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Mr Rare
On September 29, 2016 at 5:08:48 AM, Yunder Wækraus said:

Great photos! Spectacular garden! I wonder how they water that thing (and whose water they use--local, Colorado, or NorCal?)

Yunder

The garden is irrigated with over three and a half miles of schedule 40 pipe fed by thirty seven 1 1/2" valves supplying 18" Rainbird pop ups. Water is via VID our local water service provider. The system runs via an Irritrol controller and runs once to three times a week depending on the month and weather.

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Mr Rare
On September 24, 2016 at 1:02:08 PM, colin Peters said:

Crazy nice, thanks for sharing the photos. Very nice balance of dryer land plants and palms. One question, how wet is Jeff's area. Does it require lots of water?? Some of the

rainforest area looks like Hawaii.  

aloha

Colin

Vista receives approx. 11-13" of rain annually so we require supplemental irrigation weekly.

Day time temps average 76 degrees.

 

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Mr Rare
On September 28, 2016 at 11:03:21 PM, Hammer said:

Jeff, great garden.  One thing that really jumped out to me was the health of each individual plant.  Little if any brown tips. Bromiliads weren't burned nor showing dead leaves.  Remarkable attention to detail. 

Curious about 2 Beccariophoenix madagascariensis I saw in your garden. How old are they? How large at planting?  One of my favorite species. 

Thanks again for opening up the place to us all.

Hammer

there are several Beccariophenix growing in the garden.

the two largest are B. madagascarensis and are approx. twenty years old from a one gallon.

The more recent plantings are B.  alfredeii and are approx. five years old and growing faster than the originals.

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doranakandawatta

With such beautiful photographs, we can discover palms and other plants, and at the same time enjoy the photography and learn or be inspired.

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Certainly I'll change the way I am photographing Doranakanda gardens and palms next time (december-january) , remembering all wonderful Pando's photos.

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doranakandawatta

Pando,

You have a beautiful light, at what time did you make these photos?

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Pando

Thanks Philippe, the last few images above were taken at about 10:30am. Taking pictures when the sun is low yields MUCH better results than when it's directly overhead. I always try to take advantage of the angle of lighting to bring out the wonderful details when the light is behind the subject, slightly at an angle, and not directly behind me.

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doranakandawatta

Thanks Pando,

I try to catch the light the same way you do, but in Sri Lanka, the sun is almost never low enough, or at 06:00am :D

Looking forward to seeing your next photos. Thanks

 

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Pando

Too much into the light and you get lens flares like the one below. Sometimes it's tricky to keep the camera lens in the shadow (as I don't have a lens hood).

 

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Hammer
9 hours ago, Mr Rare said:

Hammer

there are several Beccariophenix growing in the garden.

the two largest are B. madagascarensis and are approx. twenty years old from a one gallon.

The more recent plantings are B.  alfredeii and are approx. five years old and growing faster than the originals.

Thanks Jeff!

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Cindy Adair

I knew it would be a great meeting in a fantastic garden which is why I booked a flight all the way from Puerto Rico to join in.

It was not to be, but the photo journalism sure helps!

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Brett in Mission Viejo

Jeff,

Your Pandanus really opened my eyes to how this plant species can flourish in Southern California. Very nice specimens I observed on the tour! How old and what size planted out? It provides a spectacular contrast in a Mediterranean climate So Cal garden, not to mention the stilt root effect! 

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Pando
I think these were Copernicia baileyana
 
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annafl

It's so wonderful to wake up to your photos, Pando.  Thanks so much for taking the trouble to take them and post them for our pleasure!

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On 10/4/2016, 1:10:35, Pando said:
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It's so wonderful to wake up to your photos, Pando.  Thanks so much for taking the trouble to take them and post them for our pleasure!

Is this a female encephalartos?  I wasn't aware females would put out more than one cone at a time.  I've only seen one very large cone on a couple of occasions here in Florida.  This one is gorgeous!

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GMann
On ‎9‎/‎23‎/‎2016‎ ‎12‎:‎08‎:‎07‎, Pando said:

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What is this big green trunked palm in the left-center? Some type of Psuedophoenix?

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Palm crazy

Amazing Garden, thanks for showing this garden. Fantastic plant collection for sure. 

Can anyone ID this plant, I think I want one. Thanks. 

 

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Josh-O

it was a fun tour!

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