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Bloemfontein Palm Garden
My garden is situated against an East facing slope of Grant's Hill in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Bloemfontein has hot dry summers (summer rainfall) and cold winters down to -10 degrees Celsius. My garden's microclimate is more a 9b though. My lowest temperature this past winter was -0.9 degrees Celsius. The flat ( lower lying areas) recorded -9 degrees Celsius.
I moved into this house about 3 and a half years ago. The beginnings of the garden was cleaning up and eradicating alien invasive species and weeds. I started in the back and concentrated on South African indigenous plants. Now that that is settled I'm starting to add palms. The front and sides are now only starting with cleanup and planting in some areas.
i have 33 palm species thus far. Herewith some pictures. I'll add as the summer and the garden progresses.
These three pics are of the back garden planted with SA plants:
ID required: Syagrus?
Another mystery palm. Can anyone please help with identifying this palm. I suspect it is a Syagrus sp. Coronata? Is there a green form?
ID required: Trithrinax sp?
Can anyone please assist with identifying this palm. I suspect it is Trithrinax schizophylla.
Chronicles of a Cold Hardy Temecula Garden
We moved to Temecula a little over two years ago. Me and my wife have been gardening for about 20 years and have lived a lot of places. Each time we moved we did our own landscaping. My wife picked most of the plants. I did most of the labor. This worked well for us. We traveled to hundreds of nurseries far and wide, picking up knowledge along the way. We often traveled just to see plants. But all this time we never got in to palms. Then we moved to Temecula and there was this strange palm in the front yard we had never noticed before. Come to find it's a Bismark Palm. That sparked my interest (aka obsession) in palms. We both had a goal for HEAVY tropical landscaping around our pool build so away we went. Our backyard was basically stripped to the ground save for two neglected queen palms, two crape myrte behind our fence, and a DEVIL plant (aka bougainvillea, more on that later). We are lucky in that our neighbors have lots of mature queen palms giving us a head start. Creating a tropical paradise on a budget on a ~7500 sq ft lot in too hot/too cold Temecula isn't going to be easy.
This forum was invaluable in identifying cold hardy species for our climate, water and nutrient needs, growth rates, vendors, you name it. We love the before and after photos with years of growth identified. We've been taking pictures for our own memories but just the other day my wife wisely suggested it was time to give back. I'm still learning about palms so please feel free to chime in with your experiences! Here we go ...
Plant or no plant
By OOB Maine
Looking for input. I have a 9' and 11' Trachy windmill in 45 gallon pots very heavy got them late a very good price. should i plant or put them in a warehouse i have? I can keep the temp at 40 45F its radiant heat in floors and keep it dark so it would be like they were protected but inside a warehouse like a big box. i'm afraid if i plant them this late they wont be acclimated and when i protect and open in spring they'll be toast. Thank you so much for any thoughts? I'm zone 5b 40 miles up from 6a. Thank you