Saturday, May 12, 2018

Fast draining soil Dedicated watering all areas of the pot..

South Florida container gardening -- rich fast draining soil and regular DEEP watering; soak the edges and extra soak root ball.
Wooly Pocket. Keeps the soil moist. Should be full up in a few weeks.
Thunbergia knocked up with 11-35-15 orchid food
epidendrum radican-  I love orange.. and an easy growing orchid-- easy propagation?

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Caring is work

1. Trimmed parrot vine sharply. This shrub can overwhelm.. though it is one of my favorites.

2. Regarding the bougainvillea, I had put some feed and protect (for insects) in a small bag created with panty hose in the large bougainvillea pot. This is the 2nd treatment within a month or so. Its beginning to keep leafs and bracts - they are not being eaten before maturing.

3. Repeatedly soaking pots.. around the sides, in the middle of growth. Over an hour of watering. 

4. Caring is work.
Notice new coned Eugenia below hanging baskets of striped purple spiderwort (tradescantia zabrina). Pretty smart looking.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

prune the bougainvillea canes looking forward to summer growth

Getting bougainvillea ready for the growing season. planted orange bird of paradise for the form of the leaf

Scholarly -- reviews DNA sequences of different family types.. looking forward to reading as much as this layman can understand

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Still in bloom

Several different types of begonias here. most obvios U402 and one that looks like Selph's Mahogany.. or another type of erect rhizome.

In bloom for over 2 months

Thursday, March 8, 2018

New Growth gaussia gomez-pompae

New frond opens

Healthy heart -- a new shoot.

after 3-4 weeks the small growth has become the size of a new frond. 

Sunday, March 4, 2018


Did I cut the root ball back too much on palm? mmm.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Palm Vita-Mix (my recipe)

2 part manganese

1 part garden lime

1/12th part Nurserymen's Sure-Gro 12-4-12 Palm food

Mix 1/8 teaspoon with a drop of Superthrive in 2 gal water weekly.

Surely the Gaussia will like the touch of  lime in this smoothie.

Container Palm Nutrition

Sunday, January 21, 2018

gaussia gomez-pompae

I saw this in Barbados (andromeda botanical garden barbados). Had to try it-- spindle growing in a small concrete planter.
I left the house looking for a candidate today.. actually only for a suitable planter.. and I hit gold at Jesse Durko's nursery 5151 Viele Rd, Davie, FL 33314.

Looks like a great candidate for a pot.

Gaussia Gomez-Pompae  grows in the limestone cliffs of Oaxaca, Tabasco and Veracruz.
Jesse has a great selection of specimen palm and wonderful beds of begonias and others.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Happy New Year!

January cruise - first time to Martinique

Rain forests promote fern trees over 20' + high

The main attraction Jardin De Balata
(WIKI) The garden was begun in 1982 by horticulturist Jean-Philippe Thoze and opened to the public in 1986. It is set on former farmland with picturesque views of the Pitons du Carbet. Today the garden contains about 3,000 varieties of tropical plants from around the world, including 300 types of palm trees. It also contains good collections of anthuriumsbegoniasbromeliadscycadsheliconiamahoganyMusa nana, and bamboo (Dendrocalamus).

A  rain forest garden with some formal training

words escape me

Pretend my  eyes are open

There is a fabulous rope sky-walk that winds through a bit of the garden providing fabulous views and not a little excitement on the swinging bridge 50' above ground.

Way up high

I left a bit of my heart at the Jardin de Balata. Just to see this garden again would warrant another visit to the island.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Winter's bone

Mid 40's at sunrise today.
Stole a snip from a nursery, sweet thing makes for a  lovely handing basket. 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Early morning coffee time

Slowly but surely the garden is filling out.  More needed to hide some power lines and rooftops facing south  Still calms my heart  being surrounded by young ones.  Looking forward to fishtail's  growth.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Penthouse B West 92nd our first terrace

A prince of a dog Gus. Wife Edie in the background. I don't remember the  type of rose. The wrap terrace was about 60" x 35'. Narrow but had an unobstructed southern view and a block from Central Park, we had a  view down 92nd (to CPW) of resevoir and cherry trees in the spring, the park white in snow and leafed in the summer, etc. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

hiding from the noonday sun

A superba cane type this begonia's leaves not as sharply serrated as B. 'Sophie Cecile'  must be B. 'Lana'!