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  1. 32 points
    We have 3 Tahinas..this is the largest as it obviously loving the water Peter Balasky and Luke Dollar and of course..Rascal and the girls for size Dr Balasky and Luke Dollar are committed to improving life and conservation in Madagascar through education...and the building of schools. we were discussing the next project which is to add a library to a educational complex that includes primary...middle and high school
  2. 15 points
    Tahina spectabilis. Planted March 22nd, 2010, from a 15G pot. Germinated in May 2008.
  3. 13 points
    The garden has some wonderful philodendrons and anthuriums, gingers and other foliage plants to add to the tropical feel. Below is a very healthy and well-established Raphidophora decursiva: leaf scars on the Howea trunks are decorative on their own... Chambeyronia macrocarpa trio Palm Mod Edit: actually Chanbeyronia "houailou" Big Sabal mauritiaformis with white undersides to huge deeply-split fans Looking up into the crowns of some very tall Ceroxylon sp. Palm Mod Edit: big palm on right is Ravenea "monticola" and surprising to me how similar to Ceroxylon it is. Trunks like concrete, beautifully etched by leaf scars ...and really, really tall! These have really put on some height in the last ten years, for sure.
  4. 12 points
    Such a great palm. Full sun for many years. Grown from seed off a tree in Len Muirs (sp?) Dana Point garden. On the left is a Cattaleya orchid that blooms every February. The tree it is attached to is an A. Tuckerii also seed grown.
  5. 11 points
    The Palm Society of Southern California hosted a 3-garden tour Saturday in Leucadia, a coastal neighborhood in north San Diego County. This garden generated plenty of interest, and attendance and "wows" were in abundance. The first and most outstanding garden was begun many years ago by PalmTalk moderator Dean Ouer and is currently under the able stewardship of his son, Dorian Ouer. Dean left California for Hawaii some 15 years ago, and the garden continued to grow, but also began to suffer a bit from his absence. However, in the years since Dorian caught the palm bug, the garden has been revived and improved to a point of perfection. Both father and son can take pride in this accomplished garden which boasts mature giants as well as many interesting new additions. An outstanding feature of the garden is the mature canopy of Howea forsteriana and Schizolobium trees. This broad,filtering canopy, along with the mild temperatures and exquisite soil of the area, allows for growth of palms rarely seen in Southern California gardens. The photos will tell the story. I will attempt some IDs but no guarantees of 100% accuracy. Roystonea signals the entry to a serious palm garden
  6. 11 points
    Thanks for the kind words everyone. When you're young and a teenager and just want to be left alone and play video games, your dad's hobbies are pretty much the lamest thing you can imagine, if not outright annoying when he's constantly asking you to stop what you're doing and come out to help dig something. So I wasn't really interested at all. It wasn't until I had been living in the place temporarily after he moved to Hawaii, and often woke up to random people wandering the garden completely uninvited, that I realized it was maybe something a little special, and started reading up to learn what exactly that thing was. Unfortunately by that point the place was very overgrown and uncared for. The older, larger stuff like the archontophoenix, howea, ceroxylon, chambeyronia, rhopalostylis, etc. were strong enough to have survived just from the rudimentary automatic irrigation timers he left running when he moved. But just about everything under 15' tall or so had died, including all of the ferns, companion plants, and anything else halfway fragile. And then unfortunately, what little understory remained once I cleared the place out, including a few delicate little rare things like Cyathea princeps that had somehow miraculously survived, I then promptly murdered by over-fertilizing and over-watering in an uneducated and desperate attempt to save what was left. So I was pretty much left with a "telephone pole effect" garden of tall trunks of stuff I knew was rare and valuable, and would make for some impressive show pieces later, but mostly bare dirt in between, a couple halfway buried pathways, and not much in the way of an actual lush garden. It's taken about 12 years to replant a bunch of new stuff to fill out the mid-level and understory palms, companion plants, bromeliads, and redo the paths, lava rock, and the rest. And then I finally tore apart and completely redid the house and deck last year as well. ------------------- @daxin: Yes, that's C. elatior, and that's Dioon mejiae by the pond. Unfortunately I only really track the names of the palms, ferns, and cycads. The companion plants like the bromeliads and anthuriums I just opportunistically grab whenever I come across something that looks cool, so I couldn't tell you where they came from or what they are.
  7. 11 points
    Some nice finds from kitty hawk down to Avon north carolina in the outer banks. Some established sabals and pindos and a washy.
  8. 11 points
    The sun is still ferocious and days usually sweltering but north and east breezes carry a whiff of cooler, drier days on the horizon. Another 4-5 weeks and the rainy season spigot abruptly shuts off. I do most of my yard work in the fall, winter and early spring trying to catch up with growth in overdrive from summer. Yesterday I decided to make a photo update of my tropical container garden on the back lanai. Last month I did battle with a mealybug infestation on some of my Chamaedoreas using two spray bottles of insecticidal soap and imidicloprid drench. Yesterday I found scale starting to invade - more insecticidal soap. Come early Nov. I will proactively go after spider mites with one of my two miticides. Right now all my uber tropical potted palms are at their peak glory. Among the palms featured below are two that have lost their tags and need an expert ID. Please help me find out who they are. First Photo: a view of the length of the lanai looking east. I keep the birdcage covered with two layers of commercial grade shadecloth to protect the palms inside. One palm in particular inspired this photo essay: Pinanga cochinchinensis. I've had a checkered history with Pinangas. I love them but so often they cling to life for me, then give up and die. I'm so delighted this handsome clumper has hung in and actually grew to about 6' tall. I recently moved it to a larger pot because the wind kept blowing it over. Areca catechu Dwarf - This is my oldest surviving dwarf Areca and the only large one kept on the lanai. The rest stay outdoors. Johannesteijsmannia altifrons - my larger of two. Both have done well for me. I have repotted them once with great trepidation because they are quite root sensitive but they took the disruption in stride. I've had no luck growing any of the other Joey species. Ravenea hildebrandtii Heterospathe salomonensis The genus Dypsis has scores of species. Many, but not all, prefer the mediterranean climate in CA, as opposed to the sweltering heat of FL. I am currently trying the following species in pots: Dypsis mirabilis - I've had this colorful little palm for almost a year. It will go through its second winter here soon. Dypsis psammophila - A slender, gracile clumper related to the larger commoner D. lutescens Dypsis prestoniana - My tentative introduction to the large to huge species that often grow like snails and keel over when faced with the heat of the day and night Got to take a break now. More photos soon. Thanks for looking.
  9. 11 points
    Neoveitchia storckii grove. All planted from 25G pots in July 2001.
  10. 11 points
    I cant find my last post but this plant looks better every single day and the varigation is second only to top notch rhapis minus the grasshopper bites. Enjoy.
  11. 10 points
    Right about here, those entering the garden began to hyperventilate... A few of the palms one sees upon passing through the gates... ...a Licuala sp., possibly distans? Palm mod edit: Licuala spinosa Guessing Kentiopsis oliviformis? Palm Mod edit: just a regular Chambeyronia Licuala peltata v. sumawongii Not sure, but it's very pretty! Suckering or double-planted? Palm Mod Edit: Dypsis "Bef" Ravenea glauca and possibly Cyphophoenix alba? Palm Mod Edit: Cyphophoenix balansae
  12. 10 points
    As I mentioned in the Dypsis canaliculata thread a little while ago, I visited my old garden earlier this afternoon and took a few photos of some of the palms there. Will post a few of them here. Here's a grove of Dypsis sp. bejofa. There are 24 in this group and they were planted from 5G pots in late 2001 and into 2002.
  13. 10 points
    Carpoxylon macrospermum. I planted a total of 88 individuals in this grove around 1999 and 2000. A handful didn't make it but the rest are doing great and in some areas there's a carpet of self germinated seedlings.
  14. 10 points
    Borassus flabellifer. Planted September 12, 2003 from a 15G pot.
  15. 10 points
    Dypsis carlsmithii grove - all planted from 1G pots in late 2001.
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    Morning walk (near Cairns)
  19. 9 points
    I stumbled across these quite old Mexicana in an odessa neighborhood a few weeks ago. This small subdivision has them planted throughout and there are plenty of seedlings and juveniles that have grown through the years. The tallest specimens are roughly 20' CT.
  20. 9 points
    I have found spindle palms very hardy for my area. Given a little shelter and they seem to thrive in temps above the thirty degree mark.
  21. 9 points
    Lots of things tucked away in the shade here, including some surprises. Chamaedorea metallica Kerriodoxa elegans! No idea, but sure has pretty color to the tiny stems... Edit: Geiger collected Dypsis "black stem" Coccothrinax, yes, but which species? Edit: C. miraguama Fine interplay of colors and textures On my way out... another shot of the Ravenea glauca in noonday sun
  22. 9 points
    This might be Licuala ramsayi... or it might not... Cycads, too! One way to deal with an unwanted palm! Kathy, Paul and Josh discussing the koi pond with Dorian, second from right. The koi pond
  23. 9 points
    Archontophoenix myolensis
  24. 9 points
    Archontophoenix myolensis The 1,2 m long crownshaft and enlarged stem base (⌀ 54 cm):
  25. 9 points
    And a few final photos, sort of just general views to show the wildness of this place. The taller palms with dark crownshafts in the first photo are all Neoveitchia storckii.