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OK some more updates.  We should get approval from the city for our new retaining wall that will go around the whole house and actually allow us to do landscaping.  Right now it's old cinder blocks that look awful, and nothing, just bare nothing with irrigation watering the foundation.  That is slowly starting to change, and will accelerate when the wall is done.

This is the wall as it is right now.. nasty, old cinder blocks.

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This is the stone we are using to go all the way around the house, to match the retaining wall to the pool area.. it will look incredible, and will finally, finally class the place up.

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I've been hesitant to plant much of anything in the retaining wall area so roots don't get disturbed or injured when they start taking down the old cinders but in the front it's flat, so I took the liberty to plant my S. Bermudana this morning.. this was sold as 1G but boy I think it's much larger, and almost going full palmate soon!  I have another on the north side of my property... I am absolutely in love with this sabal.

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This is our front area which was just empty and never sodded once we finished the pool.  We are going to do flagstone in the front, put up a nice bench and make this a jungle in due time..

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In front of the window is a nice S. Minor, front right is a mystery Sabal Birmingham\Louisiana, and same with front left (either side of front flower bed).  I'm leaning toward Birmingham given how they look thus far compared to my Louisiana.

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Our beast of a Louisiana.. this is at least 4yrs old.. it's a beauty.  We have another in the backyard that puts out a new spear every few weeks, it's beautiful.

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W. Filifera seedling I got that was in a pot but decided to put it out here.  Since going in the ground last weekend already putting out a new spear.  It got eaten by a rabbit in March but has been rehabbing since then.

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Front right side of my driveway I have a water drainage type feature I made, so I put two S. Minors on the side of it, and a Needle.  More of a natural habitat planting was my goal.

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The Needle 

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Side of our Culvert I decided to put two Louisiana\Birmingham mysteries that I got.  They will get a nice flow of water when it rains hard, and hope that will help them grow nicely.  Again, more of a natural type setting.. that and I had a LOT of these and had to find some spots.  They get great sun throughout the day.

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To the side of those above, there are three S. Minors planted along the side of this culvert.. you can spot them because they are caged in to protect them from the rabbits.

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Next mission will be getting everything on the way back of the property... Thanks for looking!

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I just realized we didn't update post finishing the front area.. we got the stones down, mulch, planted a bunch of tropical perennials, a nice hibiscus and of course some of my palms.  We just need a nice bench with some nice island vibe colors to it, and we're done!

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Blue weeping yucca on the right, and bottom left S. Birmingham

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Blue Weeping Yucca , Ice Cream Banana pup (from the mother in the backyard), and a S. Minor

 

S. Birmingham with mulch doing its job

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S. Louisiana.  This one was in a pot in my garden since we got it in April, when I went to pick it up one of its roots was firmly in the ground.. I didn't realize pulled hard, and ripped it.  That was a few weeks ago.  I marked it, hoping I didn't damage it and sure enough it's growing quickly just like it was in the pot... whew!  You can see my mark.. it's moved a lot in a week.

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W. Filifera that I had gotten earlier this year, nearly got eaten by rabbits, rescued, and here it is.. same one as @Jimhardy has.  Can follow along and see how they look later on.

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 Rhapidophyllum hystrix.  Really excited about this one.  We have four in total throughout the property, but hoping this one will be happy with a good amount of morning sun until about halfway though the day and solid moisture as well.  Will make for a great accent up against this wall.  It's putting out a new spear, but is extremely slow thus far.  Between the four, they have all put out about 1-2 spears this year... nothing besides strap leaves either.  Has a nice little wannabe trunk on it forming.

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One of my W.Filifera is putting out it first fan.

 

It was one that I put in a larger pot then the others...

Washingtonia is one palm that really enjoys having an

oversized pot-the growth is much faster..

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Just now, Jimhardy said:

One of my W.Filifera is putting out it first fan.

 

It was one that I put in a larger pot then the others...

Washingtonia is one palm that really enjoys having an

oversized pot-the growth is much faster..

The one above was in a pot, put out the strap leaf you see, when it went into the ground it almost overnight put out that fan you see.. amazing what being in the ground does.  I've noticed, again, these LOVE water... I mean, you can tell the noticeable difference from being dumped on, nearly daily with water.  When we had the big rains in May, followed by a day of sun, the growth was unbelievably noticeable.  Can't wait to see what these look like by the end of the year.

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I really enjoy watching the growth after a heavy rain and

then the heat comes on, just nothing quite like it...the hose

water here is awful and you can see it in some plants in dry years

with yellowing leaves/leaf tips-.

you can esp appreciate some good rainfall after going through drought conditions.

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OK so I have a LOT to update on here.. There has been a ton of growth but the biggest by far is our Blue Java Banana.. this thing is HUGE and has now put out about six pups which I've put throughout our property.  I'll get pictures of the palms later but wanted to start with this.

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Couple of quick updates..

I picked up five young (3 yr old) chamaerops humilis behind the waterfall of our pool.. They were rather tiny when I got them, but now eight months later, multiple fronds, many split leaves, some even look close to palmate and they have the little teeth delovoping already.  Excited to see these continue next year.

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I was lucky enough to find a few S. Brazoriensis as well and one went by the pool as well next to the above.  This guy has taken off like a rocket this year thus far.. Can't wait to see once much older.

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I got a lot more updates coming but we had a ton of growth across the entire property this year!

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This is our 15G S. Mexicana that said through the February freeze.. it's put out about four big fronds thus far, and one more is popping up and about to open.  Doing quite well and really excited about this one.

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