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A spring jaunt through


MattyB

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Well I didn't have to travel anywhere except my own backyard, but here's some spring pics.

First off, thanks to Pogobob (Bob deJong) for this nice new bromeliad.  It'll turn bright orange in the summer sun! :D I can't wait.

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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...and a young Ficus dammeropsis courtesy of El blanco (Jeff white).  He did a really good job of getting these guys to root out strongly.  As soon as it warmed up it started putting out leaves.

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Capoxylon macrospermum opening up it's new spring leaf inside of my greenhouse.  

"I wanna go out and play, Matty"

"No Carpoxy, you're much to young, maybe next year" ???

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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A little Burretiokentia dumasii just for fun.  This is a good little grower for such a small plant. I've been pleasantly surprised.

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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One of my favorites, Geonoma undata.

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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G. undata again.  I love the irregular leaflets and the ribbing.  It's quite delicate too.

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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A community pot of Zamia variegata.  These are palmsforpleasure's (Colin Wilson) plants awaiting shipping to Australia.  I'm starting to take a liking to them though, what if one just happened to hop into my planter box.....oops! :D

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Zamia variegata again showing a particularly splotchy leaf.  Colin says that the ones that they have in OZ aren't nearly as colorful as these.

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Is it a jardin or a conservatory? (Beaucoup de gravier.)

My Carpoxylon envies your Carpoxylon.  Nice to see little green palms growing.  Oh, and you need more bromeliads.

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Kind of a lame picture but I'm very happy about this.  It's my "Piper" coming back from freezing to the ground!  Now I'll have something to wrap my betel nut in this summer....whew! :D

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Bananas!  No leaves left after winter but I got bananas! :laugh:

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Hydrangea making a comeback!  I've got a bunch of pennies burried around the roots and I add sulfur stuff to the soil.  Supposedly this sulfur makes the soil acidic which allows the hydrangea to pick up aluminum in the soil which in turn gives you blue flowers instead of pink.  It worked last year! ???

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Cute little Strawberry flower.  I use strawberries as a ground cover.  Tastey too! :D

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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From left to right:  Anemone, bromeliad don't know which one, and cilantro yummmmmmm! :)

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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A foxglove (digitalis purpurea) whose flower got too heavy and fell over only to start growing upright again.  This plant flowered all spring, summer and fall last year and never burned a single leaf in winter.  It's really cool.  The foliage looks like a big green lettuce patch.

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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This is one of my very favorite spring flowers: Sparaxis

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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more Sparaxis

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

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and more Sparaxis.  Just let these go to seed before mowing off and next year you'll have more.

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Variegated Cast Iron Plant that Pohonkelapa (Paul Denton) gave me last fall.  It hasn't grown at all but I'm hoping it flushes this spring/summer.  I love the white stripe.  Colocasia in the background trying to come back from a winter melt down.  It literally melted, it wasn't pretty.

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Dead nettle (Lamium sp.).  I use this as a slow growing ground cover.  It dosen't get out of control and puts out a soft carpet of fuzzy leaves.  Tiny flowers are purple.

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Pohonkelapa gave me a runner from his Tetrapanix papyriferus this winter.  It quickly rooted out in the greenhouse and now it's acclimating to sun in it's new spot where my Archontophoenix myolensis died! :(

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Delonix regia, Royal Poinciana Tree.  I grew this from seed last year and I just potted it in this ornamental metal pot.  It's sheding it's greenhouse grown leaves and the new ones are gearing up for full, hot sun.

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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My biggest New Caledonia palm, Kentiopsis oliviformis.  Full sun for at least 6 hours and looks good.

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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This is becoming a very popular plant around here.  I've seen it called Cordyline australis or Cordyline hybrid or Fireball.  This is a .99 cent store find and it's got the green leaves w/ red petioles.

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Here's the Cordyline australis popular red form.  I got this one at the .99 cent store last year and put it into full all day sun and it took off.  Love this plant against the green of my grass.

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Ranunculunculunculunculucnulas! :)

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Aloe variegata in flower and quickly outgrowing it's little pot and sending out suckers.  I'm gonna get you suckers!

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Euphorbia cotinifolia....need I say more :D

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Well this is just out of hand.  Wandering Jew and Gladiolus just going crazy having a party.

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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(MattyB @ Mar. 20 2007,14:01)

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Variegated Cast Iron Plant that Pohonkelapa (Paul Denton) gave me last fall.  It hasn't grown at all but I'm hoping it flushes this spring/summer.  I love the white stripe.  Colocasia in the background trying to come back from a winter melt down.  It literally melted, it wasn't pretty.

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New Schizolobium planting.  From seed this winter.

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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By next spring it should look like this.  Stand back!

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Plumeria, it's about time.

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Dypsis baronii new spike.

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Flowering plum, Prunus sp.

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

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Pritchardia beccariana in full all day sun.  I'm glad I covered this with a blanket on the coldest nights this winter because it looks perfect and dosen't need to recover like some of my other palms.  This thing just continuously pushes leaf after leaf, it's great!

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Dypsis lutescens showing golden rachis underside.  I think these look the best in as much sun as they can handle without burning.  It brings out so many cool colors in them.  And I've said it before but bloodmeal is a must with this one to keep the leaflets green while everything else turns a nice glaucuous white and golden color.

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Oxalis purpurea

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

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This is a tree that puts out 2 different kinds of peaches and a type of plum.  It's grafted.  A good space saver for those of us who don't have a room for an orchard. :)

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Brahea armata throwing a new leaf.  It's for sale if anyone wants a 15 gallon PM me.

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Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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