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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 11-07-2008, 10:28 AM
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Wow, a lot of work and effort went into creating your tropical look back yard. Reminds me of my younger days in Sarasota, FL. The tropics will always remain special to me.

The local PBS TV station in Austin has taped our yard for presentation in April 09 on a show called Central Texas Gardener. Although I can't go tropical here in central TX, I still have the 'mini-botanical garden' mentality that I had when living in Houston, but with dry climate plants. We have had only 15" of rain in Austin all year - half the normal rainfall - this following the previous year when we exceeded normal rainfall by 50%. Plants grown here have to be very adaptable to change.

I received pictures from a friend who has a tropical jungle type back yard in Clear Lake showing his yard after IKE and it was a real mess. It appears you dodged the bullet in Pearland.
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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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Old 11-03-2008, 09:09 AM
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Very pretty place you have there! I LOVE all the palm trees! They are my favorite!!!!!
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Old 11-03-2008, 09:09 AM
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Originally Posted by santoury View Post:
... I'm happy to see the little Queen Palms in there. Can't wait to see them when they're larger!
I will definitely post some updates in time as the garden grows.

Originally Posted by santoury View Post:
I cannot believe the selection at YOUR Home Depot! I'm so jealous!
Originally Posted by gone_tropical View Post:
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
There are about 5 big box stores (Home Depots, Lowes) within a 15-20 minute drive of my house. All of them have pretty huge nurseries attached to them. Of course, they all offer the same selection of plants, but it's still a pretty decent selection.

I checked on almost all of them after the hurricane and only the one HD store had 20-30 pallets of plants set aside for trash. Of the plants there, probably half were beyond hope (ie. completely dead). I'm not sure why this store didn't return them (the ones that were still alive anyway) to their supplier(s).

Originally Posted by onyx View Post:
... 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!!!
Thanks. The pool was 68dF yesterday morning and warmed to a very brisk 72dF by mid-day. That feels like jumping into a tub of ice when it's almost 80dF outside.

Originally Posted by bali View Post:
Hey what does Photo hunting Fly by nites mean?
??? What sparked this question?
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:19 AM
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WOW ! that pool won't fit in my back yard ! I put in a above ground pool this spring I love it but I will be happy to trade with you. I love every thing about your yard the planting are perfect great job keep up the great work.
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Old 11-06-2008, 07:51 PM
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I think he will trade you, if you ask..
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:51 PM
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Plantswap, Thanks for sharing you pictures with us I love you garden.
I going to started taking DH to home depot with and see what blessing
he can come up with.
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