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  1. 18 points
    Kentiopsis oliviformis (20 years old) a nice palm suited even for temperate-warm climates, but little cultivated in the Mediterranean area. Some information on this species: https://www.monaconatureencyclopedia.com/kentiopsis-oliviformis/?lang=en
  2. 13 points
    Upon arriving we headed down to the local bike rental shop and rented bikes for the time we were there. I cannot say enough good things about our time on Lord Howe. Riding bikes on these roads was incredible and made you feel like you were in a National Park, but almost had it all to yourself, and it's loaded with endemic palms! Towering Kentias (Howea Forsteriana) are all over the island at the lower elevations. As seen on the road below: Our first beach stop was for a picnic lunch at Ned's Beach on Northeast side of the island. Under the shade of a Kentia. Enjoying the view of the beach: The hill you see in the photo above is part of the Malabar Hill Hike. After eating our lunch we decided to check it out. Don't fall off the cliff! Looking down a bit at Neds Beach. another view looking back from about halfway up the hill:
  3. 12 points
    We then start to notice some Howea Belmoreana, these were mixed in with Forsteriana at this point. Some were in full sun and very compact due to the sun exposure: Into the more forested area of the hike, we would see many Howea Belmoreana, some small, some overhead: Ending the hike at another beach with another great view of the mountains and some towering Kentias. Also, it was great to see many Belmoreana and Forsteriana planted alongside of these trails. There were many natural seedlings popping up as well, but you could see some that were intentionally planted in many areas that were maybe 1 meter or less in height for now and many times would be encircled by some protective mesh fencing.
  4. 12 points
  5. 12 points
    I have also been a busy beaver building the Fairview rock garden. Since this gardens inception it has taken a lot of my time away from planting in the palm garden. This new garden is a total labor of love. enjoy the visuals
  6. 12 points
    I’m only posting this to give props to this unknown palm grower. In my neck of the woods it is extremely rare to see well grown Majesty palms due to their demanding water and nutrient requirements. Most people neglect them and they end up looking pretty bad. I drive by this house every once in awhile and was sitting at a stop sign and decided to take a picture. I think they look pretty good.
  7. 11 points
    Sunset that first night, looking out over Lagoon Beach.
  8. 11 points
    As you approach the top of the hill at about 200 m in elevation, you start to see around to the southern part of the island and get a great view of Mt. Lidgbird and Mt. Gower. More epic views: We only passed by maybe 3 other hikers during this hike. Just us and the birds up there!
  9. 11 points
    Quick update from my garden in Central Oklahoma. My Sabal minors continue to thrive and my largest minor gets bigger each summer. It produced three large seed stalks this year. I believe this is a "Louisiana" variety, but I'm not 100% certain as I bought it nearly 10 years ago at a local nursery. I've potted up numerous seedlings to give to friends and transplanted to other areas of the garden. It's quite a plant! My Windmill Palm is in a very protected micro climate and you can see it's growth rate below. I've wrapped it up anytime we see temps drop below 10 or so, which is fairly rare, maybe once or twice a winter. Other than that, I just pile up leaves around it and she's been good to go. It undoubtedly wouldn't perform as well out in the open, but it's really taken off in this location. Thanks! Potted up minor seedlings Largest Sabal minor Windmill palm - 2016 Windmill palm - 2019
  10. 11 points
    Its base is about 8” across. Unlike some Raveneas, this one had a heal. Thanks for looking!
  11. 10 points
    My wife and I just returned from a short visit (too short) to Lord Howe Island. This was our first time visiting, after many years of wanting to go there. I must say it was probably the most peaceful place I have ever spent time at. The very small-town vibe, walking or riding bikes wherever you need to go, and friendly people make it a wonderful place to visit. Then the scenery and of course the palms just puts it over the top! I will include more information along with the pictures below. Hope you enjoy. All flights come in on Qantas airlines into the small airport with just a 1km runway which makes for exciting takeoffs and landings. The plane seats about 30 people. You are greeted when you step off the plane with Mt. Lidgbird on the left and Mt. Gower on the right. We actually arrived a day late to Lord Howe due to bad weather on the island and the airline not wanting to fly us out there in the weather. The day before we were supposed to depart the flight that day actually got all the way out to Lord Howe, but couldn't land due to a storm and had to return back to Sydney. So we were relieved to not have to go through that, but it did cut a day off of our trip which was already too short. Thankfully as you will see in the photos, we had excellent weather for our few days there so we were not affected at all once we actually arrived.
  12. 10 points
    Today I started my semi-annual check-ups for the potted Chamaedorea tuerckheimii that live under deep canopy in my jungle. These rare little palms have a reputation for being difficult to grow and I can attest that an unhappy Cham tuerck soon becomes a dead one. I lost a medium sized plant earlier this year and still don't know why. What I have learned by trial and error is that these little guys want a minimum of attention and resent being treated a ego-enhancing eye candy. I keep mine under deep canopy outdoors esp. in summer as they resent FL swelter. I check on them every few weeks but bring them out in spring and fall for checkups, fertilization and treatments for insects and spider mites - they are spider mite magnets. The plants in the photos have been hosed off, topped off, fertilized and drenched with Merit. They await their miticide spray before returning to the jungle to rest before next summer. The largest two came from Dale Holton as 1g circa 2009. One of them is flowering (no chance of seeds as they are dioecious and their insect pollinator doesn't exist in the US). Two 1g came from Scott Cohen several years ago. The 5 smallest plants I germinated from seeds. I haven't found viable seeds for years. Chamaedorea tuerckheimii, Cape Coral, FL 2019
  13. 10 points
    Found 2 Jamaican Talls in St. Pete, on Haines road right off of I-275. You can see them from the expressway. Looks like they have been there a long time!
  14. 9 points
    Saw this MASSIVE coconut. Think it was on here in a thread from 2010 or something. But its looking great. I'm 6ft 2 for scale.
  15. 8 points
    I believe I have one of the largest and most bodacious Archonotophoenix cunninghamiana I have ever seen. It is several times larger than piccabeens planted nearby. It is 25-30' tall with a huge crown of leaves and a trunk over 1' diameter. It is now flowering. Earlier today we cut down all infructescenses from palms in the side and back yards. But not this one - yet. I know piccabeens tend to be common as dirt but few of them are as colossal as this one. So, I wonder: is anyone on PT interested in obtaining seeds of this palm when they ripen? If not, those infructescenses are toast. One call only. Seeding Archonotophoenix cunninghamiana, Cape Coral, FL 2019. Sandal size 8, hand ridiculously small
  16. 8 points
    Since its inception into my garden several years ago this palm had no trunk. Now it has almost 3' of clear wood and is putting up 2 leaves/spikes at once for the past 2 years. They are extremely slow to start but once they get going the speed up considerably. This palm is defiantly worth the wait!! "Nacho" Carl for scale
  17. 8 points
    Perusing the local classified ads website and was watching this one for a while. The price kept dropping as I think the size threw people off and not the time of year most people are thinking about their gardens. At $80 I couldn’t pass it up. It’s about 4’ tall overall. It always pays to keep your eyes open.
  18. 8 points
    Whatever mate, get a sense of humour and stop being so defensive. As a matter of fact I have posted some palm seeds to the bloke who started the other thread for him to experiment with. Enough said on the subject of what can and cannot grow in London, do whatever you like.
  19. 8 points
    10 headed to Queen in Clearwater. Certainly not remarkable, but fascinating.
  20. 8 points
    Dang!!! It has been a quick minute since I have updated this thread. I have planted a ton of great plants and rare palms since my last posts. Not to mention the growth I have had this year has been pretty decent at the Fairview nursery gardens.
  21. 8 points
    My Copernicia Cowelli are easily growing in Thailand but they are ultra rare palm here.
  22. 8 points
    I have torallyi and sunka. Here's a rooftop shot of my sunka. With a much more slender trunk than torallyi, they fit into more space restricted areas. Mine has a trunk diameter of just 16" versus my tolallyi that all have huge diameters of 36."
  23. 8 points
    I can't agree with them being ugly in the least. The one I had planted for a client here in Los Altos is magnificent. The photos don't come close to doing this palm justice. The house was sold last year and the new owner stated that the palm was one of the reasons he and his wife chose this house.
  24. 8 points
    Palm is native throughout the Caribbean but notoriously scarce on New Providence island,home to the capital of the Bahamas. (Nassau) Did manage to find a few individuals in the wild,but they are very few and far between.Leucothrinax morrissii is the most common native palm on the island. aztropic Mesa,Arizona
  25. 7 points
    Hey all, This is a palm that has been discussed a handful of times over the years. Seems like it was available for a couple of years and then it’s availability just dried up. I’d love to see how they are faring in everyone’s garden. For me, it’s been a pretty slow grow, but it has been steady. Maintaining a good green color has never been a problem, as it only gets partial sun throughout the day. It’s about head high now. It doesn’t love winter, but it deals with and pushes 2-3 fronds a year. Please post your experiences and pictures. Here are a couple of mine..



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