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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Visited Triple Oaks Nursery/ New Purchases/ Small update on planting progress.

The yard is quickly coming together after a lot of digging and moving around this weekend. Now that the deck is gone, I have a lot more space for planting. This year I am focusing on plants that do not have to be brought in every season because I have definitely passed what I am capable of taking care of and all of my older tropicals are really heavy and large and finally have the space to grow less plants in pots and more in the ground. I've already bought a ton of amazing subtropicals this season and can't wait to post a complete update.

Many of these plants came today from Triple Oaks Nursery in Franklinville, NJ. It is about an hour and a half drive from my yard but well worth it. They had a lot of cold hardy palms and shrubs that you can't find anywhere and fantastic knowledgeable staff too! Dave is an employee at the nursery and was really really knowledgeable about everything and nice enough to take the time to show me all of the cool things growing around the grounds. I wish I took more pics but I got a shot of one of several mature needle palm clumps and tried my best to show how amazing their bamboo grove was.



Here's some shots of what I ended up purchasing.

I got an amazing Sabal Birmingham, Sabal minor, Trachycarpus Nanital, and Needle palm. I increased my cold hardy palm collection by almost 50% just today! I bought some hardy hibiscus, Soft Caress Mahonia, and black and blue salvia just to name a few of the hardy plants that I purchased.























I also went to Rutgers Gardens annual plant Sale a few weeks ago and got some great plants there as well. The gardens are absolutely beautiful all year long. It's great place to visit when you just want to get away for an hour and walk around, and a great place to find amazing plants to buy one weekend a year in early May. This year I got an Daphniphyllum macropodum which is a plant I had been wanting  for years as well as a Double Yellow Oleander (one of the hardier cultivars), a Mahonia, an empress wu hosta, and a new fig tree (just incase my ol' reliable brown turkey fig finally bit the dust this year).


I will give a full update of the yard when everything is all planted for the season next weekend. Until then I have a lot of digging to do! But here's a pic and some time lapses of the work I have done so far.

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As always thanks for looking. Enjoy the summer weather heading our way!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

My yard is getting redone!

Hi everyone! Sorry I am starting up my seasonal blog a bit later than usual (already Late May!). The deck in my yard is gone and is in the process of being replaced by pavers. I don't have anything planted yet in the backyard but that will change quickly this weekend.
Here are some pics of the process *before is during construction and after is when pavers are down*

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A few closeups of new planting areas

Future Canna Bed


New shade garden!


You'll see some perennial hibiscus here in a few weeks! 


Another shade garden (I'm looking for a needle palm!)


A trellis for some flowers and cucuzza


This will be palmy in a few weeks 



New Vegetable bed


Different angle 





I'm excited to start planting! 
Thanks for looking and the pool will look much nicer in a few days.