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  1. 33 points
    I have no wish to bring up the 800 lb gorilla sitting in most of our living rooms. My father was in the FBI so I grew up with 800 lb gorillas. Suffice it to say my husband and I are old and afflicted with conditions and ailments (type A blood anyone?) that render us both high risk. So, voluntarily, we have self-quarantined at our home on one of the larger residential properties in Cape Coral (0.61 acre - don't laugh). But we are blessed to be surrounded by 100s of my beloved palms and tropical plants that provide a cooling oasis and privacy. It's so restful to work in the yard, lots to be done to take my mind off the woes of the world. I thought I'd take some time to share photos of our little palm paradise as it looks like we won't be going anywhere for a while. I started outside the front door and continued into our 3-lot Garden Lot, which is fully planted except for our 10x16' garden shed. Blue & Red Latans Blue Latan Red Latan Sabal minor Blountstown Dwarf x2 in planter box Northern edge of Garden Lot Allagoptera brevicaulis Agave ovatifolia Views from inside the Garden Lot More later
  2. 25 points
    Not suppose to leave the compound so did a little walk around.
  3. 21 points
    - March 13th, 2020 - It is today, the second Friday of the Spring 'Ganza at Searle Brothers Nursery, and the activity level is slow as usual for the day. With the free time, I was browsing around the landscape checking out the palms to see if they were doing anything photo worthy. I was looking over the huge Beccariophoenix alfredii, as I always do when something caught my attention, hence the 6 ft. (2m) ladder positioned next to the trunk. After verifying the find via the ladder, I decided to take photos from the outside-in... - A couple of overall shots from different positions, with cloud shade and (B) with direct sun. This view allowed the nearby Coccothrinax macroglossa to offer assistance as a scale object. The palm has reached and surpassed the height of the shadehouse nearby, 15 ft. (4.5m). - He has put on a widened base with a good 4 ft. (1.2m) of clear trunk. The newer nodal scars on the trunk are forming further and further apart, the taller the palm has become. The petioles and leaf bases still have that cool and original color unique to the species. Those fibrous auricle-like extensions on either side of the leaf bases are smooth and pliant like kraft paper. - Before taking any of the photos, I was standing in this exact spot ready to move on to the next palm when I looked up and saw this... [boom] A newly emerging inflorescence spathe, jutting out from the trunk among the inner petioles. One could not see it unless you were standing in this very spot. This shot represents how it looked as I saw it. (B) Same position, zoomed in a bit. Ryan
  4. 20 points
    Couldn't resist taking a few photos late this afternoon. Finally after many aborted attempts, it looks like they are setting seed. Tim
  5. 19 points
    Every now & then you come across a neighbourhood where every resident seems to be a palm nut - this is one such place. Bushland Beach, Townsville, Nth Qld, Aus.
  6. 19 points
    First Quarantine Gardens Tour up, Ventura, CA “East Block”, otherwise known as my backyard. Please post your Quarantine Gardens Tour photos. First three pics up focus on the north end of the east block. First two pics are a general overview primarily focused on a K. oliviformis, a Foxy Lady and an Arch. Cunninghamiana. Third pic focusing on a young D. ambositrae with a few random cycads. Also a Beccariophoenix alfredii can be seen back behind the Kentia trunk. Next two pics pics focus on a young Bismarkia Nobilis. New red leaf of Chambeyronia Macrocarpa can be seen in the background of the first pic. Now looking back towards “palm tree row” which is book ended by two Foxy Ladies, then two Teddy Bears next to them with a Arch. purpurea in the center. Also the K. oliviformis can be seen again. Another view looking back at “palm tree row”. Again, please post your own Quarantine Gardens Tour photos. Together we will overcome.
  7. 18 points
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    Palms, palms, palms, everywhere. A few more shots. Having a two story house helps with the view immensely. Tim
  9. 18 points
    Heres a tour through some of the garden from pics i took this morning, give it another ten years and it might start to look like something. I threw in a few of the cycads for good measure. Roystonia Regia Young Clinostigma Savoryanum Woodyetia B. Dypsis L. Dypsis M. Mahajanga next to Encephalartos Longifolius Cypohphoenix Elegans Dypsis Pembana Pritchardia Martii Row of Archontophoenix Mayolensis Pytchosperma Elegans Young Foxy Lady F2 hybrid Lanonia Dysanthia Cyphosperma Balansae Rhapis Humilis Ravenea Glauca with a young Bentenickia Condapanna in front Young Dypsis Ambositrae Pinanga Coronata Chamaedorea Ern. Augusti Chambyeronia Hookeri Sabal Mauritiformis starting to take off Young Rhopalostylus B. Cheesmanii Hedyscepe Canteburyana starting to make its move Young Burretiokentia hawala Rhopalostylus Sapida starting to get going Dypsis Lanceolata Young Rhopalostylus Oceana Chatham Island Chamaedorea Hooperiana Pritchardia Beccariana Hyaphorbe Indica green form Beccariophoenix Alfredii starting to fatten up Arenga Englerii Ravenela Madagascariensis Lepidozamia Peroffskyana Ceratozamia Mexicana Cycas thourasii
  10. 17 points
    It’s a little drippy in the garden this morning after two days of brilliant sunshine. Still, a quick look around on a lazy Saturday morning turned up a few highlights.
  11. 17 points
    Borassus Madagascarensis & Copernicia Baileyana
  12. 16 points
    So the governor of Puerto Rico has a very strict 24/7 curfew which leaves most of us confined with our plants until March 30 at least. I have not posted much recently so this is a good time to change that! I am starting near my house and I have the extra incentives to pull some weeds around each palm and use the photos also for a long overdue inventory. Remember that that almost everything was planted less than 2 years ago. Here's the first, one of my half dozen Cyrtostachys renda. These are easy and fast here and cheap when small. Not sure why the photos only look sharp when I click on them-sorry! Hat in the last photo gives scale.
  13. 15 points
    My coconut tree fruited for the first time in September 2019. 6 months later I cut my first one open. My understanding is to drink when young so I think everything is good. lol. Very sweet. Who needs long lines at the supermarket...I'm self sufficient.
  14. 15 points
    Here is a picture of my front garden when planted June of 2016 and a picture today. Most of the bougainvillea have been shaded out and I lost both old man palms. One to hurricane Irma and the other to a fungus last Summer. Fast growth. There is a Copernicia baileyana in there too. A picture of my Pritchardia pacifica that I got as a seedling in I believe 2017 with a pic of the walkway area to the front door as well. Pretty day today.
  15. 15 points
    First flower spathe on one of my Areca Macrocalyx.
  16. 15 points
    Just another day and more palm photos in paradise. Views from the Garden Lot Attalea butyracea Becarriophoenix alfredii Silk Floss Tree double trunk Tim & Lizzie relaxing beneath an Elaeis guineensis Phalaenopsis orchids in spinach tree Seedling container garden Cocos nucifera Dwarf Red Spicata x3: offspring of my late mother palm Cocos nucifera Dwarf Red Spicata single - germinated 2016 Cocos nucifera Dwarf Red Spicata twins - germinated 2015 Copernicia alba & Chamaerops humilis x4 - I germinated 2 (left, rear) of the Chamaerops from Vulcano seeds sent from Italy. Another is supposed to be solitary trunk (it's not). The last (right) is a Chamaerops 'Red Hair' from Croatia Garden Lot south edge Roystonea violacea View down the Isabelle Canal from the berm of a vacant end lot. Our seawall, dock and jungle are on the left. View of berm from vacant end lot. We planted 1/2 of the berm even though it is not our property. Serenoa repens green I grew from seed Serenoa repens silver I grew from seeds That's all for now. Take care, all.
  17. 15 points
    Greetings and positive vibes to all. Just another day in quarantine paradise. My son and his wife dropped by to check on us and we talked outdoors 6+' apart as they did not want to disrupt our indoor eco-environment (really). They both work in doctor's offices and the hospital system and I'll say no more. I spent most of the day indoors indulging in activities I seldom pursue: cooking and baking. Good thing I have years of experience to fall back on. Yesterday I roasted a turkey to share with our niece & nephew, who, being professional cleaners, are swamped with requests from local gov't to assist in disinfecting and sanitizing their facilities. Today I am making turkey rice soup and chocolate chip cookies to share. And I'm tired. But not too tired to post more photos of our little botanical garden. More palm goodies from the Garden lot. Tahina spectabilis Zombia antillarum Livistona saribus Green Form Borassus flabellifer: one of two I germinated 10 years ago from seeds sent to me by Kris in India. Kris, much love to you! Dypsis pembana 3-stem cluster - absolutely fabulous palm Dypsis decaryi: not my favorite Dypsis but I grew this one from seeds and it is handsome in its own right Copernicia prunifera & Livistona saribus black spines & yellow highlights Coccothrinax spp group Cocos nucifera & Coccothrinx spp near garden shed Gaussia gomez-pompae in front of garden shed Enjoy! More to come
  18. 14 points
    Here’s my living room window on a fine Corona Viral evening The big palm is a Parajubaea cocoides. Show us your palmy window pictures!
  19. 14 points
    Sometimes it is fun to look at things anew with a different perspective. On this occasion it meant getting a different tool out of the bag so I could see things differently. Ever get frustrated that you just can't get the entire palm into view because its too big and when you step back you have too many other things in the foreground? Well that is when a fish eye view and in this case a 15mm lens does the trick on a standard full frame DSLR camera. Come take a look at things with me.
  20. 14 points
    I acquired two of these back in May of 2017 thanks to @Ken Johnson Just wanted to show how great they look. Flanking a Pritchardia Pacifica. Only planted 3 months before hurricane Irma but did quite well. One was tilted a bit and slowed it's growth but is just fine. The bottom 2 photos show this one. It was the taller of the 2 at the time. They were planted as trunking specimens. I would say their growth rate is slow to moderate. Look closely and you can see how close the rings on the trunk are compared to the older rings. Planted in mostly full sun on the north side of my house. Just some extra Winter shade as the sun is more southerly. Not fast growing by any means but are a very attractive, different palm than the usual. Faster than the Chambeyronia palm. I am enjoying their height right where they are, so glad they're not too fast growing. I fertilize 2x a year and as you can see, haven't mulched them recently. Regular 2x per week waterings and Summer rainy season. Easy palm to grow. Enjoy the pics and show yours if you got them.
  21. 14 points
    A few from one of the brighter mornings:
  22. 14 points
    A rainy afternoon view from the kitchen
  23. 13 points
    This is my last drone video from our trip to Dominican Republic. It is Leonel Mera's palm collection at his ranch near Santiago. We arrived a little late in the day and we had a long drive that evening to get down to the south side of the island so we did not have a lot of time here. So unfortunately I was only able to do one flight on one side of his property. The video covers about half of his collection. There were quite a few bigger Copernicias on the other side that I did not get to film.
  24. 13 points
    Years ago my wife pointed out that we had palmy views out every window, both upstairs & down. Funny, I'd never noticed. Women and their attention to detail, geez. Anyway, here's a couple images; one of the north side of the living room, one looking out the second story master..
  25. 13 points
    Armatas want heat and love sun. They are medium growers in my experience. These were among my favorite palms when I lived in arizona. At the edges of the day they are still "lit" with color, and the color in some of them is among the most intense power blue blue palms Ive seen along with copernicia hospita. Here are mine 10 years ago when I left. they were 24" box size and in the ground for about 4-5 y ears at this time
  26. 13 points
    Sabal causiarum is in a league all its own. My husband, who can take or leave all the other Sabals, loves our S. causiarum. Photos don't do it justice. It towers over all the other palms on Sabal Row. If you have the room, you gotta get one. Sabal causiarum Crown View Frond dangling nearly 20' high Sabal causiarum trunk from a distance Sabal causiarum trunk base Sabal causiarum trunk with my dainty foot Trunk with papery ligules Ligule closeup - you could write your grocery list on that Sabal causiarum boot
  27. 13 points
    Check out these Tahina. Holy Moly!
  28. 12 points
    Here's a quarantine task.... put up a pic of your ( or anyone's ) largest Foxtail. The species really has only been on the market for about 30 to 35 years, so there should be some monsters out there in captivity. Here's my big 'un... cant remember when planted.... at least 25 years ago, maybe more. Has developed a trunk similar in size and shape to a Royal.
  29. 12 points
    Here are a few in my garden... Phoenix reclinata Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Syagrus romanzoffiana Chamaedorea costaricana Parajubaea torallyi Chanaedorea species Caryota urens Rhopalostylis baueri
  30. 12 points
    I missed this view thread. Here is out my living room window (sorry for the reflection in the window) to the backyard at sunset:
  31. 12 points
    Here's a nice group planting of Foxtail Palms. Townsville, Nth Qld.
  32. 12 points
    Small house, but every room has a view. View south out front door: Southeast Northeast: North view: Looking northwest: West view is limited: South from a different room: It’s been pouring down this afternoon, but I can enjoy the garden from inside.
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    Bedroom window. living room window
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    Syagrus amara
  38. 12 points
    I am not liking the photo quality. Maybe my old camera is showing its age? This is Dypsis mirabilis.
  39. 12 points
    Been lucky to have a little spring rain here in Southern California the last day or so and was noticing out in the garden how much more vibrant and fresh it seems after the rain. Thought id share some pics i snapped while i was out there. Count yourself lucky if you live somewhere that actually gets regular rain, its definitely a nice change of pace the few days a year we get some, wish we got it more often. Feel free to post any after rain pics you might have. Bromeliad growing in Caryota Gigas trunk Dioon Spinulosum Ti plant Howea F. trunk Dypsis Mad. Mahajanga trunk New Flower pushing on a bromeliad leaf bases on a pup of Rav. Madagascariensis Ti plant Bromeliad Old flower stalk of Pinanga Coronata Emerging leaf of Sabal Mauritiformis Miniature Ti plant Bromeliad Chamaerops Humilis flowers Crinum Splendens Ti plant Aloe Bromeliad Dypsis Lutescens trunk Camelia Nuncios Gem floating in the rain chain pot Pothos Vine New fronds on Ceratozamia Mexicana Black Star Alocasia Emerging flower on Archontophoenix Myolensis Platyceryum Bifurcatum Bangkok gold ti plant Electra Ti plant Purple Volcano ti plant Rainbow ti plant Asplenum Nidus Variegated Dracena Bromeliad Bromeliad Bromeliad Orchid at end of bloom Encephalartos Longifolius
  40. 12 points
    - The searching through the leaf bases continued. Jeff went back up to take a look at the second spathe pictured above. (B) He then moved the ladder to the opposite side and started digging. It didn't take long, but he found not one, but two more spathes. - We swapped positions once again. Back up the ladder, I noticed the third spathe immediately, followed by a fourth further inside on the left. - The fourth spathe was positioned near the back of the palm a short distance from the first one. They all seemed to be at the same point of height along the trunk. Now we play the waiting game to see how they emerge further. Ryan
  41. 12 points
    - Had to get closer. I don't remember getting the ladder, it sort of 'appeared' in front of me. Climbing up to almost the last rung, I leaned in and there it was. I was fast-to-face with an emerging spathe. It is very dense and resembles the tip of a spear made of solid wood. After getting my photos, I thought "I bet Jeff doesn't know yet." - I climbed down and went in search of Jeff. He was off in another part of the nursery pulling plants. When I caught up to him, he was on the phone and I had to wait a minute. When I got his attention he said: "Yeah, what's up?" - Me: "I have a photo to show you." I leaned in to show him a shot of the spathe on the back of my camera, but he couldn't make it out. "Oh is it something flowering... something new that hasn't before?" - "Yes." - "Well, you got to give me a hint, like tell me the genus." "If I do that, you'll get it rather fast!" - "Well, just say it anyway!" "Beccariophoenix!" - When I said that, his eyes lit up like he had just found a bowl of unattended candy. We jumped on the golf cart, left the other plants behind and went straight to the palm. He was as surprised as I was and went straight up the ladder. I got a photo of him as he turned to show his reaction. (B) As he was looking over the spathe, we wondered if it was the only one or if there were others. - He came back down as I went back up the ladder to take another look. I started poking and prodding, moving leaf bases around, pushing the fiber out of the way when I found a second inflorescence spathe, just to the left of the first one. This one was smaller and seemed to be emerging at an angle. I would guess that it was at the same point of height along the trunk as the first one was positioned. Now we were hooked and had to keep looking... Ryan
  42. 11 points
    I acquired this palm about 4 years ago as a one gallon seedling. Moderate grower for me here. Just repotted it. I really like the look of this palm but I never see then in the landscape. Is anyone growing this one in the ground in Florida? Really a nice small palm just afraid to plant it out in case the limestone, calcareous soil I have kills it. Thoughts?
  43. 11 points
    Looking east toward Atlantic Ocean. Veitchia, Coccothrinax, Cocos, Ptychosperma, Heterospathe.....Veitchia, Pritchardia, Drymooholeus, Coccothrinax, Hyophorbe, .....
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    The Copernicia genus is spectacular. Even fan palm haters like Copernicias. And their spiny petioles and saw-toothed leaves just add to their charm. You don't want to hug them but you can be in awe of them from a distance. I have over half a dozen of them planted on our property, including two species I collected in the wild on an eco-tour I took to Cuba in 2014. They are not the fastest growing palms in the world but well worth the wait if you have the time. I took the following photos today on Day 7 of our official self-imposed quarantine. If you don't have a mass gathering to attend, have a look. Copernicia baileyana - my second Copernicia bought off eBay about 10 years ago. Back then any species was hard to find Copernicia alba - probably the commonest species in the genus
  46. 11 points
    Copernicia fallaensis Mauritia flexuosa
  47. 11 points
    How bout some Clinostigma! C. harlandii C. ponapense
  48. 11 points
    i planted mine as a seedling, maybe 3 years ago
  49. 11 points
    These are 2 of 5 i have =) Easily top 5 palm for me !!!
  50. 11 points
    I also took a few quick pics and a couple short videos. Nothing fancy. You can see I put out a few potted palms that are usually below patio cover so they could get rain water. 579D496C-F229-486B-9A94-E4B0BCF968AA.MOV 3B5EA1AF-836A-4830-AF47-A3DB48D4E5AD.MOV
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