In the beginning 2014

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by junglegal, Sep 7, 2014.

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  1. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    There was loads of sun,really crappy soil & massive tree roots every time I try to plant. Small side yard looking alright so far. Only been 3 mths. Far better then the beach it was back in March.
     

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  2. Native son

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    Really nice, I have replaced all that green stuff with mulch and lots of fun stuff. Job well done.
     
  3. ScotTi

    ScotTi Esteemed Member

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    Welcome back Bren! Your new garden is looking great. Sometimes I wish to start new and know what I know now, how it would be so different.
     
  4. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    Looking great, Bren! I echo Scott's sentiment. So glad I will finally get to meet you at the next meeting/auction.
     
  5. palmisland

    palmisland Well-Known Member

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    Nice Bren, Your Kentiopsis & Clinostigma need more "jewelry" though.:rolleyes:
     
  6. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    Here are other areas in progress. Long way to go.
     

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    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    Another
     

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  8. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    Front..work in progress too
     

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  9. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    Bren, you've done a lot! A lot of good plant shopping too! I especially like the area next to the lanai with the staggered palms and the sweeping, curvy bed in the front yard. I'd love to learn more about palms and am trying to. What types of palms have you planted? I saw the Kentiopsis Oliviformis Randy mentioned. Please tell me about the others.
     
  10. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    I have power lines to deal with & the pool cage. I have a tri teddy, hurricane, carpoxylon & flame thrower planted down the row. Hoping for some shade soon. I still need to stain the new fence so refraining from planting right now. I imagine next spring I'll be more active.
     
  11. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    Thanks, Bren. I just got a carpoxylon a bit ago to shade a few crotons and it got sunburned. It made me so sad because it was so pretty. I think it will recover fine, just a setback, I hope.
     
  12. Native son

    Native son Well-Known Member

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    I agree Anna, I am O for eight on Carpoxylon.
     
  13. palmisland

    palmisland Well-Known Member

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    I mistook your Carpoxylon for a Clinostigmao_O
     
  14. Bullwinkle

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    Things looking great Bren,you have lots of room for more plants :)
     
  15. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Carpoxylon macrosperma is a rather slow palm when small. It is a heavy feeder that relishes lots of water but needs good drainage. It does pick up speed over time especially when it starts to trunk. When they are small, they love shade but tolerate the sun as they get bigger. They may be an emergent type palm in their native Fiji habitat. This used to be an uber rare palm 15 years ago, fetching big money for just a two leaved seedling.
     
  16. junglegal

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    I have one carpoxylon out front that is doing well. My one in back looks like crap. Burning up but also appears to have suffered damage unloading from the truck. I'm hoping it pulls out of it. My expectations on appearance weren't high this year as I thrust them into blaring sun and crappish soil. Year of adjustment. This weekend I'm planting my old man & florida thatch. I have a struggling white elephant I wish I could plant but just not enough shade. I will trade it for crotons ;)
     
  17. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    Bren, that's my philosophy also. Pretty ruthless the first year. Gotta adapt to your conditions or no go. Fortunately, most do. Good luck with the new plantings this weekend. Hope you're getting more rain than I am.
     
  18. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    A HUGE thank you to Phil S. I had such an excellent time. He gave me some much needed advice on plant placement, especially my beccariophoenix palm as I work out my canopy. I came away today reinforced in knowing plant people are the best. I can't wait to pay it forward as this new place progresses. I miss being able to do that for others. When I look at this pic from just 4 mths ago, I get giddy thinking of how things are changing so quickly.
     

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  19. ScotTi

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    Nice before and after comparison photos. The changes look great!
     
  20. Native son

    Native son Well-Known Member

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    Hey Bren I was thinking I started something for you 18 months ago, forgot what it is but if you make the trip we can find something for you I am sure.
     
  21. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    Thank you!! I will be a big player at auction too! I am coming down for the croton tour assuming the date sticks for the first week in Nov. Can't wait!
     

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