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Realtors have hobbies, Keeping the jungle in the backyard is mine!

     The weather in South Louisiana is great for growing things.  Plants, insects and fish are all included.  However I fool with the plant part.  Most of the time you never have to water here with 60 plus inches of rain per year.  You rarely have to worry about freezing during the day.  Snow comes every 20 years or so, the most was in 1964 so its been a while. 

     This blog has little to do with New Orleans condos but you can grow some great plants in your condo with a little care, light and light food.  These are plants in my yard in no orgainzed way.  I can always find new plants when I show homes and can trade them with other backyard growers. You can always tie this in with photos to tie the hobbies togeather.  Bonus points if you can name three of these!!

    Read beneath the line so you too can enjoy some of my plants.   When business slows there is always something to do.

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Live Oaks and Spanish Moss, A New Orleans feature that grows!

    Live Oaks and Spanish Moss are an odd New Orleans Couple.  They have gotten along for hundreds of years and remain very compatible.  The New Orleans climate has been kind to both as they love the humid air and almost no winters.  The Spanish Moss is really not a moss at all but an esphylic plant that uses the tree for a home.  The plants make their own food and do not need roots to survive.  They like shade and thus grow under the branches of the tree underneath the leaf cover of the Live Oak in this case.  

New Orleans Oaks

    You do not have to go far to both see as Audubon Park and City Park are full of the stately oaks and Spanish moss.  They do not like exhaust fumes and have disappeared along heavily traveled roads.  A tree shaded street does increase your real estate values and the quality of life. 

Audubon Park Oak Trees

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Bromeliads, A New Orleans Treat, they love the weather!

     I cannot even remember how I fell into this hobby but it was well before my real estate career started.  Bromeliads are a sub-tropical family of plants related to Pineapples.  They love the New Orleans weather.  I happen to grow these guys because they are easy to grow and the blooms sometimes will last for several months.  I have over 100 in pots and flower beds around the house.  They need little soil, hate the cold weather, and love the rain and humidity.  They can enjoy the shade of Oaks for months at a time. 

      I cannot give you a lot of scientific info on these plants but they are easy to take care of.  I re-pot most of the plants yearly in a mixture of peat moss and garden soil.  The pups are the new plants grown off the older plants after they bloom.  Sometimes there can be 3-4 pups on a plant. You can break these off and replant.  They will even grow with little soil as long as they have shade and water.  I planted several in a tree several years ago and they are doing great.

Bromeliads in New Orleans

     The Bromeliads and the variety that they come in seem to be endless.  Being in the real estate business its perfect for picking up new varieties as you meet other bromeliad lovers.  You can check out the New Orleans Bromeliad Society for a schedule of their activities.  They will have several shows and it’s another place to pick up some unusual varieties.  Come on over and I will give you a couple as I have to start repotting and dividing them.

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Japanese Magnolias in New Orleans, its early Spring Now!

    The Japanese Magnolias are beautiful small trees or large bushes to have in your yard. They have been in profuse blooms the last 2 weeks in South Louisiana.  The small trees will grow to between 15 ft. and 30 ft. high.  All the blooms tend to bloom at once, right before the leaves come out. The purple, white and pink blooms are your chooses.  You have to buy them now to make sure which you are getting. They bloom like clock work.

Japanese Magnolias  in New Orleans

    This is the one that I have in my front yard growing under a large oak tree. Its most likely 25 years old.  Once the blooms are finished the whole tree will be full of light green leaves.  Its called a Japanese Magnolia but is not native to Japan.  They are really carefree in the humid New Orleans climate and are very pretty with just the leaves.  The blooming tends to happen about the time of Mardi Gras.  In fact I took this photo on Mardi Gras day. 


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New Orleans Condos, The Hibiscus will grow almost anywhere! Your Courtyard or balcony can be its home!

     The Hibiscus is a colorful staple of many New Orleans gardens,  I had a number of them blooming over the weekend.  They seem to love pots and plenty of rain and humidity which we get a lot of in New Orleans.  I just enjoy them and buy several new ones per year to have some color.  There is even a Hibiscus Club in New Orleans which has an annual show where you can buy some of the more unusual ones.  I have mine in pots so it it does get cold I can bring them in or close to the house, freeze them and they are most likely gone.  They will need to be watered in the summer if in direct sun.  The dark green leaves are pretty in themselves.  I can never smell anything so they must be appealing to the sight.

       Every realtor has to have a hobby and this is one of mine as they tend to be carefree if watered and feed every so often.  I keep mine in a saucer of water in the summer and plant in a Terra cot-ta pot with lots of peat moss so it can hold the moisture.  Having an almost tropical climate in New Orleans gives gardeners many many choices of color, flowering palnts and greenery.  By putting the hobby of gardening and photography together with blogging give us another avenue to view New Orleans.

Hibiscus in the New Orleans Courtyeard

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New Orleans Condos – Lush Tropical Courtyards that you do not see!

  New Orleans Condos, the tropical Courtyards of New Orleans   What separates New Orleans Condos from those of  other cities is the lush courtyards, fountains and lush tropical plants.   This of course is possible due to the warm weather and annual rainfall of over 60 inches per year.   Everything tends to grow and prosper with little care in the rich Mississippi Delta soil that created the area.  Courtyards are protected from the occasional freeze and easy to manage.  Tropical plants that prosper are impatiens, bromeliads, hibiscus, ginger, banana trees, crepe myrtles, small palms and many more.  The fountain is always going to be a center piece of many New Orleans gardens and the sound of moving water is appreciated during the hot humid summers.  Red bricks always add to the as the patios are usually old brick.

      This is a courtyard of a condo complex on Washington Ave.  When you get these lush gardens you will also get some interesting insects and then a lot of great birds that like to eat the insects.  You can get creative so no two courtyards are going to look alike.  The problem is that most are hidden behind the gates and do not get noticed. However you can come back and see them on this blog in the future. 

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