Archive for August, 2010

Colocasia ‘Big Dipper’ In The Rain

14 August, 2010 1 comment

This is a video of Colcoasia ‘Big Dipper that I just took today during a nice rain storm(Fianlly! It rained!). The video may not be the best quality because I took it with my cell phone.

The video shows how the leaves fill with water and then dump out the rain water. They are really fun to watch when it does rain. This Elephant Ear is suppose to be hardy to zone 6.



A Contradiction?

12 August, 2010 2 comments

I am about to show you what I think is a contradiction. It is of my side yard where there are Musa Basjoo and Colocasia ‘Black Pearl’ planted. Behind that you can see the White Pines in my yard and my neighbours yard. Behind that you can see a flat, country field with a line of deciduous trees in the background. I think is a cool looking contrast though.


Windmill Seedling Growth

11 August, 2010 5 comments

Here is three pictures of a Windmill seed that I planted in January 2009. The first picture is the growth from about mid-January through April 18. The next two pictures is the same Windmill Palm seedling as of August 6. The palm this summer has grown tremdously. It has put out so far about six “fronds” and always as one waiting to start pushing out once the current one is done coming out.

Mid-January 2009 through April 18, 2009

April18, 2009 through August 11, 2010

15 months and 24 days of growth


Sizzling Blooms

9 August, 2010 Leave a comment

It has been hot! The first 7 days of August averaged a high of 90f and a low of 70f. Both are 4 degrees above where we should be for the first 7 days of this month. We have also seen nothing but a few sprinkles of rain one day. This week we are suppose to go into the extreme heat again but a local meteorologist is saying there is a possibility of more cooler and permeant weather settling in after this week. I can only hope so…

Today I give you two pictures of two plants that are on the south side of my house and that puts them in the hottest area. One is a ten foot Sunflower grown from seed called Sunflower ‘Mammoth’. The other picture is of Society Garlic. They will keep blooming until frost and I think they may keep blooming until a hard frost. A little light frost didn’t seem to effect them in Florida. I am testing them outside here in Kentucky this winter.

Sunflower ‘Mammoth’

Society Garlic


Tropical Area Growth

7 August, 2010 Leave a comment

This area has an Unknown Colocasia, Colocasia ‘Pink China’, Colocasia ‘Big Dipper, Colocasia ‘Illustris’, Colocasia ‘Black Magic?’, Canna ‘Tropicana’, a variegated Canna, Castor Bean, Hyacinth Bean Vine, orange Sunflowers and a Sunflower ‘Mammoth’. There is also a lot of other stuff that you cannot see but it is in there.


After The Near Meltdown

6 August, 2010 2 comments

Seriously, I have new pictures I just have to post them. It took me a while to get the pics since we nearly melted here in Lexington. Wednesday was the hottest day of the summer with a high of 97f. It felt like 115f outside and we possibly could have went much higher had storm clouds not invaded the sky. No rain here of course cause Lexington’s Snow Dome has decided to block rain during the this summer. Storms and rain are literally breaking up has they reach the Lexington area and going north and south. At times the rain seems to reconnect after it passes Lexington. Annoying.

The tropicals are loving it; Castor Bean, Palms, Bananas and Elephant Ear’s.


Excessive Heat Warning

4 August, 2010 1 comment

Pretty much the whole state of Kentucky is under an Excessive Heat Warning. Here in Central Kentucky we aren’t going to be as hot as Southern and Western Kentucky but still hot. Here are some maps that from the Kentucky Mesonet. My home temp is actually reading cooler which is weird.

Current Temperature Map