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  1. 28 points
    Got a Facebook Memory from 3 years ago when I was about 6 months into my Palm / Plants Craze, and its kind of crazy how fast my knowledge and new Passion has taken me. And how I really need to buy another Place so I can start on my next Garden ! I still got the backyard to finish but thought I would share. Enjoy
  2. 28 points
    With good friends Carlos and Gaby I had the good fortune to visit and hike around Parque Nacional La Campana earlier today. Thousands of Jubaea chilensis in habitat - an absolutely unforgettable experience! Here are a few of the many photos I took. Parque Nacional La Campana is a bit inland from Valparaiso and not far from Santiago.
  3. 24 points
  4. 24 points
    One of our members took a few pieces of my fallen Caryotas of Damocles and had them turned into bowls by a wood shop. I thought they were pretty neat. I'll let the member out himself as the maker if he's so inclined.
  5. 24 points
    Hello everyone, every time when I am going to our local botanical garden I enjoy taking a long look at our super tall Satakentia liukiuensis. Sometimes I check the ground for seeds but since the timing of picking them up is very important to get them sprouted - which I missed always so far - I usually do it more just for fun... But this time was different. Approaching the palms I took my time to scan the area intensively... Nothing stands out at the first glance... ...but then it hit me. Can you see it? ..and more! Oh my god! All those little guys! Asking myself, what is going to happen to them...? (Remember, I mentioned once that Satakentias are NEVER sold in our nurseries...) I looked up and saw on old friend of mine who is working there for many years. I approached him and after some small talk - he knows that I am into palms - I told him about these Satakentias and the countless young sprouts... He just looked at me and said: "Take them, pull them out, take them all - they`re all yours! Because we maw them over if you don`t take them. We don`t need them. So feel free, go ahead anytime you like, this time, next time, whenever!" Well, expecting somehow to be probably allowed to pull one of them out as a kind of friendly gesture among palm enthusiasts - I was speechless. It took a moment to proceed what was just said, I looked at him: "Are you sure?!" - "Yes, 100%! Go ahead!" Wow, I got to admit - that was intense! I thanked him cordially while still not being sure about what just happened and moved back to my car to grab a small garden tool. It was not my intention to get this kind of approval, I was more feeling sorry for these little seedlings, wondering what will happen to them since they never show up as plants to be sold or as plantings in the botanical garden... Back to the spot I dealt with them is careful as possible... ...and back home I went immediately to work. Here there are - Happy growing, little babies! If they grow up successfully I am going to donate them to other parks/gardens or since Okinawa/Ryukyu is their home/habitat I am going to plant them out at a safe spot somewhere on this island to let them grow naturally - maybe they will get as tall as their parent plants which would be great and a thousand times better than to be mawed over. So, from now on I got a new mission - after making sure my "approval" is still valid after entering the botanical garden the next time - I am going to keep an eye on those beautiful Satakentias to make sure that their "kids" will get at least a fair chance! Thank you for your time - best regards from Okinawa Lars
  6. 23 points
    Dypsis canaliculata shed a frond overnight, and begged to have a selfie taken. What a show-off! (Photos have not been enhanced.) Estimated length of frond, 16 ft. D. canaliculata has elbowed aside D. prestoniana in my “favorite Dypsis” category, though both are impressive.
  7. 23 points
    They belong to this Tahina which is reaching for the sky....
  8. 23 points
    These guys are 8 yrs old from 3gal Lowe’s. They are well over 10’ and love being right next to the lake
  9. 22 points
    Since I'm American, and Red, White, and Blue are our colors - this grouping is apropos. But nice to look at for any nationality.
  10. 21 points
    Hello there, while my ladies went out for a school basketball event I asked my son if he would like to see a "jungle trail" and he said yes - so here we go. I have been there five or six times but never posted any pictures - I was honored to show this place @bgl in November last year - so, I think it is about time to let the palm talkers know. The location is on one of our smaller neighbor islands - this time Kurima island - which are all connected via bridges with the main island Miyako. This photos was taken on Kurima, looking back to Miyako island. Parking the car and entering the trails's entrance. Arenga palms are welcoming you soon. The trail itself is a ravine between a huge limestone on the right (towards the islands center)... and a several meters high limestone barrier on the left - between the sea and the ravine. The result is an almost untouched habitat, naturally protected from typhoons - which is the most important fact - and regarding the non-welcoming parking area probably almost unknown to any tourist coming down here... Ok, let's go on. Just beautiful - Arengas are everywhere. Thick boscage with Arengas all around. ... Moving on... But still breathtakingly beautiful... A paradise. Finally, here they are... ...flowering Arengas. I have to confess that I took seeds several times but I never ever got one of them sprouted. Interesting is those palms are never sold over here, so I have to keep going to find my luck right here at the source. Reaching the end of the trail, here some Noni-trees in the wild... Turning around, you can see the huge limestone (now) on the left and the barrier on the right - the trails goes right through it. Another 180, same position - the open sea. Looking back again and focussing on the limestone rock, cycads all around. Walking back to the parking area, still enjoying the scenery... ...here a single Papaya tree... ...but still admiring the countless Arenga palms. Ok, after enjoying this wonderful spot while taking my time to look around carefully/take photos here and there, my son and I enjoyed at least another hour at the island's beautiful shore Al right - thank you very much for your time and my apologies for the low photo quality, I just had my phone with me - best regards from Miyako island/Okinawa Lars
  11. 20 points
    Hi, here is my Brahea armata. Planted from pot to the ground 13 years ago, in 2006. Last winter was the first time ever with zero protection at all. The coldest temperature of Winter 2018-2019 here in the City of Basel was only – 4 °C (February). April 2006 April 2019, with me for scale hands up
  12. 20 points
    I am thrilled to announce that we are launching our updated website to bring Floribunda into a new era of clarity and communication, including: An interactive price list that is searchable, filterable, and updated consistently. New pictorial diaries highlighting the palm adventures of Jeff and Suchin around the world A new section containing ultra-rare mouth watering collector's items from Jeff's personal collection Plant pages with original photography and information regarding the palm. Click on the name of the palm in the price list to learn more about each palm, or search for your favorite species in the menu section of any page. New holy grail palms added to the list to celebrate the launch such as Chambeyronia lepidota and Anthurium salgarense. Integration of social media for a more personal experience of life at Floribunda. This is a work-in-progress and will be updated constantly with new photos, features, and plants for sale. We welcome you to explore the new site and give us your feedback about what you like/dislike, as well as features you'd like to see implemented in the future. Thank you for your support of Floribunda Palms & Exotics! http://floribundapalms.com
  13. 20 points
    Went out to Fakahatchee State Park for my latest drone video. Got some great videos of alligators, sabal palms, and some absolutely huge royal palms growing in habitat, tallest ones I’ve ever seen.
  14. 19 points
    If patience is a virtue, then I feel I've finally won some sort of a prize! These two D. carlsmithii were planted out from small cones back in late 2008 and honestly, I'm surprised they even survived. They have chugged along steadily, getting fatter, taller, more colorful, and finally started trunking. Actually, slow to trunk is a good thing, as it adds more time to enjoy what will become a fairly large palm. Being at eye level for such a long time gives plenty of time to admire such a special palm.....surely that's the real prize. Tim
  15. 19 points
    I brought my coconut outside for its annual shower! It gets dusty indoors here in Phoenix, AZ. This is my pride and joy. This palm is where my screen name comes from. I bought it from Home Depot in the summer of 2000. It's been moved around the valley from house to apartment back to house a total of 7 times. It gets so neglected I really have no idea what's keeping it alive. It's never been fertilized with anything but dirty aquarium water. I only started doing that in the past 4 years. It's never been repotted. I just fill in the top with new soil when it gets low. It sat in a dark apartment for a few years. It's almost always parked under an AC vent. It currently sits by a south facing window that only gets direct sun in winter. I used to have king palms and foxtails in pots sitting right next to it, but they did not survive. The small pot next to it is a dying coconut. In fact, that little one is the 4th one I have tried. The previous 2 died in about a year. This thing is a miracle and I hope it outlives me because it is truly like a child to me. I've often thought about putting it out on the patio you see in the photos. It's south facing and gets shade all summer. I'm just afraid of killing it. It seems happy indoors. I only remember one or 2 leaves ever turning brown. The lower ones usually get chewed by my escaping parrot or jumping dog or just break from the weight. You can see in the pictures I have it staked to keep it from falling over from the weight. I just can't show this beauty off enough. What can I say? I'm a proud dad!
  16. 19 points
    Was at my sisters yesterday...this caught my eye
  17. 18 points
    It was a beautiful day so just thought I would share this pic I snapped while working on the new planting’s.
  18. 18 points
    Just a hobby house for a back yard grower, but finally up and operational!
  19. 17 points
    Had the chance to visit Gore bay near Christchurch. Was amazed at the variety of sensitive palms growing there near the sea - reminded me of coastal California. The bangalows and Nikau looked especially healthy which was great. This particular day demonstrated classic coastal Canterbury conditions with a cool seabreeze moderating the temperature near the coast (around 26 degrees C) yet after driving over the hills into the inland valleys, the temperature was in the mid 30's C, very dry and ideal wine growing conditions.
  20. 17 points
    More silver goodness...Copernicia hospita And more...
  21. 17 points
    I love taking a shower on a beautiful morning. Probably go through to much water though.
  22. 17 points
    Here's one of the dressage farms down the street from me. It's 15 acres / 6 hectares which they've owned since 2001. It's a nice mix of palms, bromeliads, flowering trees, and open space.
  23. 17 points
    Parajubaea cocoides Me with a Plumeria alba grown from seeds I collected back in Grenada, West Indies. Syagrus vermicularis Coccothrinax proctorii Coccothrinax borhidiana Coccothrinax moaensis
  24. 17 points
    Areca vestiara Jubaea chilensis Dypsis madagascriensis Chamaedorea pochutlensis Pinanga caesia Probably my favorite tree on the planet: Ficus macrophylla var. columnaris from Lord Howe Island (Not to be confused with the most likely mislabeled one at Huntington Botanical Gardens in Pasadena, CA) - Anyone growing this or want to? PM me!
  25. 16 points
    This morning as I was driving down my driveway the sun was hitting this Johannesteijsmannia altifrons like it was a spotlight. I had to take notice and take a photo. My garden has survived several major volcanic events recently and this palm has always looked great despite being covered in ash. This palm has been a slow but steady grower and now stands almost five feet.
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