John Anderson

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John lives in Corpus Christi. He loves to build things and to grow things, and he’s very good at both! John has the largest private bromeliad collection in Texas. He won the best of show blue ribbons at the June 2000 International Bromeliad Society show in San Francisco.  He engineered his greenhouses, irrigation systems, ventilation …

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Carica Papaya

Carica papaya

Carica papaya, is an evergreen big shrub or small tree for the tropical or subtropical landscape. Grows best in full sun to light shade.  Soil should have excellent drainage and be rich with plenty of humus or compost.  These tropicals like warmth and the more the better but should be kept on the dry side …

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Phoenix roebelenii

Phoenix roebelenii Pygmy Date Palm

Phoenix roebelenii “Pygmy Date Palm” A small (even miniature) feather palm, from Laos and southeast Asia, with a slender trunk that can grow to about 10 feet (3.0m) in height. Fruit are small, about 1/2 inch (1.25cm) long, and range from dark purple to brown/black when fully ripe. In South Texas, palms start to flower …

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Phoenix roebelenii Pygmy Date Palm

Phoenix roebelenii Pygmy Date Palm Winter protection

As stated before Phoenix roebelenii are hardy to around 24°F (-5°C) and even lower if temperatures are brief and day temperatures warm up above the freezing mark. But what if temperatures are forecasted to be in the lower 20s (-7°C) and only warming up to say only 31 to 33°F

Oregon Garden

The Oregon Garden

Between 1991 and 1996 Jana and I completely landscaped our yard in Portland, Oregon. We constructed two ponds, one a Koi pond with two water falls the other a water garden with a fountain, many retaining walls went up, we raised some areas of the garden by 24 inches, added lots of fencing and built …

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