22/52: progress of the palms on the patio

Last year we planted a little batch of ferns and palms in the garden adjacent to the patio, which looked like this:

finishing touches cropped-troppo.jpg Silver Lady Blechnum Pteris Cretica Albo Lineata  Phoenix Robelinii Blechnum Spicant one palm and three fernsUnfortunately my laptop has crashed, so this post will have to continue in the next couple of days, with the photo update of this little corner of the garden. Thanks for your patience.


UPDATE: Thank goodness, the problem was fixed. As an aside, if your laptop will not turn on, remove the batteries and unplug it from the power source, press the on button for 15-30 seconds, reinsert the batteries and attach to power, turn it on and hopefully you will shout “hallelujah” as I did.

Now I am able to provide the update of photos, just over nine months since we planted out this area. I am happy with the lush, tropical progress. Hope you enjoy it too.

group of ferns and palm nine months after planting rocks, stones and foliage tropical foliage tropical foliage  (2) tropical foliage  (3)

2/52: planting palms

Since we purchased a number of palms, the next step was to plant them. Hopefully they will fare well, as we have had extreme temperatures of late of almost 40 degrees Celsius.

I had originally contemplated adding another bluestone wall to section of this area, but when I removed lots of ivy I discovered a few rocks underneath. Adding the two larger bluestone blocks has provided enough of a barrier that a structured wall is probably overkill, much to my labourer husband’s delight.

Nevertheless, with his digging skills, guess who had the task of planting all the palms? That was obviously a rhetorical question.

first palm planted

The first palm planted was a Canary Island palm, Phoenix canariensis.

second palm planted

The second palm,  Phoenix roebelinii went in. I was excited because my tropical garden was finally under way.

my tropical garden in the middle tier  The rest of the palms will feature in further posts, as I have to pack.

Another trip? Yessiree, a New Zealand cruise, about which I will later be blogging on Travels with Princess & Quiquinou.