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  1. 26 points
    I germinated these from seeds in 2006. I can’t believe how cool they’ve turned out.
  2. 20 points
    Hi everyone, I have had the fortune to see some awesome palm gardens lately, looking good after a very wet spring which is unusual for this area. Photos aren't in any particular order, but these first few are from the garden of Will and Margaret Kraa...some of you may know them, but they have an impressive collection which has been thinned out a bit recently, which makes for better viewing IMO. This is in the suburbs of Brisbane. Plenty of lovelies there... Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis canaliculata
  3. 19 points
    Third garden is Yvonne and Brian's
  4. 19 points
    Hi there, I thought i would post an update of my Dypsis decipiens nearly 10-years after planting it out in possibly the coldest climate i have seen this Palm growing in. Shes a slow grower but it is now getting faster the bigger it gets. Here is the pic when planted out and how it is now.
  5. 18 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.
  6. 17 points
    A few years back I mapped native populations of Roystonea regia in Florida. Here's one with updated data: Current native populations include Fakahatchee strand and surrounding hammocks, southern Picayune strand, Deep Lake strands, Collier-Seminole Royal Palm hammock, Corkscrew Swamp, Johnson Mound, Seven Palm Lake, Paradise Key and surrounding hammocks, Palm hammocks in western Long Pine Key, and a small cluster of hammocks in Big Cypress. Fakahatchee Strand has several thousand adult royal palms, some up to 100ft, and this populaton appears to be slowly expanding. Some populations have been wiped out over the past couple centuries. Now-extirpated populations include those along Biscayne Bay, the Ten Thousand Islands, Mahogany Hammock, and along the St. Johns River. Populations in the Everglades have also shrank. This reduction has been attributed to extreme cold (1890s), strong hurricanes (the early to mid 20th century was especially brutal with storm surge finishing off all but one population in coastal SWFL), the nursery trade, clear-cutting, and development. I also suggest reduced water levels in the Everglades may be to blame for the dwindling populations there - the royal is a water loving palm. Royals are naturalizing readily across south Florida. In urban parks like Matheson Hammock and Deering Estate, royals are abundant. Banks of the St. Lucie and Loxahatchee rivers also have thriving populations. There is a growing population at Emerson Point Preserve. Early 20th century habitat photos: Habitat photos of my own in the Fakahatchee: Naturalizing along the St. Lucie River:
  7. 17 points
    Second garden is that of Stan Walkley, quite a few of you know him I know... This garden is on the Sunshine Coast an hour + north of Brisbane...
  8. 15 points
    Below is a recent picture of my big Archontophoenix maxima right outside my front door aglow in the light of morning Maybe share nice morning pictures of your plants?
  9. 15 points
    I updated the video of my strip of land across from me that I have take over with my guerilla gardening. Everything other then the pines, palmetto and sable (and a few terrible invasive trees) was grown from seeds or cutting from my garden. The soil is awful, no irrigation and I don't fertilize anything. I have to choose wisely things that will survive here. Walking the dogs so the video is a bit bumps, sorry. I also maintain all this myself as well. Strip 2 - YouTube
  10. 15 points
    I did a quick trip to see these palms the other day! It's nice seeing more uncommon palms in public areas. My favorites were definitely the non-variegated Wodyetia x Veitchia! I've only ever seen variegated ones before that always look damaged in the sun. There aren't too many species, but they all appear well grown! Click here for all of the photos Rhopalostylis sapida Bismarckia nobilis Chamaedorea plumosa Dypsis decaryi
  11. 15 points
    As fall starts to transition to winter I just wanted to show yall how my palms fared this summer. The Trachy is just over 7' ( tallest front ) and has a good 4 foot of thick trunk. I have a little foil bubble wrap tent I have been putting over it during bitter cold snaps..but im going to have to re-engineer it due to the Trachys size. My 2 Washingtonias have grown well this summer. They started out with 3 fronds and now they have a good 6,7. This will be their 1st winter in the ground. Im going to put a spotlight on each one and a bubble wrap tent. My Sabal Minor I got from Northeast Ohio Palms seems to be doing ok. It hasnt put on any new growth ( i didnt expect it to ) I am planning on maybe just a spotlight on it for winter protection. If there is an extreme winter event I will cover it with bubble wrap. I am so happy to have found this forum. I lov e palms, and lo ve seeing how all of you grow them in such divers locations. Keep posting pics and techniques......and may we all make it through the winter with a green spear.
  12. 14 points
    We’re lucky here our winters don’t get too cold but we do have a issue with moisture. Because of this certain palms that are hardy to our minimum temperatures don’t do well like Washingtonia palms. This year I purchased a new Washingtonia robusta and I am helping it along through winter, I created this little structure using some plastic panels from an old greenhouse. It will still allow airflow to prevent mold and fungus and it has a sloped roof to help drain off the rain. This is the highest level of protection I have ever done for any of my plants.
  13. 14 points
    One of my Licuala cordata .This one celebrated its 10th birthday 4 days ago
  14. 14 points
    Really a nifty palm, nice color on trunk and leaf petiole. There are some nice ones growing at Floribunda and the ones we saw in Madagascar well………Check out the reference on Palmpedia. Been in the ground a few years now and looks like it’s finally got its ‘legs’. Tim
  15. 14 points
    So I got four 1-gallon Beccariophoenix Alfredii from Floribunda on April 29th this year. I potted them up to 3 gallonish pots right away, and let them cook for the summer. They grew fast, and at this point the pots were full of roots coming out the bottom a few inches. I didn’t pick the biggest one, but I picked the one most solidly cemented into the pot (2nd biggest), and released it into the wilds of the front yard. It’s got a pretty big chunk of land to itself, and of course it looks silly….. but grow baby, grow….. It gets pretty much all day sun to direct setting sun there, and the spot is rich dirt a couple feet down over Florida sand. The center island there is well irrigated. If it can handle the sun it should be happy. I’m not sure if I should proactively stake it… it doesn’t seem wobbly right now. Though I think these can get wobbly early on. Also, recently added some common crotons for color in a few spots, so enjoy some pics of those. The iguanas are murdering them lately, so I am repaying the favor to them. I can see how crotons can get addicting with their unique, endless variety. Mammy… Magnificent… King of Siam….
  16. 13 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.
  17. 13 points
    Just noticed this gal flowering for the first time. Lots of bees so hopefully it’ll set some seed.
  18. 13 points
    I came across this gem in Laguna Beach. Off Ocean Way and Ruby if you’re in the area.
  19. 13 points
    Here is my Leppidorachis mooreana grown from seed in 2010
  20. 12 points
    Only cut brown! It's not a pineapple folks. Not gonna get into planting this palm outside of a Mediterranean climate...
  21. 11 points
    Dypsis baronii black petiole
  22. 11 points
    I started about a year or so ago. I mostly grow bananas, papaya, fruit trees and clumping bamboo but I wanted to add unique palms. The first coconut is a Home Depot buy probably Jamaican tall. The second one is a maypan that I’m going to work super hard on protecting up here. Next is alfreddii, then a Sylvester that was on sale at Lowe’s. Then a christmas palm, a cat palm that’s seeding, my Alexander’s, a bottle palm and some native palms. wish me luck pushing zones!
  23. 11 points
    Well, here is an update/bump to this thread. I ended up acquiring this beautiful plant from Jerod back in late 2014. Being a HUGE variegated plant lover/collector, this was a must have. I had just moved into a new home about 12 months earlier here in Santa Barbara, and knew that this one needed some special care. It was SO rare. I ended up growing it to about 5’ tall in the 5g pot, in my newly built greenhouse! Unfortunately, it started to loose its variegation! I was saddened at the time, but it was still a healthy nice plant. A thought popped into my head “don’t throw it away because it’s turning green, just plant it. This was variegated, and travelers palms send out new pups, so there is a very small chance, the variegation may return one day. JUST PLANT IT!” And so I did. I planted it I full sun, straight from the greenhouse. Thought it would burn, but it didn’t. Thought it may die, as Santa Barbara is borderline zone pushing for this plant. But hey, what the heck. Ok so here is the update, some 7 years later! It is flowering for the first time, and the new pup is growing strong, and even better than the original plant! Carlos
  24. 10 points
    I don’t care that there are more CIDPs than people in the southwest. Still one of my two or three favorite palms. Here is mine in April, then again in October:
  25. 10 points
    Your location will define the limits of what you can use. Can you grow orchids outdoors? For me they are a favorite for mounting on textured palm trunks at about eye level for some eye candy. Lately I have a developing addiction to Vireya, tropical rhododendrons. Vreisea bromeliads are lovely accents for their patterned foliage, and hibiscus are fine for taller accents. Certain gingers are quite lovely; I really like a tall purple flowering one that has variegated foliage. It appeared in the garden on its own, so I hope it doesn't become a management problem. Ti plants are so easy, and come in so many color variations. Examples below -- orchid, ti plant, bromeliads along a path, hibiscus, vireya
  26. 10 points
    A beautiful Acanthophoenix rouselii and a recently trimmed “California coconut”
  27. 10 points
    Dropped a leaf sheath this morning…’ INCOMING’! Not nearly as colorful as the first sheath and not sure why. Time of year maybe? Anyway, it’s growing pretty dang fast since it started trunking. The sheath alone weighs a ton, not easy dragging that thing to the truck. Tim
  28. 10 points
    The fourth garden is that of Jon Williams...this is (apart from some older plantings of Chambeyronia, Foxtails and Leptocheilos) a very young garden full of understory palms. Many are still adjusting to the increased sun exposure but are really starting to come along, and this place will be stunning in a couple of years.
  29. 10 points
    October 2011, I had purchased this from a "Palm Talker". It seemed to take a couple of years before it was showing any growth. I liked the 24 deg. F low, no weapons, it could take the heat / low humidity I have to deal with. My current photo is more of a close up as it has a large P. Theophrasti dominating attention behind it. The "corn cob on a stick" looking seed pod presented itself last year, but I didn't see any pollen being offered to it. This year the seed pod was fully developed, but again, I wasn't seeing the pollen contribution. The last week of September, individual seeds would raise from the cob, then get released. The seeds collected look like Halloween Candy Corn and that fruit is easily removed. I had concerns that these would not germinate, but in the last 3 days.....4 of the 21 seeds sown have started The Circle of Life. 7 weeks to germinate in my converted ice chest, 40 watt drop light, lid raised 1" and it sees 80-85 deg. F 24/7 which I water each day due to evaporation.
  30. 10 points
    Hey all, Both myself and next door neighbor have been growing this palm for a few years. It occurred to me early this year that mine is male and his is female. So in the spring I cut the inflorescence that had just opened on mine and tied it onto his which had female flowers that had yet to open. Forgot all about it until I was wandering around his garden today. Whoa.. Thought I’d share..
  31. 10 points
    Fall planting of a nice little Jubaea. Hoping it will continue to keep the shuttlecock shape. When I bought my bigger one it was this shape but it grew out of it. Not the prettiest raised bed because I'm out of retaining wall blocks so I just used some rubble from an old patio I tore out. I'll dress it up in the spring, I just didn't want to keep it in the pot all winter.
  32. 10 points
    This is one of 3 sabal yapa, and my biggest. Lately it's been putting on some really nice leaves on long petioles. It's getting to about 5 feet tall now.
  33. 9 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.
  34. 9 points
    Here's mine in Seattle, WA. Parajubaea cocoides x Jubaea chilensis.
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  36. 9 points
    A mysterious Syagrus Fifteen years ago, I bought a Syagrus vagans seedling at the FTG, growing up it became clear that it was something else. The palm has three uncommon characteristics among the Syagrus (see Noblick L. R. – A Revision of the genus Syagrus): long pseudopetiole and petiole (the latter 51.9 ± 5.8 cm long), fruits (L = 4.5 ± 0.42 cm; Ø = 3.3 ± 0.2 cm) with split tips and endosperm with internal cavity. No species, as far as I know, has these characteristics at the same time, from the name given by the seller and the long petioles it is likely a hybrid of the vagans, the only known is the x matafome, but it does not seem to correspond. The species that present at the same time split fruits at the apex and hollow endosperm that are similar in other characteristics to my palm are S. kellyana and S. picrophylla. Thanks for any suggestions. .
  37. 9 points
    I have traveled a lot of Florida for work. First time I ever spotted a Bizzie with this cool curve in St. Petersburg. Enjoy!
  38. 9 points
    Some garden color. Makes dreary days not so grey. Tim
  39. 9 points
    Ok, some last ones just for fun.... enjoy.
  40. 9 points
    My neighbor cleared off some pesky dicot trees and now the palms are rocking. Here’s a tall type Arenga engleri. Show us yours!
  41. 9 points
    Or How to Kill a Million Coconut Palms. Coconuts are not native to Hawaii and can become weeds. This was illustrated in a powerful way on the small Palmyra atoll south of Hawaii. Coconuts had found their way to Palmyra long ago. About ten years ago the Nature Conservancy set out to eradicate the introduced black rats that cause so much ecological damage on tropical islands. They were successful. There were two unanticipated results. On the good side, the mosquitoes vanished. Turns out the rats were the only mammal supplying blood. On the bad side, the population of coconut palms exploded. They threatened to crowd out every other plant on the atoll, not what the Nature Conservancy had in mind. Turns out the rats had been feasting on the fallen fruit preventing most seeds from germinating. Now the Nature Conservancy is setting out on a two year project to cut down 99.9% of the coconut palms. Turns out engineering ecosystems is more difficult than it seems. https://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/the-conversation/2021-11-03/conservationists-are-diligently-controlling-coconut-trees-restoring-the-ecosystem-on-palmyra-atoll
  42. 8 points
    here something I have never shown in a long time, its my tropical forest. All the tender plants that are here in spring/summer have been taken inside all the bare bones of the garden are all thats left. enjoy the peacefulness.
  43. 8 points
    Here's one to compare that's about the same age,I grew from seed, entirely in Arizona. About the same size,but unfortunately,I can't let mine show it's true beauty yet,due to space constrictions. Hopefully someday... aztropic Mesa,Arizona
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  45. 8 points
    Finally, someone helping himself to Butia fruit as I post.. Thanks for looking!
  46. 8 points
    Image taken with a 50mm diameter lens at f/4. Ed in Houston
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  49. 8 points
    I've lived in Hilton Head area for literally decades and never noticed any of the native Serenoa Repens being even remotely Silver until I stumbled across these today. What's interesting to note is I found them in an area just east of Bluffton before the Bridge to Hilton Head, an area unusually subtropical looking for even Southern Beaufort County, which has more in common with Florida than the rest of the state. Note the super limey ones on the far right to get a sense of contrast. These even have bluish tints. All obviously wild based on how they sit on the land.
  50. 8 points
    Random Yucca and Nolina around Austin



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