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  1. 36 points
    Ho Lee Grail, Ho Lee Chit! Thankfully I have a garden large enough to wander and wonder at the beauty and variability of the various species of plants. Every now and then an event happens that well......, takes one's breath away. This Lemurophoenix has decided to come out of it's shell. It has held it's leaf sheaths for years now and they finally gave way to reveal the most spectacular display, in a large way, of mauve, purple, and pink. Planted almost 12 years to the day from a 3 gallon, it was certainly worth the wait. Now, where's that bus, I'm ready to be run over. Tim
  2. 34 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
  3. 34 points
    We have 3 Tahinas..this is the largest as it obviously loving the water Peter Balasky and Luke Dollar and of course..Rascal and the girls for size Dr Balasky and Luke Dollar are committed to improving life and conservation in Madagascar through education...and the building of schools. we were discussing the next project which is to add a library to a educational complex that includes primary...middle and high school
  4. 32 points
    I posted this same view off my lanai for a previous Independence Day. I didn't think you needed to be an American to appreciate it. I guess it is the Aussie colors as well. At any rate, it seems to be especially colorful every year at this time. Who needs fireworks anyway? Happy 4th to my fellow Americans!
  5. 32 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
  6. 30 points
    I planted my beccariophoenix alfredii October 16th 2011. It was a tall one gallon. I wouldn’t call it fast at all but it’s gone from about 1 foot to about 15 feet. Post em if you got em
  7. 29 points
    My Satakentia has about 3’ of clear trunk now. Doesn’t seem to muster up much purple color but it’s still a very pretty palm.
  8. 29 points
    Not suppose to leave the compound so did a little walk around.
  9. 28 points
    A few more..... Tim
  10. 28 points
    Insane, really have to love palms to own this many beast. Just a fraction of the population. This area is the lowest, wettest part of my yard, a perfect place for them.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 27 points
    Well, as many of you know, the dypsis decipiens I had growing in my yard for over 20 years was just getting too big. i tried to sell it with no offers so I gave it away to the first guy who would move it to a happy place. Gary Gragg offered to move it to his ranch in the Sacramento valley where the climate is similar to Modesto . Here is a photo some 9 months after transplanting.... it looks to be a success!
  14. 26 points
    Always a nice surprise of color when a frond falls off. But this time there were other surprises. This is the second year of an attempt at seed. First year was a no-go.
  15. 26 points
    It's been raining off and on this morning, so I've been looking through my recent photos and decided to do a New Leaf thread. Please add your own new leaf photos when you can. First up, Licuala peltata v. sumawongii. The huge round pleated leaves are stupefying. Dypsis coursii Dypsis 'Orange Crownshaft', 2 views Next, Dypsis "Dark Mealybug" backside view of new frond We all love the smell of a new Chambeyronia frond in the morning, especially v. Hookeri. Two shots of Calyptrocalyx pachystachys showing off their new leaves. I am especially thrilled to see this new Lemurophoenix frond opening to full size after some severe damage from the volcanic eruption down the street. Yesterday: Today: Post your fresh frond photos!
  16. 26 points
    Here are a group of Carpoxylon I planted in 2011. Did not expect long term survival, so planted in tight group. They have been doing great and alter my walks through the garden to see them, and the best seat in the house. I like them so much, I now planted a total of 10 throughout garden. What a beautiful palm!
  17. 25 points
    20200425_151537 by Pâquerette19, sur Flickr 20200425_151334 by Pâquerette19, sur Flickr DSC_0066 by Pâquerette19, sur Flickr IMG_20170808_141816 by Pâquerette19, sur Flickr IMG_20180526_110103 by Pâquerette19, sur Flickr 20190124_150146 by Pâquerette19, sur Flickr 20180927_153433 by Pâquerette19, sur Flickr ...
  18. 25 points
    Germinated 86 Tahina spectabilis (out of 100 seeds) in early 2008 (from RPS). Sold most of them locally but kept eight of them and have planted them in the same general area. They respond very well to lots of soil and I know they also do very well in hot weather, but can't do much about that. At 800 ft elevation here in Leilani Estates, Big Island of Hawaii, it's warm enough for them without the extreme heat that a location closer to the equator would experience. A few photos taken this morning. And feel free to add your Tahina photos - always interesting to see how they are doing in various locations around the globe.
  19. 24 points
    Living in the Azores since 2015 after spending most of my adult life in New England, I've had a chance to explore most of S. Miguel island as a hiking guide. I've also started growing several palms in at quinta minuvida orchard lodge, our business. Most of them are looking pretty good by now. Posting here some images of my palm garden, the neighborhood and the island. I've found that pretty much everything grows since the climate is even, with high humidity and rain. I don't fertilize or water any of my palms or fruit trees. Please feel free to ask questions. The Roystonea on the forefront has been on the ground about three years now from 1 gallon container. Alfie 18 months on the ground from 1 gallon. Kentias by the pool. Bought them already large. One of the Kentias I transplanted 3 years ago from 5 gallon. Growing like crazy. Yoga in our banana plantation. Sunset in the neighborhood. Mountains and waterfalls... Life is a beach... On the island's trails. Palms from around the island.
  20. 24 points
    Chamberoynia hook, Caryota oreo, neo strok, the always crowdpleaser Chambeyronia "watermelon", pig, Dypsis lastelliana, plain ole green Chambeyronia, Dypsis carlsmith.
  21. 24 points
    went to see me mum and sis...took a walk in bro in laws garden. Hes a lifetime member of the IPS and a longterm palm collector
  22. 24 points
    I have been watching this Sabal grow, after it fell over, the last few decades along the Silver River in FL (Silver Springs). It has finally made a complete Knot. That is our local FL Cormorant sitting on the trunk waiting for some fish. Just some Covid house arrest humor.
  23. 24 points
    Couldn't resist taking a few photos late this afternoon. Finally after many aborted attempts, it looks like they are setting seed. Tim
  24. 24 points
    Fantastic downpour ( complete with thunder and lightning ) last night and continuing into the wee small hours. I tipped out 68mm ( 2 and 3/4") and it was sorely needed after a very poor wet season for 2019-2020. The garden always looks good after a nice refreshing drop of the wet stuff. Here's a few pics of a cool overcast tropical morning. | Yes I had the sprinkler on yesterday... so of course it rained last night ! | Forecast is for wet weather the next 3 or 4 days.... fingers crossed....
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  26. 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.
  27. 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
  28. 23 points
    Brahea calcarea (nitida) first flowering at the age of about 30 years; time interval elapsed from the emission of the inflorescence to the antesis of the flowers 14 months.
  29. 23 points
    Hedyscepe canterburyana palms are one of my favorites. That's why I have 5 of them in my garden. My oldest one is finally got a few rings of trunk on it:
  30. 23 points
    Have posted this big boy in past, but this time it is showing more red wine color than the previous oranges. Trunk about 5ft. Understory are Dypsis leucomala, and Dypsis decipiens, both painfully slow., about 8-10 yrs old each. Last pic with row of Dypsis Utilis for privacy.
  31. 23 points
    Palms, palms, palms, everywhere. A few more shots. Having a two story house helps with the view immensely. Tim
  32. 23 points
    Noted landscape architect Peter Strelkow sent me this picture today from Cuenca, Ecuador where he has a second home. That palm is massive, and it's bluer than anyone I've ever seen. I wish it grew here in Florida. If I lived in California, I would grow thousands of these things, and change the landscape forever.
  33. 23 points
    Had a customer stop by to P / up some Joey palm and showed them this one. Wish all a Happy New Year and my all your palms be healthy.
  34. 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.
  35. 23 points
    They belong to this Tahina which is reaching for the sky....
  36. 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
  37. 22 points
    Had the Pleasure of Visiting Halley Farrel 's awesome nursery in Deland,Fl. He has some really cool rare cold hardy palms and an Extensive Bamboo collection. He has a massive Beccariophoenix that is impressive. Pictures do not do it justice! He has got it down on growing
  38. 22 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
  39. 22 points
    I just went back and looked at the more recent speed of growth of my full sun(largest) Beccariophoenix alfredii. These palms start out kind of slow but I was surprised at the last 2 years, I had to check the file dates to convince myself. We do have a long growing season here and I have more recently been putting down a few more lbs of florikan on this palm so that might be part of it. But huge roots and never cutting off green may have combined with the florikan to increase the growth of this palm. Here it is in dec 2017 and dec 2019 and it was hit with one advective freeze 30F for 5-6 hrs and of course hurricane IRMA winds at a "mild" 65-75 mph for 5-6 hrs. BA was my least damaged pinnate palm in those events. So patience with your BA, let it get the roots down and make sure its well fed and in full sun and you might be surprised. My other BA started out in half shade which I removed the canopy and they are now growing very well. This was was always in full sun, the overhead oak branch was to the south so that tree, which has since been removed, wasnt shading the BA at 20' away. the second pic was taken from the opposite direction since I no longer have enough clear path to avoid the use of a distorting wide angle lens (from that direction) on this 25'+ overall monster.
  40. 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.
  41. 21 points
    This is my fathers Breahea, I think its one of the best looking ones I've seen. What do you guys think? About 15 years old, in Yuma Arizona.
  42. 21 points
    Condolences to those on the East coast of Australia, the bushfires must be huge, as they have been making our skies very hazy, 3000km away. Since Monday however a change of wind has brought clear air from Southern ocean again. Took a drive to the adjacent coast today on a day off. This area is a solid 10a but is cooler than inland in the first half of summer especially. Photos taken in Raqlan, NZ. This and another Phoenix just out of sight had self seeded, I think. Definitely a self seeding, right against the fence, being allowed to grow for now, but days will be numbered for it. Huge Norfolk pines about 100 years old. They seem to be a 9A tree down here, plenty of large ones present well inland too. Queen and washies. Bananas stay green year round and fruit in this area (although not quite commercially viable) Row of CIDP planted 1923. Don't know what the thing on the right is but the leaves are about 60cm (2ft) long. A king palm and the much loved native Metrosideros excelsa in flower. An old Rhopalostylis sapida, showing how they tend to end up looking in gardens if have no shelter or shade. Some don't mind this look but I like them a little more open.
  43. 21 points
    I have killed a lot of species trying to stretch the limits and boundaries of cultural and climate requirements. Occasionally one works. This is Clinostigma samoense on my property in Key Largo FL where there is no soil, none, coral rock with a couple inches of leaf detritus on top. This took an immense dig with jackhammer and fill with FL muck/silica sand mix, she gets daily irrigation and florikan 18-6-8 thrice yearly. Was a four leaf top of fence youngster 2.5 yrs ago when put in the ground. Survived hurricane Irma soon after. Look at her now! What's your proudest grow! Would love to see pics!
  44. 21 points
    I’ve got so many Archies in the garden, it’s impossible to count them. They’ve naturalized here and many volunteers are mature trees now. The big ones are primarily cunninghamiana and Illawara but I also have alexandrae, maxima, myolensis, and purpurea.
  45. 21 points
    Wanted to share a few pics of Kentiopsis in Brownsville, Texas. Seem to be very hardy and easy to grow. The first 2 pics Are K. oliviformis, all planted as seedlings from Floribunda. The third is K. pyriformis planted as a 1 gallon from Floribunda. I estimate about 10 years in the ground.
  46. 21 points
    Yes, you can grow a lot of nice tropical palms around TB. There are a lot of nice private gardens around the area. Here are a few from the garden. Licuala peltata var sumawongii, These have been remarkably cold hardy, but hate hurricane winds. A couple of Satakentia that are around the garden. Copernicia's are always a good bet for central FL, just wish I would have planted more sooner. Here are a couple of C. macroglossa. Copernicia baileyana Copernicia baileyana that consistently weeps. I am beginning to think it is a hybrid. Something you don't see too often, Livistona jenkinsiana. Probably the best looking Livistona's. Originally bought from the late and great John Demott (Redland Nursery), about 20 years ago. Acrocomia crispa (Cuban belly palm), just starting to get its belly. They are painfully slow the first 4 - 5 years then can double in size in 1 year.
  47. 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
  48. 20 points
    About 230 this afternoon UPS arrived w/two big heavy 20 lb boxes from the Big Island. Hmmmmm wonder what's inside! Oh look PALMS LOL
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  50. 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



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