostylis sapida 'Chatham Island'. This is what happens after a hot summer in lots of full sun.

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Dypsis 'hankona' ?????

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Wallichia disticha

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Some views peering through the rainforest

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Do you like fan palms?

Pritchardia martii

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P. beccariana, small and large

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Sabal yapa

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Livistona decora duo

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Jubaea x Butia

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Furcrea and Butia and Frog

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That's a nice find, first Cherimoya of the season.

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Dypsis baronii and D. prestoniana

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Bizzie, weeping Onily

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Roses, Aloes, and Giraffes, it's a no brainer

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Moving back up to the dry garden again. Jen collected all these rocks in her backpack while walking the dogs everyday.

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Front driveway triangles and breahea decumbens

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8 Syagrus abre ojos line the dirt road down into the canyon

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Copernicia cerifera, Copernicia alba, Bizzie

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Front Kentias fully acclimated to full, all day sun.

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I tried to get an overall shot from across the canyon

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MattyB

That's it for 2013! Enjoy!

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Gtlevine

I love those GIraffes Matt, they add a nice touch. What are they made out of and where did you get them? Also love the garden, it has really come a long way and looks great.

Gary

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redant

Nice, and you can tell the future as well?

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KennyRE317

awesome garden! .... looking at how some of those more marginal palms have survived a few years I may actualy consider attempting Satakentia likuiensis and Carpoxylon macrospermum when I get some canopy going, or maybe even buy a couple small ones from floribunda, pot them up and place them around the yard. For a bit I was worried about my Chatham Island Rhopie since it didn't seem like the fronds wanted to open all the way, the last one opened about 80% of the way and stopped, but from looking at yours and remembering Jastin's post on his it seems like that's what happens for a bit when they're in FULL sun, maybe until it completely acclimates

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joe_OC

Matt,

Congratulations on an amazing garden. Have you checked on google earth to see if you can find your house? It would be an amazing view to see what you have done. You have so much more land to plant things than I do. I don't know how you do it. I have a hard time keeping up with mine.

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Here's a google earth image of part of my property, the part where you can tell I've done something. I've gotta filmaker friend who has a flying camera. We've gotta get that thing over my place and take some video.

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Gary,

Jen got those giraffe's in Julian. They're made from sheet metal. It seems like they've been allowed to rust a little bit to get that color, and then it was clear coated which seems to have stopped the rust for at least a year so far.

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joe_OC

Hopefully, this will work...

I deleted it, since your picture is much better.

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QUINNPALMS

Looks great! Love that D prestoniana!

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PANGEA EXPRESS

Beautiful!

That Dypsis decaryi 3 way is awesome!

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Zeeth

Great tour Matt! Your garden is really coming together excellently, with some species that I didn't even know could be grown in California (like Satakentia and Carpoxylon). That Pritchardia beccariana is a monster!

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sonoranfans

Wow! I love the topology with all those great species and dry and wet areas. Matty your place is really turning into an unbelievable garden. It has great up close and more distant garden hillside views. Did you really envision this or did it form as time went by? Fantastic!

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MattyB

It's pretty much how I envisioned it. Of course it never comes out exactly as you imagine, but touring a lot of private gardens gave me a good idea of what I was planning and planting would eventually look like.

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Tom brings up a good point about the topography. I knew I had a good microclimate but over the years walking around with a temerature sensor I know exactly why.

Here's that canyon shot again. Not only is my property on a slope, but it's actually a gradual knoll, with two gullies flanking it on either side.

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Here's a screenshot from Google Earth taken as if you were sitting on my roof looking down the canyon. On cold still nights I can walk around down there and if you're within 15 feet of the two gullies there's a rush of cold air doing down the hill. As you continue to walk and get up on the rise a little bit, you can actually feel the warmth. It's quite dramatic.

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doranakandawatta

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Matt!

Your botanical garden deserves more pics, and faithful Palmtalk members too!

But I am lost with 2014 or 2013...did you mention: That's it for 2014! Enjoy! ?
What happens next? 2015? tomorrow?

Kindest regards

Philippe

Mod Edit: If anyone is wondering, I cleaned up his errors.

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MattyB

I don't know what I was thinking. I kept typing 2014. :wacko:

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Pedro 65

Thanks for the Grand tour Matty n Jen, Gardens are certainly 'Crankn", :greenthumb: hope this winter is kind and nothing stops growing, great stuff , keep it up you 2 and keep collecting those rocks Jen they look great. Pete :)

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Walter John

Congratulations on all the hard work Matty. It really does look fantastic.You're ready to hold PSSC meetings now, or have you already done that. If time permits and the planets align suitably, I may even see this for myself next year.

The whole rainforest area can now expand as it takes care of itself, as you no doubt are encouraging and planting, that is my fav spot at ML.

Thanks Jen for the modelling, rocks and sandwiches (2014).

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sonoranfans

Tom brings up a good point about the topography. I knew I had a good microclimate but over the years walking around with a temerature sensor I know exactly why.

Here's that canyon shot again. Not only is my property on a slope, but it's actually a gradual knoll, with two gullies flanking it on either side.

So matty, did you know that you had at least 1/2 zone change due to topology/air mass movements when you were planning it? what is the elevation(did I miss it) difference between the high and low spots? I have read previous threads where you talk of 7(?) degree differences in the lows. Planning out the wet/dry irrigation and and colder warmer zones must have been a lot of fun. I would love to see your place sometime.

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Mantis sp.

Nice adventure Matty!Thanks! :winkie:

Also like the surrounding vegetation and the topography, something dry or xerophytic land. You can use the slope to irrigate your plants by gravity. I am impressed with the delonix regia (I thought it was very tropical) . Try some arums plants, planting them near your tropical palms & trees. The family of araceas are plants endothermic ( they produce heat when they bloom).

They can help in keeping a constant temperature in your microclimate in the colder winter months. This is file can help you dude:

Exitos siempre;

Cailan

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MattyB

Wow, those heat producing flowers are interesting, thanks!.

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