Days have gotten shorter and rains stopped even though the weather is unusually hot and humid. But our bi-annual cleanup and reorganization of the tropical palm container garden proceeds. We emptied the lanai of everything except my huge Areca catechu dwarf, swept up loose debris, pressure washed the concrete, then soaked it overnight in bleach water. Yesterday I returned the tropical container palms to dollies or plastic shelving units (I don't let any pots sit directly on concrete, which can conduct cold in winter or stay wet after rain). I repotted and staked palms as needed, then watered them with Merit imidacloprid powder dissolved in water. My Cham metallicas were already developing mealybugs. I still have to fertilize and spray miticide to ward off spider mites that thrive in cool, dry weather. I tie lengths of fluorescent plastic ribbons on all highly cold sensitive palms to aid IDs when I have to move them indoors on cold winter nights. A lot of work but necessary if I want to keep palms healthy.
I took the following photos this evening.
By Exotic Life
We are in the middle of Autumn here now, so I though it would be a good time to share some pictures from the garden this year. I think it have been awhile that I shared pictures here from the garden so some things have been grown well for our european standards.
Growing season this year had two sides a coolish side till June with very dry conditions and the second half was much warmer but also wetter. If we look only to the summerperiod we see that we almost broke our national heat record. On july 2th 38.2C/100F have been recorded in the southeast of Holland, I recorded almost 36/97F degrees which have been the warmest day this summer/year but personally not my warmest as I recorded 37.2/99F degrees in 2006.
Biggest difference in the garden this year is the color of the walls. They have been bright yellow for years, but they had a paint job this spring and are more terracotta at the moment. Some pictures have been taken this summer but the most of them a few days ago.