bad landscape palms

Garbage Palms

Dead plants don’t bother me, if they died from natural causes. But these Cabbage palms died from ignorance.

This is a little strip mall on US 41 in Fort Myers, FL. These palms have been planted for about a year and all of them are dead or dying, while the neighboring plants are surviving. I had to know what happened. So I got out my trowel and confirmed my suspicion. All of these palms were planted too deep. The photo shows where I dug down 12″ deep and found nothing but trunk. I have no idea how deep the (dead) root system is but it was beyond me.

Even planting three inches too deep is enough to slowly suffocate a tree’s roots. But a one foot grave is absolute incompetence.

cactus hypertufa succulent succulents

Jelly Bean Box (Hypertufa Succulent Planter)

What fun, making a pot out of dirt. Actually hypertufa is a mix of peat, perlite, and cement but working with it is just like making mud pies. I went for the rustic look so I did not screen the peat, making it lumpier with some sticks. And I colored it “charcoal” to avoid the sidewalk-look. Click on each photo for details.

cactus succulent

Succulents in the Swamp

Although we tracked through mud and puddles 3″ deep, the cactus and succulents were dry at Isaac Farms in Homestead, Florida. ┬áSolid fiberglass and poly roofs kept most of the typical daily rainfall off of these drought-tolerant plants.

Click on the photos for a full view and some captions.