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    • June 3, 2021 5:45 PM EDT
    • Eric Mueller said:


      Thanks.  I'll look for it.  We've really struggled finding plant that can go from flood- to drought in the course of 24 hours and then cycle through again!  



      I should send you some pennsyltuckyian hostas. They have the south Philly attitude can keep punching them but it only makes them madder and bigger.

    • June 3, 2021 5:04 PM EDT
    • Eric Mueller said:


      Thanks.  I'll look for it.  We've really struggled finding plant that can go from flood- to drought in the course of 24 hours and then cycle through again!  



      Try this one Eric, I have some in my garden and it is self sustaining (ie I do not do anything to it) it is also used on the roundabouts in town so is pretty hardy.


      This a description of a relative tree

      C. equisetifolia is widespread in the Hawaiian Islands where it grows both on the seashore in dry, salty, calcareous soils and up in the mountains in high rainfall areas on volcanic soils.

    • June 1, 2021 3:23 AM EDT
    • Pete,

      Thanks.  I'll look for it.  We've really struggled finding plant that can go from flood- to drought in the course of 24 hours and then cycle through again!  



    • May 31, 2021 9:23 PM EDT
    • Eric everything is in the dirt and the Aptenia, well it doesn’t care where it goes once established. I’m surprised I well it’s doing here , Eric you should have no issue with it growing . I don’t think it has a big root system, so maybe a large pot buried in the volcanic soil with potting mix or garden soil will get it established, and spreads well with good moisture, but is also draught tolerant. Also have found out rabbits here at least seen the enjoy it , probably as a water source in our dry climate, as I see sparrows eating it too

    • May 31, 2021 12:13 AM EDT
    • Pete,


      Are you planting right into the rocks?  We have been struggling to get some sort of ground cover going for years.




    • May 30, 2021 5:30 PM EDT
    • Thanks for the response Pete I'll see what I can do

    • May 30, 2021 12:04 PM EDT
    • David the plant is called Aptenia or Heartleaf plant it will die off in your winters ( below 23*) but you can cut a piece off and plant it in pots to grow inside over winter then replant them. They just need to be stuck in the dirt to propagate . 

    • May 29, 2021 5:38 PM EDT
    • Looking good Pete. When you learn the name of that plant I have a spot for it. Post the name if you don't mind

    • May 29, 2021 4:42 PM EDT
    • Here is the 7 month pictures of my plantings, some failures and a couple of huge successes. This plant , cannot remember the name is going crazy, its easy to cut and stick in the ground and it will root and go from that.

      this is from the pool side looking west, the big bushes in the foreground are volunteer Lantana's and seem to be doing very well

      From the middle looking to the pool, (east) you can see the plant is really doing well, when I replaced the old wooden bridge I set it aside to think about making it an abandoned feature, well the runaway plant is about to start swallowing it, It's not in the place I was going place either!

      in the foreground is 1 of 2 victims of me or the weather here, looked fine and was growing, 2 weeks later dead! Will have to look for another plant for this spot. The hillside plants are doing well and look happy with their spots


      This is the part of the layout that gets the most sun, so some of the plants are a little slow growing here compared to the shady areas, but for the most part they are growning and green , so its a win in my book. BUT we are now in the 100*days here so crossing fingers things will survive. My wife can be the one to take the credit, as she checks them and fertilizes them on a regular basis, and I cant thank her enough!

    • October 19, 2020 8:17 PM EDT
    • Eric , that’s funny! The background of your RR is 100 % greener  than mine will ever be

    • October 19, 2020 7:28 PM EDT
    • Looking good, Pete!  Please don't shame me by getting your RR greener than mine! 

    • October 18, 2020 3:30 PM EDT
    • Jim Rowson said:

      Go, Pete, go!

      I think Jim meant GROW, Pete, GROW!


      Sure looks good!

    • October 18, 2020 1:07 PM EDT
    • Go, Pete, go!

    • October 18, 2020 12:31 PM EDT
    • Nice green Pete. I was looking for a desert motif, cacti and what have you, but green is good too.

    • October 18, 2020 11:17 AM EDT
    • The railroad is "greening" up nicely, Pete.  Its amazing how a few plants can make the railroad come to life.  My favorite part is the Babs memorial.  Nice touch.  Our four legged friends bring us great joy and provide fond memories.  Thanks for sharing.

    • April 5, 2021 6:58 PM EDT


      I just love this pic

    • April 5, 2021 12:45 PM EDT
    • Looks awesome Jim! Nancy did a great job bringing it to life!

    • April 5, 2021 11:49 AM EDT
    • Spring has sprung on the Durango & Jasper and the plants are going crazy. There are a couple of trees that I think are cool (actually there are more but these are looking particularly cool right now).


      This first one is a corokia cotoneaster, also known as a "Little Prince" and is showing little yellow flowers right now:



      And this is a Japanese maple (sorry, I can't get more specific. there are several Japanese maples on the layout and they are wildly different from each other). Nancy and I agreed to try to do a form of classic bonsai pruning. The idea is to make it look windblown (toward the left in this photo). We started by pruning away branches that were going in the wrong direction and also pruning some of the lower branches to give it a more pronounced trunk. Later we'll use wire and weights to accentuate the shapes of the branches to emphasize the windswept look.



      Happy spring!


      [edited to fix a typo]

    • October 23, 2020 7:11 PM EDT
    • Here's a set of before (November 2019) and after (October 2020) pictures to give you a feel for how much has changed in the last year...


      Durango before:


      Durango after:


      And Jasper before:


      Jasper after: