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    Post by Joy on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 5:23 pm

    Glad wanted to know just how small our patios are so here are some images of the two of them. Haven't measured each patio as it is a wee bit difficult with all the plants that are squished up on them. Both of them are covered by the balconies of the unit above us so the plants have some protection from the worst of the elements. The back patio is deeper than the front, so has more plants on it. They have created their own micro climate with many helpful little critters living in amongst the plants.

    The front patio faces SSW with very little sun. At the height of summer the late afternoon sun will creep on to the patio with the Wollemi pine & plants beside getting some sun. Rest of the tear the sun just touches the edges of the patio.

    The plants that live here are shade lovers &, as well as the Wollemi pine, there are zygoes, or schlumbergera truncatas, billbergia nutans "Queen's Tears", homalocladium platycladum, or "Bad Hair Day Plant", tillandsia cyanea "Pink Quill", aechmea fasciata "Primera", chamaedorea elegans, or a Parlour Palm, cordyline "Americana" & the biggest of them all, our old kentia palm, or howea forsteriana.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 5:28 pm

    This image of some of the plants on the front patio, was taken a month ago when the zygoes were still flowering & before the billbergia nutans "Queen's Tears" had started.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 5:30 pm

    Some more of the front patio plants.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 5:44 pm

    The back patio faces NE so gets the morning sun. The cocos palms in the yard protect it from the worst of the hot sun. In fact, the cacti may miss out on some sun. The succulents seem happy. It does get hit by the afternoon seabreezes during summer but the plants appear to cope. This is where our beautiful Brazilian Walking irises live. Other plants on this patio are the mandevillas, miniature roses, hibiscus schizopetaluses, cordyline "Pink Diamond", hoyas "Royal Hawaiian", "Indian Rope" & mindorensis, dracaena surculosa punctulata "Sierra Leone", dracaena deremensis "Warneckii", dracaena marginata tricolour or Rainbow Tree, yucca elephantipes (or guatamaliensis), echeverias & graptoveria, aloe juvenna, echinopsis seminudus, mammilleria hahniana, adenium obesum, a crossandra infundibuliformis, fuchsia cuttings, Venus Fly Traps & sarracenia purpura. In dormancy, at the moment are some curcumas & a zingiber.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 8:50 pm

    Just off the back patio under the stairs to the upstairs unit, is the beaucarnea recurvata or Pony tail, plus another hibiscus schizopetalus, cyanotis somaliensis or Pussy Ears, agave attenuata, aloe bravifolia, what remains of castanospermum australe which will probably not survive, a fuchsia, a hoya "Australis" & two stapelias ~ Leendertziae & Gigantea. There are also four pots of curcumas in dormancy. Hopefully, we shall have many ginger plants growing this coming spring.

    Some of the plants are sitting on an old &, slowly, disintegrating computer desk. Much of it has collapsed. :lol:

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    Post by Joy on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 8:57 pm

    Some views of the plants, on the back patio which cannot be seen in the pic as they are behind the front plants.

    This was taken when there was still a pot of zygoes - schlumbergera truncata - situated there.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 9:00 pm

    Our hot water heater is on the back patio, so while it means there is more room in our bathroom there is less on the back patio. :lol2:

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    Post by Joy on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 9:02 pm

    The view from our back door.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 9:03 pm

    Back patio. Dracaena surculosa punctulata "Sierra Leone", cordyline "Pink Diamond", Brazilian Walking irises & hoya "Royal Hawaiian".

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    Post by Joy on Sun 07 Aug 2011, 9:07 pm

    Some of the Brazilian Walking irises. They are getting ready to start flower early spring. The mandevilla pots look empty as they have been severely pruned but there is new growth starting to happen.

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    Post by Joy on Mon 08 Aug 2011, 5:23 pm

    :oops: :sorry: :oops2: There is one plant I forgot to mention when listing the plants that live on the back patio. The Achmea fasciata "Primera" plants which are hiding in a shady spot behind the Brazilian Walking irises. We have about four or five of them all tangled up together.

    They are very hard to get a pic of. This one was taken from behind the dracaena surculosa punctulata "Sierra Leone". The one in the front of the pic is the one with the really long leaves.

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    Post by Joy on Mon 08 Aug 2011, 5:27 pm

    Taken from the front with me holding up the leaves of the "Pink Diamond" cordyline & leaning over the Brazilian Walking irises, while operating the camera. :lol2:

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    Post by Joy on Sat 07 Jan 2012, 10:28 am

    There has been a great deal of growth on the back patio since these last pics were taken, five months ago. Here is our back patio in the morning sun.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 07 Jan 2012, 10:30 am

    The overflow from the back patio, situated under the stairs leading to the upstairs unit. At this time of the year there isn't a great deal of sun that penetrates this area as it is much higher in the sky.

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    Post by Guest on Sat 21 Jan 2012, 7:25 am

    Beautiful like ALWAYS Bellsy, I just love your back yard. ( I need to get over and veiw some of your videos too) :whistle:

    I remember one plant, :think2: but don't remember the name of it, but you were having problems with it and had to cut some of it off.....do you remember which one I mean? I was wondering how it was doing??
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    Post by Joy on Sat 21 Jan 2012, 8:34 am

    Thanks, Justy. :smile:

    Was the plant in question our adenium obesum, Justy??? If so, I am thrilled to tell you that it not only has recovered (& I think I can now safely say that without fear of it collapsing again :whistle: ) but it is thriving. :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: That was one plant we were really concerned about. :O
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    Post by Guest on Tue 24 Jan 2012, 6:52 am

    That might have been the one, you had to give it a big bad hair cut or something like that.

    I just love the pictures of your patio...it looks like a jungle back there :good:
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    Post by Joy on Tue 24 Jan 2012, 8:52 am

    It sure does look like a jungle on both patios, Justy. :lol2: When I look at pics that were taken only a few months ago, I am surprised at how much everything has grown & how much less space we have. :lol:

    Another thought was it could have been our very old ponytail, or beaucarnea recurvata, which was nearly totally destroyed by mealybugs. They gave it several haircuts. :grr: Well, it is going very well now with no sign of any mealybugs for a long time. It has fully recovered from its long ordeal & is now being used as a climbing frame by the mandevillas. :lol2:
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    Post by Joy on Tue 21 Feb 2012, 4:21 pm

    Four of today's five flowers on this hibiscus schizopetalus cutting. The fifth is around the back of the plant & can be just seen through the foliage. This is the cutting which has grown its roots through the pot's drainage holes & into the ground. It does seem to be doing better than the other two which are on the concrete of the back patio. :lol3:

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    Post by Guest on Sat 03 Mar 2012, 7:29 am

    Joy wrote:It sure does look like a jungle on both patios, Justy. :lol2: When I look at pics that were taken only a few months ago, I am surprised at how much everything has grown & how much less space we have. :lol:

    Another thought was it could have been our very old ponytail, or beaucarnea recurvata, which was nearly totally destroyed by mealybugs. They gave it several haircuts. :grr: Well, it is going very well now with no sign of any mealybugs for a long time. It has fully recovered from its long ordeal & is now being used as a climbing frame by the mandevillas. :lol2:

    THATS IT!!!! I'm glad it has recovered and if the mandevillas are being helped by it that all the better :yes:
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    Post by Joy on Sat 03 Mar 2012, 9:24 am

    It is a great plant, Justy & we were so pleased that it survived the mealybugs' onslaught. Trouble is that it now looks like an extension of the mandevillas. :rofl: Shall have to disentangle it one day. :lol2:

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