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A Sole Survivor

30 September, 2010 4 comments

Back in April I decided that I would plant some Windmill Palm seedlings along my back fence. The little bit of field is ours to a point. After about a month I noticed that the field came up to the fence and was growing wild. I decided to take out all of the Windmill Palm seedlings. Back in August I decided that I would use Round-Up and tame the part that is our area so that next year I can plant what ever back there; any extra plants, etc. So I mowed it down and then used the Round-Up and then I mowed down the area again.

In mid-September I checked on it and I noticed that there was something green  close to the fence. I got down and inspected it and what did I see… A Windmill Palm seedling that I had forgotten apparently to dig back up. It has taken this very hot and dry summer with no extra care or fertilizer. It is a lighter green colour but it just recently with the cool weather put out a new “frond”. It hasn’t grown as much as my other taken cared for seedlings of course but it is a trooper. I do wonder what it will do during the winter? It will probably get snow drifts on it being close to the fence.

Here is what it has went through since being planted starting with May:

May………….10.91″ +6.89″, average high, 77f +2

June…………4.69″ +0.11″, average high, 86f +4

July………….4.72″ -0.09″, average high, 89f +3

August………1.77″ -2.00″, average high, 89f +4

September…0.55″ -2.56″, average high 84f  +5

5 month period….22.64″ +2.35″, average high 85f  +4

Obviously the wet May skews the period average. I do believe that the weeds and stuff growing over the seedling probably protected it from direct sunlight until recently. It really surprises me that the second Round-Up treatment when the palm was fully exposed did not kill the palm. Like I said it has actually grown some since these picture were taken.

Jake

A Savannah Cemetery?

24 September, 2010 2 comments

I started to put out some of the Halloween stuff last night. I always turn it on around this weekend each year. Once I set up the cemetery part I took a picture and noticed that it looked like an old Southern Cemetery. There is a Needle Palm in the center and then in the background it a clump of Bananas.

I didn’t really think about it but Halloween night a ton of people will see my Needle Palm and I want to put a scary looking spotlight on the Bananas so people will be able to see them as well.

Jake

Japanese Holly Fern

23 September, 2010 4 comments

I saw this large fern at Lowe’s this spring and knew instantly that I had to have it. After I planted it is seemed to struggle but now it doesn’t even look back. It has gotten larger and continues to put out fronds. I am going to test it outside this winter. I read that it is evergreen but I don’t know what temperature that is down to and it is overall hardy to 10f. We will see how it does. It is right up against brick underneath the eaves, however this side of the yard last year really got huge snow drifts up against the house.

I love ferns and would like to use more in this area but they need to be able to take dawn to 2p sun. This side of the yard is almost out of the sun now by 11a which is a good thing as we are suppose to head towards the upper 90’s today. Could we beat our hottest temperature of the year so far that is 97f? Possibly with the ground being so dry and it is already 80f at 1026a.

Mid-September Tropicals

19 September, 2010 Leave a comment

It is hard to believe that it is already mid-September. I thought it was time to show you a few pictures of the are. One picture is particular is of the Colocasia ‘Pink China’. It shows how it acts after just about 2 days with no water and temperatures in the upper 70’s and lower 80’s. While no other Colcoasia does this or needs near the amount of water as ‘Pink China’.

Colocasia ‘Pink China’ after two days with no water and it not being too hot. A very thirsty plant.

The Castor Bean has the Hyacinth Bean growing up one part of it. It adds a little colour to the Castor Bean.

You can see how large the Castor Bean has gotten. It just continues to grow and grow and grow which is just fine with me. I wonder how big it will get before the first frost.

It looks like we are going to be above normal until at least November and dry as well. We are already about 10 degrees above normal for highs and next week we will start approaching 15 degrees above normal for highs. I read that we could see a spring-like fall temperature wise.

Jake

Acidanthera

17 September, 2010 Leave a comment

One of my favorite package of bulbs that I purchased from Home Depot in 2009 was the Acidanthera. These plants have a bloom that smell so good and are very pretty as well. I knew when I was moving from Florida that  had to bring some with me to Kentucky. When I put the bulbs in the ground in April here in Lexington it wasn’t long until I saw the foliage pop up through the ground. In Jacksonville Acidanthera bloomed from June through Ocotber, off and on. June and July came and went and I was disappointed because I had not seen a sign of any blooms. Finally on August 25 I saw that one of the plants was starting to get buds. Then on September 3 the buds opened up and showed it’s beautiful self and scent. Now that plant is blooming and the other plant is about to bloom.

I plan on leaving one of the plants in the ground during the winter and digging another one out to keep and protect in the garage. If you haven’t tried this plant then I urge you to try it. You will not regret it at all.

Jake

Fall/Winter Hanging Basket

15 September, 2010 3 comments

During Labour Day when the temperatures dropped, I decided that it was time to do something with an empty hanging basket. I was at Lowe’s and noticed that they had Ornamental Cabbage and Kale and Winter Pansies out. I bought some Pansies and Ornamental Kale and a ground cover called Creeping Jenny(I believe). I got the ground cover because it said that it was evergreen. There is also some Sedum ‘Angelina’ that I thought would look good hanging down the other side of the basket.

I know you are probably thinking that it is still too hot for me to be putting these out in a hanging basket. Don’t worry because I thought it out. The basket gets watered everyday and this time of year the sun doesn’t stay on that side of the yard doesn’t stay there long. Also most of our night lows are in the 50’s despite temperatures making it to the 80’s and low 90’s some days.

As you can see it is thriving so it must be in a good spot. It is nice to see the happy faces of the Pansies and the reminder form them that cooler weather is on the way. I can’t wait t see that Kale turn pink in the center either.

Jake

End Of August Tropicals

7 September, 2010 5 comments

Here are my best growing tropicals of 2010 at the end of August. I can only imagine with a month to a month and a half of growth left how tall or large they will get.

Colocasia ‘Pink China’

Colocasia ‘Big Dipper’

The Castor Bean… When the Castor Bean gets this large the plant seems to shed some leaves every month or so, this is the first time it has shed any leaves this year.

My Musa Basjoo and Chinese Yellow Banana. The fence is 6ft tall and as you can see they are taller trunks are now taller than that and their leaves are starting to go above the gutters. There are already baby Bananas in this bunch that are as tall or taller then the two main parent plants. Awesome, I have to say. They sure make a statement from the road which is what I wanted anyway, to make a statement.