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  1. 35 points
    Not really any info here, my garden has suffered several disheartening losses lately, plus Covid-19 and wildfire blues, just some encouraging images,
  2. 35 points
    Yesterday, thanks to International Palm Society members Darold Petty and Steve Klocksiem, I had the chance to visit the late Jack Dane's garden in San Francisco's Cow Hollow neighborhood. Wow! The biggest Juania australis I've seen flanks the back of the house and is paired with a tall, adult, staminate specimen of a Ceroxylon species I couldn't identify; a Livistona fulva rosette grows at the Juania's base. A self-sowing grove of nikau palms, Rhopalostylis sapida, proliferates, while a nice little clump of Laccospadix australasica occupies the shady center of this typically tiny San Francisco back yard, maybe 25ft / 7.6m wide an 40ft / 12.2m deep. There's a very nice Rhopalostylis baueri and possibly another buried in there. A huge, robust Livistona species overtops all the palm trees in the garden, and a Ceroxylon quindiuense (semi-plumose type similar to those from Tenerife, Valle del Cauca in the San Francisco Botanical Garden collected by Garrin Fullington in the late 1970s) is still in a rosette with huge leaves in the shade. Plus, a few Chamaedorea and a couple of Howea forsteriana clumps are scattered about. Also of interest are the rather tall Cyathea / Sphaeropteris medullaris and S. cooperi tree ferns. Enjoy the photos! Any advice on dealing with the alarming scar on the Juania trunk is welcome. - Jason Juania australis & Livistona fulva Juania & Ceroxylon (right) Rhopalostylis sapida (mostly) and Livistona sp. (australis?) Rhopalostylis seedlings Ceroxylon sp.—a flowering-age male Rhopalostylis baueri, R. sapida, and Livistona sp. Same species as above. Possible Rhopalostylis baueri next to Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Juania australis trunk scar with Rhopalostylis baueri at left Juania australis crown, upward view Juania trunk again Juania trunk Photo posted at right, Rhopalostylis baueri, R. sapida, Livistona, Laccospadix
  3. 27 points
    That's it for now. Thanks for coming along.
  4. 26 points
    Happy Tuesday everyone! Anyone love palms on this site? **yes, there's an entire house behind all that**
  5. 26 points
    Bentinckia condapanna, Hyophorbe legenicualis, Licuala peltata 'sumwongii'
  6. 24 points
  7. 23 points
    Had to get on the roof today to diagnose what appears to be a leaking solar water heater...grrrr! Good opportunity to take a few snaps while up there, though. Keep in mind this garden was started in 2013, on the main!
  8. 22 points
    Then......August 2017 Now.....Sept. 2020 And I just threw this one in cause I opened my blinds this morning and liked the view on this fine Labor Day Monday.
  9. 21 points
    Copernicia hospita (25 years planted) center
  10. 20 points
    5 years in the making. Getting to where I envisioned for my paradise. Quality is bad in top pic because it ws during a storm. Orlando, FL.
  11. 20 points
    This one is in Foster City. Usually they hack off the blooms (sadly), but this year they let it go.
  12. 20 points
    Buh buh buh bam!!! 3 outta 5 ain’t bad.
  13. 19 points
    Here’s a few pics of my K.p
  14. 19 points
    Got this 'Lisa' from Meg a few years back. Flowering for the 2nd time. Robust growth in the last 5 years. Very slow when first planted.
  15. 18 points
    You may recall that my Carpoxylon had a severe case of pink rot last winter. I thought I was gonna lose it, but it's actually pulled through. There is a hollow spot in the woody trunk that I assume will eventually open up and be unsightly, but the growing point is up and away from any of that funkiness. Since I cut down a foxtail that was above it (foxtail was riddled with pink rot) the Carpoxylon has thrown a few leaves that are much more compact and recurved due to the extra sunlight. It's looking pretty darn good and doing a visible swelling of the base. Here's the visuals....
  16. 17 points
  17. 17 points
    The rats were living in a huge overgrown mess of Ti plants and they were eating all of my bananas, so I decided to clean it all up today. Here's some pics of the results. Satakentia single, Archontophoenix purpurea triple, and an Allagoptera that's splitting into two. In case anyone is interested, I planted the Archontophoenix from three separate 5 gallon palms. I did this on purpose in order to get the gentle lean away from each other. I find that if you plant a triple that's been grown in the same pot you get a big curve in the lower trunks and I don't particularly like that look. I grew these from seed from Steve Huston's very purple king that was in his front yard.
  18. 16 points
    My golden malayan dwarf's trunk is beginning to fatten up.
  19. 16 points
    Tooty fruity fallin' in my garden. Dypsis onilahensis hybrid and last photo of a Dypsis heteromorpha. I have no idea if any of these are viable seeds. What is fruiting in your garden right now?
  20. 16 points
  21. 16 points
    Looking at Matty's post below, and the killer ravenea, I remembered Andrew Street had shown me one at Montgomery last year that was mind-boggling. I had never seen the big one.
  22. 16 points
    After a year up in NH took me out of the hobby aside from 2 majesty palms and a lady palm, I’m finally back in FL and feeling like I can say I’m a part of the hobby given my haul from today! I stopped by MB palms in the Orlando area and was able to pick up the following: (The BEST part? This all only cost me $400!) Beccariophoenix Alfreddi: 15 gal Licuala Grandis: 3 gal Licuala peltata var. sumawongii: 7 gal Kentiopsis Oliviformis: 3 gal Archontophoenix cunninghamiana: 7 gal Areca Vestiara: 4 inch quart Copernicia Fallaensis: 4 inch quart Butia x Syagrus: 3 gal Dypsis Pembana: 3 gal Chambreyonia Macrocarpa: 3 gal Crytosachys Renda: 3 gal I got a deal on the oliviformis because it had had mites at one point and lost a few fronds in the process. Can’t wait to start potting (I’m renting right now so these will be with me until I buy a home in 2 years) some of the suckers up and watching them establish in the remaining month or so of summer! Pics below:
  23. 15 points
    Dypsis canaliculata (possibly incorrectly identified, but that’s the name it was purchased under) is dramatically more difficult to drag away., estimated weight in excess of 50 lbs. In the photos below, a frond had fallen, balancing perfectly on the “ holey boulder.” After struggling with it, Bo helped me stand it upright, and as you can see, the hard woody crownshaft about matches my own height, about 5’2” .
  24. 15 points
  25. 14 points
    A nice feather leaf palm to view in 7B- 8A from inside the house . Mekong Giants in the distance , Will
  26. 14 points
    According to the folks at the Hassayampa River Preserve, these were grown from seed from one of two native populations of W. filifera in Arizona. I wrote about that grove in another post called “Castle Creek Filifera”. These things are absolutely massive. Definitely the largest Washingtonia I have ever seen in person. The trunks are reasonably 3-5 ft in diameter, and the tallest of them is probably 80ft tall. They have naturalized in this area and now grow freely.
  27. 14 points
    Hi! I'm in the very lucky position to be able to design and plant a palm garden where I work, about half an hour away from where I live (and where my main palm garden is).. Luckily, my workplace is in a town by the coast, the garden is far better protected from both the cold north winter winds and the drying hot easterly winds which are the bane of my main home garden. Plus the soil is far better... I've planted a number of palms which I had in pots at home, they've been in the ground for about six months and are already growing faster and looking far better than many of my home palms... Thought I'd share a couple of pics... From right to left: Dypsis Lutescens, Pritchardia Hildebrandii and a Ravenala (which would look terrible in my home garden due to the wind). Only palm here is a Chambeyronia Macrocarpa, and a coffee plant to the left... Hyophorbe verschaffelti and Dyctiosperma Album Rubrum (mango in the middle) Wodyetia Bifurcata, growing fast. Left to right: Veitchia Joannis (without doubt my showcase palm, and impossible in my home garden), Veitchia Arecina (damaged but recovering from drying out following transplant) and Pritchardia Lowreyana. Papaya in the middle has gone crazy! Two more of the Veitchia Joannis (which I picked up a year ago), fingers crossed it will do ok in this microclimate, it's protected by the south facing wall, gets full day sun... Here's hoping, let's see how it goes... Hope you like the pics J
  28. 13 points
    I’ve had these Beccariophoenix Alfredii growing in Modesto for a couple years now and they seem to be doing well!
  29. 13 points
    Just wanted to share some palm photos of an In n Out i stopped at in Baldwin Park, CA roughly 17miles from Downtown Los Angeles.
  30. 12 points
    Hi all, I was wandering around the yard the other day looking at any residual damage that was still apparent from a nasty cold spell this past February. It then occurred to me that it was a great opportunity to document the difference in cold tolerance between all 3 species of Becarriophoenix. Actually, there were no real surprises, but here's the results. We had at least one night where the temperature dipped down to about 29 degrees F. First up, next door neighbors B. alfredii. This is a big palm in an exposed location, but there was zero discernible damage:
  31. 12 points
    I put this oalm in over 1.5 years ago from a 1 gallon. It has gone threw some growing pains and I thought I was going to lose it first a while but now it is doing really good and becoming one of my favorites. Let's see your stilt palms. I will start with a few. Fort 2 of iriartea and areca vestiarea ( maroon)and vershefeltia
  32. 12 points
    I went to Kew Gardens for my birthday on Tuesday 22nd September. A great chance to check out the gardens and the fantastic glass houses, of which several were unfortunately closed due to the pandemic. Nonetheless, plenty of palms and exhibits were still on display and in their full glory on a beautiful sunny autumn/fall day here at 51N in southeastern England. The air temperature was around 27C / 80F at the time of visiting. Conditions are very dry at present as we have had no rainfall at all during September so far, and only around 4-5 inches of rain over the past 6 months, since 1st March. Here is a photo-documentation of the gardens, glass houses and the various palms located within. The first of several posts... Unfortunately some of the attractions and glass houses were closed due to the pandemic, although the main couple were still open. Please excuse me for not naming each palm individually... Crossing on to the temperate glass house... More to follow...
  33. 12 points
    Greg Stewart’s thread on his Foxy Lady reminded me to post an update on mine - which I just got via transplant a couple of months back. It went through some transplant shock, and then burned a little through our two bouts of 110+ for multiple days. It’s not much to look at right now, but has put out two new fronds, so that gives me hope for the future!
  34. 12 points
    Dictyosperma album first flowering: Only male flowers in the inflorescence, this can happen at the first flowering. For other information on this species: https://www.monaconatureencyclopedia.com/dictyosperma-album/?lang=en
  35. 12 points
    As far as overall length, in my garden it’s Clinostigma samoense — and I apologize for posting pics of them yet again -- but the palms are over 30 ft. tall now and when a frond crashes down it’s an expedition hauling it away. When brown, the crownshaft goes all limp and often is partially split, so that is like trying to pick up a giant thick wet leather beach towel that also has a stiff 20-ft. rachis and leaflets attached. Probably comical to watch, but once I get a good grasp of the leathery part and hoist the blade over my shoulder, I can haul it away in a single trip. Sort of a personal challenge, lol.
  36. 12 points
    I have two Syagrus kellyana that I germinated from seeds about 10 years ago after this species was first described. This is a handsome, stocky medium size palm that starts flowering while at eye level. Unfortunately, so far neither palm has produced ripe seeds. I noticed today that one of them just opened a spathe loaded with yellow flowers. Very cool up close. Syagrus kellyana with flowers New spathe emerging Second kellyana with unopened spathe
  37. 11 points
    Hi all, I thought I'd share this spectacular Facebook post from the local plant legend Adam Black yesterday (He's OK with me sharing it). Does anyone live nearby this population to check for seed? "The coolest find today was a population of miniature Sabal minor! There are several well-known sites in Florida with similar dwarf plants, but this is the first I have heard of from Texas. Note how they are mature at this size with the old inflorescences...a normal young Sabal minor would not flower at this size, there would be fewer leaves, and they would not be this divided. Like some of the FL dwarfs, these are growing among normal-sized plants...you can see one in the back of the photo with my backpack for scale. Saw about 20 of these tiny palms scattered along the base of a hill just above a floodplain in Liberty County Texas. Someone really needs to investigate further into these dwarf occurrences that come true from seed. No seed on these unfortunately."
  38. 11 points
    Just a follow up. A second flower sheath under the next leaf base as well revealing the classic “stick em up” pose. The first outer flower sheath came off...... Revealing a second more crinkled one beneath it. A couple days later I gently helped that one off. It came off quite easily without a fight. And wallah! My Foxy’s first flower. Thanks for looking.
  39. 11 points
    I thought I'd start a thread on big leaves, palms of all kinds with big leaves. Add yours if you have any you'd like to share. First up, my 35-40' roystonea regia dropped one today in a wind and rain storm. The leaf is 20' long without the crownshaft, and the crownshaft is 6'+. Im guessing over 50 lbs after dragging it to my "fallen leaves area". Normally they dont fall off all green and heavy, but this one just came off in a storm, its hefty for a 200lb man to drag around. It fell directly under the tree in the expected well within 10' diameter around the trunk. But yes plant one of these near your driveway and you may have a problem.
  40. 11 points
    Here is my Lisa after 4 years in Dallas
  41. 11 points
    My local In n Out has a nice selection (not a ton of variety). I like the arrangement they have set out on the property. (Taken from the drive thru lane, because I'm lazy lol.) This is from the property next door: And, the money shot:
  42. 11 points
    Not to get political, but our crazy Gov. n Mayor shut down O`ahu AGAIN. Not supposed to leave house except if you are an "essential" worker or going shopping. That includes shutting down most "non-essential" business like the bowling alley where I am a member of 3 leagues. So I figured 3 weeks w/no bowling means I saved at least $300 in lane fees and gambling...LOL Oh, forgot buying lunch and gas to get there. SOOOOOO...... I went online and ordered 16 more palms from FloraBunda. They arrived yesterday. Here is a photo of the lot of them after unpacking. I'll post a list later and individual photos as I plant them out. For now they will sit in my 60% shade green house getting a little use to my semi-desert here on O`ahu.
  43. 11 points
  44. 11 points
    In my warmth-deprived microclimate R. sapida 'Chatham Island' is more robust while R. baueri v. Cheesemanii is faster growing. First picture with me is Chatham.
  45. 11 points
    Getting kissed by the morning sun
  46. 10 points
    Just a short note to let you know I'm still alive. I'm in a wheelchair most of the time. I can't walk too far without something to hold on to as my equilibrium has forsaken me. Some days are better than others but I manage to do quite a bit. I doubt ill be doing much more editing on the encyclopedia of palms. I have a part-time CNA, she's helping me type. I do okay at this function typing that is with her help, but her help is a blessing. It's nice to have a hand. I'll try and send another email if there are any changes in my health. Sincerely, Ed Vaile
  47. 10 points
  48. 10 points
    Coccothrinax macroglossa! aztropic Mesa,Arizona
  49. 10 points
    My Brahea moorei is only now blooming In Dallas. . I was wondering if it will produce seeds this late in the season. Anyone have experience with this palm? Thanks.
  50. 10 points
    Long time lurker looking for help with moving a large Jubaea from my Granada Hills residence (San Fernando Valley) to my new home in Fallbrook. Maybe 20'-25' feet of wood. Anyone know of a reputable crane/tucking service that you could refer to me please?



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