A Trip Through the Dougherty Garden on July 19, 2017

I have gathered quite a few pictures over the months and years in the Dougherty Garden and will share them on this greendougherty.Blog. Here is the start of those pictures.

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This is a small bush with real small yellow flowers. Those branches with the seed pods  extended past the bush have been removed and I left them on a work area that I have in another area of the Dougherty Garden. It was a mature branch of seeds and they were already brown and dried out. Apparently, a bird had spotted them too and decided to grab them and use the branch for a nest it was building.

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Here is a close up of the only branch that had flowers on it at the time I was working on the area below this plant. They are small, dainty flowers and this plant is a better replacement that the one that I had next to it that had a lot of thorns on the branches that I ended up removing after getting pinned a few times.

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A close up picture of the seeds at the end of the Branch. I still have this branch, I think, or, at least a smaller version of this branch and will set the seeds in a pot to see if they will germinate. A name for the plant I am still looking for on Google. I’ll check with my supplier to see if they have a correct name for the plant.

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This is my Cuban Royal Palm Tree that has been in the Dougherty garden for almost twenty years. I’m anxiously waiting for this palm tree to set out a seed bract and still waiting.

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This is the area right next to the small bush with the yellow flowers. I have this purple plant that I had a small cutting from and planted it in the ground and it is now this size. I decided to clean the area of weeds and add a bit of mulch. It is a form of the Wondering Jew plant and has the scientific name of Tradescantia pallida. I hope that name is right.

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The purple ground cover is on the edge on my property and just right of my Spear palm tree. I cleaned out the weeds and a bunch of soil and added this mulch around the  ground cover the and bush with the yellow flowers. One of my son’s neighbors was moving and I got a few supplies, one which was a box of plastic edging that I will use to separate the grass from the grass and he ground cover.

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This is a Jamaican Tall Coconut palm tree in the Dougherty Garden. Last year it started to produce Coconuts and one fell off earlier this year. Now there are quite a few more Coconuts on on the palm tree. This side of the Coconut palm tree is bare because I had a tall tree that was cut down. The trunk of that tree is right under a potted fern plant that I have placed on top of the stump that is still there. A few of the Coconut palm tree branches were removed in the process of cutting down that tree. I call this area, Area D, and will add some mulch  after I remove all the weeds in this area.

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Close up of the bottom of the Jamaican Tall Coconut palm tree canopy. As you can see, there are a few Coconuts attached to the Coconut palm tree. What I like about the Coconut palm tree is that they are self pruning branches on this palm tree. They are heavy and you don’t want be under the tree when a branch does fall to the ground. It saves me climbing a ladder and cutting a branch off.

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The seed bract of a Saw Palmetto palm tree. I had a few branches with seeds on this palm tree in the past but this one is different because the seeds are in a greater quantity.  I cleaned the immediate area around these seeds to take pictures and monitor the growth of the seeds. This palm tree comes in two colors, green and a greenish blue leafs. I have two separate Saw Palmetto palm trees in this location, planted together, because they are a clustering type of palm tree. Those little red seeds are from the Solitaire palm tree that hovers over the Saw Palmetto palm tree.

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Solitaire palm trees planted in the Dougherty Garden. Notice the palm seed bracts with bright red seeds hanging from the base of the canopy of the palm tree. These seeds, if I didn’t collect them, would germinate right below the palm tree.

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A closer look at the Solitaire palm tree red seed. What doesn’t fall to the ground are eaten by the local birds. The tree to the right is an unusual fruit tree that comes with bright yellow flowers and brightens the area in early Spring.

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A look at the upper canopy of the Solitaire palm tree in the Dougherty Garden. These seeds will be dropping all summer long and I set up a few pots of dirt below the Solitaire palm trees so that i can add a few of them to let them germinate right in the pot so that I don’t have to pull them out of the ground.

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Here is the tree that I talked about earlier in this blog that was cut down. One of the reasons that I was not too upset with cutting down this tree is that I have limited space in the Dougherty Garden and this tree was literally setting out thousands of seed pods. You really can’t notice in this picture, but those seeds pods were germinating all over the garden and were difficult to pull out of the ground once the plant set out roots.

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Here is my Yucca plant which is commonly called the Spanish bayonet. I like the plant but if you are working below the plant and get up fast, you will get jabbed by the pointed branches. So, now I’m very careful anytime I work in the area of the Yucca plant.

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This is the area of the Purple ground cover area that has a palm tree that I planted on the edge of the Dougherty Garden. This palm tree is called the Spear palm tree and has branches that are as long as a spear.

That covers my first blog on the greendougherty. Blog with the Today in the Garden. I’ll be doing a video with these pictures from the Dougherty Garden to see if there is an audience like I have for some of my other videos.

Enjoy growing green 24/7,

Marty Dougherty #greendougherty

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