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I have a folder with some photos of my garden in Carlsbad from August 15, 2009, and enjoyed comparing to now in September of 2009,  Some of the potted plants migrated to Leucadia with me, but most of the palms and other plants stayed and are continuing to get bigger.  I thought it would be fun to post some "time lapse" photos which are just a couple of weeks over 8 years apart of the same plants.  Mind you, I was very stingy with water in Carlsbad during most of these years, as we were in a drought many of those years.  The garden also has layers of clay (red, and particularly nasty grey and black), which I learned I had to amend heavily.  My sons used to hate helping me plant, as it was like digging a 6' grave, as I excavated and removed clay which was replaced with better soil.

So enjoy the time lapse.... Sabal mauritiiformis

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Pritchardia maideniana, and rhopalostylis sapida

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Howea belmoreana, another rhopalostylis and a Burretiokentia hapala in a 7 gallon (2009), which is flowering in 2017.

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Clinostigma savoryanum, Bismarckia nobilis, Dypsis lutescens, and Hyophorbe lagenicaulis (behind the Dypsis in 2009 shot).

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Some of the cycads:   Encephalartos transvenosis & E munchii "vumba", Cycas thouarsii.

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Some of the cycads:   Encephalartos transvenosis & E munchii "vumba", Cycas thouarsii.

 

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Encephalartos lebomboensis, Dioon edule "Palma Sola", Cycas unknown

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One more cycad, an Encephalartos natalensis x arenarius.

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Matt in OC

Great plants, Tracy. Thanks for sharing!

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5150cycad

Tracy,

Wow, your garden looks amazing. It is really cool to see how much things develop over the years. I always feel like my garden moves along so slowly, that is until I see an old photo of what my place used to look like when we bought our house back in 2008. It makes me want to dig up some old pictures and do the same comparison. Ever since I heard about palmtalk, I am pretty sure I have dug up and replaced every single plant in my garden from my initial landscape remodel. It has opened my eyes to a lot of stuff that I didn't think I would ever be able to grow. If only I would have known at the time I bought my house, it could have saved me a lot of time and back problems. Thanks for sharing. Great work. Your garden looks amazing. 

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Jdiaz31089

Wow Tracy! I'm green with envy! Great plants. I especially love the Clinostigma savoryanum. 

On another note, how do you like the grass between the flagstone pavers? I have a flagstone patio over gravel and have considered using festuca rubra between them to get a green filler between them. Yay or Nay?

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Palm Tree Jim

So cool to see the changes in your garden over the years.

Keep on growing!!

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realarch

Thanks Tracy for the 'before and afters', I love looking at growth comparison photos. I enjoy documentation from others as well as looking at my 'freaking thousands', of pictures as well. I cherish this nerdy pastime. 

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1 hour ago, Jdiaz31089 said:

On another note, how do you like the grass between the flagstone pavers? I have a flagstone patio over gravel and have considered using festuca rubra between them to get a green filler between them. Yay or Nay?

We used a couple of different things between the flagstone over the years.  We first removed the grass in one area and put in pavers with Zoysia tenuifolia- Korean Grass Thatch.  It seems to resist infiltration with weeds "ok", not perfect, but does need to be controlled every few months with a mower and edger.  The second patch of grass removed, I accidentally bought Scotch moss (Sagina subulata "Aurea"), which was slower growing but much more prone to infiltration of weeds.  We removed it and replaced with pebbles.  Ultimately, I like the pebbles best, as they are lowest maintenance. Low maintenance is key as this house has been a rental for the last 3 years.  I still get to enjoy my plants over there every once in a while though!

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3 hours ago, 5150cycad said:

It is really cool to see how much things develop over the years. I always feel like my garden moves along so slowly, that is until I see an old photo of what my place used to look like when we bought our house back in 2008. It makes me want to dig up some old pictures and do the same comparison. Ever since I heard about palmtalk, I am pretty sure I have dug up and replaced every single plant in my garden from my initial landscape remodel

You should dig up some of your old photos and do a side by side of growth, you will be amazed at the changes.  This garden went through 3 major phases between 1996 and now.  A couple of Kentias, 3 King palms, and the Phoenix reclinata are the only original palms from 1996, the palette changed over the years.  I know what you mean about the do-over sense.  That is what I got in Leucadia, tearing out about 50 Queen Palms, way too many Giant Bird of Paradise to count (75 clumps with numerous stems), and clumps of Phoenix roebelenii (5-8 stalks per clump), and Brazilian pepper trees to clean the slate.  I still make some planting mistakes, but not as many.;)

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On 9/13/2017, 1:45:25, Tracy said:

That is what I got in Leucadia, tearing out about 50 Queen Palms, way too many Giant Bird of Paradise to count (75 clumps with numerous stems), and clumps of Phoenix roebelenii (5-8 stalks per clump), and Brazilian pepper trees to clean the slate.

A couple of shots of what my Leucadia front looked like when I bought the house in 2010, and now.  I tried to get similar perspectives.  I tore out all the Queen palms, with only a few in the front, most were along the sides of the property, but also sprinkled in elsewhere.

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Yunder Wækraus

I love it! 

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16 minutes ago, Tracy said:

A couple of shots of what my Leucadia front looked like when I bought the house in 2010, and now.  I tried to get similar perspectives.  I tore out all the Queen palms, with only a few in the front, most were along the sides of the property, but also sprinkled in elsewhere.

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Can't say enough how much I love this look. 

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iwan
33 minutes ago, Tracy said:

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The AFTER looks great!

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Palm Tree Jim
5 hours ago, Tracy said:

A couple of shots of what my Leucadia front looked like when I bought the house in 2010, and now.  I tried to get similar perspectives.  I tore out all the Queen palms, with only a few in the front, most were along the sides of the property, but also sprinkled in elsewhere.

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Looking good!

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Tracy S

Looks totally different. Very lush.

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Missi
19 hours ago, Josue Diaz said:

Can't say enough how much I love this look. 

What he said! :yay::wub:

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chad2468emr

You have got a stunning garden. Love the placement and what you’ve done with it. So cool seeing the amount of growth each palm has put out in that amount of time. 

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el-blanco

Looks great!  Thank you for taking the effort to post those pictures!!

 

 

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palmfriend

Beautiful!

It looks really like a hard piece of work - but it was definitely worth it! 

Thank you very much for your documentation!

best regards -

Lars

 

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Hilo Jason

Very nice! 

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Josh-O
On 9/13/2017, 7:47:28, Tracy said:

One more cycad, an Encephalartos natalensis x arenarius.

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hybrid vigor for sure :)

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On 3/13/2018 at 10:26 AM, Tracy said:

A couple of shots of what my Leucadia front looked like when I bought the house in 2010, and now.  I tried to get similar perspectives.  I tore out all the Queen palms, with only a few in the front, most were along the sides of the property, but also sprinkled in elsewhere.

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Since tomorrow will be a decade since I bought the house in Leucadia and started the yard demolition and redo, with the house remodel following in 2013/14, I thought it appropriate to bring back these photos of the front yard for a 2010, 2018 and 2020 look.  The original post was on the Carlsbad house over an 8 year period between 2009 and 2017,   Somewhere on an external storage drive I have photos of that house going back to 1996 and the original palm plantings but that is another project to show the 24 year span of changes in that garden.   Next time I'm over doing tenant repairs, I will have to get some progress photos from that house to update this time lapse post.

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Palm Tree Jim

Incredible transformation Tracy!

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The Gerg

Congratulations on a decade of good work.

Now it’s looking like a real palm nuts place.

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Eastendr

It's such a pleasure to walk or drive past a house like this. I always slow down and rubber neck for my own gratification.

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Frond-friend42

Absolutely inspiring, Tracy. If i can just inquire, what species is the right- most, inside the yard, partly obscuring the telephone lines?

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16 hours ago, Frond-friend42 said:

Absolutely inspiring, Tracy. If i can just inquire, what species is the right- most, inside the yard, partly obscuring the telephone lines?

Foxy Lady.  It was planted within a year of buying the home.  With a few exceptions, most of the palms in the backyard were planted after we did the remodel.  In the front, we knew we wouldn't be doing much to impact the landscaping so that was the first area that I planted.  There were a few palms planted along the side yards, in those early days like the Foxy Lady, some Dypsis pembana, a Kentiopsis oliviformis and one of my now largest cycads, the Encephalartos arenarius x woodii.  You may notice one palm missing between the 2018 and 2020 posts and that was a Caryota that flowered so I removed it.  It was on the same side of the yard as the Foxy Lady.

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Frond-friend42

Beautiful.  Thanks.

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TomJ

I was there maybe 6 weeks ago.

His garden is even better when you beyond the fence.

Everything is so planned out and perfect... which is the exact opposite of my house..

Everything he has was so healthy looking.

I have many friends close to the beach and it is amazing how different my place is 7 miles inland

Soil.... rrrr clay and exposure.

Thank you for sharing your home Tracy

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It has now been a decade since I started with my yard in Leucadia.  The first three photos are the slate I started with in the backyard before removing all the Syagrus r. and before the remodel in 2014.  The last 5 photos are 10 years later, with most of the plants not actually put in the ground until 2015.  I acquired many of the cycads and some of the palms before buying the house, growing them in pots waiting for the opportunity to plant after the remodel.  Some of the palms were acquired small after the remodel and just have been fast growers like some of the clumping Dypsis (onilahensis hybrid, heteromorpha, Vonitra complex acquired as crinita). 

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The final spot I recently am redoing is the stretch along the back driveway, which has some cycads, Ficus socatrana Ficus menabeensis and conventional fig tree, a Ravenea acquired as julietiae, and a few potted or in ground plumeria.  It will be interesting to see what all these look like in 5 and 10 years!

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doubravsky

Looks amazing!

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Coasta

Very nice yard Tracy!!! 

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The Gerg

Looking good Tracy. When one fills up that final spot in the yard it’s time to buy another house with another yard to create your work of art. Because we all know it is impossible to stop buying palms and other tropicals. It’s our addiction.

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