Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Go Grow Glow!

The yuccas in the second raised bed are enjoying the summer and growing away nicely, except for one that is...


The Yucca rostrata right in the middle of this bed has sadly popped its head off a couple of weeks ago. It was already looking peaky by the end of winter however I was hoping it would pull through and grow robust once the weather warmed up. Alas that was not the case as when we had a very windy period a few weeks ago, with the gusts off came its head. It's a shame to lose this one as it was the first Yucca rostrata I had bought and from a nursery too that no longer exists but was ahead of its game then. This yucca has always had a slight gash near the crown which I presumed had fully healed as it seemed in the last few years but perhaps last winter it became a site for rot to develop and spread to eventually finish it off.


Shame it had to GO but it is a dead plant in a very prominent spot. I'm still considering what to replace it with, whether another Yucca rostrata or a large glazed urn, or perhaps a different plant altogether. Watch this space...

As for GROW, a few notable ones are:


Chamaerops humilis
This Chamaerops humilis growing in a pot which had strangely spear pulled last winter even though it was a relatively mild one. The good thing is it is clearly recovering but pushing out new growth. Oddly though, it has also pushed out an inflorescence albeit a small one at the same time. Silly palm, couldn't make up its mind.

Gunnera tinctoria
Near the palm above is our Gunnera tinctoria growing robustly and has already rooted over the pond coping stone to dip its feet directly on to the water, helping it grow even bigger and remain upright.

Schefflera rhododendrifolia
And back on to the second raised bed, the Schefflera rhododendrifolia is looking extra good with it's new growth and flush of leaves.

Trachycarpus princeps hybrid
And jumping on to the middle patio, I spotted this Trachycarpus princeps hybrid positively GLOWing as it catches the morning light. Lovely!

Mark :-)

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  1. Too bad abouy the rostrada, but at least you have others! If you're taking votes, mine is to replace it with something else besides another Y. rostrada. It's a chance for a change!

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  2. Looks even better than the last time I saw it-a big credit to you both. Had the deceased yucca been taller I would have suggested you leave it or perhaps top it with a vase of flowers as a monument to our joint stupidity in trying to grow all this tender stuff :-)

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    1. Hahaha! Perhaps putting a primula over it is an option after all :))

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  3. Your whole garden glows with excitement! Sorry for the loss of your first yucca rostrata and am looking forward to seeing what replaces it.

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  4. I'm trying to envision a Yucca rostrata head popping off. I see a space age moment where the plant arcs gracefully into space and eventually lands off the coast of Florida.

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    1. It was kind of like that when I found the crown lying beside it...the whole crown lol

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  5. Will it come back from the roots at all? My linearfolia rotted all the way down, no trunk left, even. All mush. The rest look great--the palm leaf lit up by the sun, wonderful, and the fabulous Gunnera.

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    1. It potentially could. If it doesn't get replaced soon will be sawing the trunk off to ground level and see if anything sprouts from the ground :)

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  6. As always, an interesting post, hence your 'fame' ;) Your garden totally inspires me to try harder, I think my problem is I am not good at research. Shall we say I'm a bit of a 'plonker'. I plonk a plant here and plonk a plant there lol!!!

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    1. Thanks Libby, you made me laugh :)) but 'plonking' isn't so bad, so many a beautiful combination happens by happy accident :)

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  7. Too bad about your Yucca, but I do trust you two to come up with something that will do the space justice. I kind of like the idea of adding something that provides contrast... but what? Looking forward to seeing what you decide. Love those big Gunneras! In my next garden, for sure...

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    1. Big question, what...something glaucous and arid...hmmm..

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  8. I've got the same Yucca rostrata look in my garden. Its head didn't pop off but rather the leaves all slowly turned brown and the final few just pulled out when I went to trim them. I've left it wondering if it might push out new growth...but so far nothin.

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    1. Shame about that, so annoying isn't it? The funny thing was a couple of years ago ours started to look ropey then suddenly flushed new growth. Alas not the case this year. I think rostrata rarely suckers, but linearifolia certainly does. Hope you do get new growth, fingers crossed!

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  9. Mark, I really like yuccas and yours look so lovely. So sorry to read that one yucca rostrata lost its head. It is really sad since you babied this plant so long and it had a special meaning for you.
    That being said, life is always changing and so is the garden. A loss always means a new possibility and I am curious what you will do with this empty spot.
    Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week!
    Warm regards,
    Christina

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    1. Looking at the bright side here, a new possibility :)

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  10. With the one exception, the Yucca look fabulous. I SO wish I could grown Gunnera, which also seemed to do a very good job of glowing in your garden.

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    1. Thanks Kris :) but I wonder if alocasia will do well in your garden, bright with indirect sun area perhaps?

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  11. I must, must get a gunnera this year. The light through the leaves.. oh my.

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    1. Gunners will do well in your garden Jessica!

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  12. But look at all that's left to console you! My rostratas are still years away from a trunk. So sorry you lost this one. I'd be worried about all the watering needed to settle in something new and the effect that moisture would have on the other yuccas. I vote for splurging on the large glazed urn for that spot.

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    1. Looking at the bright side here, at least the other yuccas are doing well. Planted out ones from small seems to size up pretty quick so hopefully it won't be too long a wait for you. If we spot a glazed urn appropriate for that spot soon then it'll be it for sure :))

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  13. That Yucca casualty notwithstanding it all looks great!

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