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Showing Some Side

18 May, 2011 2 comments

The largest project this year was one that was started back in the winter when I layed down cardboard to kill the grass. Eventually all of the grass was killed and it was all mulched. This side includes many Colocasia’s, Caladium’s, banana’s, two Hydrangea’s, a Philodenron, Hosta’s, Ferns and a Japanese Maple that I was able to get at a Korger grocery store surprisingly. This picture was taken at the end of April and it has already filled in a bit and the Musa basjoo’s in their second year have shot up.

Looking Back Part I

3 May, 2011 1 comment

All it has been doing here in Kentucky is raining. While the sun continues to come out and play every other day or so, it has mainly stayed away. We also are having some cooler than normal temps so the plants are growing, but a bit slower than normal. That is okay though. I found on my digital camera pictures from September to November of last year I forgot about. I just started using my cameras phone instead. So, we will be taking a look back at last year’s peak growth of the tropicals over the next few post’s.

20 September, 2010

 Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

 

 

Pink Oleander

 

27 September, 2010

Colocasia ‘Big Dipper’ Bloom

 

Canna-Forgot The Name

 

14 October, 2010

 

Mexican Petunia(Ruellia)

 

 Acidanthera Bloom

Purple Hyacinth Bean

 

Colocasia ‘Unknown’

 

Castor Bean Really Grew

Part II will be up at a later date. I hope you enjoyed. I know I did just looking at them and can’t wait for them to grow back to this size. As I speak though a hevay cold rain is falling with our temps at 46f during the day on the 3rd day of May. Crazy!

Jake

A New Landscape Bed

1 February, 2011 2 comments

I have had the cardboard alyed out for close to a month and I had a bunch of random junk laying on it so it wouldn’t blow around. Yesterday in pouring rain I purchused mulch from Lowes and then layed it on the cardboard. Today we hit 60f and I decided to lay it out.

Before

After

Mid-Winter Plant Update

20 January, 2011 4 comments

Okay, so I have taken pictures of some of my main plants or some of the plants that have surprised me. Keep in mind my lowest temps have been 2f, 2f, and 3f this winter and two of those nights we had at least 3-5″ of snow. I also have not done any kind of protection.

First up is a pink Oleander that bloomed for me off and on last summer. I planted it in June or July and it has went without protection. It has surprised me by how well it has handled the snow and our one small ice storm. I expected it to burn to the ground the first time we got below 20f. I actually have two of these in two different locations but this one is the largest one.

 

 

The next plant is a Trachycarpus wagerianius X fortunei. This palm showed no sign of growth disruption when I planted it in the spring. It kept pushing out frond after frond after frond. When it finally stopped growing it had one frond that had begun the open and another spear at the base. Both of these have pulled unfortunately. Still I think this palm will do fine and spring right back into action. The first picture was taken on Monday, 17 Januray and the second one was taken today, 20 January. Since monday it has been above freezing everyday, mainly in the 40’s and has rained.

17th

20th

Then the next Windmill is one that I first bought in fall 2007 to plant in my Kentucky yard in 2008, but I moved to Florida. I planted it in 2008 in Florida and it did nothing. Finally, in May 2009 it started to grow and continued to push out fronds until I December. After it had already slowed down I dug it up and potted it until this spring when it was planted at my new house in Kentucky. It did what it did in Florida, nothing. The partial pushed out spear stayed still until October when it started to move a little and then another new spear made an appearnce at the bottom of the old spear. Unlike the above Windmill, this palm’s spears’ have not pulled and remain in there firm. I think it will bounce back as well.

17th

20th

There you have it. I could be very wrong and come spring they all three croak on me, but for now all looks well.

Still Here

15 January, 2011 2 comments

Hello! It has been a longtime but I still do not have a new laptop but will be getting one soon. Not much has happened and this seems to be my downtime regardless of having a laptop or not. It has been a very cold and snowy winter here in Lexington this winter season. It has been cold and snowy since Black Friday when we recieved our first snowfall for the winter season. I am a snow lover and still would love a huge snowstorm here in Lexington but the cold has been making me want spring more and more everyday. I hate that it can be 30f and we get a nice snowfall and then the days to weeks after it we barely hit 20f if we do. I have enjoyed the constant snow cover and snow falling this season. Our coldest tempetures have been:

12/8….. 8f

12/9….. 9f

12/14… 5f

12/15… 2f*

12/19… 2f*

1/8……. 9f

1/9……. 3f

*= The coldest low of this winter season.

Winter started so quickly and between life and everything I wasn’t able to protect anything and that includes even giving a winter mulching to things. I used the Banana Tree’s leaves on themselves and some other stuff but that was it. This winter will defintely be a test for them to go through.

Number of highs since November 1 that have been at or below freezing: 19

I am actually surprised myself after looking at it because that isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It seems more like 30 days so I will take and accept 19 days.

Anyway, here are some pictures that were taken on December 4. We had recieved 4.50″ of fresh powder!

Trachycarpus in Snow

 

Loquat in Snow

 

Needle Palm in Snow

 

I will try and get on here more often it just depends on when I can until I get my own laptop again.

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