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  1. 13 points
    Wishing you all a fun and safe Thanksgiving holiday. We're in full transition to winter in Fresno, 50s/60s throughout the day, with fog cover most days. 70s and sunny if the stars align (which sounds like a San Francisco summer ) . Lots of annuals are holding on to color, but they'll soon start getting powdery mildew and will need to be cut out. For now, palms seem to be loving the increase in humidity and some cloudforest plants are loving it too.
  2. 8 points
    Pretty amazing if you ask me. Jupiter is the most northern part of palm beach county, I'm actually in Martin county. When I planted this I thought maybe I'd get a year or 2 out of it, it's been 9. I hope they fully ripen over the winter.
  3. 8 points
    End of fall update! So this is how the little Theophrasti will go into this year's winter here in Texas (fingers crossed, so far so good...). As you can see, the palm has been growing slowly but steadily. I've ignored it somewhat this fall since much of my scarce free time has been occupied by the (still ongoing) creation of new planting beds, an outdoor gym, as well as a medium-sized crevice garden. The companion plants may have the most interesting story. I removed the sun=protection from the Mexican groundsel that has finally established itself. If it gets through this winter, I'll be sure to get some nice flowers come spring. Deer have really left it alone! I wish I could say the same for the hibiscus on the right as I had to upgrade the deer protection for it instead. Next to netting, you may notice I planted a copper canyon daisy in front of it (they have a very lemony smell when brushing against it and the deer don't seem to like it). I can't wait for the hibiscus to grow taller and the Theophrasti to start sticking out its deadly spines to help protect it!
  4. 5 points
    When we move here last year there were a bunch of small Sabal palmettos and then I found these two back in the corner and one hidden up front, all nice mature specimens albeit not well looked after. These two I am clearing vines away and will trim any truly dead fronds. These are in a wet part of the yard so obviously like water.
  5. 4 points
    A beautiful Acanthophoenix rouselii and a recently trimmed “California coconut”
  6. 3 points
    I got down to 24F the night before last , and it will be well above that for the next few weeks , it looks like , so I should finally be able to find out if my Washy is hardy at 24F or if damage starts , etc. I always thought it was frond hardy to 23F , and now I will have a perfect opportunity to at least take 24F off of the damage question about its hardiness . If it handles 24F well it might look decent well into December or into January . I'll watch it over the next few weeks and see what 24F does to it .
  7. 3 points
    I was on a walk today and found this gem hiding next to a hotel. Excellent microchip late (canopy, concrete, beach nearby). Gorgeous white crownshaft!
  8. 3 points
    Hey Y'all. I had a very large Dypsis heteromorpha die from a fungal infection, leaving this Licuala exposed to full midday to afternoon sun. I thought for sure it was gonna fry after growing up in the filtered light of the Dypsis above, but it made it through the second half of summer completely perfect. My question is: Do you think I should plant another taller clumping Dypsis (D. lafazamanga) next to it to give it some filtered light again, or do you think that this Licuala can take this much sun? I'm in SoCal about 9 miles from the coast. Something to consider is that the stumps of the dead Dypsis is buried under that mulch, so I'm not sure if that would be smart to replant in that spot so soon without the old stumps rotting away first. Any ideas would be welcomed. Thanks.
  9. 3 points
    The first mass flowering event of the season....44 blooms over two nights ! Epiphyllum oxypetalum ( Midnight Cactus )
  10. 3 points
    Hopefully I get this in the correct order: Dypsis manajarensis crown and Rhopalostylis cheesemanii trying to break through neighbors canopy:
  11. 3 points
    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Nice plants.
  12. 3 points
    I tried but didn't get a call back from them. This was Premier Tree Experts. One guy climbed and chainsawed leaves and passed them down. They were done in under an hour.
  13. 3 points
    A short visit to Villa Thuret in Antibes (INRAE). It's a garden where many species of plants are acclimatized, including palms. Here is Chamaedorea radicalis arborescent form.
  14. 2 points
    I get this from time to time. I just woke up from a dream where I was collecting Thrinax radiata seeds, some unknown plant species, and I saw stand of Pinus clausa and I saw Ptychosperma elegans naturalizing. I will have dreams about specific plants as I either look out the window from somewhere or walking through woods.
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    Any place near a house like that will moderate cold air , but I typically think of a microclimate as on the sunny south side of a house or building . Here's my best microclimate which is in a sunny southern exposure near the house . That Butia is draping way over the walkway ; I guess that's just part of living in the tropics .
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  18. 2 points
    Finally, someone helping himself to Butia fruit as I post.. Thanks for looking!
  19. 2 points
    Image taken with a 50mm diameter lens at f/4. Ed in Houston
  20. 2 points
    Well grown and happy. That parent could be the beginning of a cold-tolerant strain of Betel Nuts. Broad internodes, a lot of speedy growth; he is very happy there. Record it if you do... for academic reasons.. Ryan
  21. 2 points
    Chew them all now….. or maybe save one for later.
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  23. 1 point
    This is my oldest Sabal Lisa, a generous gift from Rusty on Pine Island in May 2008 (thanks, Rusty). It is starting to go palmate and what an awesome palm. I've never seen or touched anything like it. The fronds feel like plastic. I've got it up front in my Caribbean garden. Sabal Lisa
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    Apologies to Rod Stewart, check out the mass flowering on my Epiphyllum oxypetalum. I counted 39 blooms, with the majority flowering in the early hours this morning. Here in Darwin the flowerings are triggered by a large rainfall event, thunderstorms and monsoonal downpours. This is my 4th flowering event this season, so on track for the usual 7 flowerings during the 'Wet Season'. 5.30pm 1.00am
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  26. 1 point
    He's (she's?) so cute. Go easy on the turkey
  27. 1 point
    "Adventitious roots" are common in many palm species, and generally considered evidence of a happy palm. I have a couple of queens in the same super-irrigated area, and they have developed a lot of adventitious roots. Around the corner in a drier area they are even bigger and more impressive. I have also seen some Phoenix Sylvestris with adventitious roots at least 2 feet up the trunk!
  28. 1 point
    There is a cold hardy citrus guru (Bob Duncan of Fruit Trees and More) on Vancouver Island that specializes in citrus trees for the PNW. We have to contend with occasional freezing weather in the winter alone with a lacklustre amount of growing degree days in the summer. Bob grows manadarins, lemons, grapefruit, and certain varieties of oranages all with minimal winter protection (maybe a frost blanket and Christmas lights for some). They all take longer to ripen than in warmer areas, but when they do they are sweet and tasty! Check out their website for some good videos and tips for growing citrus in the cold: http://www.fruittreesandmore.com/ Outside unprotected, I am growing Yuzu and Mandarins (China S-2 variety). Both have seen -5C a few times with 0 damage. I am also able to ripen both fruits no problem, even all the way up here. I don’t bother to protect them anymore, maybe I would throw a blanket over the Mandarin if the temperatures threaten to get real cold. Oh, and another thing to lookout for: Whenever a cultivar in grafted on P. trifoliata rootstock it also gains a degree or two hardiness, so if you can look out for grafted trees that would help. Here is a picture of my Mandarin growing at 49 degrees North. They won’t be quite ready for Christmas, but the fruits are looking good!
  29. 1 point
    Speaking of Spiders, this kid crawled out from some old junk i'd removed from behind a shed while cleaning up the yard of a house i'll be moving into soon. First thought was " Did i just unearth the nearly impossible to find Desert Recluse ( Loxosceles deserta ?.... )" < which is related to that "other" Recluse back east, and possesses similar, but not quite as dangerous toxins in it's venom > Fiddle " on the flat, disc-shaped upper body looks right, ..legs are long, very hairy ..but, somethings off.. Color, eye arrangement, rounder lower body.. Still not 100% sure but leaning toward one of the bigger Cellar Spider sp. vs. our extremely reclusive Recluse.. Regardless, large Pedipalps near it's head indicate it is male, lookin' for love ( ...In all the wrong places... ). Could be Giant Daddy Long legs, Artema atlanta, or a Marbled Cellar Spider, Holocnemis pluchei, the more common option. Had a similar looking spider wander into my room early one morning before i scared it back under the door, out into the hallway. ( i was still half asleep. Threw a shirt at it, lol ) After thinking it probably found it's way back outside.. or maybe had disappeared under a cabinet in the bathroom or something, what might have been the same spider appeared on a wall near the living room last night.. is back outside now. As far as " Cellar Spiders " go, the two listed are generally bigger ( and move a bit faster ) than the typical " Cobweb " spiders that hang out almost anywhere they can find a spot. The common name also applies to several different Genera. Regardless, have noticed, where ever they are, Black Widows, of any size, are absent / don't try to set up homes.. Same thing doesn't seem to apply for the species listed above. Found a Black Widow and a couple of the bigger Cellar Spiders living quite close together in a shaded section of a window. Are gone now.
  30. 1 point
    Tree branches seem to act as a thermal break, trapping warm air to the ground and preventing frost from settling. My yard is protected by a canopy of mature evergreens and often it will be 36 or 38f in my yard, no trace of frost, while my neighbors yards and roofs are all coated in frosty white.
  31. 1 point
    Yes, I really agree. My minors and my Louisiana in my south micro-habitat are about 2-3 times bigger than minors from the same source and age, grown in open or shaded areas of my yard. In my 6b climate, I've thought that a courtyard micro-habitat in a downtown, would be the best try for a trunking palm. BUT, on January 19th, 1994, central Kentucky had a nice 20 inch (.5 meter) blanket of snow. Above the blanket, it was -22f in Louisville, -27f in Frankfort, -36f in Shelbyville, -40 f/C unofficially in Henry county (all sites 400 to 800 feet ASL). https://www.wunderground.com/history/monthly/us/ky/louisville/KSDF/date/1994-1 I didn't have any palms then!
  32. 1 point
    I have found that when a seedling suffocates from too much water or soggy soil they close up
  33. 1 point
    On Dec. 1st, my Washys will to go into a heated, sunny, loft garage until March 1st. along with the Butias, Queens, Canary Dates, less hardy Trachys, Cycads, and Sabals. It's worked for the last 16 years.
  34. 1 point
    Forgot pic. Of Dypsis malcomberi
  35. 1 point
    Btw, here's what this needle palm looks like when they remove the mulch in the spring. Somehow most of the fronds perk back up within a couple of weeks! Unfortunately, I don't think any other kind of palm could survive in Western Mass. Although the winters seem to be moderating a bit over the past few years, thanks to climate change, this area still gets a few extremely cold nights, like -10F or lower. Frankly, I think my parents' yard may be more 5b than 6a, given that they live on a hill and are somewhat exposed. The lack of growing days, coupled with the general wetness, would likely lead to mold issues and stunt any other palm (windmill, sabal, etc.) beyond its limits. You may be able to tell from my first photos that there's some ornamental grass that started encroaching on this palm over this past summer. My mother's convinced the grass is beneficial, but I'm sure it's going to reduce the amount of sunlight the palm gets, and have been encouraging my parents to cut it back.
  36. 1 point
    Here is my 2 year 4 month old Adonidia merrillii "SanfordAirportensis" from seed found on the sidewalk in the vicinity of the palms. I think these are the the northernmost outdoor reproductive colony of the species in the CONUS. Thank you for sharing the updated photos Eric. I also actually like the Caryota when trimmed up in that fashion. Otherwise I think they look ratty and messy in general except the single trunked giants like Caryota no. -Michael
  37. 1 point
    The recent warmer winters and abundance of coconuts at box stores for low prices is driving up the coconut tour. If you drive down Conway Rd from Lake Underhill to Racetrac in Belle Isle, there are at least 5 sightings off the road. The one just past Curry Ford is the largest. Likely trunking. Just saw this one across from Racetrac today. There are also 2 large coconuts, both trunking and fruiting, off Reddit Rd.
  38. 1 point
    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
  39. 1 point
    When I moved back to Maine from Florida I took 3 windmills with me and have been slowly making them hardier, the biggest windmill has been in the ground here (zone 6a) since March 2019 1st photo was in august last summer and 2nd I just took now, I construct a greenhouse around it and during storms I have a sheet of plywood I screw over the opening, also take the green wrapping off after cold snaps in single digits.
  40. 1 point
    I recently returned home after 2 weeks in Raleigh, NC visiting family. On my flight home, I spent hours inside Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU) because my flight was delayed (I finally made it to FL at 2:30 a.m. the following morning). After surviving the TSA security checkpoint I was greeted by the sight of a potted group of very s-t-r-e-t-h-e-d out Adonidia merrillii (or Ptchosperma elegans?) that looked to be 15-20' tall. I had trouble deciding because they appeared distorted. A bit sad, really, that they will never know the summer heat, sun, humidity and rainfall just beyond the plate glass windows. Then again, they won't croak during winter freezes, cloudy skies and Raleigh's infamous ice storms. I called up the camera on my phone and took the following photos.
  41. 1 point
    Well... A LOT of stuff happened in the past year.. (not only Covid-19) and this drew some attention away from these.. but an update from this am... Putting along outside in the weather I mentioned above..They still seem small, but when compared to the early pics.. Growing!!
  42. 1 point
    Chambreyonias are super tropical. I've got 9 of them lol and they look amazing. Also some dypsis Pembanas look really nice as well.
  43. 1 point
    A pair I photographed in 2019, one at the San Diego Zoo and the other is the one at Quail (San Diego) Botanical Garden. I'll let you guess which photo was the Zoo. These don't get too high but they do have a spread on them!
  44. 1 point
    Doesn't look like Adonidia to me, even shade grown. Looks like P elegans to me but I don't have as much experience with those. Long ago I worked as a designer/estimator for big commercial landscape companies up North who had contracts for both interior and exterior maintenance for a lot of fortune 500 type companies in the Fairfield county area of CT. I only did designs for exterior but wrote contracts for interior and exterior construction/maintenance with cost guidance for the interior plantscape stuff from the interior experts. In some places the interior plants were cycled in and out of certain places in buildings or back to green house areas while remaining in the large planters and the cost was just factored into the yearly contracts. So just because a particular type of plant is placed in a interior environment that doesn't look suitable for sustained health doesn't prevent one from being there. Only a "plant person" who routinely saw the same planter would notice if it was switched with another that had the same plant species. Easiest way to tell is if you can see marks on the floor that don't line up exactly with the planter/pot. But sometimes the floors are polished out when the planter is temporarily removed, and these things are usually done outside of normal business hours so you don't have fork lifts driving around in the lobby of the business during regular hours.
  45. 1 point
    A triple stem specimen of Adonidia that survies the 2009-10 freeze, in Winter Park.
  46. 1 point
    That Adonidia is a 2009-10 survivor. It was in a triple clump.
  47. 1 point
    i thought i had a more recent picture than this (without a dang hose in the background), but the new leaf is an interesting orange hue
  48. 1 point
    Here are some trees I just unwrapped these past 2 days... The tree covered with canvas had no burnt or moldy fronds. Even both systems work I like the way the trees come out with the canvas. The canvas cover is gets much air circulation then the plastic cover due it more breathable fabric. The pictures files are big so ill post a bunch in row
  49. 1 point
    I saw a lot of broken fronds on the Phoenix canariensis and other trees in Santiago the following day of the snow. But this was the only Jubaea I saw with a broken frond in La Campana. It is certainly adapted to some heavy snow.
  50. 1 point
    A one day trip to the winter sport resorts Vale Nevado and Farellones



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