This afternoon I took photos of my largest garden area, which I call, no kidding, "Garden Lot". We bought this 125' x 125' 3-lot site in 2011 before Cape Coral began to emerge from the Housing Bust, during which the Cape had the 2nd most foreclosed real estate market in the US. Houses remained vacant for years, residents fled the state and no one would spring for vacant land at any price. We bought this barren patch of weeds and fire ants with the intention of creating a garden that would block the view of the newly built LCEC electrical substation, also known as "Osama bin Laden's FL Vacation Compound" for its sandy pink stuccoed concrete block walls. The erector set is installed but to this day the substation remains unfinished and inoperable. Par for the course in Cape Coral.
The first palms we planted were 5 Bizzies in 3-5g pots. We later added another Bizzie as point because it was so purple. Now it is silver and huge. Juxtaposed with and behind the Bizzies we planted Livistonas. We wanted all decoras but ended up with 2 decora, 2 australis and 1 mariae courtesy of a nursery with suspect expertise that shall remain unnamed. Fast forward 9 years and what you will see in the following photos is what you get.
Vacant End Lot: Sabal sp and flowering bottlebrush & Cocos trunk, bananas, bottlebrush
Garden Lot Views: south side
Leaning Coconut of Irma
Sabal palmetto of unknown age. Lot mowers had hacked it to the ground 6x per year for possibly decades. It just barely fits inside our property line so we decided to give it a chance to grow. This is what we have after 9 years.
Livistona saribus w/black teeth
Cocos nucifera Dwarf Red Spicata Twins
Copernicia alba, Chamaerops humilis & Agave americana mediopicta
Roystonea violacea (f) & Cocos nucifera Dwarf Red Spicata single
Yesterday I took the following photos of some of the palms in my back yard World's Smallest Jungle
View down the walk toward the Isabelle Canal
Left (east) of walk: Chamaedorea ernesti-augustii in pots and Hydriestele dransfieldii
Right (west) of walk: Kerriodoxa elegans
Ravenea julietae and Chamaedorea geoniformis
Lytocaryum weddellianum & Reinhardtia latisecta Compact x2
Pots of palm seedlings germinated this past growing season
Over the holidays I took "Moment in Time" photos of the various gardens I have created on our 0.61 acre property. My focus has been on palms while my husband is our flowering-tropical-tree man. As it is January, our trees are not in flower, except for African tulip which flowers much of the year.
I began with shots of our house and Caribbean Garden from the north. The Caribbean Garden features dozens of my favorite genus: Coccothrinax. These palms are native to most of the Caribbean, love heat and sun and grow happily in my alkaline soil. But the stand-out is our massive fruiting Cocos nucifera dwarf red spicata hybrid.
View of the Caribbean Garden from the east
on the east side of the house is a narrow palm garden. Than is screened by "Sabal Row", which is actually on the vacant lot next door. I germinated several species of Sabal in 2008-2009 and planted seedlings to block our view of the new but uninhabited (from 2004-2009) house beyond.
Garden of the Golden Canes. I planted individual Dypsis lutescens seedlings I germinated on the vacant lot's berm leading down to the canal to beautify and help prevent erosion.