Sunday, August 21, 2005
Few recoveriesGot a few of my old plants back this weekend... some really nice... some in pretty sad shape... but good to have them all... however, sort of makes me long more for and recall the ones still there (thousands of wonderful plants... sigh). Seems sort of a random assortment.
This is Encephalartos trispinosis... one of the nicest of the returned plants... could barely lift it. Was given to me by good friend about 6 years ago as a leafless caudex. For an entire year it did nothing and we were pretty sure it was going to rot... then suddenly it came to life. Now look at it!
Sunday, August 21, 2005Nothing came back with labels, except two Dioons... so not really sure what some of these cycads are. May be a while, if not forever, until I figure out what each plant is. This is a Macrozamia sp... maybe spiralis... but don't recall any this large... has it really been that long?
Saturday, June 18, 2005
REALLY!!??Well, the old garden may be revisited afterall... seems the ex is willing to have me come over and take some plants before the new folks move in... I will take a gazillion photos, so I can remember everything more clearly, and take what I can. Unfortunately I was not at all prepared for this possibility and have pretty much filled the yard alreadly.. now I will have hundreds (thousands if should want them) more plants... but alas, no where to put them. AUGHH! Oh well.... now comes the challenge of maximizing the efficiency of minimum space. Better than fretting forever, though.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Good bye for goodJust found out my old house is up for sale (wish I could afford it)... guess I will never be seeing it again, unless I can befriend whoever buys the place.
Friday, May 24, 2002This was my Euterpe edulis... a notoriously finicky palm in southern California (easy in tropics)... but this one was doing pretty well in semishade with constant watering (soil very well draining in this spot). A few ferns, tapeworm bush, Chuniophoenix, bamboo and some other oddities nearby.
Friday, May 24, 2002
another shot of the old placeShot of part of the aloe garden... had about 30 species of aloe there- most of the tree aloes... and a few Jatrophas, cycads and other succulents (mostly Euphorbias)... Stupidly planted running bamboo along the top... but place gets so little water except right around the bamboo (Phyllostachys sp... a big one but can't remember which now) that I hoped it would stay in place... no idea if that's the case or not. This soil is nearly 80% rock, and rest hard clay... very difficult to dig those stairways in the soil without an iron digging stick, pick and months of hard work. Good experience and exercise I guess. Aloe thraskii, africana, ramossisima and part of an A arborescens in photo. Few smaller species, too, but can't recall which.
Friday, May 24, 2002
old cactus gardenHere's another shot of the cactus garden in front yard. Lots of nice stuff... but most replacable. Hope it's doing well
Friday, April 26, 2002Shot of the upper cactus garden at the 'old place'. Had it so thickly planted that pathway through basically was hidden by overgrown plants... and most of those plants are still seedlings. Wonder how it's doing now.
Thursday, April 25, 2002
old place, front yardThis is a shot of the front corner of the yard where a couple nice Brahea armatas, a Jubaea and a large Bismarckia were planted all about 5 years ago.. I hope they are doing well. I sure miss those plants. That's Lotus sp. 'Parrot's Beak' in the ground... boy, does that stuff spread and grow fast... but also needs to be constantly watered or it dries up and croaks in no time. This was WAY far away from the hose, so two hoses had to be screwed together and dragged out into the street to water this place... but I FINALLY got a sprinkler system set up in this area to take care of that problem.
Wednesday, April 24, 2002
few shots of the 'old' place I had to leave behindHere's a few shots that I have left of my old garden I lost a few years ago... unfortunately, not knowing ahead of time I would be 'leaving' in such a hurry, I didn't get too many good photos of the place. Sigh. This first shot is of the back yard near where I first started to plant many years ago (OK... only 10... but seems like forever). All planting went in first, and THEN made the planter box and stairway... probably better to do things the other way around.
Friday, April 28, 2000
land around my old townThis shows how hospitable land is around where I used to live... nice climate... but lack of annual rainfall shows.
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