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  1. 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!
  2. 19 points
    My golden malayan dwarf's trunk is beginning to fatten up.
  3. 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:
  4. 13 points
    I’ve had these Beccariophoenix Alfredii growing in Modesto for a couple years now and they seem to be doing well!
  5. 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
  6. 12 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...
  7. 11 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."
  8. 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
  9. 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.....
  10. 10 points
  11. 9 points
    The first picture is of my Nainital . The second is the trunk of my Princeps . The lower trunk is about as fat as it is going to get and it's beginning to move upward . The last picture is an overview of the palm .
  12. 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:
  13. 9 points
    My latest- filibusta bass, birch top with resin covering fabric.. Turned out nice!
  14. 8 points
    I know it's a common palm but I really like our Bismarkia. I never got around to running water to it, but it doesn't seem to mind. It is totally xeric, and it is starting to get a little size. It is just big, blue silver, and cool.
  15. 8 points
    Hey everyone fall has hit hard abs fast. We had our first frost the other day and all the farmers here in southern Ontario lost there crops. Well crops that are tropical like veggies and tobacco. The palms has to come In but here’s a great pic of my foxtail 15g with my little girl for size.
  16. 8 points
    Just thought I'd share my experience here in Accomack County on Virginia's Eastern Shore growing palms and cycads. We are at the colder end of Zone 8a with average winter minimum temps of 10-15°F but we do get a few winters every half decade or so where we might get a few days or a week of temps down into the single digits or below (-5°F). We are colder up here than down in Cape Charles or Virginia Beach. Roses in Cape Charles will still be blooming at Thanksgiving when up here all the trees including the pecans have already dropped their leaves. In Virginia Beach there's lots of spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) growing on the trees but here I only know of one woods near Eastville with a surviving population of the airplant. Been meaning to plant some on some bald cypress trees and see how it does. Needle palms do fine here, but I don't know of any specimens with trunks. Mine is typical: Needle Palm (Rhapidophyllum hystrix) I tried a miniature chusan palm "waggie" (Trachycarpus wagnerianus). It got big enough to bloom but two back to back cold winters finally killed the growing spear :-( Miniature Chusan Palm (Trachycarpus wagnerianus) Blooming waggie I had hoped the waggie would be more cold hardy than the ubiquitous chinese windmill palm (T. fortunei) but maybe mine wasn't large enough. I do know of quite a few larger T. fortunei which survived the winter(s) which did mine in.. I did set out a dozen or so Cycas panzhihuaensis and two survived. I planted them in a very hot spot with powder-dry soil and think I lost most of them to drought rather than cold. Most years the leaves are killed come January/February but resprout come spring like a die-back perennial. The past winter was warm and the leaves survived. Very slow growing for me. Cycas panzhihuaensis I planted a sack of a thousand Jubaea chilensis seeds "coquitos" and about a 100 germinated for me. I raised them in an unheated greenhouse/coldframe and over the years lost some due to either cold, too much water not enough water, etc and was down to three 5-gallon size plants. Then I lost 2 more and was then down to a lone survivor. Wasn't root-bound but wasn't producing new fronds so decided it was time to plant outside to dp or die a couple years ago. Grew quite a lot this summer. Had read somewhere these didn't grow on the East Coast (too hot in Florida and the Deep South and too cold in the Northeast). Our summers here are hot and muggy with hot, muggy nights. I've tried other plants from Chile that do well until they succumb to the hot summer nights. So far the J. chilensis appears to be happy. I know someone on Chincoteague who plants out pindo palms (Butia capitata) for the summer season. Occasionally they'll make it through a winter but eventually they'll get frozen much like oleanders. So fingers crossed. Would like to try the JubaeaxButia hybrid if I could find the spot for it. Chilean Winepalm (Jubaea chilensis) in foreground. Sabal minor "McCurtain" in background Chilean Winepalm I grew some Sabal minor "McCurtain" and Sabal minor var "Lousiana" from seed. The Louisiana has grown quite large and has been fruiting for several years and lots of volunteers around its base which is probably a foot in diameter but can't yet be cconsidered a trunk. Sabal minor Lousiana Sabal minor var. Lousiana I planted out a couple dozen dwarf palmettos grown from seed from McCurtain County, OK which is Zone 8a like here. Planted a half dozen on either side of a walkway on the south side of the house where I thought they'd be protected. The ground is very sandy, powder dry so kept them watered when little, but now they don't need supplemental water but have probably grown too big for their location and are probably too big to try to move. Sabal minor "McCurtain" Getting about a 5-gallon bucket of seeds off 7 of the bigger plants every year now. Fruiting Sabal minor The mockinbirds and other song birds feast on the fruit all winter/spring and spread the seeds everywhere. Volunteers growing under a Snowball viburnum (V. opulus 'sterile') The seedlings are perfectly cold hardy here surviving -5°F winter temps with no protection. Drought hardy as well. I planted some seed out beside a walkway last year where some volunteers had sprouted the prior year and they germinated mid-July when temps reached upper 90's°F https://zot.shorehub.com/photo/4ca9cee5-c086-4196-98e4-2e6dbd01dc31-0.jpg We had a severe drought this summer from June to July, but it didn't affect the sabals seedlings which made good growth: 2-year old seedlings (and some 3-year olds with fans) I also planted some sabal minors on the NE side of the house among the azaleas, rhododendrons and mountain laurels. The neighbor has some large 50+ year old loblolly pines which suck all the water out of the ground but provide light dappled shade. I think the leaf color of the sabals is improved with the shade. https://zot.shorehub.com/photo/bb00bb78-d5a0-4647-994e-87be7a84d1b3-0.jpg https://zot.shorehub.com/photo/b462cb59-7902-4318-ba49-015ffda38dc9-0.jpg https://zot.shorehub.com/photo/ce42ad45-0502-4fb9-a085-edf149c3f2d7-0.jpg Grew some Cretan Island date palms (Pheonix theophrasti) from seed and they were easy to germinate. Grew them in pots in an unheated coldframe and they survived a couple seasons before I eventually lost them all. Not sure if they might have survived if planted in the ground or if I had brought them inside till they were larger. Anyhow, I'm really pleased with how the sabals do here. I'd like to try Sabal etonia. I like the look of the costa palmate leaves and the shorter flower spikes are tidier. Found a forestry/native plant site in Florida offering them but have procrastinated. Maybe next year.
  17. 7 points
    Hello guys, It is cool to see Malta and Azores trying their luck with the coconut fever, even if chances of success are not set in stone, do try different methods if it fails in your first attempts. Before updating this year's coconuts, here are some of the pictures from summer 2019, which I took while travelling from place to place, sometimes on a coconut hunt!
  18. 7 points
    Huh, I got remembered of this thread by a reaction of another pt-member. I took a look at the photo I posted then in 2016... ...and just went out to take another one from exactly the same position... Wow, for four years - not bad I would say! Yes, Alexander palms are definitely doing very well over here. best regards from Okinawa - Lars
  19. 7 points
    In both size, taste and quantity of pulp. And all this in less than 4 months since emerging of the spathe.
  20. 7 points
    Just a little update on this one. It is putting out some flower spathes for the first time. Also I never imagined how large it would get. Probably way too big for where it is. Provided we don’t get any bad freezes this winter, how long will it be until there are mature edible coconuts on this tree?
  21. 7 points
    Thanks Josh! Picked up my tribear and put him in the ground!
  22. 7 points
    Here is an update on my sabal causiarum now with 6'+ clear trunk and its fruiting prolifically. I have included the original strap leaf palm that was planted out in 2011 Today 9 years later its my fastest growing palm, palmate or pinnate. The seeds attract swarms of birds in fall so if I fail to collect seed its gone in a few days of the fall migration. Hopefully those eaten seeds end up out there in florida somewhere. The rains this summer were again profific, most rain Ive ever seen. I wouldnt be surprised if it was 20" in 3 weeks in mid august early sept, much of the grass was killed off in part shade areas. Here are 2 pics, just before planting from a 7 gallon pot(correction earlier description was 15 gallon), and now in sept 2020. As a seedling it was obviously a beast as you can see. The eave of the house is ~11'(10-12' ceilings inside).
  23. 7 points
    Here is a massive one at the Palmetum of Santa Cruz de Tenerife - I was shocked by how massive these palms are! I could barely fit my arms around the trunk.
  24. 6 points
  25. 6 points
    Finally, here is a photo of the only Iriartea in the garden and it’s grown like Jack in the Beanstalk. One of my favorite palms, hence the avatar. Look for the ole shovel at the base for scale. There are a couple of Wettinia and a small Socratea in the frame as well. Tim
  26. 6 points
    C'mon old mate, you've been spouting this BS for several weeks now....now, you got booted from City Data Forums ( Weather ) because they figured you were a troll, and no, you were not copied by someone pretending to be you.... it was you.... the exact same writing style and and climate, flora and fauna nonsense....even posting up pics from Thailand and claiming them as 'evidence' of so called southern Italian tropicality. You've been asked previously....put up some scientific peer reviewed ( you do understand what peer reviewed means of course ) documentation validating your theories. It's not that hard... Now, for example, the rose ringed parakeet ( Indian ringneck ) is a world wide coloniser species.....there are feral breeding populations in London and south eastern UK at 51*N. Not surprised you might have some in Italy.. So stop talking crap and post up some certifiable facts and figures....ie put up or shut up.
  27. 6 points
    The B. fenestralis is in a somewhat more protected area, but still suffered the most damage. However the damage is pretty localized, like it was as a young-ish palm during a brutal, extended freeze back in 2007. Now, as back then, there are very hard borders between damaged and undamaged foliage. And it seems to push right through it, despite the cosmetic damage. Thanks for looking!
  28. 6 points
    Heres some updates on some needle palms here in Cincinnati. The first two pictures is the needle palm planted at Mount Saint Joseph University in the year 2000. It has NEVER received ANY special protection. However, it was cut down by MISTAKE by landscapers in spring of 2019. Thankfully it is growing back with a vengeance! The third picture is a volunteer needle palm seedling several feet away from it! So there must be another somewhere close by! The 4th picture is the sole remaining needle palm at the far end of the parking lot. They for many years had many needle palms throughout their property in the open. For whatever reason they removed them this spring without rhyme or reason. For some sick reason, they stacked all the dead ones they killed right next to the sole remaining living one.
  29. 6 points
    You can see just how dry it is here in these pictures... bearing in mind these have been taken in late September at 51N. The palms don't seem to mind though... Olive groves... Ring necked parakeet in frame... Maturing seeds... Helped myself to a few seeds that had already matured...
  30. 6 points
    Thanks John. Golden malayan dwarf (or so they said when I bought it on ebay as a single leaf seedling) . I'd say 10-11 ft. tall overall. The fence is 6ft, but the cocos' trunks are a 1/2 ft. below the fenceline and this one has its tallest leaf another 4ft. above it.
  31. 6 points
    Hi guys, brand new to this site. I’ve been on here for quite some time as a reader but never posted before. I wanted to talk about Sabal Palmetto’s range possibly being officially extended to Virginia Beach. Usually the cut off is in North Carolina and naturally it is. But this past week I went down to VA Beach with the sole intention of finding as many volunteers as I could at the oceanfront, and let me tell you how shocked I was by the amount there was. First let me start off by saying I went on the 2 most rainiest days so unfortunately I was only able to cover 1/2 of the strip. And of that half I only covered the east side of Atlantic Ave. And of that east side I was only able to cover the street side, not the boardwalk at all. And after only covering that fraction of the strip, I found dozens, if not hundreds of Sabals growing at all stages. And not just Sabal, Pindos as well! On every block there was at least a few barely beginning to sprout, but there were definitely some a few years and older. The biggest one I found was at the Capes Resort which easily was 12-15 feet tall, the trunk starting to rise. There were several around the height of stop signs and most were to my hips and lower. There were a few that were growing nearly at the boardwalk, the limit before you get to the sand. I would say half of these things were growing in bushes, or under trees, or in other protected areas. But there was a good chunk growing out in the open, exposed to all elements. Having resisted multiple winters and continuing to grow (most showed little to no damage), I have no doubt they will grow to be some of the hardiest Sabals in existence. The offsprings of these strands will only get hardier and adapt better to the climate so I 100% believe Sabal is permanently here to stay. I know that most of these trees have come from Florida or other nurseries much further south and this isn’t an extension of range occurring naturally from its NC counterparts. But I think the range for this tree has officially crossed the state line. I’m planning to take another trip next month to finish the other half of the beach where I know there are just as many growing. What do you guys think of these Virginian palmettos?
  32. 6 points
    Great pictures everyone. Here is my Ireartea deltoidea, this was purchased as a 4” plant about 2.5 years ago. Amazing how fast these are! Rocky is providing scale.
  33. 6 points
    I had an Archontophoenix pass away last year. Decided to try carving on it... the wood was pretty soft but worked out .. now it will live on. This is the first tiki I’ve carved from one of my own palms
  34. 6 points
    Been long time since i had to dig this big of a hole. Really sucks in clay; got little shovelitis today. But finally got this bad boy into the ground. The more I look at this Palm the more it looks like Hildibrandii. Was hoping it wasn’t but Still looks good. See how it grows. Really trying to get my back yard Fan Palm Theme going. Wish Pritchardias were little faster but trying to get Variety of them growing. Wish they were easier to identify.
  35. 5 points
    My Hydriastele (Gulubia) costata! Fruiting now.
  36. 5 points
    I like the look of this plant . It has gotten huge this year because it didn't die back to the ground after spring growth but growth started about 5 feet up the trunk from the year before . My lowest low last winter was 19F . I wish I had a model in the first picture for scale because it is about 12 feet tall . In the second picture another Manihot is on the left . last winter but started
  37. 5 points
    Here are some photos from May 2020 coming out of winter.
  38. 5 points
    I got this (baronii complex) dypsis from the quaman a few years ago. I don’t know what it is for sure and it might be a hybrid. It’s a sort of slow but steady grower. Cold is no problem. Heat is no problem. Full sun no problem. It has some nice color and fuzz too. Sorry Brett but no give backs on this one :p
  39. 5 points
    I have a 15 gal size Coccothrinax miraguama var ‘Havanensis’ for sale. I grew this from seed from my palm ( that is now dead). Since I’ve lost 4 large Coccos around the yard, and another not looking good, I’ve decided not to plant until I figure out what’s killing them. $125. Pick up in Satellite Beach Beachpalms@cfl.rr.com
  40. 5 points
    Ok I admit it I am the owner of the internet's ugliest palm trees . Here are a few pictures I have from different angles: palm bases on the right (green is artificial turf): all their ugly glory - the previous owner let vines grow almost 30 feet up the taller tree, so in addition to the ugly dead fronds there are dead vines which you can kind of see: I think they look kinda cool sometimes :-)
  41. 5 points
    Check out the Home Depot on Atlantic at Girvin. They order unusual (for a big box store) stuff with amazing prices. I hauled this across the Mayport Ferry to Fernandina Beach where I used to live.
  42. 5 points
  43. 5 points
    Not quite Tooty-Fruity yet. More like Flower Power. My Guihaia argyrata flowered for the first time last year and generated several hundred seeds by Christmas many of which I germinated. It flowered again in May but that inflorescence is only giving up maybe a dozen fruits. A week ago I noticed that it is flowering once more and this inflorescence looks more robust than the previous one. In the first photo you can see some of the developing fruits from May and the remains of last years infructescence in the back. It's crowded in there. the genus Guihaia is supposed to be dioecious (male and female flowers on separate plants). While I have two plants next to each other with ten or so growing points between the two, this is the only growing point that has ever flowered. So, either Guihaia is actually monoecious or mine has developed some hermaphroditic qualities. Interesting mystery. No, there aren't any other Guihaia growing nearby. If I get a good quantity of seeds from this flowering event I'll make some available here. This plant stake was included with this palm when I purchased it in the mid-90s complete with Fairchild accession number.
  44. 5 points
    Hey all, I've had pretty low success with some of the larger Dypsis in my yard. My next door neighbor however, has a number of them that are rolling right along. One that caught my eye as I turned the corner today was this one. They grow fine for me in pots, but I haven't been able to keep one happy once in ground. This is a really pretty palm, so I guess I need to keep trying. Thanks for looking!
  45. 5 points
    A little more color on the latest leaf to open but still pretty subtle. It does appear that it is getting closer to forming a trunk though. Fence is 7' high and I opted to tie up the one frond that was hanging over the walkway so it doesn't get destroyed by foot traffic.
  46. 5 points
    Pushing the boundaries of Cropping, with this pic. Syagrus Romanzoffiana frond silloutted against snow capped peaks. Perhaps I should have taken this pic in July and the snow would have been near the bottom of the mountains.
  47. 5 points
    He’s always in the pics hahah.
  48. 5 points
    A few cocos spotted in Conway. One just south of Curry Ford Rd is much taller than the roof line over the fence. This one in Belle Isle has been there a while and right off Hoffner.
  49. 5 points
    My choice is the parajubaea torallyi var.torally. Humid climate/atlantic sea Soil-neutral to acid Good for cultivate, the kiwis (Actinidia deliciosa)
  50. 4 points
    If there are two things that don't.. and never have occurred naturally anywhere in the old world tropics, it is both Ocelots and Jaguar. Both are Feline species which evolved in the new world tropics of the Americas..



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