This summer has been amazing!

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This summer has been amazing!

Post by hardyjim » Sat Jul 25, 2015 9:54 am

In years past a considerable amount of hours was needed watering the garden,
not this summer.
We have repeatedly been hit with early morning MCS's(Mesoscale convective systems),couple inches last time(5.3cm) .35"(.89cm) yesterday and 1.25"(approx 3.18cm)this morning,these are warm rains(dewpoint @ 70F / 21c)and are followed by warmer temps in the mid 80s(F)to the low 90s(F)-(29-34c)depending on cloud clear off in the afternoon-tropical like dewpoints in the
75-83F(24c-28c) range make it awfully soupy out-as soon as you move your clothes
are soaked-but the plants love it!I guess the cactus put up with it until they pop.

Musa Pisang Cylon,started at plug size....ramping up
leaf size with this next one.

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Ficus Elastica


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The 4 x 4 post are 8' apart-the T.fern loves all the rain.

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Echinopsis oxygona trying to sneak out a bloom between the
drops...nope,snail attack.

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Bougainvillea (Barbara Karst)


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Siam Ruby will at least double its height/leaf size
from here on out,should be a nice specimen by late Sept.

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An hour later-suns out

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Castor got a slow start but may be over my head by Aug 1 anyway.

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Thai giant Alocasia approaching giant status,not quite there yet.

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Seed grown Canna Terscheckii,next leaves will be bigger than Canna
that are 5 times as tall-living up to their banana like leaf size already.

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Tallest Castor

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Ficus Lyrata

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Post by TerdalFarm » Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:14 pm

Very nice! The Ensete all by iteself is dramatic.

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Post by hardyjim » Sun Jul 26, 2015 9:12 am

Thanks E...it has already grown bigger
this year from the size it was than any previously.
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Post by stalewiak » Sun Jul 26, 2015 9:23 am

Woww super :D siam ruby nicely stained :wink:
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Post by TerdalFarm » Sun Jul 26, 2015 11:47 am

I might buy and plant an Ensete today. Not long-term here, but with the El Nino going on, it might even over-winter here. Get two summers out of one.

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Post by chadec » Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:20 pm

Looking good, really wish some of that rain would come my way.

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Post by hardyjim » Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:11 pm

oh yea...nicely stained..

Ensete will work,cold/cool spring is the issue maybe?

Sorry Chad... :cry:

raining here again
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Post by andym » Wed Jul 29, 2015 4:39 pm

Lovely pics Jim.... your garden could be somewhere from the deep south... just a shame about them pesky Winters.
Ensetes don't like cold wet Winters. Ensete Montbelliardi will take a few degrees of frost and is probably the hardiest of the Species
My own Ensete Ventricosum "Maurelli" has and is still having problems with the "strangles" The leaves don't unfold and end up rotting eventually leaving a leaf stem with no leaf. Probably started by a warm April and followed by a cold May, June , July.... basically a crap Summer :cry: Don't expect you would ever get that in your hot Summers..... where's the envy emoticon :lol:
BTW Jim don't forget to post a pic on the EPS of your Maurelli at seasons close. 8)
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Post by hardyjim » Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:15 am

Ok ...will do.

It is already way bigger than any previous one
that started out so small-all the rain is the key...9.56" this
July and it all fell in a 23 day period.
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Post by Jay-Admin » Fri Jul 31, 2015 7:36 am

Your garden is looking awesome!

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Post by hardyjim » Fri Jul 31, 2015 8:43 am

Thanks Jay....your avatar pic reminds me I have
some repotting to do... 8)
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