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Garden Lot Photos, Cape Coral, FL, 01-06-21

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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


Livistona mariae


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.


Copenicia prunifera


Livistona saribus w/black teeth


Borassus flabellifer


Cocos nucifera Dwarf Red Spicata Twins


Copernicia alba, Chamaerops humilis & Agave americana mediopicta


Dypsis decaryi


Roystonea violacea (f) & Cocos nucifera Dwarf Red Spicata single




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Thanks for the post and especially the photos, Meg!  You have a very nice variety there!

Especially love the Madagascar Palms. Even if they're not a palm - they are very cool looking!

I have 5 of them in 7 gal. pots and still trying to find the right place to plant them here! :lol:


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Garden Lot views from the west side. I am standing in front of bin Laden's towering compound walls.


When I returned from across the street I was met by our cat Lizzie who read me the riot act about being too close to the road, so I let her escort me back into the lot.


Allagoptera arenaria


Sabal guatemalensis


Sabal bermudana


Butia yatay - sold to me as B. purpurascens, which it is not.


Bismarckia nobilis canopy


Bismarckia nobilis female with seeds


Bismarckia nobilis silver leaf


Elaeis guineensis, pinnate leaf


Tahina spectabilis


Livistona australis (f) & Livistona decora (r)


Livistona australis


Attalea cohune


Gaussia maya


Livistona muelleri





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Final photos before I go.

Garden Lot View north. Behind me is a very price-y assisted living called - I kid you not - "Palmview"


Copernicia berteroana


Allagoptera brevicaulis


Copernicia baileyana


Attalea phalerata


Gaussia gomez-pompae


Copernicia gigas - seeds collected in Cuba 2014


Dioon edule 'Queretaro Blue'


Copernicia proctorii - large palm that produces scant crops of seeds


Gaussia princeps


Sabal palmetto 'Lisa'


Sabal minor 'Emerald Isle Giant'


Syagrus kellyana


Sabal palmetto 'Mocksville' - reputedly extra cold hardy phenotype from NC


Schippia concolor


Dypsis pusilla with two trunks and new red leaf


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12 minutes ago, PalmatierMeg said:

Behind me is a very price-y assisted living called - I kid you not - "Palmview"

Very nice of you to give them such a nice view of your spectacular palms!  :greenthumb:

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Wow that is very cool! Those are some happy palms.

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