Quick update on a few of the palms. Right now I'm growing Copernica Alba, Rhapis, A Queen Palm, a Pygmy Palm, a mule palm, cat palm, and my favorite new palm... an old man palm (Coccothrinax crinita).
Copernica looking healthy but growing slow.
Old Man Palm. I got it from a cool nursery in Tampa for a good price too. I won't be risking it in the ground in Gainesville and it's slow growing enough that I think it'll make a great potted plant anyway!
Queen palm view.
I've never seen Curcumas for sale up north, but down here they are offered everywhere. Hostas won't grow down here (at least not to my knowledge), but Curcumas make AMAZING subtropical substitutes. The flowers on these ginger are unreal and even the foliage is special.
Here are mine...
Ginger, unsurprisingly, bloom MUCH earlier down here. Usually I'd be lucky to see some budding on my plants this time of the year in NYC, but down here they have already been blooming for nearly two months.
The plumerias have had a quiet year. Melody was the only one that bloomed. I am surprised that my "Divine" did not bloom because the ones up in NY are loaded with flowers.
I purchased two new plumerias, Inca Gold (a yellow variety) and Jackie (a variety with pointed petals). I'm excited to see them bloom - although no signs of blooms this season!
My Allamanda is blooming well. It does wilt in the hot sunshine though.
What's really amazing, my camellia is blooming in the middle of the summer! Does this happen to anyone else in the southeast? I only got two blooms (Kramer's Supreme is the variety), but I was pretty shocked by it.
One of my more interesting blooms come from my papaya tree. I didn't know papayas were fragrant. Papayas do very well in Gainesville. I've seen a few large trees around here loaded with fruit. Mine is in it's first year, but already has dozens of fresh papayas on it! I can't wait to try them.
My banana plants have grown really fast too. They were just 3 feet tall when I planted them, now they are pushing 14 feet. Kind of a weird growth habit on the ice cream banana though. It looks as if it's stretching for light (maybe it is), but it does get at least 4 hours of direct sunshine a day. Either way it does look happy so fingers crossed I may see fruit one day!
And while on the subject of fruit trees, here's my Joey Avocado! It's rated as hardy down to zone 8b. It shouldnt have any issues this winter. I'm definitely not protecting it!
One thing I am so impressed with after my first summer in Florida is how FAST everything grows. This Alocasia came from my yard in NYC and it was at most maybe 5 feet tall with 4 leaves by the end of the season. Even in the best years, it wouldn't surpass 7 feet (and I thought that was pretty huge). But with no special care, it's stretching past 12 feet!
Back in April...
The front yard is filling out well. My Mule Palm might be the fastest growing palm in my yard. It's about 5 feet tall now and put out 3 or 4 fronds this season.
Here's the front yard back in June. The Hawaiian ti plants were planted by the previous owner. They survived the winter but looked a little rough. They filled out nicely over the summer though!
A few more pics!
Thanks for looking! I'll try to update my blog more often with what's happening up in NYC!