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Old 08-20-2010, 12:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hello All,
It's been some time since I've posted pictures of my little slice of zone 6b tropics. Hope you all enjoy the pictures.

Here's the front of my house that I've managed to fill up pretty well over the last four years, it changes every year. LOL! In the third picture are a couple of new additions planted this week for a winter test. Three Thai Blacks, a tetrapanex, my second largest raja puri, and some bordelons. I'll mulch them all in good and hope for the best, I don't mind testing them. There also a musella lasiocarpa mixed in to the left of the Southern Mag. that I'm leaving out too.





This year I've managed to get three blooms so far two on my velutina's (which have gotten big!) and one on a basjoo. Hopefully I'll get a flower off this SDC which has been around for two years, I think it's close. The trunk is just over 3 feet.





Here's a few miscellaneous pictures, My biggest washy I'll post it since I'm proud of it making it through last winter, it's over ten feet now. A basjoo grove on the west side of my shed, and a giant Calidora that I've had for three years now pushing out some flower stalks.






Last but not least my basjoo patch from last year that started with nine plants. The top of the biggest leaves are just about 16 feet, pretty crazy for up here and summer isn't over yet. I'm going for 20! I did a major trim job on them so they could get more sun to the back row. These picture really don't do them justice!




Oops, almost forgot my Maurelli overwinter in the cellar last winter Just over ten feet! I had to strap it to the fence after a potted umbrella tree tried to take her down.


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Old 08-20-2010, 01:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Looks great! Thanks for the pics Bill. You give all us zone 6 people hope...lol
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Yea that's a pretty amazing garden for someone in zone 6.....All I can say is WOW!
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Great pics!
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Just spectacular Bill.... well done and thanks for the peek!
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I was starting to dread the cold weather the other day due to over wintering so many plants. However, after looking at your pictures, I don't feel as bad coz I don't have nearly as much work as you!
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Mr. Bill... All I can say is, AWESOME!!!! You have done, and are doing a marvelous job up there!!! Such a nice mix of plants!!! Especially love to see the velutina!!! Thanks for sharing and here's to a mild winter!!!
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Very Cool!! Love all the different plants. Thanks for posting.
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Mr Bill ---- Your tropical plants are screaming "Take us to So Fla, or PR, or Dom Rep, whatever!!! Great Job!!!
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Very beautiful! It's always great to see pictures of people's gardens/yards and appreciate all the work they've put in! Great job!
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Thank You Everyone!!!

Your comments where great! This is such a rewarding hobby, I'm so glad I got into it. I've learned so much over the years and hopefully helped others too from what I've learned. The only plants I'm somewhat concerned about are the Thai Blacks and the Raja Puri, I really hope I can get them through. To bad I didn't plant them 3 months ago.

The Velutinas I'm planning on keeping in the ground but using pipe heaters under a insulated waterproof box mulched in, that should work just fine.

What do you guys think about the SDC flowering? I know there picky about fruiting, Do you think I should give it some potassium? I've be feeding all my nanas so far with Richards Banana Fuel. Killer Product by the way!!!

Thanks Again Everyone!

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nice thanks for sharing!
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Thanks for the pics! Looks awesome! I love the basjoo patch! Don't you get any wind out there? Those leaves are all perfect!
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Very nice, thank you for sharing.
Looks like those bordelons sure pup easy and early.
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Very tropical! I love it! Im sure that everyone stops at that stop sign
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:33 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I am amazed! You give me a lot of hope as i live in mass myself and am growing my first banana plants.

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WOW, look at all the trees. I am sooooo envious. Wish I had 1 of each....
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