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Welcome to GOY Longleaf - what a fabulous area ... like the bamboo.

3 Nov, 2009


Is this your garden Longleaf/ It's gorgeous:-)

22 Nov, 2009


It sure is ... thanks for posting Bornagain as I got to see this photo once more!

22 Nov, 2009


Any time Bernieh:-)

22 Nov, 2009


Top left is Acacia pravissima which will be a mass of fragrant yellow flowers about Feb/Mar. Top right is Acacia retinodes which has been flowering in its upper branches for months, as it grows new branches. Near left is Pseudopanax crassifolius. The bamboo is Phyllostachys aureosulcata "Aureocaulis".

22 Nov, 2009


Love the little pom-pom flowers on the retinodes and love the weeping nature of the pravissima - fantastic plants.

22 Nov, 2009


You must be in a mild part Longleaf?

24 Nov, 2009


We're on the west coast - so we get some of the Gulfstream and milder winters. Some plants get protected over winter. But it's worth taking a chance - to enjoy something different. Things usually survive and grow. If the worst possible thing happens - i.e. one dies - it provides a space for a new plant. It's a win-win situation!

24 Nov, 2009


I've just been looking at acacias on ebay pravissima and dealbata I think. Maybe I should take the plunge possibly grow in container and bring it in somewhere?? for winter :-)

25 Nov, 2009


Great idea Bornagain! Personally I'd choose Acacia pravissima.
We've got various types of acacia:
A. baileyana "Purpurea", A covenyi, A cultriformis, A. dealbata subalpina, A. podalyriifolia, A. pravissima & A. retinodes.
But if I was only allowed to have one - it would be that one. It has such wonderful shaped branches. Ours is sheltered by the house and and grows so well here that we've pruned it back a lot to get light in.
But at least it's fine on it's own trunk(s). I've often seen A. dealbatas (including mine) - that need quite a bit of support, even when they get tall. Probably due to their position/climate?
My second choice would be A. baileyana "Purpurea" - for its lovely colour, . The colour intensity seems to vary a lot. I've seen really purple ones and some that are a "hint of purple" using one's imagination - even when they're at the same stage of growth. I've always thought of it being a bit more tender than A. pravissima. It's best to actually select your specimen and bring it home with you. Mind you, nurseries that have that, usually have further exciting things to buy too.....
Containers are great ideas so that you can move plants to warmer places in winter. If you put A. pravissima in one - make it a big one!
Good luck!

26 Nov, 2009


Thanks again for your help longleaf:-)

27 Nov, 2009

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