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Miketropics blog -- Spring is FINALLY here

Post by miketropic » Sun Jun 23, 2013 3:19 pm

Have been thinking of making a blog after reading some of the others as of late. I don't do to many projects but Im sure I can fill it with pics..if you could move this over Dave I will start on it later today..
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Re: Miketropics blog -- summer in full swing

Post by Tom2006 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 7:18 pm

Will look forward to seeing it Mike! icon_thumleft
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Re: Miketropics blog -- summer in full swing

Post by miketropic » Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:43 pm

well we had a bit of a downpour so as soon as I can get outside and Dave moves it over I will get to it.
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Post by miketropic » Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:03 pm

since there have been alot of views I guess I will go ahead and start and ave can move this whenever he feels like it.

I moved into this home a few years ago and although the yard looked ruff It had potential. I made a few raised bed and did alot of soil work last year and was really starting to be pleased with it. This year was suppose to be a banner year for my garden and a real jungle look and then my wife decided the neighborhood has gone down hill and wants to move. Instead of going with out a garden I decided to plant things as best I could and try to bulk things up and propagate more so when I do move I will have plenty to start with. Ive also let her know that I will not be moving again after this trip..with out with out her :lol: . I plan on making a sketch like Kris and putting together my ultimate garden..as soon as I figure out what the yard looks like.

SO on to the pictures.. forgive some of them. everything seems very unorganized to me since its not really my vision more of a plant steroid bed to get growth before the move (Which im not even sure when that will be ). Summer is in full swing with temps in the 30-32C range each day so lots of good growth. if you see something I didn't get a good picture of ask for one if you need a name of something and I know it I'll be glad to share it...never done a blog before so i hope this is how it works.

first around the yard

needle palm skirting the drive way ( only ground planted palm now )

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hydrangia starting to bloom

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bamboo leafing back out after a bad transplant dureing winter

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Canna "Florence Vaghn" puting out flower spikes

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Magnolia bloom comming to an end

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Planted this majesty out as an annual but I am starting to like him. put out a few new spears already

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The hardy hibiscus has topped 7ft but setting buds now so should be long

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Musella with a few pups and a nice winter recovery

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mix and match hostas around the trees in flower

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part of a shade bed I have been working on..still needs work :lol: quality UK born fatsia in the back

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the other half..empress wu in flower..the poor B lux hanging in there

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my wife calls this the "imagination" garden due to the thought of my fake creek and not completing it..now you have to "imageine" what it would look like :lol:

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Another shade bed I just threw together to get some things in the ground.he tree fern seems to like tit back there and the Edward needham Fatsia is showing signs of life

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Meanest plant in my garden

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Brug my grandmother made cuttings of and gave to me..planted out

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A few colocasia by the back steps..mammoth, red stem, diamond head, black coral

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other side of the step.. violet stem, black magic mini, lemon lime gecko, puckerd up

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Around the shed

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Back yard around the tree..some have been killed ff by the heat and sun but will return

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another small bed in the back yard..seems to invite snakes for some reason

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a cactus bed I threw together real quick one weekend

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the tropicals bed

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Thai putting on a show
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couple nice leaves on the tetrapanix
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beautiful cleo that has flowered once already

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Canna "Omegas" should reach 15 ft by summers end

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Siam with 2 P stems

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Field of castor beans

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Paulowina just starting to make a move

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Cuban red has put on crazy growth in this heat

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poor potted palm land...they will be so happy to get in the ground next year..I hope

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Now I have a place to do all my updates and not clutter up the main board!.. def more to come as summer heats up
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Re: Miketropics blog -- summer in full swing

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:24 pm

That's my kind of plantings. Love the colocasias and the Cannas. What does the garden look like overall?

It's a pain having to move and move all your valuable plants but if you have to move I would slow down on purchasing new plants as it all adds to the workload. icon_pirat

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Post by miketropic » Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:55 pm

Yorkshire Kris wrote:That's my kind of plantings. Love the colocasias and the Cannas. What does the garden look like overall?

It's a pain having to move and move all your valuable plants but if you have to move I would slow down on purchasing new plants as it all adds to the workload. icon_pirat

Can't wait for more pics. icon_salut

Its like a drug addict..just one more plant and I'll stop :lol: Are any of those I sent you still alive?
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Post by fern Rob » Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:56 pm

The Cyathea cooperi looks healthy, I think that it should be ok with the frond that failed as long has it didn't rot in the crown.
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Post by Andy Martin » Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:02 pm

Some nice plants there Mike. I see you are growing Solanum Quitoense.... great plant :D .. I did a thread on this plant on Palms North forum. Your Tetrapanax leaves look great. I prefer the less lobed specimen than the more deeply lobed "Rex" form. As expected your Cannas are way ahead of mine, but then what I left in the ground are dead :roll:
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Post by GREVILLE » Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:27 pm

That's a great collection, Mike icon_thumleft Make us green with envy with some more :mrgreen:


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Post by cheshirepalms » Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:35 pm

Looking great mike, very nice and varied plant selection :)


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Post by miketropic » Tue Jun 25, 2013 1:19 am

thanks everyone..the cannas about to flower are hardy here and were out there all winter under mulch. the other were stored dry. which is why there so far ahead I assume.
I had a poppy flower this evening so I will post a pic of that tomm. supposed gigante type..its tiny :lol: . That tetrapanix is the "Steoidial Giant". I have another planted out I will take a pic of tomm. a board member sent it to me and said it originally came from Dave and is the Cornish Groove type..id love to have a collection of all the known types..Wheres that Mulu at Dave icon_thumleft
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Post by miketropic » Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:05 am

After the insanleigh winds we just had I went to take a peek at everything. snapped a few pics off. really trying to stay curent on this and keep it updated through out summer.

White lava starting to flower...very ugly flower as well

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Same plant has a stolen with conjoined twin leaves

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Yellow Splash with a new leaf

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First Florence Vaghn flower of the bunch

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The new mammoth has a strange cupped form to it

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Tallest Hosta flower I have ever had

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Yucca also flowering

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Poppie flower from the other morning

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More as it happens...the thai got a good beating so I will wait and see what the new roller looks like when it opens for a pic.
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Post by Yorkshire Kris » Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:24 pm

miketropic wrote:
Yorkshire Kris wrote:That's my kind of plantings. Love the colocasias and the Cannas. What does the garden look like overall?

It's a pain having to move and move all your valuable plants but if you have to move I would slow down on purchasing new plants as it all adds to the workload. icon_pirat

Can't wait for more pics. icon_salut

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Re: Miketropics blog -- summer in full swing

Post by miketropic » Sat Jun 29, 2013 5:52 pm

RAIN DELAY on pics :lol:
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Post by Kristen » Sun Jun 30, 2013 1:02 am

miketropic wrote:RAIN DELAY on pics :lol:
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