Posts Tagged ‘Kentucky’

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.


Colocasia ‘Pink China’

22 March, 2011 2 comments

Colocasia ‘Pink China’ is one of the hardiest elephant ears around. It is reportedly hardy to zone 6 and possibly zone 5. My ‘Pink China’ has only been through 1 winter and had only seen winter temperatures down to 2f, which is a low zone 7.

My Colocasia ‘Pink China’ grew to about 4-5ft, but can grow larger. Out of all the Colocasias that I grow, both hardy and non-hardy, ‘Pink China’ is the thirstiest. It seems to need water daily if temperatures are in the upper-80’s or hotter, but can make it every other day with lower temperatures. The stems that hold the leaves up is where this Colocasia gets its name from; the stem are pink. The stems are more pink depending on how much sunlight the plant gets. I have also noticed that this Colocasia likes to run with both below and above ground runners. I have it against a fence and it even began growing into the neighbours yard last summer.


Colocasia ‘Pink China’ 2010 Overview


‘Pink China’ 04 October, 2010


Colocasia ‘Pink China’ tubers 21 March, 2011

Winter Temperature Minimum

2010-2011: 2f

Growing Season

2010: April-07 November

2011: 29 April-




It’s That Time of Year…

19 March, 2011 4 comments

… When the birds are chirping, the sun is rising higher and higher in the sky, the Crocus and Doffodils are blooming or about to bloom, and the dust is brushed off the garden old blog. Just cause I haven’t been posting, doesn’t mean I have forgotten about this favorite thing of mine. It has been a long, cold winter and I have missed communicating with all of you. While I don’t have a whole lot to show you at the moment, I do have something. More will be on the way fairly shortly I would say.

The warmest temps of  the year hit us this week. 70’s were common with 78f being the high Thursday and 82f on Friday. Our temps are being knocked back down and it may even get cold enough to snow by next Thursday and Friday, but we all know that it is getting to that point where there is no return to the cold for 7-8 months(longer or shorter depending on where you call home).

This wee I was happy to get a package from  Plant Delights Nursery out of North Carolina. Their plants are a bit expensive but they also seem to be of great quality and care. I ordered back in January two different banana tree’s. Musa sikkimenis ‘Bengal Tiger’ and Musa itenerans. I am very excited to have both and I can’t wait to get to plant them. I just have to wait for the ground to warm up a bit. Currently at 50f-60f for a ground temperature.

Musa sikkimenis ‘Begal Tiger’


Musa itenerans


I thought I would do a little update and let you know where I am at during this time of year. I already have most of the new beds made except for one. I jsut need to mulch another one. I can’t wait to get the 2011 season on and started.

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Rain And Not Snow

5 February, 2011 3 comments

It looks like Lexington has went back to its regular “Little Seattle” like weather. Cold(not cold enough for snow), cloudy and rainy days. I am honestly fine with this type of weather but I would rather have snow. Tuesday our system was all rain and no snow and today I thought we would at least see a mix but no go there. We have hit all the way up to 42f and we are now at 38f. We just had a heavy rain mnix/sleet which isn’t sticking due to the warm ground. 

Rain Tuesday Night

What will the rest of the winter hold? I hope for more snow but I am tired of 2″-4″ events and would liike 6″+. What is interesting about the system Tuesday was the heavy rain. The rain fell really hard and the wind blew really fast. It reminded me of a thunderstorm during the summer except it wasn’t warm and there was no thunder or lightning.

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.



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.



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.



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.