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On December 26, 2015 1:35:07 AM, Moose said:

scream !

The heart wants, what the heart wants!

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On December 26, 2015 6:35:59 AM, Ben in Norcal said:

Nice palms, and nice car!

Thanks! you can see the theme has incorporated itself into the landscape.

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On December 26, 2015 6:47:19 AM, Monòver said:

I was looking for on Palmpedia the Mercedes GLE 450 AMG and i did not find it.

It is a new specie? May be an hibrid?

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It's a newly introduced species for 2016.  Part sports car part SUV. :lol:

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Here a few more detailed pictures of the new acquisitions all of which were grown in a greenhouse;  If you see something that might be misidentified please chime in.. 

dypsis bef / slick willy  heel and petioles

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dypsis bef / slick willy leaflets

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dypsis sp dark mealybug fronds and leaflets

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dypsis sp dark mealybug heel and petiole

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yellow latan palm or latania versheffeltii which I will separate

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latania versheffeltii petioles

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red latan palm or latania lontaroides

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with a sneak peak of my other passion

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dypsis prestoniana big curly

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dypsis prestoniana petioles ...cool bi-color look w/ light green petioles and dark green leaflets

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frond and leaflets...i really like the arrangement on this plant

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my second dypsis prestoniana not quite as far along as the first

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good looking presto

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15g Kentiopsis oliviformis picked up from a local hobbyist...

this first one was in more shaded growing conditions

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this second was more exposed to sun...

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you're not a real clay gardener unless you went and dug holes in the most compact clay in your yard after those rains we just had...This section is in the carport section of my front yard.  Some stately undecided specimen will go here.  Each hole is 2' wide and as deep as I could go until i hit dry dirt...will soak again and excavate so that i can backfill with amended clay.

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this corner of the backyard is where I got the most burn from both sun and cold...I decided to try and salvage the situation by putting up shade cloth covering the south and western exposure of the afflicted palms...

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Pembana

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lepto that got fried 

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lanceolata turning brown

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another lepto

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cyphophoenix elegans that i hope comes around

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same one

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The larger cyphophoenix elegans

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a lepto in the south west corner that got fried the worst,  will be interesting to see whether it will recover

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Update:   There has been a lot of work going on...the majority of which is complete.  There are hundreds of photos of the work which i will select from over the next couple of days.

mowstrips in

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had a few tree rings formed up on the park strip

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Tall fescue in place.

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Picked up an American bully pup since to watch me while I build and work on the garden...

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And then HGTV's Tiny House Hunters filmed an episode in the neighborhood using my hedge as a backdrop!! I'm glad it was pruned nice and tight! 

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Post ear crop and the only picture I have of the once storage area and un-uniform and cracked concrete area...

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Demolition of the side "yard"

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Demo'd the driveway...took out a lot of dirt and brought in a ton of base rock.  You know it's big business when you load up two end loaders and about 20 ten wheelers.

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6 inches minimum base rock in about 50% of the interior of the slab and 12 inches around the other half exterior.  

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Side yard compacted, all trenches for drains, slips and conduit put in (don't have pics of it)  4" of base for a 6" slab, no rebar. 

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1200 sq ft pour

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12" of base rock,  while spread, is not anywhere near the completion of the work as you will see later when I decided to add a spare water main line and sewer line.   

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There was a lot of this going on... a LOT.  I always run slips for irrigation, a spare, conduit for landscape lighting and outlets...between slabs.  I am overbuilding this slab and I never want to have to break it up to service any lines.  Also, I want to take every precaution to prevent cracks because of the subway style joint pattern I am incorporating.

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And that's why i threw in an extra Type L 1" spare copper main line...

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and dug up my main sewer line to inspect it and replace if necessary... it was in perfect shape so I left it alone and ran a spare just in case....

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4" abs spare to be attached under the sidewalk if need be.

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Got all of it covered up...

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Started forming the front driveway and outdoor living area...

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Compacted like 20 times every time 3" of base was laid down.

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This corner is where al fresco dining will take place...

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Spreading, compacting, fine grading over two days until the negative space of the 6" slab was as even as possible...

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maintained level areas with slight fall 15' off the garage and to the perimeters of the outdoor living area and transitioned to a nice of a slope as possible...

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I sprayed out the joint pattern in green...rebar spaced every 24"

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Rebar was placed on dobes to sit perfectly center of the slab...I'm real meticulous with this stuff these days...

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6" Slab, 6-12" of base rock, 3000 psi, buckwheat (liquid) fiber, rebar 24" on center, top cast finish...Ladies and Gentlemen this is how I built my driveway.  Driveway itself was a little over 2000 sq ft.

And finally the pour...

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Some of the best finishers in the game getting down!!!

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1 hour ago, OverGrown said:

Picked up an American bully pup since to watch me while I build and work on the garden...

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And then HGTV's Tiny House Hunters filmed an episode in the neighborhood using my hedge as a backdrop!! I'm glad it was pruned nice and tight! 

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Post ear crop and the only picture I have of the once storage area and un-uniform and cracked concrete area...

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What a chest have that AB, beautiful ohh and the garden too!!!

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Very fortunate to be working with a talented and skilled crew.  It was like a symphony that day!

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felt like the stucco walls needed a little something more...So I commissioned a local artist by the name of Jose Ortiz to work some magic. 

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My daughter joined the fun too...

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making beautiful backdrops and memories that last...

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working late into the night...

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New carport area... I will plant succulents in the space between the stone facing and curb to look like corals...

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a few days of rain so I snapped a couple pics of the backyard...

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Grass grew in well and prompted a lawn mower purchase...I didn't care for a lawn but the wifey insisted.

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maples leafed out...

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The way things looked for a few days before more work commenced...stay tuned.

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4 hours ago, OverGrown said:

making beautiful backdrops and memories that last...

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working late into the night...

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that is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Josh-O

wow! your project has really come a long ways.

Nice job bro!! :greenthumb:

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Tassie_Troy1971

done alot since i last checked in well done !

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palmfriend

I have just found this thread and I really enjoyed reading it! Absolutely great work

and very inspiring! 

I am looking forward the following updates!

best regards

 

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Palm Tree Jim

Great job!

Thanks for the pictures and keeping us updated with your project.

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On April 19, 2016 8:42:23 PM, Josh-O said:

wow! your project has really come a long ways.

Nice job bro!! :greenthumb:

Thanks, I'm finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

On April 19, 2016 9:34:38 PM, Straight6tt said:

I love it!

Thank you.

On April 20, 2016 1:02:09 AM, Tassie_Troy1971 said:

done alot since i last checked in well done !

It was an insane amount of work but I'm glad the hardscape is done.

On April 20, 2016 5:54:37 AM, palmfriend said:

I have just found this thread and I really enjoyed reading it! Absolutely great work

and very inspiring! 

I am looking forward the following updates!

best regards

 

Thank you.

On April 20, 2016 6:48:13 AM, Palm Tree Jim said:

Great job!

Thanks for the pictures and keeping us updated with your project.

Thank you. 

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The side yard which is a flexible space for utility, storage and occasionally dressed up for entertaining...I may do a partially covered patio in this area for shade.

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Picked up a pair of these to hide my tools, machines and miscellaneous for a tidy look.  Notice how its lines up nicely with the bump out of the house without impeding on the open flexible space.  

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Mural #2 goin up...

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My idea was to have a Great White shark appear randomly swimming in the landscape as you drive down the street approaching the house...This is a reference to Damien Hirst's Great White shark.  

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and of course my protege must get in on the action...

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detailing late into the night...

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daytime shot...

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imagine the feather grass like seagrass, the mexican weeping bamboo once it grows in should resemble kelp & the succulents like corals...

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Steel pergola assembled...outdoor dining in place...

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morning coffee nook or evening sundowner corner....

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perched on the corner with views of the entire neighborhood, amongst the landscape, utilizing the breeze.

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