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  1. 38 points
    When I first joined this forum I didn’t know because I was too far gone. But I was going through bad depression because of work. I was drinking heavily but also obsessed with palms. I was using palms and this forum as a way to feel better. I’m very thankful for that. And this. Iam doing amazing as I got a new job within the company. (Huge company) I’ve taken on reef tanks again. As I did as a youngster. Thank you to everyone for your support. Thanks for the love. The YouTube support. My palms are doing well indoors here in southern Ontario. I did loose a few seedlings this winter as I have been taking care of my family. My parrots and my reef tanks. But I do get some dm as people ask me for advice for indoor northern growing and it makes me feel great!! I know I’m not on a lot. But I just want to say thank you to everyone for helping me get through a hard time in my life ! rob
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    Walking along the path toward the sun, I turned and captured this view... On the other side of the path, the young Tahina spectabilis was begging for a closeup. Farther along the path, Pinanga philippinensis looking glorious My tallest palms, Ptychococcus paradoxus, high in the sky
  3. 24 points
    That golden light of morning really lights up the palms. Walked around with the iPhone this morning and this is what I saw... I wanted to get a pic of the just-planted Cryosphila sp. It was very root-bound in a 3-gal pot that had to be cut apart to liberate the palm. It's about 4 ft. tall at the tip of the highest leaflet. Just behind me the sun was lighting up one of my 3 Dypsis hovomantsina, getting very beefy. Looking eastward from the same spot, Dypsis lastelliana, Licuala peltata v. sumawongii, and a Pelagodoxa henryana lit by the sun's rays.
  4. 24 points
    Hi everyone, I’ve been here a while but never posted much just taking advice from posts and admiring other gardens and palm collections! I’ve been working on my garden now for 4 years, when we purchased the property it was full of dead almond trees and we had to get a tractor in to clear the plot and access the house. It’s still very young garden and being so big it takes some doing but I’m hoping it will start to fill in as it matures. I thought I would load some photos as it is now. If you would like to see the progress I have an Instagram account dedicated to gardening which is TropicalGardenSpain. Would love people to comment what palms I am missing here! Climate zone 10a we don’t have frosts but temperatures can drop briefly to 0c for an hour or 2 coldest nights in winter but days can be up to 15-20c and we have dry winters and summers. Watering the garden and keeping on top of it is the toughest jobs and one I will be tackling this year!
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    The four of us; Jeff, Sujin, Kim and me posing in front of the largest Tahina spectabilis.
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    Kim and I were fortunate to visit Floribunda Palms Nursery this morning and walked around for a while, looking at unusual palms with Jeff and Sujin and taking photos, before getting down to our actual reason for the visit - buying palms! I'll be posting a number of photos but I may need to doublecheck the name for some of them so may not be able to post everything right now. I will only add a photo (or two) of a single species in each post. Here's Pelagodoxa henryana with impressive seeds, with Jeff of course.
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    I recently went to Hilo, Hawaii to interview for a job and it went favorably! I will be moving there in July, 2021 and couldn't be more excited. Anyways, I was on the island for only 36 hours but got to see Kim and Bo's yard, as well as the amazing Fissure 8 formed in 2018! I had never seen many of the palms on their yards before, but the highlight was definitely finally seeing a Voanioala gerardii in person! Click HERE for all of the photos from the trip! Some teasers below. Voanioala gerardii Loxococcus rupicola Clinostigma samoense Bentinckia condapanna Marojejya darianii
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    Areca vestiaria 'maroon' Colorful bromeliad and wild iris The sad state of Kerriodoxa elegans after a giant Cecropia branch fell into the group. They are damaged, but will recover. Removing the Cecropia branches is a huge project. I've gone in once with the chainsaw and barely made a dent in it. Never a dull moment. If you have some pretty morning photos, please share here!
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    Peering under the frond of a Dictyosperma album v. conjugatum at a Licuala distans, delicate Geonoma schottiana to the right Looking up into a couple of Clinostigma samoense Group of Pinanga insignis
  11. 19 points
    Hyophorbe vaughanii. That's it for right now. I may have a few more and I believe Kim may have some as well but it will probably be tomorrow before we have time to post additional photos.
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    Areca goreta and another palm where I am somewhat uncertain about the spelling of the species name. But this is definitely a cute and colorful little palm.
  14. 18 points
    I went to Crystal River, specifically the Fort island trail a couple weeks ago while I was staying in Hudson Florida. I had first visited Crystal River in Febuary 2016, less then a year after the palm bug hit me, and I took as many driveby shots of the huge old Sabals on our way to and from the beach (I was 14) and have posted them on here on various occasions. Heres some new photos of the many ancient palmettos growing in the hammocks in the marshes. This first one was taken before the landscape changed from wooded forests, to hammocks and marshes, maybe 4 miles inland, while not as abundant as they are in the hammocks, there are many all over crystal river, and I only wish I could have taken more photos in these settings. Now for some of the many hammocks on the "trail". for context, it was quite a windy day so these aren't "sickly" or anything. Some of the larger hammocks spread for miles... Some hammocks had basically eroded into the marsh thus slowly drowning those palms. Notice the ones on the left are doing much better, just a few extra inches above the water table makes all the difference. I also noticed a fair amount of both Black and Red mangroves mixed in in some areas. Heres a couple Red Mangroves, Black mangroves were far more prevalent and larger, At the Fort island beach at the end of the trail, there are less very tall ones as it is right on the ocean, but still a few.. On the mini boardwalk to the pier Directly on the water, were the largest of the black mangroves Also a clump of naturalizing Phoenix Dactylifera, This was the only non native palm I saw volunteering in the area, I saw this same palm in 2016, but alas, the tallest one in the clump died, its trunk still visible behind. The tallest one now is almost as tall as the original, 2016. Well, hope you enjoyed my Crystal River shots!
  15. 18 points
    Doing my spring mulching here today, and pretty psyched to find trunk on one of my Syagrus sancona! Probably not very exciting for most of you, but there aren’t too many trunking sancona in NorCal! This went in the ground as a tiny eBay seedling years back, so glad to see it doing well! The crown is mostly obscured by a Coco Queen, but hopefully it will push above that ultimately!
  16. 17 points
    The past few days have been in the 70Fs in Dallas with today in the low 80Fs. This warm weather exacerbated the effects of last weeks deep freeze if 3F. It is very easy to tell ALL the palm vegetation is dead on the most common arborescent palms. Examples would be Washingtonia and Sabal mexicana. The dried out fronds and smell of rotting vegetation is a hallmark of the damage caused in Texas last week. All leaves including the last emerging leaf spear is toast. We have had a few of these winters in my life time. The 1F if 1989 did similar Palm damage. There were a row of filifera on Lucas street in Dallas that came through that event and this is what encouraged me to plant that species around town.
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    Pic from my office window today. Not saying it's cold, but -----
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    My 3 Attalea cohunes are finally putting on some size and girth. Maybe 25’ now after 4 years from 3 gal pot .Think good palm for warm 9 b locations.
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    One of many great views. A row of Carpoxylon macrospermum on the right.
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    And the very well known Licuala mattanensis var. mapu. Cute little things!
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  26. 14 points
    This past week, I escaped the frozen tundra formerly known as Sedgwick County, Kansas...now known as New Siberia...;) I spent a few days with friends in Dallas, which wasn't much better. Temperatures hit near zero. Despite the cold, one of my friends and I, also a palm nut, decided to go look for Sabal minor SE of Dallas, in the Seagoville area. Tony (I believe an active member here) pointed us in the right direction, and wouldn't ya know, we found them! I'm not too sure I was supposed to be walking where I was, but I just had to take some pictures...these things are absolutely massive! I'd compare them to the native Sabals I saw in south Louisiana several years ago. I love seeing these things in the wild. Hopeful to propagate these and plant them around up here in the Wichita area!
  27. 14 points
    Palm saving efforts in Friendswood, TX, about halfway between Houston and Galveston. Comments from my friend: "It's been an all out 110% effort. Wrapped everything in 6 mil plastic and wrapped with C9 Xmas lights. It was all good until 12:30am. Power went out and is still out. I have a small generator, so I was up all night plugging in lights. It was 15F Here this AM. THIS BLOWS!"
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    Thanks Xenon for the idea to say goodbye to my Houston tropical garden. The forecast in for temps in the teens in Houston. Ed in Houston
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    Bismarckia pygmy date...the bougainvillea and hibiscus are still flowering Someone is frantically trying to protect this triangle palm burgundy Ficus elastica
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    And people talk about the size of royal fronds, these are true beasts.
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    Of all my hobbies, palms and espresso making have both endured. Now I have the opportunity to combine both. So this espresso tamper is made out of Borassus flabellifer.
  32. 14 points
    B. Alfredi , A. Alex, and A. Engleri have been in the ground one year today. Not too shabby growth on the alfie considering it only gets about half day of sun. Happy Saturday, everyone. Not sure why the photos uploaded backwards, but I’m sure everyone can tell the “before” from the “after.”
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    This is what Jeff calls the Blue Dypsis decipiens and he is convinced this should be described as a different species, considering the fact that the inflorescence is very different (and much larger) compared to the "regular" D. decipiens.
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    Chambeyronia lepidota (darker crownshaft in the center).
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  39. 13 points
    Nanarrhops along the south side of the trail that circles Magma Ridge.. Sorta-wild Phoenix across Queen Creek Peek-a-boo Washingtonia r's Ayer Lake Phoenix Livingstonia sp. in the Australian Garden Another Nanarrhops, i think.. Fronds are very big. Not something i recall when viewing some other specimens.. ( probably overlooked.. or my brain forgot, lol ) .....Onto ...all sorts of other goodies...... Enjoy!
  40. 13 points
    When I lived here, I’d become jaded and barely even noticed the gorgeous coconuts and royals since they’re so commonplace. Well, a year in NH made me appreciate even Washingtonia and Romanzoffiana when I’d first moved to Orlando and found them everywhere. As much as I loved the mountains and wilderness in NH, the frigid winter really sucked the life out of me. The fact that actual PALM TREES of any variety were able to live in-ground, outside, on their own, and thrive where I actually lived again had me over the moon. (I will always detest adonidia, however haha) Despite moving here from zone 5a, once I jumped head-first back into palm keeping, I’d immediately felt that zone 9b wasn’t good enough since I couldn’t keep the species I was used to when I’d lived in South Florida. This weekend I’m visiting some family in Broward and I can’t help but find myself staring at these 50+ foot tall, healthy, gorgeous coconuts.... from a McDonalds drive through of all places. It almost seems inappropriate to put something that feels so special to me in such a generic, non-descript location, but these things are a dime a dozen around here and just about as stunning and healthy as can be no matter where they’re stuck in the ground. That wont stop me from finding them special every single time I see one, though. ☺️
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    Here you can see what we bought -- several large palms, the most obvious are Licuala peltata v. peltata -- and many small palms on the pallet on the skip loader. Bill Langer and John Hovancsek helping load, Jeff and Sujin supervising, as Bo prepares the truck bed. We left with the truck fully loaded, fronds tickling our ears on the ride home. I will add more photos later today.
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    Two Dypsis prestoniana side-by-side and quite different looking when you take a closer look at arrangement of the leaflets.
  46. 12 points
    Made a mad dash from College Station to central Houston this afternoon to bid farewell to the plants I've been observing for years. Apologies for the lighting/haphazard photos, was in a real rush trying to chase the sun. This is the Houston I've always known (wasn't alive during the 80s). I guess I always took the queen palms for granted, very sad to see them go. Along Main St and Montrose, the medians are all tarped and iirc, they are planted with 'Little John' bottlebrush. The ironic thing is that the surrounding areas are full of emerald green gingers, green bananas, cordylines, kalanchoes, papayas etc...you would never expect it was going to drop to near 10F in a few days. I'm still in denial. This is going to be absolute carnage especially for the inner city neighborhoods that have long been solid 9b Some of the tallest queen palms around, were already well over the house over 10 years ago
  47. 12 points
    I take these big historic freezes as reason TO push the zones. If 90% of years are 9B or 10A then that is exactly how you should plant. Yes, the big one hit, but what would have been the point of planting only queen palms and washingtonia? They are going to be dead as well, just like during the big freezes in Florida in the 80s. You may as well enjoy your zone 10 palms in places like inner Houston, Galveston, Corpus Christi, RGV and south Padre Island if they look decent most years. And if they get nailed like this every thirty years or so at least you enjoyed them while you could. This will happen again in florida eventually, and if I’m not too old, I’ll immediately replant with zone 10 palms the very next spring.
  48. 12 points
    Thought would share. Natural forest in Buderim. Gps coordinates. (-26.6745110, 153.0475411) Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Heaven.
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    Last year it was almost black when the old leaf fell away at flowering. This year it's tinged purple.
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    For the past several years, a split of Hooded Orioles has returned each spring to nest under the leaves of this Brahea edulis in Sebastopol, CA. Living up to their nickname as the “palm-leaf oriole”, it’s pretty incredible to watch them at work building these intricate masterpieces from the fibers of the palm. The process starts in late May, and then by late August, they’re done...gone until next year, abandoning their hard work, which remains suspended for many more months. If you look closely at the photo of the tree, right in the center, you can see a nest beneath one of the leaves. One more reason to plant a palm tree...
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