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  1. 35 points
    Not really any info here, my garden has suffered several disheartening losses lately, plus Covid-19 and wildfire blues, just some encouraging images,
  2. 27 points
    Happy Tuesday everyone! Anyone love palms on this site? **yes, there's an entire house behind all that**
  3. 23 points
    Had to get on the roof today to diagnose what appears to be a leaking solar water heater...grrrr! Good opportunity to take a few snaps while up there, though. Keep in mind this garden was started in 2013, on the main!
  4. 22 points
    This is a palm that usually grows pretty well for us in our area, unlike its cousin H. laugenicalis. Mine can hold 2 or 3 good leaves any any given time, but then winter sets in and beats it up and it then takes a full growing season to look reasonable again. So, this is about as good as it gets for me. Nothing like the tropics, but still draws a lot of comments. The crownshaft after a leaf drops off is awesome looking, purple with white wax streaks. Thanks for looking!
  5. 22 points
    Then......August 2017 Now.....Sept. 2020 And I just threw this one in cause I opened my blinds this morning and liked the view on this fine Labor Day Monday.
  6. 20 points
    Here’s an update from La Jolla:
  7. 20 points
    My golden malayan dwarf's trunk is beginning to fatten up.
  8. 20 points
    5 years in the making. Getting to where I envisioned for my paradise. Quality is bad in top pic because it ws during a storm. Orlando, FL.
  9. 20 points
    This one is in Foster City. Usually they hack off the blooms (sadly), but this year they let it go.
  10. 20 points
    Buh buh buh bam!!! 3 outta 5 ain’t bad.
  11. 19 points
    Here’s a few pics of my K.p
  12. 18 points
    You may recall that my Carpoxylon had a severe case of pink rot last winter. I thought I was gonna lose it, but it's actually pulled through. There is a hollow spot in the woody trunk that I assume will eventually open up and be unsightly, but the growing point is up and away from any of that funkiness. Since I cut down a foxtail that was above it (foxtail was riddled with pink rot) the Carpoxylon has thrown a few leaves that are much more compact and recurved due to the extra sunlight. It's looking pretty darn good and doing a visible swelling of the base. Here's the visuals....
  13. 17 points
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  14. 17 points
    Tooty fruity fallin' in my garden. Dypsis onilahensis hybrid and last photo of a Dypsis heteromorpha. I have no idea if any of these are viable seeds. What is fruiting in your garden right now?
  15. 16 points
  16. 16 points
    Looking at Matty's post below, and the killer ravenea, I remembered Andrew Street had shown me one at Montgomery last year that was mind-boggling. I had never seen the big one.
  17. 16 points
    After a year up in NH took me out of the hobby aside from 2 majesty palms and a lady palm, I’m finally back in FL and feeling like I can say I’m a part of the hobby given my haul from today! I stopped by MB palms in the Orlando area and was able to pick up the following: (The BEST part? This all only cost me $400!) Beccariophoenix Alfreddi: 15 gal Licuala Grandis: 3 gal Licuala peltata var. sumawongii: 7 gal Kentiopsis Oliviformis: 3 gal Archontophoenix cunninghamiana: 7 gal Areca Vestiara: 4 inch quart Copernicia Fallaensis: 4 inch quart Butia x Syagrus: 3 gal Dypsis Pembana: 3 gal Chambreyonia Macrocarpa: 3 gal Crytosachys Renda: 3 gal I got a deal on the oliviformis because it had had mites at one point and lost a few fronds in the process. Can’t wait to start potting (I’m renting right now so these will be with me until I buy a home in 2 years) some of the suckers up and watching them establish in the remaining month or so of summer! Pics below:
  18. 15 points
    I went to Kew Gardens for my birthday on Tuesday 22nd September. A great chance to check out the gardens and the fantastic glass houses, of which several were unfortunately closed due to the pandemic. Nonetheless, plenty of palms and exhibits were still on display and in their full glory on a beautiful sunny autumn/fall day here at 51N in southeastern England. The air temperature was around 27C / 80F at the time of visiting. Conditions are very dry at present as we have had no rainfall at all during September so far, and only around 4-5 inches of rain over the past 6 months, since 1st March. Here is a photo-documentation of the gardens, glass houses and the various palms located within. The first of several posts... Unfortunately some of the attractions and glass houses were closed due to the pandemic, although the main couple were still open. Please excuse me for not naming each palm individually... Crossing on to the temperate glass house... More to follow...
  19. 15 points
    Dypsis canaliculata (possibly incorrectly identified, but that’s the name it was purchased under) is dramatically more difficult to drag away., estimated weight in excess of 50 lbs. In the photos below, a frond had fallen, balancing perfectly on the “ holey boulder.” After struggling with it, Bo helped me stand it upright, and as you can see, the hard woody crownshaft about matches my own height, about 5’2” .
  20. 14 points
    A nice feather leaf palm to view in 7B- 8A from inside the house . Mekong Giants in the distance , Will
  21. 14 points
    According to the folks at the Hassayampa River Preserve, these were grown from seed from one of two native populations of W. filifera in Arizona. I wrote about that grove in another post called “Castle Creek Filifera”. These things are absolutely massive. Definitely the largest Washingtonia I have ever seen in person. The trunks are reasonably 3-5 ft in diameter, and the tallest of them is probably 80ft tall. They have naturalized in this area and now grow freely.
  22. 14 points
    Hi! I'm in the very lucky position to be able to design and plant a palm garden where I work, about half an hour away from where I live (and where my main palm garden is).. Luckily, my workplace is in a town by the coast, the garden is far better protected from both the cold north winter winds and the drying hot easterly winds which are the bane of my main home garden. Plus the soil is far better... I've planted a number of palms which I had in pots at home, they've been in the ground for about six months and are already growing faster and looking far better than many of my home palms... Thought I'd share a couple of pics... From right to left: Dypsis Lutescens, Pritchardia Hildebrandii and a Ravenala (which would look terrible in my home garden due to the wind). Only palm here is a Chambeyronia Macrocarpa, and a coffee plant to the left... Hyophorbe verschaffelti and Dyctiosperma Album Rubrum (mango in the middle) Wodyetia Bifurcata, growing fast. Left to right: Veitchia Joannis (without doubt my showcase palm, and impossible in my home garden), Veitchia Arecina (damaged but recovering from drying out following transplant) and Pritchardia Lowreyana. Papaya in the middle has gone crazy! Two more of the Veitchia Joannis (which I picked up a year ago), fingers crossed it will do ok in this microclimate, it's protected by the south facing wall, gets full day sun... Here's hoping, let's see how it goes... Hope you like the pics J
  23. 13 points
    Hi all, I thought I'd share this spectacular Facebook post from the local plant legend Adam Black yesterday (He's OK with me sharing it). Does anyone live nearby this population to check for seed? "The coolest find today was a population of miniature Sabal minor! There are several well-known sites in Florida with similar dwarf plants, but this is the first I have heard of from Texas. Note how they are mature at this size with the old inflorescences...a normal young Sabal minor would not flower at this size, there would be fewer leaves, and they would not be this divided. Like some of the FL dwarfs, these are growing among normal-sized plants...you can see one in the back of the photo with my backpack for scale. Saw about 20 of these tiny palms scattered along the base of a hill just above a floodplain in Liberty County Texas. Someone really needs to investigate further into these dwarf occurrences that come true from seed. No seed on these unfortunately."
  24. 13 points
    Hi all, I was wandering around the yard the other day looking at any residual damage that was still apparent from a nasty cold spell this past February. It then occurred to me that it was a great opportunity to document the difference in cold tolerance between all 3 species of Becarriophoenix. Actually, there were no real surprises, but here's the results. We had at least one night where the temperature dipped down to about 29 degrees F. First up, next door neighbors B. alfredii. This is a big palm in an exposed location, but there was zero discernible damage:
  25. 13 points
    I’ve had these Beccariophoenix Alfredii growing in Modesto for a couple years now and they seem to be doing well!
  26. 13 points
    Just wanted to share some palm photos of an In n Out i stopped at in Baldwin Park, CA roughly 17miles from Downtown Los Angeles.
  27. 12 points
    I put this oalm in over 1.5 years ago from a 1 gallon. It has gone threw some growing pains and I thought I was going to lose it first a while but now it is doing really good and becoming one of my favorites. Let's see your stilt palms. I will start with a few. Fort 2 of iriartea and areca vestiarea ( maroon)and vershefeltia
  28. 12 points
    Greg Stewart’s thread on his Foxy Lady reminded me to post an update on mine - which I just got via transplant a couple of months back. It went through some transplant shock, and then burned a little through our two bouts of 110+ for multiple days. It’s not much to look at right now, but has put out two new fronds, so that gives me hope for the future!
  29. 12 points
    Dictyosperma album first flowering: Only male flowers in the inflorescence, this can happen at the first flowering. For other information on this species: https://www.monaconatureencyclopedia.com/dictyosperma-album/?lang=en
  30. 12 points
    As far as overall length, in my garden it’s Clinostigma samoense — and I apologize for posting pics of them yet again -- but the palms are over 30 ft. tall now and when a frond crashes down it’s an expedition hauling it away. When brown, the crownshaft goes all limp and often is partially split, so that is like trying to pick up a giant thick wet leather beach towel that also has a stiff 20-ft. rachis and leaflets attached. Probably comical to watch, but once I get a good grasp of the leathery part and hoist the blade over my shoulder, I can haul it away in a single trip. Sort of a personal challenge, lol.
  31. 11 points
    I acquired this palm from the Flora Grubb nursery here in San Francisco. They told me it came from Kevin Weaver. Kevin told me that it was Dypsis onilahensis x baronii, and that it had originated in the garden of the late Louis Hooper. Anyone else who can contribute additional information? Thanks
  32. 11 points
    It would appear so, but was due to an overdue cleanup... Copernicia berteroana to its left not looking too shabby either! Who knew these subtropical species would thrive in the Arizona desert? aztropic Mesa,Arizona
  33. 11 points
  34. 11 points
    Coccothrinax macroglossa! aztropic Mesa,Arizona
  35. 11 points
    Just a follow up. A second flower sheath under the next leaf base as well revealing the classic “stick em up” pose. The first outer flower sheath came off...... Revealing a second more crinkled one beneath it. A couple days later I gently helped that one off. It came off quite easily without a fight. And wallah! My Foxy’s first flower. Thanks for looking.
  36. 11 points
    I thought I'd start a thread on big leaves, palms of all kinds with big leaves. Add yours if you have any you'd like to share. First up, my 35-40' roystonea regia dropped one today in a wind and rain storm. The leaf is 20' long without the crownshaft, and the crownshaft is 6'+. Im guessing over 50 lbs after dragging it to my "fallen leaves area". Normally they dont fall off all green and heavy, but this one just came off in a storm, its hefty for a 200lb man to drag around. It fell directly under the tree in the expected well within 10' diameter around the trunk. But yes plant one of these near your driveway and you may have a problem.
  37. 11 points
    Here is my Lisa after 4 years in Dallas
  38. 11 points
    My local In n Out has a nice selection (not a ton of variety). I like the arrangement they have set out on the property. (Taken from the drive thru lane, because I'm lazy lol.) This is from the property next door: And, the money shot:
  39. 11 points
    Not to get political, but our crazy Gov. n Mayor shut down O`ahu AGAIN. Not supposed to leave house except if you are an "essential" worker or going shopping. That includes shutting down most "non-essential" business like the bowling alley where I am a member of 3 leagues. So I figured 3 weeks w/no bowling means I saved at least $300 in lane fees and gambling...LOL Oh, forgot buying lunch and gas to get there. SOOOOOO...... I went online and ordered 16 more palms from FloraBunda. They arrived yesterday. Here is a photo of the lot of them after unpacking. I'll post a list later and individual photos as I plant them out. For now they will sit in my 60% shade green house getting a little use to my semi-desert here on O`ahu.
  40. 11 points
  41. 10 points
    My Copernicia rigida finally seems to have taken off this year with our record breaking heat waves. It's actually been planted in that spot for about 10 years now from a small seedling,but has just begun producing its first few upright fronds.Its been very slow for me, (maybe too much shade) but I'm hopeful it has an accelerated growth rate from this point forward. aztropic Mesa,Arizona
  42. 10 points
    Copernicia x textilis (baileyana x hospita). The first picture is when I planted it, I think this one was in a squat 10 gallon, while the other one in my backyard was larger. Planted shortly before the phot on 12/3/2015, with the updated photo about 2 months shy of 5 years later (9/30/2020). So while my plant was not a seedling, it does show what growth you can expect if you can find one that is a little bigger to start with. As far as climate goes, lots of marine layer on the coast, so not the heat in my yard of areas even a couple of miles from the ocean.
  43. 10 points
    Will these be future coconuts!? or will it simply fall off this winter
  44. 10 points
    Just a short note to let you know I'm still alive. I'm in a wheelchair most of the time. I can't walk too far without something to hold on to as my equilibrium has forsaken me. Some days are better than others but I manage to do quite a bit. I doubt ill be doing much more editing on the encyclopedia of palms. I have a part-time CNA, she's helping me type. I do okay at this function typing that is with her help, but her help is a blessing. It's nice to have a hand. I'll try and send another email if there are any changes in my health. Sincerely, Ed Vaile
  45. 10 points
    While a subject not often discussed, the often overlooked coloration or patterning on some of the trees in the landscape, is something that can enhance the visual experience. Most people are already familiar with things like Crape Myrtle, or, specifically in cooler areas, trees like Birch ( Betulus ), a few Maple ( Acer ), and/or trees in the Prunus family which, aside from flowers, and/or interesting foliage, may also add colored bark to their appeal. In drier areas of sub-tropics, some might assume there aren't all that many options to add to the garden which possess such appeal. Most die hard plant geeks already know Rainbow Eucalyptus, a stunning tropical Euc. species from the Philippines, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Attractive as it is, this species can become a bit big for smaller yards. It, like some other Eucalyptus species, can also suffer damage during heavy storm events a bit easier than some trees with stronger wood.. Other trees with attention getting bark, like Gumbo Limbo, Bursera simarubra haven't yet been grown widely enough to test full tolerance to cold, and/or wetter winter soil conditions, particularly in California. Palo Verde ( Cercidium/ Parkinsonia ), a very popular option here in the desert, are beautiful but can also suffer catastrophic damage during storms if not grown " hard " and pruned incorrectly/ hap-hazardly, which happens too often here. Both may also get too big for a smaller yard and some people swear they suffer allergic reactions when Palo Verde flower. ( A myth btw, Pollen produced by these trees is too heavy to be dispersed by wind.. only moved from flower to flower by insects ) Aside from those options.. what other options are there for adding something with interesting colored or textured bark, especially if you have a smaller yard, need something that won't break your water budget ( or you / your house ) but looks good, and ISN'T a Crape Myrtle, and can be found relatively easily, or a little effort? Here are some of my favorite options.. There are some others for us in the Desert, and/or pretty much any frost free/ nearly frost free parts of California, Southern Texas or Florida.. if you're feeling adventurous, which i'll cover in a future thread. Legume- family trees: **Baja** Palo Blanco, Lysiloma candida.. Central/ Southern Baja, possibly found in a few areas on mainland Sonora, Mexico. Still rather rare in cultivation atm, but a couple nurseries in CA. have started to grow/offer it recently.. Generally narrow and upright growth form, to about 25ft in height, on average. Ferny, tropical-looking foliage + starkly white bark, -w/ some blackish/ Grayish inclusions- makes this extremely drought and heat tolerant tree one of two or 3 great stand -ins for Birch in dry areas.. A potentially spectacular option for up lighting at night. 9B. Flowers, seed pods normally not a big debris issue, look like any of the Puff-ball flowered Acacia, Albizia. ** Sonoran** Palo Blanco, Mariosousa williardiana.. **Formally Acacia willardiana** Occasional in Baja, mostly encountered in Sonora, down into Sinaloa.. Extremely drought/ heat tolerant w/ decent cold tolerance ( Has survived in 9A areas, when more mature ) Unlike the above species of "Palo Blanco", a common name that is also used for numerous other, and completely different trees, the " Sonoran"-type can be found growing on some of the hottest and driest gravel plains in Sonora. While young trees look rather wispy in the landscape, with time, and some a couple deep soakings during the summer, ( mimicking when they receive most of their moisture in habitat ) this tree becomes one of the nicest options for hot dry areas. Form is upright, but slightly weeping, to roughly 20ft in height, on average. Foliage has a weepy, willowy look as well. At certain times of the year, rough looking, papery mark sheds itself in sheets or sections revealing smooth white or whitish blue colored trunks. As the bark is shed, it can present colors of brown, gold, red and Orange, or Blue-ish Gray, and tones of Pink.. Flowers look like puffy white bottle brushes. Seed is a papery pod like Albizia.. Both aspects can be a little messy but normally isn't much of an issue. Great tree for limited space/ a courtyard. Was the "desert tree" that introduced me to plants from Sonora, Mexico/ brought me to Phoenix. Arizona / Texas Kidneywood, Eysanhardtia orthocarpa/ texana Similar looking species/ trees, with generally the same habits/requirements. Like a little more moisture than the previous two trees, but can take some drought. Both present nice, tropical looking, ferny foliage and typically stay around 15-20ft in height. Flowers are fragrant enough that the strong Cinnamon/Vanilla scent can be detected from a distance on warm evenings. Very attractive to a diverse amount of pollinators as well. While the old bark on this species doesn't shed to reveal a smooth underside, patterning of it is interesting enough. Another good option for smaller spaces. Zone 9 Trial worthy, and has survived winters in 8B. Texas sp. may be even hardier. Seeds are tiny and never create a litter issue. Chilean Palo Verde, Geofforea decorticans Another legume-type tree high up on the attractive-bark level scale. This rather uncommon and tough South American Native tolerates just about anything the low desert can throw at it. Unlike most Legumes, this species forms pods which look like small round fruit rather than a pod full of seeds. Once processed, the outer, mealy cover of the seeds is edible and used as a syrup substitute in Chile and other regions of South American where it is native. While not the best pictures, have posted others that really show off all the colors in the bark here a few times in the past. Can sucker if given lots of water and the fruit can be somewhat of a nuisance when produced abundantly some years. A few other Acacias, and 3 Albizia sp. ( 2 from Africa, 1 from Mexico ), and a few Mexican/ South American Caesalpinia species options for attractive bark as well.. Unlike the last 3 options, the next 3 will remain fully evergreen through the winter. Texas Persimmon, Diospyros texana From a distance, this small-ish Texas native might look like a Crape Myrtle to some people. Up close, especially when flowering or full of fruit, it is one of the more unique trees on my personal list. Not too big, and takes heat/ drought pretty well. Provides habitat for animals, food for pollinators, the birds/other critters, and people. Fruit, generally produced late summer and Fall on female trees ( Species is Dioecious, Need both male/female to produce fruit ) is quite sweet and different ( and smaller ) from traditional Persimmons. Adding to both the overall look of the tree, and tasty, edible fruit is some very attention getting bark. As older bark is shed, the new bark beneath is a swirly/ marble stone-like pattern of White, Gray, Light Brown, and/or Pinkish Tones.. with interesting " Branding Marks" ..as though someone took a hot piece of metal and carefully went up and down each trunk/ large branch and carefully pressed against it.. leaving a mark, but not damaging the tree. Some populations can go partially deciduous in colder areas but most stay evergreen. Said to be hardy to zone 8 but trial-worthy in 7B, maybe lower. Said to bear fruit when 5-7 years old from seed. Other, more exotic options with interesting looking bark, and edible Fruit? Jaboticaba, Cherry of the Rio Grande, Guava, Strawberry/Lemon Guava.. Allspice, Both Bay and Lemon Bay Rum. Allspice itself has done well in California. Other two Pimenta sp. haven't been trialed enough out there yet to know how well they might tolerate frosts/ freezing temperatures in California, S. Cal. specifically. All options above can be grown in containers however. Ghost Gum, Corymbia paupana.. Whether or not the species offered locally, and out in California, is indeed the " True " Ghost from far Northern Australia / Papua New Guinea, or another, similar looking species from a colder area of Oz also sold as "Ghost Gum", this is my top, non-flowery Eucalyptus/Corymbia choice for smaller yards, landscapes in general.. Even the largest specimens i have seen around town really aren't that big compared to the many other Euc. species that have been planted here. Would say the largest i have seen here -so far- max out at about 25-30ft This species is also said to produce stronger wood, compared to other Eucs and will not be as sensitive to damage from wind, at least here/ in CA. Not sure if the species has been tried in more high-wind prone parts of the country, so no idea how this sp. would do in a Hurricane. If it is the true species, "guaranteed" hardiness will extend to 9B, If it is " ...the more cold tolerant, " hardiness may extend to somewhere in zone 8. As you can see in the pictures, Weepy/ willowly looking foliage, growth form + Blue-ish, Sea Green toned foliage, and that starkly white smooth bark are sure to capture almost anyone's attention. Another great option for up lighting as well.. While most Eucs. do like some moisture, this is one that can take drought and heat well. While many might consider the last option on this list to be something you might see in more temperate areas, This might be one of the toughest Conifers out there.. At least when surviving extreme heat/ drought might be considered. At the same time, the color of the foliage has made it a " must have" option in other, less hot/dry parts of the country. Adding to the spectacular color ( of the foliage ) in selected forms, the bark is outstanding, esp. on a group of specimens i recently came across in a local park. It is also thought to be the " grandfather " of at least two rare species in California. Arizona Smooth Cypress, Cupressus arizonica var. glabra/ Cupressus glabra. Of all the things one would think could be included in a subtropical- themed landscape, don't think many would consider a Cypress, especially somewhere extremely hot and dry.. Yea you see Monterey Cypress and various subtropical stuff mixed together in landscapes in parts of California but it is also generally cooler there.. Here, that same species won't survive. Don't think it will tolerate the humidity of the Southeastern States either. Several cutting propagated selections of this Cupressus species have become quite popular well outside the species narrow range which includes Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, just below the Mogollon Rim north of Phoenix, ...and scattered populations in Southeastern AZ / Adjacent parts of the Sierra Madre in Mexico,.. possibly native to parts of New Mexico and Texas as well. It is often confused with a sister species of the same name whose bark does not shed. Species itself can be variable in form, ranging from short, tight, and upright, to irregular and somewhat weeping. As mentioned, this variety of Arizona Cypress is likely the grandparent to the extremely rare, Cuyamaca Cypress, Cupressus stephensonii native to a small area in the mountains east of San Diego which has recently started to be grown for sale in some nurseries, and shares the same bark shedding traits w/ two other, somewhat rare Cupress sp. in southern CA / Baja: Tecate Cypress, Cupressus forbesii and Guadalupe Cypress, Cupressus guadalupensis ..which, like many other endemics from the same island, were nearly wiped out by Goats / other introduced herbivores. Now that the island is free of these animals, these Cypress, ..and the just as endangered Guadalupe island. Pine, and Palm ( Brahea edulis ) are beginning to recover. Side by side, both the Species seen in AZ, and Cuyamaca Cypress would look identical ( similar foliage color/growth pattern/ peeling /colored new bark ). Tecate and Guadalupe Cypress tend to have greener foliage. While the Icy blue foliage was attractive enough to gain popularity world- wide, that aspect is only up-staged by newly revealed and smooth bark. Have seen other specimens, though none as colorful as these in the 2nd group ( Pics # 3-9 ).. While the deep, warm Cherry Red tone is common, don't recall the additions of Pink / Blue-ish tones, Green and Gold in specimens i'd seen in the past. Pretty neat. Can think of some super silver or blue colored Yucca, Cacti, Palms / Cycads that would look good situated near these. Bark colors kind of gives Rainbow Euc. a run for their money, imo. and much easier to grow than our native/ Texas Madrone. Interesting that this Desert Mountain dweller can grow in a hot, often drought plagued landscape alongside Cacti, Yucca, and Agave, and apparently thrives in the Southeast US alongside lusher, more tropical looking plants, and Azalea. Not even most Manzanita ( Arctostyphalos ), Mission Manzanita ( Xylococcus ), or the super rare Baja Bird Bush ( Orinthostaphylos ) can be grown in such far flung places. For the most part, most species in the 3 Genus mentioned above are restricted to California Landscapes. All also are options for attractively colored bark as well.. Large and more irregular/ weepy specimen. ( Near Ray/ AZ. AVE. Chandler, AZ ) Short, tight, and upright specimens ( Desert Breeze Park, Chandler AZ. ) Enjoy.....
  46. 10 points
    My Brahea moorei is only now blooming In Dallas. . I was wondering if it will produce seeds this late in the season. Anyone have experience with this palm? Thanks.
  47. 10 points
    Yesterday, thanks to International Palm Society members Darold Petty and Steve Klocksiem, I had the chance to visit the late Jack Dane's garden in San Francisco's Cow Hollow neighborhood. Wow! The biggest Juania australis I've seen flanks the back of the house and is paired with a tall, adult, staminate specimen of a Ceroxylon species I couldn't identify; a Livistona fulva rosette grows at the Juania's base. A self-sowing grove of nikau palms, Rhopalostylis sapida, proliferates, while a nice little clump of Laccospadix australasica occupies the shady center of this typically tiny San Francisco back yard, maybe 25ft / 7.6m wide an 40ft / 12.2m deep. There's a very nice Rhopalostylis baueri and possibly another buried in there. A huge, robust Livistona species overtops all the palm trees in the garden, and a Ceroxylon quindiuense (semi-plumose type similar to those from Tenerife, Valle del Cauca in the San Francisco Botanical Garden collected by Garrin Fullington in the late 1970s) is still in a rosette with huge leaves in the shade. Plus, a few Chamaedorea and a couple of Howea forsteriana clumps are scattered about. Also of interest are the rather tall Cyathea / Sphaeropteris medullaris and S. cooperi tree ferns. Enjoy the photos! Any advice on dealing with the alarming scar on the Juania trunk is welcome. - Jason Juania australis & Livistona fulva Juania & Ceroxylon (right) Rhopalostylis sapida (mostly) and Livistona sp. (australis?) Rhopalostylis seedlings Ceroxylon sp.—a flowering-age male Rhopalostylis baueri, R. sapida, and Livistona sp. Same species as above. Possible Rhopalostylis baueri next to Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Juania australis trunk scar with Rhopalostylis baueri at left Juania australis crown, upward view Juania trunk again Juania trunk Photo posted at right, Rhopalostylis baueri, R. sapida, Livistona, Laccospadix
  48. 9 points
    Okay John, I went digging through some photos, and this is what I found... The Ireartea deltoidea is way up there. I have 2 (a 3rd succumbed to the gas from the eruption). It has stilt roots but they are kind of short and stubby. Other stilt roots... Areca vestiaria 'maroon' line a garden path: And a Verschaffeltia splendida with stilt roots and a very defensive spiny trunk: A And Areca guppyana:
  49. 9 points
    My latest- filibusta bass, birch top with resin covering fabric.. Turned out nice!
  50. 9 points
    I planted this Agave americana this spring, for the simple fact that I had no where else to put it, to my surprise it has doubled in size and appears happy. Some Alpinia Zerumbet gingers: Here is my Aphelandra hartwegiana beginning to put out blooms: Some Bleeding Heart Caladiums and Hedychium in the back: A couple of my Bromeliads for your epiphyte people



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