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    Post by Joy on Tue 29 Sep 2009, 9:19 pm

    Many of our plants on our small patios are shade lovers, in that they don't mind a bit of morning or late afternoon sun, but do prefer to stay out of the strong sun. Some plants such as our "Pink Diamond" cordyline really struggled when they spent more time in the sun than they do now. This plant has really flourished & is looking magnificent since it was moved to the shadier part of our back patio. This east facing area gets the morning sun but the rear patio becomes shady by mid morning. Summer time sees the sun higher in the sky & affords these plants more shade than in winter.

    The plants we have in this shaded area on the back patio are aechmea fasciata "Primera" offshoot plants, anthurium "Small Talk Pink", Brazilian Walking irises, calathea zebrina, cordyline "Pink Diamond", cyanotis somaliensis "Pussy Ears", dracaena deremensis "Warneckii", dracaena surculosa punctulata "Sierra Leone", fuchsia, hoya "Australis" & "Royal Hawaiian", sarracenias, Venus Fly Traps & zygo cactuses,

    There are some plants which can take a bit more sun & they live near the middle of our back patio. They are "Extra Dwarf Tom Thumb" balsam, beaucarnea recurvata "Pony Tail", curcuma laddawan "Siam Jewel" & curcuma "Voodoo Magic". Both of these are still in dormancy & we hope they will start popping up some greenery real soon. Our three mandevillas "Aloha Red" "Aloha Bright Pink" & "Aloha Hot Pink" & New Guinea Orange impatiens. They all get dappled sun in the later part of the morning due to the cocos palms in the back yard.

    This pic shows only some of the back patio shade lovers.



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    Post by Joy on Tue 29 Sep 2009, 9:40 pm

    Our front patio is even smaller than the back patio but it is great for plants that do best with no sun at all, but do like fairly bright light. It gets some sun, in summer, during the late afternoon when the bite has gone from it. It faces SSW.

    The plants here are more aechmea fasciata "Primera" off shoots, bilbergia nutans "Queen's Tears" plants, chamaedorea elegans "Parlour Palm" which has flourished here, since being moved from the rear of the back patio, as it seemed it was too sunny for it there!!! cordyline terminalis "Americana", homalocladium olatycladum "Bad Hair Day Plant". This has done well outside, since nearly dying as an indoor plant. Our 25yo kentia palm which is living in a half wine barrel & shares this with some cyanotis somaliensis "Pussy Ears" cuttings. Liriope muscari "Evergreen Giant" & "Big Blue" enjoy some of the late afternoon sun but the poor maidenhair fern skulks at the rear of the patio next to a tillandsia cyanea "Pink Quill" with our wonderful Wollemi Pine getting the most of the afternoon sun.

    This pic is several months old, also, the Wollemi Pine, the "Bad Hair Day" plant, tillandsia cyanea & the bilbergia nutans aren't in the shot.

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    Post by Joy on Thu 01 Oct 2009, 9:35 pm

    The back patio this morning, rather early actually. These were taken about 6.30am. Groan. The plants seem to enjoy this sun. It quickly leaves & they are back in the shade for most part of the day.



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    Post by Joy on Fri 30 Oct 2009, 10:00 am

    This is another image taken at the same time as the above. It shows the zygo cactuses, the dracaena surculosa punctulata "Sierra Leone", anthurium & the aechmea fasciata "Primera" with the Brazilian Walking iris to the right. The sarracenia is also visible as is the cordyline "Pink Diamond".

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    Post by Joy on Fri 11 Dec 2009, 9:18 pm

    Some of the shade plants, on the back patio, taken a few days ago. The pic of the chamaedorea elegans, which is on the front patio, was taken about three weeks ago.

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    Post by Glad E Olah on Sat 13 Nov 2010, 11:54 am

    Joy these are simply beautiful!
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    Post by Joy on Sat 13 Nov 2010, 11:59 am

    Thanks Glad. Have been very remiss in taking new pics of these plants. No excuse really as I have my trusty digital camera close at hand, all the time. Oh, how did we manage before these wonderful digicams!! :whistle:
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    Post by Joy on Mon 15 Nov 2010, 8:55 pm

    Some images taken, yesterday, of some of the shade plants on the back patio.

    The first is of most of our beautiful Brazilian Walking iris plants as well as a glimpse of the cordyline "Pink Diamond". That is one plant that really needs shade. During winter when the sun is lower in the sky, the cordyline gets more morning sun & becomes much paler. Almost sunburnt.

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    Post by Joy on Mon 15 Nov 2010, 9:00 pm

    A glimpse of the dracaena surculosa punctulata "Sierra Leone" on the extreme left, with the cordyline "Pink Diamond", some of the Brazilian Walking irises, our fuchsia & dracaena deremensis "Warneckii". Oh, & the curcuma "Voodoo Magic" down on the right front which has just started growing after its winter (dry season) dormancy. Has one leaf so far. :whistle:

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    Post by Joy on Mon 15 Nov 2010, 9:04 pm

    More of the Brazilian Walking irises with the fuchsia & some of the dracaena deremensis "Warneckii". The Brazilian Walking iris plant to the left is the original parent plant & the one in the middle rear is made from the four "babies" from the first flowering season when the parent just had four flowering stems. We certainly have many more now, in just two more years.

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    Post by Joy on Mon 15 Nov 2010, 9:08 pm

    The self-sown maidenhair fern growing in the container with our wonderful dracaena surculosa punctulata "Sierra Leone". This maidenhair fern has been growing there for about three years but has recently started to really grow quite significantly.

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    Post by Joy on Thu 20 Jan 2011, 9:04 pm

    Took this image yesterday of some of the plants in our shade area on our small back patio. Cannot get them all in the one shot. As is obvious, there are a large number of Brazilian Walking iris plants. :lol2: Behind them & barely seen are some aechmea fasciata "Primera" plants. They are sitting around the cordyline "Pink Diamond" plant.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 19 Mar 2011, 2:03 pm

    Cannot believe the difference in only two months. There seems to be so much less room now. Think that is because the curcumas have both grown so more foliage as have the Brazilian Walking irises.

    This image was taken this morning. The zygo cactus is now on display after spending summer tucked away under the parent Brazilian Walking iris's leaves, back, close by the aechmea fasciata "Primera" plants, in the more shaded part of our back patio.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 19 Mar 2011, 2:07 pm

    Two views. A close up of soime og the plants & longer shot. It is impossible to get all of these plants in the one image.


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    Post by Joy on Sat 19 Mar 2011, 2:11 pm

    Looking to the rear of our small back patio. This is only a small sample of our back patio plants.

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    Post by Glad E Olah on Thu 07 Apr 2011, 12:36 pm

    Joy wrote:Cannot believe the difference in only two months. There seems to be so much less room now. Think that is because the curcumas have both grown so more foliage as have the Brazilian Walking irises.

    This image was taken this morning. The zygo cactus is now on display after spending summer tucked away under the parent Brazilian Walking iris's leaves, back, close by the aechmea fasciata "Primera" plants, in the more shaded part of our back patio.


    I quoted so I could point out something.

    The pot in the forefront to the center has leaves that look a bit dry on the edges. What causes this condition and know it is not lack of attention from you. Did the plant get too much water, not enough or maybe too much light? Just curious for I have the same problem.
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    Post by Joy on Thu 07 Apr 2011, 1:44 pm

    That is the curcuma laddawan "Siam Jewel", Glad. It, & the plant to its immediate right with the smooth leaves with a maroon centre spine, the curcuma "Voodoo Magic", are of the ginger family even though their leaves are totally different. They start dying off about now, as they go into dormancy for the so-called dry season, which is what our winters usually are. That browning of the leaves is a normal part of this process. Some are browning at the edges while others are still growing. :lol:

    When this first happened for me, I was desperately worried, until I found out this was normal & was part of their wet season/dry season growing cycle. They are a plant from the tropical region of SE Asia where there is only wet & dry seasons just like our tropics. You may also notice two of its previous flowers are just dry, brown & withered up. They, & the browning leaves, will remain on the plant for it to reabsorb the nutrients from them, until they come away from the plant easily. Then the pots will be completely bare & it will be time for them to hide under the parent Brazilian Walking iris's arching foliage until next spring. They will receive some water during this time but not much. About midspring I shall start increasing their water to simulate the warm season wet. All of my patio plants are outside but are under shelter so they do not get rained upon which is why I have to mimic the wet for them.

    Some leaves, of certain plants go brown, on the tips or edges, if they are watered with chlorinated &/or fluoridated tap water. My dracaenas are like this & I have to use tank rainwater, for them, from Bruiser's brother's farm. Others can go brown from getting wet feet by being in pots which are left to sit in saucers full of water or, of course, from being too dry.
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    Post by Joy on Sun 21 Aug 2011, 4:02 pm

    The chamaedorea elegans or Parlour Palm is shooting up new flowers. Have never seen so many of them at once on this plant. It must mean it is happy at the moment. Hope so. :D

    These will open up small yellow flowers, if I remember correctly. :whistle:

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    Post by Joy on Fri 26 Aug 2011, 8:49 pm

    More flower stems are shooting up on the chamaedorea elegans - Parlour Palm. This is wonderful.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 16 Oct 2011, 10:24 am

    The most numerous of our shade plants is the beautiful Brazilian Walking iris. They are very busily flowering at the moment. Their flowers only last for a few hours but they are so gorgeous & softly fragrant, they are are fantastic to see. THankfully, they will reflower over & over again. This is a stunning plant as it is also an outstanding foliage plant & look wonderful all year round. I actually bought the parent plant because of its lovely foliage then found out about its beautiful flowers, which are an added bonus.







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    Post by Joy on Wed 19 Oct 2011, 3:33 pm

    The chamaedorea elegans or Parlour Palm has many flower heads. Have never seen it with so many before. Must also give it another trim & cut off those fronds that have become grotty looking.

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    Post by Joy on Fri 21 Oct 2011, 2:04 pm

    Some of the 38 Brazilian Walking iris - neomarica bicolour gracilis - flowers which opened on this day. Next day they were all gone. Poof!!!

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    Post by Joy on Tue 25 Oct 2011, 11:22 am

    There were 28 Brazilian Walking iris - neomarica bicolour gracilis - flowers on this day. It was another wonderful sight.

    Here are some of their beautiful flowers.

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    Post by Joy on Wed 02 Nov 2011, 9:25 am

    This day there were at least thirty Brazilian Walking iris flowers. Did give up on counting them as there flowers which were hiding under leaves, flower stems & in other plants. Their flower stems grow so tall (or long).


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