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

New frond opens
Look at that healthy green

Healthy heart -- a new shoot.

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'!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

after further gutter work-- I am now able to let the soaker hose run with impunity as needed.

Terrace gardener. Like an old bonsai-- more character with age?
Certainly a bigger belly and less leaves on top.  

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Repotting continued.

I love this tall earthenware urn. The lady palm housed here for 5 or so years had become cramped as shoots were coming up at all angles.. though I tried to remove these every so often.

Unwanted, random shoots can be pulled out with enough root to plant. These would be free $, but ladies are slow growers. The impatient among us should buy a mature plant.

New shoots will hopefully fill this out
Because the root ball was large then mouth of urn it was a pain in the ass to remove.

Shook off as much soil as I could trimmed up stranglers, filled 1" lava rock, repotted in light soil full of hummus. Tied up on trellis to keep it straight while it's growing in. There is a near constant breeze up here.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Re-potting the bamboo palm.

I've repotted a number plants and the garden is reaping the rewards. The bamboo palm was planted 4 or so years ago. It had never grown to fill the pot.

When I unpotted, the soil around the root ball was dry and had been dry for some time. I shook the roots clean, trimmed some strangler roots, 1" lava rock and repotted in the same pot.

I use the Miracle Gro moisture mix-- I love this soil; light and full of organic matter.

New shoots galor. Height now about 60".

I read in Container Gardens for Florida that bamboo palms stay at about 8' in the landscape. There is one in my neighborhood that is at least 15'. It's an elegant plant. Maybe I mis-read..

In the landscape

Saturday, October 7, 2017

A garden in recovery

6/1 - 6/15 Garden deconstructed for the painting of the building.

7/1 - 6 weeks for the retiling (due to a few weeks of off and on heavy rains). 

I took this time to repot a few.. Eugenia foetida replaed  a large sea grape, a fish tail palm replaced the blood orange (burly marx crammed around the base of palm). Another fish tail took the place of a sea grape.
Eugenia "Spanish Stopper"
Then came Irma. Had to take smaller pots in, group large pots agains corner .. blah, blah. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

On a shopping spree

Olive and I poking aroun. Hurricane Irma only a few days away..  I hope the trees are standing when we get back.