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My Garden - Melbourne Australia


tim_brissy_13

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12 hours ago, tim_brissy_13 said:

Thanks Tyrone. The soil is really sandy for the first 700mm then it hits clay (I know from when we did our front fence posts). When we did the concrete landscaping, it raised the surface level up by the thickness of the concrete(about 150mm) so I topped up with about 30 cubic metres of topsoil enriched with mushroom compost and other organics (at least for the backyard, front yard didn’t need extra soil because we dug out the driveway and replaced existing think concrete). I’ve also added 9 cubic metres of pine bark mulch twice in the 4 years. I think the extra organic material really makes a difference. As Peachy said, the sandy bayside soil can be hard to get things to grow in unless amended, but it also has allowed me to grow some of the marginals here because of the good drainage. 
 

By the way, I definitely take inspiration with what you’ve done over the other side of the country! Just not quite on the same scale. 

It sounds like you have what we call over here a duplex soil, which is really a good combination with good drainage in the top and moisture retention in the heavier soil beneath. Building up the top soil, though expensive is going to pay dividends forever I reckon. 

I have friends in Perth who planted up a magnificent palm garden after seeing my Perth rainforest garden and they have duplex soils too being right alongside the Canning River, so poor sand above and red rich clay about 800m down and their garden is magnificent. It seems like a great combination to have.

Here where I am now, I have heaps of rich thick moisture retentive soil and not enough sand for drainage. I’ve had to bring sand in to create a duplex profile. I’m having much better success with improving drainage like this. I could probably do with 100m3 of coarse sand here for future garden areas. Coming from sandy old Perth the idea of bringing in sand sounds totally laughable. 

Your garden is fantastic. Keep posting updates.

Millbrook, "Kinjarling" Noongar word meaning "Place of Rain", Rainbow Coast, Western Australia 35S. Warm temperate. Csb Koeppen Climate classification. Cool nights all year round.

 

 

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That's a nice collection of palms you have and they're all looking really good, Well done.  That trunking Archontophoenix myolensis is awesome.

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A few photos from Autumn and Winter 2023. The 2023 Winter was relatively kind. Only a few light frosts with a min temp of exactly 0.0C/32F freezing. 
 

Chrysalidocarpus decipiens

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Archontophoenix alexandrae. This new frond kept its colour for about 3 months in the cooler weather. 
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Traxhycarpus princeps starting to get some size and really show off that bright white. 

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Chrysalidocarpus arenarum. Always gets slightly beaten up by winter but is growing stronger every season. 
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Chrysalidocarpus pembanus x madagascariensis producing clean trunk.

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Dypsis rosea growing much faster than I anticipated (I didn’t really expect it to survive long term at all)

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My largest Chrysalidocarpus baronii Black Petiole from a 2018 batch starting to split. 
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Pritchardia hillebrandii and Chrysalidocarpus lanceolatus. Probably planted too close for the taste of some, but I like the contrasting foliage.  This little corner is probably the most protected from frost anywhere in my garden.

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Ceroxylon ventricosum getting some good size.

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Chamaedorea oblongata with C tepejilote in the background.  C oblongata is very fast, was a tiny seedling in 2020.

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Bentinckia condapanna about to tackle its first winter.

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More to come…

 

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Tim Brisbane

Patterson Lakes, bayside Melbourne, Australia

Rarely Frost

2005 Minimum: 2.6C,  Maximum: 44C

2005 Average: 17.2C, warmest on record.

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Spring 2023. As always, some new plantings for the new growing season, and also some progress shots of the existing garden:

Cyphophoenix elegans producing clean trunk. This one is much faster and more robust than my other specimen (which has been transplanted multiple times)

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Chamaedorea liebmanii (triple planted).  Hoping to get this group to produce seed one day.

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Chamaedorea metallica 

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Chamaedorea elatior transforming into its climbing adult form.  This double planted group has been fast for me. They are from a 2018 seed batch.

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Brahea Super Silver just starting to show some colour.
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Chambey macrocarpa var flavopicta doing its thing again.

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Hyophorbe indica breezed through winter. Barely even a brown tip which is amazing considering I can’t avoid it on some relatively hardy species like C baronii.

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One of my Archontophoenix myolensis showing a slight hint of blue/aqua on the crownshaft.

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Chamaedorea hooperiana. Not really known for being a showy species but it gets comments from non palmy people on the bright orange inflorescences.

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Rhopostylis sapida var Oceana getting large.

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C baronii Black Petiole starting to accelerate.

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A ‘plain’ C baronii producing clean trunk.
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The mystery of the Ceroxylon parvifrons RPS 2018 seed batch. The forms in the back you might be able to see is slightly irregularly arranged and plumose, whereas the most recent is more regular and arranged on a flat plane.  This doesn’t seem to be turning out to be like previous C parvifrons batches from RPS (likely C vogelianum) with large, upright and irregular plumose fronds. Equally, it’s looking unlikely to be true C parvifrons. Could C parvifrons and vogelianum hybridise?

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The house looking very different from the street to when we moved in.

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It’s not all smooth sailing; Beccariophoebix alfredii blew over in a Spring storm with wind gusts over 100kph (over 60mph). It was already wobbly and staked, but clearly not well enough. I’ve since straightened and tied up stronger and it seems to be fine.

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Patterson Lakes, bayside Melbourne, Australia

Rarely Frost

2005 Minimum: 2.6C,  Maximum: 44C

2005 Average: 17.2C, warmest on record.

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Summer 2023/24.  Wet and fairly average temperatures, but with absolutely nothing over 35C/95F which is really nice, everything is loving it.

Trachycarpus princeps really becoming a feature.

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Chamaedorea glaucifolia producing clean trunk.

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Chamaedorea anemophila doing the same. IMG_0154.thumb.jpeg.d4bf1467af7ca3ea923b7af18cd09857.jpeg


This Chambeyronia oliviformis is really taking off now. The last new frond is about 3m/10’ long. It always opens up a really nice blue colour with a waxy coating.

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Chambey macrocarpa var flavopicta showing its watermelon colours.

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Hedyscepe starting to shown the white crownshaft it is known for.

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Arxhontophoenix purpurea glowing at night.

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Chambey macrocarpa var flavopicta behind a bromeliad (Vriesea Maroochy Smooch).

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Hyophorbe indica only just over 24 months from seed.

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Dypsis rosea

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I usually get some browning on the tree ferns at this time of year, but the rain and humidity has helped them to stay nice and lush.

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Patterson Lakes, bayside Melbourne, Australia

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2005 Average: 17.2C, warmest on record.

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And we’re now up to date. I’ll continue to post updates when anything interesting happens, or if anyone wants to see updates on particular specimens just let me know!

Chrysalidocarpus lanceolatus fronds in sync

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Caryota obtusa

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Pritchardia maideniana

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Pritchardia napaliensis

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Bentinckia condapanna - no concerns with its first winter in the ground.

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Archontophoenix myolensis really bulking up.

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Chamaedorea elatior growth rate is hard to keep up with in the warmer months now that is is starting to climb. I may need to move these elsewhere under a large palm.
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Parajubaea torallyi var torallyi behind a succulent display.

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Some general shots of the garden to finish up…for now. 
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Patterson Lakes, bayside Melbourne, Australia

Rarely Frost

2005 Minimum: 2.6C,  Maximum: 44C

2005 Average: 17.2C, warmest on record.

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You’ve got the gift. I couldn’t keep Bentinckia condapanna or any Ceroxylon alive here. Well done. 
You should try a Spindle palm. I reckon it would grow well for you there. 

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Millbrook, "Kinjarling" Noongar word meaning "Place of Rain", Rainbow Coast, Western Australia 35S. Warm temperate. Csb Koeppen Climate classification. Cool nights all year round.

 

 

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46 minutes ago, Tyrone said:

You’ve got the gift. I couldn’t keep Bentinckia condapanna or any Ceroxylon alive here. Well done. 
You should try a Spindle palm. I reckon it would grow well for you there. 

Funny you mention that Tyrone. Spindles were one of the first palms that gave me the palm bug when I was a kid. I’ve got memories of seeing them in Surfers Paradise and wanting to grow them. When I was about 13 I spent everything I had on a good sized specimen and planted it at my parents’ house just not too far from here. It survived for about 2 or 3 years but just slowly declined and eventually died. It was planted out in the open and was exposed to quite damaging winds. It wouldn’t have really seen frost in that time, but it wasn’t a warm spot and just didn’t get the heat it needed. 
 

Knowing what I know now, I’d be fairly confident I could keep one alive on a north facing wall here, but not sure I’d get it looking anything like what they should. I’ve got very little space left in my north facing gardens now and want to keep a spot free for a foxy lady. Outside of that, I’m focusing more on the rarer temperate species that don’t tend to be grown up north. 
 

 

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Tim Brisbane

Patterson Lakes, bayside Melbourne, Australia

Rarely Frost

2005 Minimum: 2.6C,  Maximum: 44C

2005 Average: 17.2C, warmest on record.

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This was very inspiring to see. Melbourne appears to have similar temperatures to my location and the palms you are growing give me a lot of confidence. Thank you for listing the names of everything, very detailed and great looking garden! 

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Simply amazing Tim, what a beautiful collection and garden. An inspiration to the potential of what is possible down here, love it and thanks for sharing.

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Amazing collection you’ve got there! Well done! Where do you source your palm trees from? I find it hard to get unusual ones in Sydney…

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Great work Tim, a very nice variety of palms you have planted! Great to see what's possible as we have a similar climate too! Looking forward to further updates 👏

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Amazing garden. Well planned and it’s fun to see the progress over just a few years. I’m so thankful for people like you who share their experiences! I almost feel like I’ve visited your garden and enjoyed it in person!

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A few more recent updates:

Chrysalidocarpus prestonianus hybrid (probably x cabadae)

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Euterpe edulis Orange Crownshaft

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Lanonia dasyantha

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Chamaedorea anemophila

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Chamaedorea elatior

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Chambeyronia macrocarpa var flavopicta

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Archontophoenix purpurea

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Chamaedorea woodsoniana 

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Dypsis rosea

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Archontophoenix myolensis

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Trachycarpus sp Nova new planting

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Chrysalidocarpus decipiens

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Bismarckia

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Tim Brisbane

Patterson Lakes, bayside Melbourne, Australia

Rarely Frost

2005 Minimum: 2.6C,  Maximum: 44C

2005 Average: 17.2C, warmest on record.

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Mmmmm I don’t see a Johannesteijsmannia Altifrons on that list tim as it so happens I have a Joey or two to spare just so you can add a Joey on that list to add to that already lovely collection of natures chorus line the wonderful palm 🌴

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8 hours ago, tim_brissy_13 said:

A few more recent updates:

Chrysalidocarpus prestonianus hybrid (probably x cabadae)

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Euterpe edulis Orange Crownshaft

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Lanonia dasyantha

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Chamaedorea anemophila

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Chamaedorea elatior

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Chambeyronia macrocarpa var flavopicta

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Archontophoenix purpurea

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Chamaedorea woodsoniana 

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Dypsis rosea

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Archontophoenix myolensis

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Trachycarpus sp Nova new planting

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Chrysalidocarpus decipiens

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Bismarckia

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Nice garden tim making good use of all that thermal protection with all that brick wall around you just another brick in the wall (pink Floyd) or is that comfortable numb another great song 😄

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4 minutes ago, happypalms said:

Nice garden tim making good use of all that thermal protection with all that brick wall around you just another brick in the wall (pink Floyd) or is that comfortable numb another great song 😄

On the Pink Floyd theme, I’d also say a lot of Time and Money has gone into the garden so far 😆
 

Great band, maybe they were palm enthusiasts conscience of how to retain some extra warmth. 

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Patterson Lakes, bayside Melbourne, Australia

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2005 Minimum: 2.6C,  Maximum: 44C

2005 Average: 17.2C, warmest on record.

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