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  1. 28 points
    Good afternoon! Today I saw a Variegated Washingtonia in Tempe Arizona, in front of someone’s business. First one I’ve seen in person randomly around. Enjoy.
  2. 23 points
    Today we took a drive over to Fort Myers to see the two palm parks in downtown FM. One of them, on Martin Luther King Jr Ave by the former railroad museum is now the home of two formerly wild Sabal palmetto Lisas that were rescued from an I75exit about 10 years ago. The taller of the two palms has been my avatar since I photographed them in situ in 2008. Those two palms have provided many 100s of offspring to members of PT since then. They continue to thrive in their safe home and have grown too tall for us to access seeds except by picking them up from the ground. I saw both palms are flowering and setting seeds about 6 months later than usual. I'd like to find more seeds but have no idea when they will be ripe. Guess I'll have to stay tuned. I took the following photos. Note that the taller palm sheds all its boots and has a bare trunk while the shorter palm hangs on to its boots. Sabal palmetto Lisa x2, Fort Myers, FL, 09/21
  3. 20 points
    It's been a long time since I put up a garden post on PT. Our group (BPACS) recently visited the garden (and nursery) of Phil Redhead on the Sunshine Coast in southern Queensland. The garden is now 8 years old, and is starting to really take shape. Lots of nice species have been planted and it was a great morning to wander around and see some of Phil's treasures. For years Phil was a palm trader, sourcing palms from all over Australia for clients. He understandably has a great network of palm contacts and with the closure of several great palm nurseries, has embarked on the journey to create an awesome nursery and source of palms for Australia. Phil loves to spread the palm love and he deserves a lot of credit for investing heavily into the game... Here's a few from the other weekend...a cloudy, drizzly late winter's day didn't deter us whatsoever...
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    I thought these pictures may be enjoyed by some out there.
  5. 19 points
    Such an elegant palm especially when it discards an old leaf sheath. Had a bit of cover when it was young, but now gets much more sun. B. vieillardii, hapala, and grandiflora all seem to have similar growth rates in the garden. Tim
  6. 17 points
    Now that I've amassed a huge collection of palms (mostly small ones in pots, but several larger ones), I've taken a moment to ask myself what initially triggered the madness And I realized that (for me) it was the difficulty in obtaining palms at large sizes that was the initial trigger... fueled by the relatively low cost of young specimens (if you go with an inexpensive supplier like Floribunda). For me the "gateway palm" was Dypsis leptocheilos ("Teddy Bear"). I had removed many Queen Palms, and posted on Palmtalk a question of what to replace them with. Fifty or so suggestions later, I decided on a Teddy Bear for the most prominent spot, and tried really hard to find a big one! I heard there was a huge one for $1000 in Orange County, and scoffed at the price, but later learned it sold for that price (and quickly too). I eventually found a 15 gallon one for $185 locally, And happily snagged it. Now that I had one young palm I then asked myself "What else should I start growing, since I'm going to need to invest 5-10 years to get this one to a decent size?" I bought a few more small palms from Jungle Music, then got some great snags from local palm sellers (like Joe at Discovery & Josh at Fairview). I also invested in a few larger specimens from Rancho Soledad (including two very tall flamethrowers... though they didn't carry a lot of the more rare stuff). Last step was to put in a Floribunda order... and I decided to get ALL the ones I didn't have yet!!! Ok, not really all of them, but a got a ton, as it wasn't a big financial commitment at $15 each. Going down their availability list, I would look up each name on Google Images, run it through the "Palms for California" website, and read lots of threads about it on Palmtalk. If my conclusion is that it *might* look amazing in my area, I then added it to my shopping list (sometimes in multiples). Many of my palms already have a designated spot in my yard, but others fit into the category of "I'm going to stick you here for now and find a place for you if you start getting interesting." I figure I can eventually sell or trade any extra palms when the smoke clears... and to the more "iffy" ones I wish them best of luck ("May the odds be ever in your favor"). If they do survive, I'll be able to post my amazing specimen on Palmtalk someday (I obviously won't mention the casualties). As for the Teddy Bear Palm (my initial quest), I now have two 15 gallons, and NINE "baby bears" in pots. I also hunted down an elusive "Tri-Bear" hybrid (half leptocheilos, and more beefy)... so now I have a "Daddy Bear" (Tri-Bear), "Momma Bear" & nine "Baby Bears". What am I going to do with them all? "Daddy Bear" and one of the "Momma Bears" are already planted in the backyard, and I have a spot for the other "Momma Bear" in the front yard. I also have a skinny strip for three "Baby Bears" to be planted in a row. As for the other six "baby bears", I'm going to give a couple to family, and who knows... maybe sell the others for $1000 someday (ok, I'm not holding my breath on that one LOL). My point is... it's the fact that I was told "You absolutely can't have that cool Palm at a large size!" that likely triggered my own addiction. And now when I see new people on the forum innocently ask "Hey, where can I get a box specimen of ____________ (insert extremely rare palm name)" I chuckle to myself, and figure one of two things is going to happen... 1) They're going to get frustrated at the lack of rare palms at large sizes and go back to the Home Depot options... or 2) They'll start buying palms at smaller sizes, place their Floribunda order (or buy from a local seller), and start filling their yards with tiny pots of future awesomeness. And to the latter I say "Welcome to Palmtalk!"
  7. 17 points
    so i thought i would finally start my garden thread that is about 12 years old now just because i am getting back into it now and my kids are growing up and in school so i have more time. this garden is located in santa clarita, california (six flags magic mountain) which is a 9b zone but i finally have grown some decent canopy to try to zone push some more tender stuff. it has snowed here twice since we purchased this house and i documented it early on in this thread when i was still just getting into growing palms and the garden was quite young still (LINK). In any case, there are so many cool people i have met along the way and it has been great to keep the friendships since this all started with my brother. he was obsessed with palms and lived in miami and when i purchased a house for the first time, i wanted to landscape it from the usual track housing look and out of a whim, he said why dont you plant palms. so why not ... and since he already knew some people in socal from the palm world, he introduced me to them on an excursion that would pretty much blow my mind. i would say i was very fortunate to be introduced to them all. this was back in 2009. here are two pics of some very great people from that very amazing day: ... i can tell you coming home after that exhausting day of seeing all the amazing gardens was very depressing. i had to come home to this LOL: my wife thought i was crazy and all i could talk about was palm trees. i told her trust me and give me 10 years LOL, and we could have a slice of paradise in the high desert. at the end of the day, i told her at least i was addicted to palm trees and not a number of other life's indulgence that could lead to trouble. LOL. fast forward 12 years and here it is today. the great thing is i think i have achieved my slice of paradise ... the bad is the maintenance. i will try to document the progress of the yard through the years focusing on growth of each palm. at the end of the day, a lot of the palms are common but not in my area and not in zone 9b that's for sure. cheers tin
  8. 16 points
    Most of my palms are pinnate palms, about 60-70% of them. But I do have some nice fans that can play with sunlight out front. Highly reflective palms bring another dimension to the yard, but they must see direct sun to reflect it, so no bizzies in shade don't have much light to reflect. The reflection exaggerates movement in the wind, everything looks especially "alive" in the morning with a breeze. When I planted out my yard starting in 2011 after the dec 2010 freezes(2 days in a row 28,29 plus heavy frost killed off many small palms in the ground less than a year), I was looking to be somewhat cold hardy out front(north). So I planted out from left to right: copernicia alba blue, sabal uresana, bismarckia(pre existing), copernicia baileyana, sabal causiarum(right behind bailey barely visible), and copernicia fallaensis. Here is pic, hard to get it all in. The only visible green ones are the royal, sabal causiarum and c. baileyana so the front is blue/grey and tends to be a bright environment, especially early and late in the day. Those up front look much bigger(sabal uresana is actually 4' shorter than the c. fallaense on the right) but you get the sun at your back in this pic to bring out the brightness of the view. I wish I had more land or yes that I had a 10b climate but then I cant barely handle the landscaping I do have and I came from New Jersey originally so this is plenty "tropical". Anyone have fan palm grouping or row they would like to share?
  9. 16 points
    Some Hypheane coriacea I found growing on the bank of the Sabi River in the Kruger Park.
  10. 15 points
    I just saw Beccariophoenix for sale at a local nursery in Fresno. This is the first time i see this species available at a retail nursery, and i hope it becomes more commonly available.
  11. 15 points
    Haha.. just kidding.. I love this tree.. I hope it sets viable seeds soon!
  12. 15 points
    It has occurred to me that I have not taken any new photos of any of my palms for a long time. And since this IS a palm sure LOL I thought I might post a few. Many of these were acquired and planted into the ground inside my greenhouse between the years 2003-2005/6. So they have had time to grow. 1. Licuala spinosa 2. My big mama Flamethrower 3. Spindle palm 4. Pelagodoxa henryana with Caryota zebrina
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    This palm just keeps getting more and more beautiful. Just dropped a leaf sheath a few days ago and couldn’t help but snap a few photos. Tim
  15. 15 points
    The last 3 years shows some fast browth for my Beccariophoenix alfredii. First is 2018 oct, second is 2021 today. Its currently getting rained on again, wet day here. This one was planted in august 2010 dug up 3 months later and relocated then frost burned to the ground in dec 2010.
  16. 14 points
    Gets some lower leaf spots with the Winter chill but has grown fast for me here in Cape Coral. Planted on the north side of my house about 4 years ago as a 1 gallon seedling from Meg.
  17. 14 points
    Ralph was something of a palmy godfather to many, including me. I first visited hinplace back in the early 1990s. If you were there, too share your own pictures here!
  18. 14 points
    Documenting my priceless palms (butia x parajubaea) to remember them in case they get uprooted by Ida.
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  21. 13 points
    Hi All. I saw these magnificent Jubaeopsis caffra yesterday at an indigenous nursery on the KZN South Coast, South Africa. They are huge and flowering and seeding. Their containers are huge. Sadly won’t be able to get one to my place. Just had to share.
  22. 13 points
    So I am currently on the Isle of Wight, just off the south coast of England. You can cross over from Portsmouth on the ferry, which takes about 30 minutes. The island is a palm paradise in general, but the southeastern portion is almost like a mini Califronia. I will let the photos do the talking. All these CIDP and Washingtonia were planted tiny about 10-15 years ago now. I'll start with the Trachycarpus Fortunei... Phoenix Canariensis... Brahea Edulus... Brahea Armata... Going in heavy with the Washingtonia now. Excuse the sun in my eyes... There were several Jubaea Chilensis planted out... Butia Odorata... Chamaerops Humilis... Musa Basjoo... Cycas Revoluta... About a mile down the road we sat down to have lunch, as dolphin pods jumped out of the water while we ate... Off the coast of Niton, right next to the spot we ate at, I spotted a Washingtonia in a back yard. Unfortunately the garden was not really accessible to get photos, so I unlawfully hopped the fence to get some shots. Not really being one to follow rules, I am certainly glad I went over, since it turns out there were two Washies in that back yard... Massive palm updates from the Isle of Wight coming. I have barely scratched the surface here...
  23. 13 points
    The PSSC had a meeting in Westminster and Fountain Valley in Orange County California today at two great, if very different gardens. The first garden is that Steve Velez, son of the late Ralph Velez who now owns the home and garden. Happy obscenities filled the air. This garden was started back in 1962, 59 years ago.
  24. 13 points
    You don’t hear much about this little understory palm. More fragile looking than it really is, depending on your climate zone, of course. This one is about a meter tall, been in the ground about 4 years from a seedling and never gets full sun. The thin trunk, purple crown shaft, yellow fruits, and spreading crown, make it a rather elegant little fella. Tim
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    Looking up into a P. martii. Tim
  28. 13 points
    So, here are some teasers, with the links included below! Lemurophoenix halleuxii at the Pana'ewa Zoo in Hilo, Hawaii... absolutely massive! Lodoicea maldivica at Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens in Oahu, Hawaii The famous Pritchardia hillebrandii blue form at Ho'omaluhia Gardens Manicaria saccifera showing its new red frond at Ho'omaluhia Gardens... does anybody in Hawaii know where i could get one? This is my favorite palm! Not a palm, but I love the Elaeocarpus angustifolius - blue marble trees - at Lyon Arboretum Johannsteijsmannia altifrons at Lyon Arboretum - growing like a weed! Oraniopsis appendiculata - Lyon arboretum Proud Mama with her Baby - Foster Botanical Gardens - Lodoicea maldivica For the complete photo collection go here: Lyon Arboretum Pics Foster Botanical Garden Pics Ho'omaluhia Gardens Pics Pana'ewa Zoo Pics University of Hawaii at Hilo Pics
  29. 13 points
    Good afternoon, I was scrolling down my camera roll and I realized that I took some pictures of my palms in only two parts of my yard almost exactly a year ago. I figured I’d take some photos today and see the comparison in growth over the year. Enjoy! (I know my palms are close, that’s how I want them ) First & Third photo are from August 22, 2020 (before) second and fourth photo are from September 1, 2021 (after)
  30. 12 points
    Love these fronds even if they don’t have as much color as cooler climates the width of the leaflets and the spacing is just great
  31. 12 points
    Hi, I thought it is time for a little update of my garden - if you are interested in some palmy images, please follow me. First of all, we had two typhoons last and this month, not that strong but strong enough to shake some palms up. Secondly, I witnessed during spring a massive attack by propably "an army" of rhinoceros beetles on all of my trunking palms - some of them got damaged really badly. It was not nice to find more and more palms infested every other morning, but I think I might get it under control someday... However, enough of "talking" - let's go... The area near the entrance. The two Cocos nucifera with the strong lean were almost blown over two years ago. But they recovered well, until they got attacked be the rhinoceros beetle this spring. They are hanging in so far. The left one dropped its first ripe coconuts, I potted them up at the spot were they have been when I found them. Let's see, if they sprout naturally. The right one's lean looks really cool, it is right now growing its first spathe. (In the background you can see a heavily damaged Washingtonia robusta. Now in the ground for six or more years, D. pembana finally taking off. (seed grown) Next to it, an A. alexandrae, seeding the first time after seven years. (seed grown) Not really wind proof but standing its ground - C. samoense. (seed grown) Shakin' up, too - but pushing spear after spear, C. umbraculifera. Not looking the best after two typhoons and the beetle's attack, my beloved V. joannis. (seed grown) Super healthy and doing very well, D. decaryi. (from home depot years ago) H. forsteriana - heavily attacked by beetles, endless spear pulls but fighting on. (years ago from home depot) Storm proof and bullet proof (sickness, beetles,..) our local hero - Satakentia liukiuensis. Since I have to be aware of the neverending threat by typhoons I am now growing a few of them to be planted - just in case that a very strong typhoon might wipe out a large number of my other, non-indigenous palms...(of course all of my S.L. are grown from picked up seeds) After replanting a couple of years ago, doing very well - D. album. (seed grown) A bit older its "cousin" - D. album var. aureum. (seed grown) /(Fortuantely I found the beetle while still outside the trunk...) Now recovering from a spear jam - C. macrocarpa.(seed grown) Got attacked when still very young but recovered well - D. leptocheilos. (seed grown) A bit packed this spot but growing steadily - my seed grown Indian Cocos nucifera. (from an Indian vegetable shop in Tokyo) From almost the same region - B. nicobarica. (seed grown) ...
  32. 12 points
    ... Right behind the house... My Washi and L. chinensis groove. (seed grown) In their shade... Two H. forsteriana. There were clumps of seven or more together - they were sold that way - and they seemed to rot. So I cut them down to one and it looks like it helped the remaining two (singles) to recover. Here the other one. This Sabal (I guess) grows like crazy - not really much sun with high humidity at this spot. (from a seed I found somewhere) Opposite back side - P. rupicola. (seed grown) This beauty was almost eaten down by the beetles - I pulled at least two of them out of crown. This one looked awful for months but is now on its way back. Finally - probably a wrong planting - The base of a five or max six year old P. sylvestris. (seed grown) I had to move outside of the property to take this picture... That one is getting huge - but I like it. I hope I can keep it as long as possible. We will see. Finally the bullpen - Just two or three examples of the youngest generation... V. splendida. Rhopaloblaste elegans. D. album var. conjugatum. I got them through their second winter - C. renda. Some more H. ramsayi. P. borsigianum. C. savoryanum. (grown from a seed delivery from the Bonin islands) Finally the youngest sprout... C. berteroana. Alright, I hope you liked this little update and thank you for your time! Best regards from Okinawa - Lars
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    Go where? For a tropical vacation? Why?
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    I’m in the Kruger Park currently and saw a young elephant feeding on a Phoenix reclinata. Thought I’d share
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    A few others Pinanga batanensis Marojejya insignis Licuala ramseyi Asterogyne martiniana
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    Because Mule March 2020 this morning spruge is on its way out, but makes a decent moisture retention
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    When we moved in this house last fall, the side yard was in bad shape and all overgrown. I mowed it down with a brush cutter and of course that opened it up but also made the neighbors yard come into clarity. So what better than to plant some palms! Plus bamboo of course. Two Arenga engleri as they should do fine in 9a and they get wider over time. I have another two plant near the driveway as well. For backup I also planted three Livistonia chinensis. Finally the bamboo was added, all five of them. This is a hybrid named NPG or something like that. Started on the backyard and this is the look from the drive.
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    Well, a week later and you wouldn’t even believe this was the same palm. It’s crazy how fast it opened up and started photosynthesizing through these leaves!
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    Over time, this has become one of my favorite palms in the yard. Slow but steady growth. No fertilizer, No irrigation, No Problem. It’s helpful to see Habitat photos for perspective.
  42. 11 points
    I have to get a few more of these. Moultrie sold out earlier this summer and will need to get down there and pick up a couple.
  43. 11 points
    All new SoCal palm addicts suffer from size envy and the determination to get the biggest possible. All old, sorry, experienced palm addicts only want small. Why? A quote from Ursula K. Le Guin helps- “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” I was terrible about buying large. My first years I purchased some of the ugliest palms because they were big. Hint: most don’t grow out of their early, poorly-grown blemishes. I hated going to gardens and seeing beautiful specimens and coming home and comparing to my skinny ass palm I planted that was stuck in a 15 gallon for 10 years. I believe I have now ripped out every early, already-trunking palm purchase I made. Some died. Some I planted smaller had passed similar ones planted large in size or smaller planted palms of the same species were already way more beautiful. Sure, there are exceptions for me nowdays. I always look for the largest of the super slow-growing palms I can find. For example, many Copernicia’s and Cocothrinax are so slow you won’t be able to fully appreciate them in a lifetime in SoCal. But past that, I either grow from seed or buy small from Marcus or other sellers. I get a lot of visitors to my garden (that pic of the two Licuala you showed in another thread are mine) and inevitably I get asked most the time from younger palm people for some advice. “Enjoy small, because time goes by so fast”. Many of the palms you are planting small now will be overhead in the not to distant future.
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    And the neighbors got into the act too!
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    Hard to find in San Diego, but this looks to be a beauty.. A 15gal Jubaea Chilensis. 860 for plant and planting, includes a 'gravel lined sump / breather pipe'. Wasn't aware these palms require a breather pipe. I need to find a spot for this! Only place I can see in my yard is on a slope, which would get full sun from morn till eve. Welcome thoughts/other considerations.
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    Here's a weepy form that I have posted here before. It's doing a Livistona decora impersonation.
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    You go to the San Diego Zoo and only take photos of the palms ("They have animals here too?")
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    Bought this thing with 3ft of trunk for $200. Was in rough shape. Then vs. now: Still a ways to go, but looking good.
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    Outside the hospital where they fixed up my broken leg this spring.
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    Ended up getting one. Super excited because its already regenerated
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