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Old 11-02-2008, 02:05 PM
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Join me for a backyard picnic...




I took some pictures this morning of the back yard. I (and my family) spent quite a bit of time this summer doing our own landscaping work for our new pool.

Probably 15-20% of the plants in that panoramic were salvaged from the trash of a local Home Depot after Hurricane Ike.

Some of the pics in my backyard album got a bit whitwashed in the strong sun, but I tried to tone that down with some image wizardry.

Here's a few of my favorites:



There are about 5 hanging baskets in the Live Oak tree. There might be 50 different plants in that frame (some are hard to see/make out in the back).





We got the Triangle palm for a song. If you look real hard, you can see the 3 baby Queen palms that I received in a trade with Santoury in front of the Cannas. There are some Amaryllis plants too close to the Cannas which I need to dig up and move.



The Alexander Palm in this frame had some moldy gunk at the top center of the largest trunk and we got a deep discount for it when we bought it because of that. The folks at the Palm nursery said that it (the tallest/main trunk) would not grow any more. We cleaned the gunk out after planting it and guess what? Looks like 3 leaves are sprouting out now!



Lot's of various palms and philodendrons



The Travellers Palm front and center was one of two rescued from the HD trash pile. Both of them have new leaves sprouting at the moment.



All of the plants in the foreground were rescued from the HD trash - Majesty palm, Areca palm, Cavendish dwarf bananas, silver sage and a bouganvilla in the pot.
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Old 11-02-2008, 02:10 PM
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So when are you having us all down for a visit?
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Old 11-02-2008, 02:27 PM
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Simply stunning pictures. What a beautiful backyard!
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Old 11-02-2008, 02:47 PM
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OHHH nice place for a party!!! make you feel like your on a tropical vacation!!! Good Job PS!!!
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Old 11-02-2008, 02:52 PM
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Looks like a slice of paradise!
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Old 11-02-2008, 02:54 PM
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they are coming down to visit!!!!!!!!


Mandy, Bali, Uni, Pooh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Jump in the water girls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-02-2008, 03:57 PM
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Beautiful job, plantswap!
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Old 11-02-2008, 07:37 PM
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Old 11-02-2008, 07:45 PM
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plantswap.....

Excellent work you folks have done......
Your should be showing us how ..
Thanks for sharing the family picnic...
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Old 11-02-2008, 08:30 PM
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Thanks for all the compliments. It is going to look really awesome in a couple of years when the plants fill out a little more.

As far as how it was done... The work crews that dug for the pool (and piping) pretty much removed all the grass in the yard. We installed a french drain around the back side of the pool decking (underneath the bull/river rocks) because the yard was ~1-2 inches higher than the deck.

Between digging holes for all those plants and shoveling the rocks/mulch, it took many weekends of back breaking effort to put that together. And that's after the weekends we spent removing the 6 trees we had on the property before the pool crews would dig.

We didn't have any well thought out plan for the arrangement of the plants. I like the jungle look, so it's a bit helter skelter (while still maintaining some spacing/form).
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Old 11-02-2008, 08:36 PM
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I know your correct......
I was thinking also , by next summer it will look lots fuller.
Lush looking......Makes nice privacy.

The pool is gorgous also.
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Old 11-02-2008, 11:14 PM
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Hey


I'm loving this look - and you're absolutely right about the jungle look. There's simply no other way, is there? I'm happy to see the little Queen Palms in there. Can't wait to see them when they're larger!
I cannot believe the selection at YOUR Home Depot! I'm so jealous!
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Old 11-03-2008, 03:12 AM
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Originally Posted by angmf2233 View Post:
Mandy, Bali, Uni, Pooh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Jump in the water girls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
that's not very nice!

some guys find fat girls to be sexy. lol but you know... i'm sorry to say that there's just some things that you shouldn't wear when you're fat... and bikinis are one of them. that goes for skinny chicks with bad cellulite, too. no one wants to see your cottage cheese legs.


but anyway... love your backyard, plantswap! your pool looks awesome!! i bet that's a lot of fun for you & your family. if i had one, i'd be in it right now. lol i love swimming!!!

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Old 11-03-2008, 05:29 AM
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Beautiful! even with the plants being young it already looks so tropical, just wait, in a few years this will be an awesome jungle. I love your selection of palms!
And you are lucky, boxstores where i live do not throw out plants, they give them back to the vendors, so no chance to get cheap/free plants

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Old 11-03-2008, 07:28 AM
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Hey what does Photo hunting Fly by nites mean?
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