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Mystery Chamaerops humilis
I'm not a big fan of Mediterranean fan palm. But I came across this weird looking chamaerops humilis that i found to be interesting. There a ton of mediterranean palm around the town and city but I have not seen one like it.
What Is Your Favorite "Scrubby" Palm?
What is your favorite palm that tends to be scrubby and more low lying (typically) in habitat? Mine is the Sabal minor, simply because I love the looks of them and because they are hardy here. What is yours? It does not have to be hardy!
Holiday Sale on 'The Palms of Cuba'
My book, The Palms of Cuba' is on sale for the Holiday from now until December 10! Books are available for $33.95, which is 15% off the retail price of $39.95! This limited time sale includes free shipping within the U.S. and the books being personally autographed through my website, www.palmnutpages.com! This is the perfect gift for the palm enthusiast on your gift list! Order yours today!;-)
Tresco's Abbey Gardens, UK
You would be forgiven for thinking this is California, but I can assure you this is in the UK. And unknown to most people, this hidden gem is probably the most northernly sub-tropical climate in the world, where many palm & plant varieties will grow, that aren't possible elsewhere at such a northern latitude. Despite being at 50N, winter lows are generally around 50F making it the mildest location in the world, for a place of this latitude. So mild in fact that Canary Island Date Palms thrive, with some specimens around 60-70ft tall. They are believed to have been planted around 1890.
Other palm species such as Jubaea Chilensis, Butia Capitata, and Washingtonia Robusta are present, as well as various Trachycarpus types. Lots of Cordylines, Yuccas and other exotics as well. These are all growing at the same latitude as Winnipeg in Canada and northern Mongolia/southern Siberia in Asia. In fact it is 850 miles further north than Vladivstok in Russia, which sees temps below freezing for 4 months straight. Yet the climate in this place rarely drops below freezing. Maybe one frost every 2-3 years, which is truly remarkable for coastal Great Britain.
The garden itself is built on the remnants of a medieval monastery, circa 1350AD, with the ruins visible in the pics below, and surrounded by palms. It was also a refuge for Royalists during the English Civil War and was captured by Parliamentary Forces in 1551. A very interesting place and a palm lovers paradise, especially for us Brits!!!
Lanai Container Garden Fall Reorganization
Days have gotten shorter and rains stopped even though the weather is unusually hot and humid. But our bi-annual cleanup and reorganization of the tropical palm container garden proceeds. We emptied the lanai of everything except my huge Areca catechu dwarf, swept up loose debris, pressure washed the concrete, then soaked it overnight in bleach water. Yesterday I returned the tropical container palms to dollies or plastic shelving units (I don't let any pots sit directly on concrete, which can conduct cold in winter or stay wet after rain). I repotted and staked palms as needed, then watered them with Merit imidacloprid powder dissolved in water. My Cham metallicas were already developing mealybugs. I still have to fertilize and spray miticide to ward off spider mites that thrive in cool, dry weather. I tie lengths of fluorescent plastic ribbons on all highly cold sensitive palms to aid IDs when I have to move them indoors on cold winter nights. A lot of work but necessary if I want to keep palms healthy.
I took the following photos this evening.