Spring renovations

Discussion in 'Outdoor Tropicals' started by palmera, Mar 24, 2007.

  1. palmera

    palmera Active Member

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    Every Spring I spend time in the garden "renovating". This is, no doubt, a result of endless winter days flipping thru gardening magazines or, if I'm lucky, from an inspirational tropical vacation. Here's a few shots of my recent labour. My newly added tree fern, Dicksonia antartica, and Jubea chilensis in a raised rocky bed. The big pseudostem of Musa sikkimensis, recently moved (thank you Barrie). And my Musa basjoo stalks, starting to push leaves.

    My indoor efforts include germinating Castor bean, Rincinus communis 'Carmencita', and 4 flats full of trimmed echeveria cuttings from my cool greenhouse.

    The warm days of Spring cannot arrive too soon for me!
     

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    Carol Ja Active Member 10 Years

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    I am so with you on spring....sigh....what is with this cold and wet stuff?
     
  3. LPN

    LPN Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Pretty nice up my way in Lantzville. Temps picked up and maxed out at 16c this afternoon with sunshine and no rain today. I spend the afternoon on a new garden area project that may take some time to complete. Gotta start somewhere.
    Everythings looking great palmera, and already a big change since I was there last week. Too bad about losing one of the Musa sikkemensis stems but as you know the bananas grow quick.

    Cheers, Barrie.
     
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    LPN Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Thanks to palmera, I was able to visit and take this pic from her garden.
    Musa sikkemensis updated from the above pics last spring.
    I sure like the glossy leaves on this one.

    Cheers, LPN.

    (Thanks for the pup palmera!)
     

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    Beautiful, I love the castor as well. How do you guys over winter your sikkimensis. I have a bunch that I started from seed this year. They are about 3' in 3 gallon containers at the moment, the plan is to put them in the greenhouse, but wondering on their future winters.
     
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    I'm confused...I thought it was Autumn or Fall over there at the moment??

    Ed
     
  7. LPN

    LPN Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    I thought it was Autumn or Fall over there at the moment??

    Ed ... Autumn offically begins after the third week in September in the Northern hemisphere (if by "over there", is meant by that). In the mean time, weather is quite nice here with pleasant days and sunny skies.

    Cheers, LPN.
     
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    jenf, for the winter I have wrapped my sikki in a cage filled with straw, however last winter even that did not save the stem. The growth you see is all new from the ground. They are amazingly fast growers if you are kind with lots of water and fertilizer in the spring.
     

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