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General overview of the backyard as it is currently.

Looking North east.

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Looking East

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Finally planted out the double dypsis decipiens.  This time I mound planted higher than the previous ones and tilted it back about 30 degrees to accommodate for the tillering.

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40 minutes ago, OverGrown said:

General overview of the backyard as it is currently.

Looking North east.

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Looking East

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Finally planted out the double dypsis decipiens.  This time I mound planted higher than the previous ones and tilted it back about 30 degrees to accommodate for the tillering.

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good call on mound planting this tree.

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18 hours ago, Josh-O said:

good call on mound planting this tree.

I had 4 in the ground all planted at least 6 inches above grade..two croaked and a third is not looking so good so I decided to plant this double at 8-10 inches above grade in the driest part of the yard, hopefully it fares better.

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Do you remember that Bujubea that was in the infirmary earlier this year?  Here it is planted out a couple weeks ago;

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Caesalpinia pulcherrima has been blooming through the winter;

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Aloe Goliath branched out with a second head to my surprise over late summer going into fall...

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If you've followed this thread up until now, here is a little eye candy from Sergio's yard.  I have been visiting this landscape since 2009 and it's amazing how much it changes through the years.  

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looking North

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A couple more;

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I have a relative who has been neighbor's with Bob Burtscher for a long time.  Once upon a time, I was attending a family party and looked across the hillside and noticed the fronds of a caryota obtusa/gigas peaking through the landscape.  I knew right away it was going to be a palm person so I decided to do some investigation and stumbled on a gated house with some of very rare and large cycads (circa 2009/10) leaving me with one of the best first impressions I would ever have from approaching a landscape.  I would see this landscape change several times over the years and especially so in the recent years when he decided to sell off his cycad collection.  He has since renewed his interest in palms and had recently planted some rare large dypsis.  Bob lives just west of me on a different hill and while his topography and thereby microclimate is different, his garden is the closest thing I can reference.  Here are a few iphone 6+ snaps from the visit...

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You know he's a cycad guy when you see the encephalartos woodii etched on the front door!

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Next to the driveway.

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Dypsis sp Vato Mony   with a large dypsis tokoravina further up the hill on the right

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Lots of color and texture in this garden

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Front yard looking out to the street

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forgot the ID on this

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Bob giving me the Bi-annual tour!

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Looking back out the driveway

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Chambeyronia Houailou

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Side yard;  That parajubaea torallyi has at least 4ft diameter of trunk.

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Just off the front of the house

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Bad picture of Cycas bifida

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Under a shady patio

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the pool

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The plant gallery area

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No ID

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longifolious 

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hildebrandii if I'm not mistaken

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Bob has one of the most beautiful kentiopsis pyriformis in his yard which I will post later as it failed to upload. Other shots...

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And the legend himself...Bob Burtscher

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Palm Tree Jim

His garden is nothing short of spectacular!

Thanks for sharing.

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Finally had some time in the schedule to finish my partial retaining wall just before the rains came. I still have to finish the final cuts towards the bottom on both sides of the wall.  Poured in place cap w/ stone veneer.

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the wall is curved which made it a touch more challenging...

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From across the street.

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Did a light test with some flash lights. I will end up using 5 lower wattage landscape up-lights.   I pull up to the house coming from the east side of the property most often so this was the best way to create a sense of arrival.  

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During the daytime it will provide architectural interest and and up market aesthetic. 

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I was also able to lay down two truck loads of fine compost & mulch before it got wet.  

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Went on top of the roof to check on a leak and whipped out the iphone for a few snaps...

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Things are looking colorful.

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Walkway to the backyard from the roof.

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What was once the outdoor dining area is now a shaded play area.. I moved the table to the side area where it was getting better use during our parties.

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The driveway/courtyard.

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On 12/22/2016, 7:11:16, Palm Tree Jim said:

His garden is nothing short of spectacular!

Thanks for sharing.

The PSSC Meeting in September is going to be at Bob's place.

Scream!

No, just a croak of ecstacy will do

A grand garden

Thanks Peter for the pictures! I reserve the right to pirate them . . . for the glory of the PSSC!

(scream)

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Peter!

your garden rocks now, will rock later

rock rock rock!

 

 

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On January 2, 2017 8:34:45 PM, DoomsDave said:

Peter!

your garden rocks now, will rock later

rock rock rock!

 

 

Thanks Dave,  I am beginning to think I'm spending too much on dirt, sand, compost and rocks.  

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Tassie_Troy1971

Everything is coming together nicely !

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On January 8, 2017 12:42:22 PM, Tassie_Troy1971 said:

Everything is coming together nicely !

Thanks Troy!  With the recent additions, it has finally begun to feel like a garden.

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palmfriend

Thank you very much for the update!

I have been following this beautiful thread - and it is nice to see how your garden is shaping up.

I am wondering when the toy car will change into a real gokart... ;)

best regards

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On 1/13/2017, 6:42:44, palmfriend said:

Thank you very much for the update!

I have been following this beautiful thread - and it is nice to see how your garden is shaping up.

I am wondering when the toy car will change into a real gokart... ;)

best regards

Thanks, I'm glad you are enjoying the thread.  I've had this gas powered drifting cart since before the build and we used to do high speed runs on the streets. It's been getting a lot of track time as of late. In fact, at the last party we had for my newest daughter, many of the older kids were running the track for hours!   I've taught a lot of them on how to cut apex's and stick to the racing line! 

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BS Man about Palms

Too Fun! As You might notice by my avatar I've turned a wheel a few times myself.. B)

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Josh-O

your garden is looking really nice!!

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Would you mind posting a few more updated pictures of the mexican feather grass.  I think I would like to add this to my garden it looks beautiful.  

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7 minutes ago, Straight6tt said:

Would you mind posting a few more updated pictures of the mexican feather grass.  I think I would like to add this to my garden it looks beautiful.  

Nasty stuff if the seeds start blowing. Volunteers sprout up everywhere.

 

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On 1/17/2017, 5:40:17, OverGrown said:

Thanks, I'm glad you are enjoying the thread.  I've had this gas powered drifting cart since before the build and we used to do high speed runs on the streets. It's been getting a lot of track time as of late. In fact, at the last party we had for my newest daughter, many of the older kids were running the track for hours!   I've taught a lot of them on how to cut apex's and stick to the racing line! 

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Very cool!

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On 1/17/2017, 7:47:10, BS Man about Palms said:

Too Fun! As You might notice by my avatar I've turned a wheel a few times myself.. B)

Next time you need to get away from SD or just want to run the car for a bit we can do a Cars & Coffee run...Just be warned, one outing with my group and you'll be looking for a 911.

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On 1/17/2017, 9:07:46, Josh-O said:

your garden is looking really nice!!

Thanks Josh.  

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Two days in a row of frost 1/24/17 & 1/25/17.  Looked out the window and saw thick frost on everyone's roof tops...  

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Frost on the car...

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At least I got some good winter color from my japanese maple...

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A rainbow appeared as the heavy storms moved away...only to greet me with frost the following days thereafter...

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22 minutes ago, OverGrown said:

Next time you need to get away from SD or just want to run the car for a bit we can do a Cars & Coffee run...Just be warned, one outing with my group and you'll be looking for a 911.

You mean hunting for one to run down to race? ;)  I like unique and unusual.. Thus a palm tree addiction and TVRs.. lol

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On 1/19/2017, 7:04:39, Straight6tt said:

Would you mind posting a few more updated pictures of the mexican feather grass.  I think I would like to add this to my garden it looks beautiful.  

Here it is just after a break in the rain storms...I should mention that a couple weeks ago I did the annual trimming...and as Gonzer has pointed out, they are considered invasive...I have tried to be as smart as I can about their location and the way I planted them in mass in a dedicated planting area but even then I still get new plants in my hellstrip.   They are going on their second year, I trimmed back to six inches after the first year and again this year to six inches while cleaning out as much dead material as I could.. I noticed that I get better plant movement the cleaner the plant is, so next year  or the next time I trim, I will take it down flush with the ground level.

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Taken this afternoon.

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Some of my kids for scale...Also should mention, I still have not connected any irrigation to this area...it is hand watered every now and then. The first three rows are mexican feather grass while the last two rows closest to the house is pink muhly grass.

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On 2017/1/18 10:40:17, OverGrown said:
On 2017/1/18 10:40:17, OverGrown said:

Thanks, I'm glad you are enjoying the thread.  I've had this gas powered drifting cart since before the build and we used to do high speed runs on the streets. It's been getting a lot of track time as of late. In fact, at the last party we had for my newest daughter, many of the older kids were running the track for hours!   I've taught a lot of them on how to cut apex's and stick to the racing line! 

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Thanks, I'm glad you are enjoying the thread.  I've had this gas powered drifting cart since before the build and we used to do high speed runs on the streets. It's been getting a lot of track time as of late. In fact, at the last party we had for my newest daughter, many of the older kids were running the track for hours!   I've taught a lot of them on how to cut apex's and stick to the racing line! 

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That`s pretty cool! This one looks like a formula one racer comparing to a usual one...:greenthumb: However, I really appreciate to let the kids 

have fun on the track!

Btw, we are BBQing here a few times through the year (as well), mostly with international couples stranded somehow on this island -

and it is always fun with all those kids around! Most of our friend`s kids (and our ones) are still very young (1 to 6 years old) - easy to handle so far -

but I guess quite soon we have got to offer something more "interesting"...B)

9 hours ago, OverGrown said:

wo days in a row of frost 1/24/17 & 1/25/17.  Looked out the window and saw thick frost on everyone's roof tops...  

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I sincerely hope all your palms and other plants are doing well despite the frost -

best regards

palmfriend

 

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On 1/26/2017, 6:43:02, palmfriend said:

That`s pretty cool! This one looks like a formula one racer comparing to a usual one...:greenthumb: However, I really appreciate to let the kids 

have fun on the track!

Btw, we are BBQing here a few times through the year (as well), mostly with international couples stranded somehow on this island -

and it is always fun with all those kids around! Most of our friend`s kids (and our ones) are still very young (1 to 6 years old) - easy to handle so far -

but I guess quite soon we have got to offer something more "interesting"...B)

I sincerely hope all your palms and other plants are doing well despite the frost -

best regards

palmfriend

 

have you had any noticeable damage?

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