(Cycadcenter @ Jan. 25 2007,20:40)
Give all the info to Geoff so he can update his Palms for Southern California book which is ALREADY the source book for palms in California.
I got it out today and walked around the garden and he was pretty much spot on with his palm minimum temperatures.
Why try and reinvent the wheel when there is already a great book which just may require minor tuning.
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I think an online database is going to be much more accessible the world-over than a book titled "...for Southern California".
When I first started researching palms, I printed out the "Hardiness Observations in Palm Species" by Larry Noblick http://www.bg-map.com/PLMTBLA.HTML
and studied that over and over, looking up various species and learning. I loved the tabled format, and when reading other's text cold-hardiness reportings, I often made notes back on that Noblick table.
Matt in SD had a good suggestion about making available an Excel spreadsheet that we could add to.
If no table is eventually done, then I vote for keeping all notes by species, not multiple Freeze Forums, but all in one place. Maybe someone could post (or repost) a definate decision on weather observations to note, for example, if humidity should always be recorded (I have not, but can access that info and add it). With the way weather is getting so mixed up, I don't think we can keep "categories of types of Freeze events" in our heads and be correct anymore -- for example what is a Florida freeze versus a California freeze versus an Australian freeze. Everything is changing, and all info is appropriate for everyone.
East San Francisco Bay Area, Brentwood, California
Zone 9B, trending 10a (until January '07 that is!)
2006-07 winter extreme minimum: 24F / -4.5 C
11-year extreme minimum average: 31.3F / -0.4C