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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




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End on a High Note, I Guess?

Posted by Jake on 27 February, 2009

February proved to be a cool month for Florida. The beginning of the month damage to plants that I had been able to keep undamaged all winter. Now, the temperatures are rising and the more and more 70’s are in our forecast, 81 degrees tomorrow. March looks like it will come in like a Lion for sure as we are suppose to get severe weather Saturday night through Sunday morning. I doubt we will get the thunderstorms, it actually storms here less than it did in Kentucky. Tropical Storm Fay wasn’t really stormy except for an hour. I do like storms, but not Tornado’s, those I can do without.

The Azalea bush in my yard is really blooming. It seems early to me, I am use to them blooming, April and May. The one question is why just ONE Azalea was planted when the house was built, they look better together in a group.

The plants seem to be rebounding, my Chinese Yellow Banana Tree has finally started to grow a new leaf, yay. It is apparently more frost-tolerant then my Cavendish Banana. My Cavendish was covered and the new leaf still browned out, but the Yellow Banana’s leaf is still green and pushing out. My Amaryllis has started to push out new growth, though I’m not to sure it is a bloom or a new leaf. In Kentucky I left them outside over last winter and they bloomed after they started growing last spring. I hope this one will bloom, it was the one that didn’t bloom last year. My Spider Lily really surprised by starting it’s growth two days after the 23 degree morning.

Going onto the palm tree’s,  my Kentucky Palms, the Windmill, Texas Palmetto, and Needle Palm are fine, my Spindle Palm is browned out, but has a new frond coming out. The baby Spindle looks really bad and I don’t think I it will survive we will have to see.  My Coconut Palm is another that I’m not sure about, we shall see. I knew both the Coconut and Spindle’s are marginal in my area.

My Castor Bean has leaf buds over it and some new leaves are already out and it seems to have made a recovery. There is still no sign of the Mexican Petunia, it should come back, it is pretty hardy. My Plumbago’s are starting to come back, so that answered my question on them. There is still no sign of my Elephant Ear, but impatient me dug them up today and they are growing, just slowly.

I hope everyone has a good Saturday, I may have another February post and I may not. The last picture is of my lanai bed that contains my Windmill Palm, Castor Bean and Queen Palm. My Queen Palm didn;t turn yellow and is just has greena s it was even after 23 degrees. I have seen some Queen Palm’s in my enighborhood and around town that all the fronds are brown and the palms look to be dying. I am sure they will be okay, we will see this summer.


17 days until St. Patrick’s Day!

20 days until Spring Begins!

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Spindles are grounded!

Posted by Jake on 8 August, 2008

Okay, I got my Spindle Palm in the ground a couple day ago. As I thought the smaller one wasn’t attached to the bigger palm so I was able to seperate them. I also planted my Sea Oats close by the Spindle Palm. It kind of looks stupid the way I planted them but, it’s becuse it will eventually be a whole new landscape bed. On my plan I have the Sea Oats and the large Spindle Palm in those locations. I am waiting eithier for it to get cooler to rip out the grass or I will rip it out as I buy new plants.

In the pictures today I a picture of my Texas Palmetto. It has just been sitting all Summer and has just started to put out new leaves.

It has been hot here lately. Monday and Tuesday were both hot but, Wednesday was a schorcher. My thermometer got up to 103 which would be a record above 100. However, the entire Jacksonville area only recorded mid to upper 90’s. Basically, it has just been hot and dry. Today we are suppose to get rain, hopefully we will.

Have a good day! I hope that if you have been hot and dry that you get some rain and cool off!


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