COSTA RICAN CROTON WANDERINGS...Snapshots from my gardens

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by donroberth, Mar 24, 2013.

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  1. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    As mentioned in my last thread...here we go with photos of eight CROTON VARIETIES (both entire plant and close-up) from my garden. Although I enjoy them no matter how they’re displayed (except harshly pruned as a hedge), I am partial to the tropical style of exhibit.

    I’m very jealous of my CROTONS therefore I try not to display them with competing bright colored plants in front of, behind or along side of them. The types of plants I normally use for this job are ferns, philodendrons, palms or green cordylines, etc.

    1) JOHANNIS…a favorite of my wife and simply elegant.

    2) JOHANNIS…a closer look. Plenty of long and interrupted leaves…a very graceful cultivar in any garden.

    3) IRENE KINGSLEY aka SATAN…Aware of the IRENE KINGSLEY vs SATAN debate I planted the two next to each other.

    4) IRENE KINGSLEY aka SATAN…It took awhile but the trident shaped leaf on the left (see foto #3) eventually morphed into the standard IRENE KINGSLEY on the right.
     

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  2. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    5) YELLOW MAMMIE…this three YELLOW MAMMIE grouping is starting to look good. With a few more flushes this “new-kid-on-the-block” should be able to hold its own with the other CROTONS.

    6) YELLOW MAMMIE…look for the pinkish-rust colored under leaf in order to differentiate it from YELLOW EXCURRENS.

    7) ROCIO aka EXCALIBUR…this oval shaped and autumn-hued cultivar is a welcome addition to my CROTON garden.

    8) ROCIO aka EXCALIBUR…just beautiful.
     

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  3. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    9) MULTICOLOR

    10) MULTICOLOR aka LITTLE COBRA HEAD… I’m assuming that in the oval-shaped insert appears to be a Cobra ready to strike is the reason for the nickname.

    11) MRS ICETON aka IMPERIALIS or APPLE LEAF…

    12) MRS ICETON…its beautifully variegated leaves will start off green and yellow gradually darken to pink and finally to purple-red and black... “purtiful”!
     

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  4. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    13) BRAVO…one of the about half-dozen cultivars that originally turned me on to CROTONS and still remains one of my favorites.

    14) BRAVO…close-up

    15) KENTUCKY

    16) KENTUCKY…close-up. This flush is still immature in color and will ultimately transform into orange, yellow and black as depicted in the back-round or please see photo #15.
     

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  5. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    Robertico,

    Thanks so much for posting your beautiful crotons and for labeling them! I'm just learning, so I appreciate that. Your Rocio and Johannis are just stunning! Such a pleasure to look at them. Thanks.

    Anita:rolleyes:
     
  6. Kipjanet

    Kipjanet Active Member

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    Robert, I would love to see some wide angle pictures of your garden. Thanks for posting. Kip
     
  7. palmisland

    palmisland Well-Known Member

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    Your plants look very happy. ( If I lived in Costa Rica I would be too:D ) Please post some more photos of your garden. Thanks, Randy
     
  8. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    ANITA…welcome to the FORUM and thank you for your kind words. Hang in there…judging from the membership comments re: your photos, you have already been well received as are all “newbies” that chime in on this round-table.

    KIP… I’m working on a second “Snapshots from my garden” that should be ready to submit in a couple weeks.

    RANDY… Thanks. As for wide angle photos of my gardens…please give me 2 to 3 months. The reason being is that the rainy season will be starting about the end of April and everything having to do with vegetation, including CROTONS, perks up beautifully around these parts.
     
  9. palmisland

    palmisland Well-Known Member

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    Robert-I've been to Costa Rica & I know how dusty & dry it can be this time of year. The closeups will do for now.:D
     

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