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  1. 33 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
  2. 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
  3. 28 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
  4. 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
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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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  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 23 points
    They belong to this Tahina which is reaching for the sky....
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 22 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 20 points
    Not suppose to leave the compound so did a little walk around.
  24. 20 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!
  25. 20 points
    Got my first rare-ish (ie: not from a big box store) palm in the ground. 15 gallon arenga engleri. I hope you’re all proud of yourselves. I’ve been lurking for months. Stealing knowledge, experience and ideas. Now I have the bug. It’s all of your collective faults.
  26. 20 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.
  27. 20 points
    New lemurophoenix leaf showing some nice coloring:
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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.
  31. 19 points
  32. 19 points
    After a long and what seemed to be an unusually warm summer, winter's toggle has finally been switched. Without trying to sound too pathetic, there has been a noticeable drop in nighttime temps, somewhere around ten degrees and daytime by five. (variation near the coast less so, close to 700’ elevation here). The garden seems to have been digging it too, feeling fresher, colors a bit more intense, and a lighter jacket of heat and humidity. The weather has been almost perfect, (until recently), sunny days and evening/nighttime rain showers. Life is good. Here are a few photos from scouting around in the garden as of late. A few ID's included, I can provide more, if you want them. Happy Holidays all! Tim Pinanga, Dictyocarum, Veitchia vitiensis
  33. 19 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.
  34. 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
  35. 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!
  36. 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
  37. 18 points
    Howdy all kinda gloating over equipment upgrade. CLASS, here’s the assignment: Stand or sit as close to your front door and take pictures of what’s there, morning, noon, evening or night. Or afternoon. And post here! Here’s mine: ( For now!)
  38. 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
  39. 18 points
    Hello all, i wanted to share this video that Robin Crawford made after his tour here in 2016. It has fantastic drone footage and is a great example of being on a garden tour with Jeff. The still photos within the video were taken by Linda Walker. We will be doing more videos like this in the future so stay tuned! He also graciously provided timestamps for all the species in the video, which i will paste underneath the embedded video: Licuala cordata 3:41 Pinanga speciosa 4:34 Carpoxylon macrospermum 5:16 Cyphophoenix nucele 8:21 Satakentia liukiuensis 9:13 Mauritia flexuosa 10:10 Reinhardtia compacta 10:47 Physokentia thurstonii 12:22 Bactris militaris 13:15 Dypsis sp. rosea x mirabilis 14:12 Areca montana (latiloba) 14:36 Sclerosperma mannii 15:00 Dypsis carlsmithii 15:47 Dypsis saintlucei 16:36 Hydriastele beguinii 17:25 Bentinckia condapanna 18:16 Dictyosperma furfuraceum 19:27 Dypsis malcomberi 20:00 Masoala madagascariensis 20:20 Lemurophoenix halleuxii 21:03 Dypsis leucomalla 21:52 Neoveitchia storcki 23:30 Pholidocarpus macrocarpus 24:31 Johannesteijsmannia magnifica 25:21 Dypsis bejoufa 26:23 Marojejya darianii 27:21 Dypsis mananjarensis 29:16 Licuala mattanensis 31:00 Ceroxylon amazonicum 31:42 Iriartea deltoidea 32:16 Areca ipot 33:10 Dypsis basilonga 33:51 Dypsis prestoniana 34:38 Pelagodoxa henryana 35:37 Cyphophoenix alba 36:12 Dypsis robusta 37:14 Dypsis hankona 38:01 Hydriastele flabellata 39:07 Dypsis leucomalla 39:42 Dypsis nauseosa 40:30 Loxococcus rupicola 41:39
  40. 18 points
    My largest was a little under 3' overall(palm on right, up close) and had divided leaves in sept 2011 (view towards street). Today (view from the street) a little over 8 years later it is ~25' overall with adirondack chair under it for scale. It is in high drainage sandy soil and gets ~60" rain a year and irrigation 2x a week when it isnt the rainy season. I fertilize with florikan palm special 2-3 times a year. I have 3 from 15-25', all the same age but lowest to highest sun exposure is what makes them grow differently.
  41. 18 points
    It was a beautiful day so just thought I would share this pic I snapped while working on the new planting’s.
  42. 18 points
    Just a hobby house for a back yard grower, but finally up and operational!
  43. 17 points
    Dave, great view! Love the Archy trunks especially. Here’s a look through my front door windows and a couple of shots from front porch at different times of day.
  44. 17 points
    4WD excursion today on Nuku Hiva from Taioha’e to Taipivai, Tohua Koueva archaeological site, Hatiheu, and as far as Aakapa yielded several mature Pelagodoxa henryana in habitat. Photos below: We saw two more in habitat prior to seeing this one. The scene at Hatiheu where we had lunch and a break: Returning via Taipivai we noted at least a dozen or more specimens in gardens, giving us hope this rare palm is secure on its native island For more photos check IPS Facebook page.
  45. 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.
  46. 17 points
    Back in March 2016 I planted three Dypsis Saintelucie in my side garden. Before planting, many had suggested they don't like it too wet and would likely die if drainage was poor. Anyway, 3 years, 9 months later and they have powered along nicely without a hint of trouble.
  47. 17 points
    Found these last week along US-71 between Alexandria and Krotz Springs...one can only wonder how old these are!
  48. 17 points
    More silver goodness...Copernicia hospita And more...
  49. 17 points
    I love taking a shower on a beautiful morning. Probably go through to much water though.
  50. 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.



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