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PalmatierMeg

TS Alberto is scheduled to wash out Memorial Day weekend here and so far has. The past 10 days have been exceptionally rainy here so my palms and other plants have shifted to growing overdrive. I can't work outdoors during frequent downpours. Yesterday when the rain briefly cut back to a drizzle I grabbed my camera to record the start of an explosion of growth.

First off, photos my three Latania species:

Lantania loddigesii (blue, left) and L. lontaroides (red, right)

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Latania verschaffeltii - yellow Latan

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Views of plantings on the east side of our Garden Lot

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Dypsis pembana

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Gaussia maya

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Pritchardia remota

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Foxy Lady

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More photos of our 125'x125' Garden Lot. Most of the stuff planted here is not irrigated so must be able to survive on rain and periodic hand watering.

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Queen's Wreath - a vine trained into tree form.  Beautiful purple flowers

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Staghorn fern hanging from royal poinciana

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Cocos nucifera dwarf Red Spicata Twins - both doing well

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More to come. Check back in.

 

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kinzyjr

Love the mulched beds, the borders, and the choice of plants!

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Grasswing

Thank you for sharing so stunning photos! 

This is what my dreams look like when we have -14°C outside! :D

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redant

Looking great for no irrigation, always have a great selection of palms.That's a lot of mulch you got there.  I have a long strip across the street from me that I plant out, also not irrigated. Right now everything is very happy.

 

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realarch

It's all looking fantastic Meg! OMG the amount of hard work you"ve put in shows, and I'm sure your neighbors are convinced you"re the ‘crazy palm lady’ next door.

The contrast of the red mulch, especially when wet, certainly adds some color.

How's Tim, BTW?

Tim

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Palmsbro

Stunning, especially among the red mulch! :)

Keep up the good growth!

Looking forward to checking back in. :)

 

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PalmatierMeg

More Growing in the Rain photos.

My Caribbean Garden in front of the house. Other than a couple interlopers, all these palms hail from FL down into the Caribbean and Mexico. Many of them are from genus Coccothrinax, which do very well in my alkaline soil. Also, Sabals, Pseudophoenix, Hemithrinax, Thrinax, Copernicia and Borassodendron.

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Sabal palmetto Lisa - my largest is fixing to flower for the second time

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Copernicia macroglossa - received as a 1g circa 2009. SO slow growing.

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My famous Sabal Row. Back in 2008/2009 I tried my hand at germinating seeds and chose Sabals because they are easy and tough - causiarum, domingensis, maritima, mauritiiformis & palmetto. Who is who now is anybody's guess except that palmettos are smaller and slower than the others. In fall 2009 I planted them in a zig-zag pattern aiming for an eventual privacy barrier. The house closest to us was built in 2003/04 but was never lived in and totally abandoned when the housing bubble burst and Cape Coral real estate fell into a black hole. Someone finally bought it and moved in around 2010. Sabal Row is actually on the western edge of the vacant lot next door. When/if anyone builds on it, I hope they will keep these Sabals as a living fence.

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Sabal palmetto, left; behemoth Sabal sp, right

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At the end of Sabal Row, turn left and you will see the east side of my back yard jungle, an oasis of tropical palms, ferns and aroids. My husband thinks it's crowded but it is exactly what I set out for it to be.

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Mutant bifid leaf Elaeis guineensis - courtesy of TJ Walters in Md. I planted it in the jungle to replace much of the canopy I lost when my 7 large queens succumbed to fusarium wilt.

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Dypsis pusilla new red leaf. I believe its stem is branching like trunks on some Vonitra-type Dypsis do.

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View down Isabelle Canal from berm of vacant end. A week or so ago, Tim & I spent a couple of few remaining dry, relatively cool days removing brush and cutting down/trimming small trees that were blocking views and providing shelter for vermin.

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From the top of the berm we now have a clear view of the back yard jungle, seawall and dock. Second photo shows my husband Tim pulling out debris that washed down to the end of the canal.

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Chambeyronia Hookeri new red leaf

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Carpoxylon macrospermum

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Areca catechu Dwarf group - some are more dwarf than others

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Finally, some shots of my tropical container garden by the west side of the house.

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Zamia furfuracea and Amorphophallus spp (Voodoo lilies). Rain picked up big time so I had to go in. Thanks for looking! Happy growing, All.

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Palmsbro
6 hours ago, PalmatierMeg said:

Thanks for looking!

And to you for the great pics! :D

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sandgroper

You have a really beautiful garden, the palms are magnificent. The red mulch is really striking, I've never seen mulch that colour before.

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Gonzer

Lotta nice stuff Meg, but I do have a concern. Have you researched the ingredients in your red mulch? Different brands can contain some very nasty stuff which doesn't break down into the soil.

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Rickybobby

Up here in Canada red mulch is very common. Usually landscape places carry black red and natural. It’s great for keeping moisture in and weeds down but after a bad winter most gets blown away. I’m sure hurricanes do there part as well

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beliz1985

Amazing! 

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DoomsDave

@PalmatierMeg your place is stunning!

Love the red mulch and hope it’s non toxic.

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PalmatierMeg
7 hours ago, Rickybobby said:

Up here in Canada red mulch is very common. Usually landscape places carry black red and natural. It’s great for keeping moisture in and weeds down but after a bad winter most gets blown away. I’m sure hurricanes do there part as well

Down here mulch decomposes faster than any windstorm.

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PalmatierMeg
8 hours ago, Gonzer said:

Lotta nice stuff Meg, but I do have a concern. Have you researched the ingredients in your red mulch? Different brands can contain some very nasty stuff which doesn't break down into the soil.

I'll check it out. But Lowe's offered only red when we bought it for 99 cents a bag at their annual one-week mulch sale. I wonder if dyed black & brown mulches have the same issues. A gardener would have to be an idiot to use black mulch in FL. I'd prefer natural color but no one offers it for comparable money. Dyed mulches are much heavier to dump & spread. And the thought of rubber artificial mulch makes me ill.

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GottmitAlex

Meg, you are blessed with a magnificent and beautiful garden. Just fabulous! 

Thank you for the pictures

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Palmaceae

Meg, your garden looks great as it always does. Since we moved into the new house I started using the red mulch as it was on sale too. I like the look.

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Hilo Jason

Really great pictures and garden Meg!  Your hard work shows and it's a pleasure for all of us to see. Thanks for taking the time to post these pictures. 

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Gonzer
2 hours ago, PalmatierMeg said:

I'll check it out. But Lowe's offered only red when we bought it for 99 cents a bag at their annual one-week mulch sale. I wonder if dyed black & brown mulches have the same issues. A gardener would have to be an idiot to use black mulch in FL. I'd prefer natural color but no one offers it for comparable money. Dyed mulches are much heavier to dump & spread. And the thought of rubber artificial mulch makes me ill.

Do a web search Meg instead of asking Lowe's, they wouldn't have a clue. Some of the goobers that these colored mulches contain are ground up pieces of treated lumber which when broken down can contaminate your soil. Here's a link. https://www.naturescapes-pa.com/why-not-to-use-dyed-mulch/

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GottmitAlex

To me it does not seem her garden is contaminated. Look at the beautiful palms and other plants she has vibrantly thriving within her yard. 

Was this mulch just recently set atop your garden, Meg?

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PalmatierMeg
7 hours ago, GottmitAlex said:

To me it does not seem her garden is contaminated. Look at the beautiful palms and other plants she has vibrantly thriving within her yard. 

Was this mulch just recently set atop your garden, Meg?

We put it down between late March & early May.

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palmfriend

Beautiful!!

A palm growers heaven - thank you for posting! 

Photos taken after rain are my favorites - the green of the plants is just amazing!

Best regards from Okinawa -

Lars

 

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