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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My biggest plumeria is blooming indoors!

Well I can't say I was expecting to post pictures of flowering plumerias in December in New York, but here we are. I've only had this happen one other time with a plumeria and it was 4 years ago and that plumeria was by a very bright window. This plumeria gets no direct sunlight indoors (plumerias usually require a lot of heat and sun to bloom). Plumerias also require a lot of heat to bring out the colors of the bloom, but I was very surprised to see decent coloration on the flowers and the inflorescence looks pretty healthy.
Another really cool thing about my largest plumeria flowering indoors is that I get to actually get close to the flowers. Usually the flowers are 15 feet up but since this plant is right next to my stair case I get to look right at it from my second floor. Here are some pictures…

Friday, December 26, 2014

Merry Christmas!

It's been a very warm Christmas Eve. Temperatures in the 60s after midnight is comfortable on a cool night in July and just about unheard of up here during the winter! Daytime temperatures in the 60s are hard enough to come by. Here's a whole slew of pics over the past week. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone. Enjoy the nice weather, I'm sure the cooler weather will be kicking in very shortly.

Some inside pictures. The ti plant and plumeria is all decked out for Christmas.

My ti plants all reliably bloom in time for Christmas.

Kitchen palm trees are also decorated for the holidays.

Close up of the christmas lights with a decent shot of my Cordyline Australius.

Took the ti plants out to enjoy the nice weather and spray them for bugs.

At night

Christmas Morning

Sabal minor, Loquat, and Washingtonia robusta in daylight on a sunny and mild Christmas morning.

My Med fan palm was completely defoliated nearly a year ago, but it is looking much healthier now!

Replacement Trachy going to go into it's first winter.

The confederate Jasmine only went inside briefly during a cold spell in November.

My Agave Parryi Truncata has yet to go inside. It's probably the least hardy cultivator of A. parryi but it is still pretty hardy!

My Yucca Guatemalensis has also been outside the entire time. It will go inside when temperature threaten to go into the low 20s again.

My succulent planter has seen better days but it is still alive which is impressive considering it has been outside this entire time in a clay pot on a metal table!

The trachys are looking good so far!

I will eventually bring the Spanish moss inside, but not until temperatures are forecasted to go below 20. The more time they spend outside, the better for their survival

On Christmas Morning….

I will also bring my passiflora indoors before the weather gets too cold. It is marginally hardy in my climate but I don't want to risk it since I have come close to losing it in past winters.

Not worried about my Y. Filamentosa one bit!

Floral Azalea doing well indoors.

Kliems Hardy Gardenia looking good so far

Frostproof Gardenia in this cold microclimate in the yard was nearly killed to the ground after last winter, but with only snow as protection, it still managed to come back!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Front yard Palms in Mid December

Quick update on my washy (tied up and ready to go under it's protection at a moments notice), my Loquat (haven't given this tree's protection method too much thought yet) and my Sabal minor.