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Beauties and the Beast

Posted by Jake on 23 July, 2009

Today I would like to show you two plants that  just love. The two plants are an Unknown Elephant Ear and a Texas Palmetto. I won’t tell you bout the beast, you will see it in a minute.

This unknown Colocasia or Elephant Ear is the best speciemen of this type out of 6 of them.

Unknown Elephant Ear

Unknown Elephant Ear

The Texas Palmetto is of course a Palmetto native to the state of Texas.  The main difference between the Palmetto and the Texas Palmetto is that the Texas Palmetto has a bigger crown of fronds and it is more cold hardy. The source I got my Texas Palmetto from stated they were hardy to zone 7.
My Texas Palmetto survived a freeze after rain outside in Kentucky after a warm February day I left it out in a container and forgot about it. It didn’t lose any fronds, but it did seem to set it back and hardly grew once I planted it here in Florida. This year it seems to have recovered and settled in and has really set off in growth. It is one beautiful palm. 
Before I show you the picture please be sure to take notice that I have just written “Texas Palmetto” four times underneath each other and it was not on purpose.
Texas Palmetto

Texas Palmetto

Okay, so are your eady to see the beast. It is a Lizard and I just wnated to show you how nasty they look. I am not a fan of reptiles like Lizards or Snakes, I do like Turtles. That little red thing is one of the things that creep me out. I didn;t get to close to take this picture, zoom works great. This particular Lizard was hanging out on my front Banana Tree.
Nasty Lizard

Nasty Lizard

 

Jake

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The Aussies and the Colocasia’s

Posted by Jake on 16 June, 2009

I have two Australian plants in my yard that seem to like the 90F/32C  plus heat we have been having. The Silver Dollar Eucalyptus has grown a huge amout since when it was planted in April. The Foxtail Palm seems to be established now, it is opening up its new frond and looks happy in the heat.

April 18, 2009

April 18, 2009

June 16, 2009

June 16, 2009

Top View

Top View

 

Foxtail Palm

Foxtail Palm

 

I also thought I would show you some of my Colocasia. I love the way the ‘Illustris’ is growing compared to pictures I have seen and another one I have. The ‘Big Dipper’ is finally pushing out large leaves that are holding water which is great. I then have another regular green Colocasia that has a leaf that is abut 1.5ft long and 6-9″ wide. The ‘Pink China’ which is the really hardy one has started to pick up size. It would have been nice had Michigan Bulb Co. sent a larger plant. I then have an unknown one that is located in six locations in my yard; I wish Iknew what exact kind they are.

Colocasia 'Illustris'

Colocasia 'Illustris'

Colocasia 'Big Dipper'

Colocasia 'Big Dipper'

Giant Leaf of Regular Green Colocasia

Giant Leaf of Regular Green Colocasia

Colocasia 'Pink China'

Colocasia 'Pink China'

Unknown Colocasia

Unknown Colocasia

 

I hope you are having a great growing season and have a great day!

Jake

2 days until I got to Kentucky!

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News & A Reminder

Posted by Jake on 26 May, 2009

Although many of you probably don’t care, the Home Depot’s in Kentucky are now selling Cold Hardy Palm’s, Halleuha. If I move back I will have a source at my fingertips instead of buying them online.

Now the reminder, if you can identify the unidentified plant in the below post, please try.

Thanks,

Jake

24 days until I Visit Kentucky!

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Cold Hardy Palms-Part II

Posted by Jake on 9 March, 2009

Now for the second installment of the Cold Hardy Palm Series, the first installment can be found here.

If you are thinking about growing cold hardy palm trees there is one book I can personally suggest to you. The book is one I own and is a great resource, the book is “Palms Won’t Grow Here and Other Myths: Warm-CLimate Plants for Cooler Areas”. I have read tht they are coming out with a second edition of the book that will include more information in general and more information for Canada and the Pacific Northwest. I am not to sure when this is expected to be released.

I plan on going over every cold hardy palm in a post of it own. That means each plant will get it’s own post,s o that will be great.

Southwest Canada Palms

Southwest Canada Palms

The next post will be coming soon, it will be on the Needle Palm!
Have a Great Day,
Jake

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