11/5/14

My Las Vegas Tropical Oasis

Here is some nice photos of what my side yard looks like this year.  It is turning into quite the tropical oasis with the most desert hardy tropical looking plants I could use in Las Vegas. Most of these plants here I planted two to three years ago. Click for Hi-Res Images.

 

 

Counterclockwise From Left to Right: Brazilian Pepper Tree, Lady Palm, Mock Orange, Canna Lily Tropicana, Mexican Feather Grass, Assorted Day Lilies, Radiation Lantana, Blue Plumbago, Jacaranda, Mexican Fan Palms

Counterclockwise From Top Left to Right: Brazilian Pepper Tree, Lady Palm, Mock Orange, Canna Lily Tropicana, Mexican Feather Grass, Assorted Day Lilies, Radiation Lantana, Blue Plumbago, Jacaranda Tree, Mexican Fan Palms

 

Looking the path from the other direction. Gazania and Calla Lillies planted in the front right. Cape Honeysuckle and my Grandfloria Magnolia tree in the background

Looking the path from the other direction. Gazania and Calla Lillies planted in the front right. Cape Honeysuckle and Jacaranda Tree on the back left and my Grandfloria Magnolia tree and Sengal Date Palm in the right background.

 

Lantana, Jacaranda, Calla Lilies, and Cape Honeysuckle in the front with My Pansy garden with Xylosma in the back

Lantana, Jacaranda, Calla Lilies, and Cape Honeysuckle in the front with Xylosma in the back. Needs a trim

 

 

Mock Orange, Lady Palm and Canna Lily "Tropicana"

Mock Orange, Lady Palm and Canna Lily “Tropicana”, and Mexican Feather grass in the front

 

 

New new additions: Silver Lady Fern and Australian Sword Fern.

New new additions for my full shade area: Silver Lady Fern and Australian Sword Fern.

 

 

My boxwood Hedge is finally growing in. Also in the pic is my Chinese Fan Palm, and Xylosma hedge surrounding my flower garden.

Here you can see my Winter Gem Boxwood Hedge is finally growing in. Also in the pic is my Chinese Fan Palm, Texas Privet, some Primrose and my  Zelkova Tree. On the right my Xylosma hedge surrounds my Pansy garden. I also had to put a fence up to keep my pup from eating my plants. It has been tough breaking him of that.

 

 

My Pansy garden with Xylosma hedge showing new growth.

My Pansy garden with Xylosma hedge showing new growth.

 

Not bad considering all my plants are running on a drip system. Even my Pansy garden is on a drip sprayer.

 

10/31/14

Vote for Christine Kramar for Nevada Assembly District 13

I am a non-partisan apolitical person by nature so I usually don’t talk about politics or preach about it. I will make an exception for my wife who is the hardest working woman I know. She is running for the local assembly seat 13 here in Las Vegas. Say NO to common core and please give her your vote this Election Day.

 www.christinekramar.com

 

Thanks

Louis

 

10/1/14
Paulownia Tree

Paulownia Tree – Sept 2014

 

So after the summer break I thought I would start off with my Paulowina tree again. Phenomenal growth this year. The pictures really don’t do it justice.

 

Paulownia Tree  May 2014

Paulownia Tree May 2014

 

 

And now…. this monster.

 

 

Paulownia Tree 8 feet tall now.

8+ Feet tall now. It dwarfs my 8 year old.

 

What truly has amazed me is that I planted this tree in a location in my yard that received 10+ hours of our brutal sun. The 105 temps didn’t even phase it, there was no wilting or burning of the leaves. This is the Paulownia Elongata variety. I had some Paulownia Kawakamii seedlings that did not hold up as well.

06/9/14
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Sweet Gum trees in Vegas?

First time I have ever seen Sweet Gum trees in stock at a store here in Las Vegas. The Lowes on Ft Apache road has two variates in stock the Liquidambar Styraciflua ‘Festival’ and the ‘Burgandy’. Sweet Gums are known for their beautiful fall foliage, that alone is reason enough to try one here in Southern Nevada

 

Festival Sweet Gum

 


 

Burgundy Sweet Gum

 

I have never seen one growing here, and there really is not much information about them in our climate. Sunset does not recommend them for our area, but it’s hard to trust them when they have so much stuff wrong about Vegas.

The closest I have found is an interesting article about growing this tree in Arizona here: http://ag.arizona.edu/yavapai/anr/hort/byg/archive/liquidambar.html

My best guess would be that it would do OK at the higher elevations in Las Vegas 2000+ feet or higher, which is mainly the Summerlin and NW parts of Las Vegas. It’s native range is all over the southeast so it probably takes the heat ok. Its the lack of humidity and our harsh alkaline soils that will be the challenge and this will require acid fertilizer supplements. They do get large and their roots are not friendly so if you decide to try one I would keep it away from your foundation and walls in case the tree does thrive. I wish I had more space else I would try one myself, I have hit the point in my yard where I don’t think I can add another tree of this size.

If you happen to have a sweet gum, or if you buy one of these and try it out, please drop me a line and let me know how it is doing.

 

 

 

05/29/14
Paulowina Tree 1

Paulowina Tree – May 2014

“Paulowina Elongata” Empress Tree

 

I have not posted any pictures lately of my Paulowina Tree that I planted last year. As of May this year it has grown almost 3 feet since it budded out in March. Pretty amazing, it did get a little beat up from the wind we have been having, but is taking full sun like a champ. We shall see how it does in a few months in the full sun with temps over 100 every day.

 

Click for some nice hi-res images.

 

Paulowina Tree 1

 

 

Paulowina Tree 2

 

I still have some seedlings of Paulowina Elongata and Paulowina Kawakamii for sale if anyone is interested in trying one of these pretty trees. They are currently in 1 gallon containers and I am in the process of moving them over to 3 gallon containers. Leave a comment if your interested and I will reply.

 

Links to more info:

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/164940/

http://plantfinder.sunset.com/plant-details.jsp?id=3815

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulownia

 

04/10/14
Lemon Bottlebrush

April Bloomers

A couple a bloomers in my front yard. A Lemon Bottlebrush tree and my Windmill Palm.

Lemon Bottlebrush

Lemon Bottlebrush

Windmill Palm Blooming

Windmill Palm Blooming

03/25/14
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A couple of exotic Palm Trees at home depot.

Home Depot surprised me the other day my having a couple of palms trees usually not sold in Vegas in stock. (Actually they are both Cycad’s but everyone mistakes them as palms and they are usually sold as such.)

First is the Cardboard Palm. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zamia_furfuracea

Cardboard Palm

A closer look

Second is the Giant Dioon. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dioon_spinulosum

Cooler looking cousin to the Sago Palm (cycad)

Both come with a nice clay pot for $49. They didn’t’ have that many in stock so I suggest you grab one sooner than later.

03/11/14

Still Alive!

I recently watched the Croods with the kids about a month ago and one of the running jokes was that they were the last cavemen (caveman?) family alive and would yell that every time they survived some horrible thing. Well I think my little blog has survived me ignoring it for the last few months. I blame my wife, my project list for inside the house has been keeping me busy so less time on the yard. I could not hold out with spring in full force so more posts will be coming soon…