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  1. 50 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
  2. 37 points
    Pretty standard 1/4 acre. Lots of palm density. I left a few genus out of my list like Jubaeopsis and Polyandrococcos. Here are a few garden shots...
  3. 36 points
    Good afternoon! Today I saw a Variegated Washingtonia in Tempe Arizona, in front of someone’s business. First one I’ve seen in person randomly around. Enjoy.
  4. 34 points
    I drove past a wholesale nursery south of Vero Beach yesterday with a section of Beccariophoenix alfredii. I know quite a few nurseries in Florida are field growing them now but I had never seen one. The most B. alfredii I have ever seen at one time.
  5. 32 points
    After all these years I finally made a visit to Dave’s Jardin de Palmas. WoW! Beautiful specimens. I picked up 6 palms While there (3 C Radicalis tree form, Spindle, A. Maxima, Dypsis Lafamanzanga). A few pictures. Thank you Dave! Pritchardia Jubaeopsis Cafra R Oleracea with Chamies to the left. R Regia - I think this one has the moniker of "Spanky" ala Our Gang Licaula Tri-Bear Watermelon Massive Panoramic view Dypsis among the Chambeyronia
  6. 31 points
    When I saw this, I thought I was going to need a pacemaker. In all my years looking at palm parts and pieces, I have never seen anything quite like it. John Hovancsek and I were going through the garden when I removed an old leaf sheath off this Dypsis basilonga only to reveal the first spathe since planting. In this case, a picture is worth much more than a thousand words. Tim
  7. 31 points
    I badly wanted to cross the river to get some under canopy photos but couldn't face wet clothes for the long journey ahead. But finally I gave in and found a nice grove and went and got these photos. Jaw droppingly beautiful to be inside a grove like this with towering old Nikaus and their millions of offspring underneath. As observed / mentioned before - these have a very Howea Forsteriana look when under canopy.
  8. 29 points
    I germinated these from seeds in 2006. I can’t believe how cool they’ve turned out.
  9. 29 points
    "You know you are a palm nut when..." - ... you have palm seeds germinating in your car's cup holder. - ... there are coconuts rolling around in the bed of your truck and you don't remember where you got them. - ... you take a palm book with you on a long flight. - ... you have a bucket of common palm seed in the back of your car, along with all the groceries. - ... you bring a wagon, wheel barrow, cart with you to a palm sale, along with a cooler loaded with a day's worth of drinks. - ... you take 75 photos of the same palm. - ... your pocket list of the species you have is replaced by a list of the species you want. - ... your pocket list of the species you want is replaced by nothing, because you have it memorized. - ... you've knocked on a stranger's door asking to collect seed from their yard. - ... you have given a palm as a birthday gift. - ... you have received a palm as a birthday gift. - ... you stop to identify a palm while riding your bike. - ... you bought a palm because it looked cool, only to find you have four more like it at home. - ... you have created your own style of hieroglyphic writing to identify the origins of all your palm seed via their tags. - ... you have a 1-gallon palm sitting within the rim of a 7-gallon palm which is sitting within the rim of a 25-gallon palm. - ... you need to use a flashlight to give a tour of your yard, at two o'clock in the afternoon. - ... the utility meter reader is scared to death of entering your property. - ... you've had to pull a dead animal from the spines of your heavily armed palm. - ... you've had to pull yourself from the spines of your heavily armed palm. - ... you have forgotten where you have planted a certain specimen. - ... you find a palm in your yard you do not remember planting. - ... you clean out the marginal area between your yard and your neighbor's only to find seedlings of ten different species. - ... after the garden tour, you need to draw a map to get the attendees to the exit. - ... the space between your potted palms has shrunk to zero. - ... the seedlings popping up in the yard, belong to a mature tree above, which was once a seedling itself, belonging to an even taller palm higher up. - ... you dream of palms, awake and while sleeping. - ... you can see the crown of your climbing palm and have no idea where it is planted. - ... you have generations of hybrid palms creating themselves in your yard. - ... you can't find the tags you used to label your palms, because they were replaced by another system of tags which you cannot find either. - ... your cold sensitive palms are better protected than your pets. - ... you have created a custom moving system to transport your oversized Red Sealing Wax Palm indoors and away from the cold. - ... you have no hot water because it's been diverted outside to heat your yard. - ... you have Christmas lights around your palms, weeks after December. - ... you talk to your palms and hope they don't talk back. I could keep going, but I gotta eat. Ryan
  10. 27 points
    This year, my beccariophoenix seems to have grown even through winter (Fresno, California). It's currently opening up a frond, despite cold, wet conditions barely topping 60F during the day and falling to mid-30s at night. (Notice some slight frost damage on the brugmansia foliage in the background on the right.) This palm came from @Perito a few years back (2018, I believe).
  11. 27 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!
  12. 27 points
    I have made so many trips up and down US 101 that my little truck knows the way. I have favorite motels and activities at several different locales. Years ago I collected seeds of Howea forsteriana from a tree in a Ventura park. One of them is now ground planted in my SF garden, about four feet tall. So naturally, I always stop at this tree to look for seeds. Last week, upon my arrival there were not seeds, but hundreds of eophyll (first leaf) seedlings emerging through the bark mulch around the parent tree. These have no future in situ as the gardening staff will just string trim them all down before applying a fresh layer of bark mulch. What to do ?? One of the great benefits about getting old is that I don't give an EFF about what other people think! I had no tools and the tiny palms were well embedded in the decomposing mulch, resisting a gentle tug. I purchased a weeding fork and returned, with the fork and some plastic bags. I felt somewhat nervous, but hey, what could happen to an old, well-dressed white man in a public park ?? (sad commentary on policing and race) I escaped arrest, and here are the rescued seedlings. Most of them still have the seed attached, so high probability of survival. They have no future in my garden, but I love to grow palms from seed or small starts, and to give them away to friends and visitors to my garden. Anyone else with a similar confession ?
  13. 27 points
    So I put in an order with Floribunda early in the month, and it came the other day 2-day shipping. Everyone arrived reasonably happy, being well packed and secured. The box weighed 70lbs and cost about $90 to ship. UPS made sure to drop-kick the package 600 times enroute, but still the palms arrived in decent shape from half way around the world. Yippie! Many of the Palms are potted in tiny, jagged lava rock stones. So I made sure, in my haste and excitement, to fling a bunch here and there, sporadically around my place. I managed to get a few right outside the doorway, so that they could greet the full weight of my bare heel as I take my first step out the door in bare feet. I’m sure they will forever be with me now. I got some B Alfredii.. Cyphophoenix elegans.... Chambeyronia macrocarpa and hookeri... this is the type of Palm-crack they send to get you hooked. Areca vestiaria reds... Ravenea hildebrandtii... Dypsis orange crush... and Dypsis lafazamanga sprouts... Wish me luck....
  14. 27 points
    Stopped to take some pictures while mowing the grass.
  15. 26 points
    Well could not hold back and decided to make a run to a nursery I happened to visit just over a week ago. I know I may be pushing it a bit but decided I wanted to give it a try regardless as I have canopy and am on an island surrounded by water so fingers crossed. She was a bit of a pig to move at approx 500lbs and doing it by hand. Pulled her off the trailer using a tarp and then through the gate into the backyard that I am starting to landscape. Also planning a Koi pond beside it so it can help shade the pond and fish in the hot summers.
  16. 26 points
    As a lapsed and semi-observant pagan, I try to spend my day in the garden on the solstice and equinox days. Here are images from my garden, all made today. The view to the west with the crown of Cyathea medularis and Ceroxylon quindiuense Lepidorrhachis opening a new frond Bomarea multiflora Dypsis baronii 'Black Stem' from Bill Austin seed, obtained February 18th, 2018 closer image, same palm ground planting achieved this afternoon, D. baronii 'Black Stem' on the right and D. baronii 'Black Petiole' on the left (RPS seed) It was quite pleasant today, scattered light rain showers and temperature of 50F, or 10C.
  17. 26 points
    I was lucky enough to spend an incredible evening at Mike's immaculate garden in Broward County, Florida. I believe he has over 700 species of palms and it's overwhelming. You can walk through it over and over again and see new things each time! Anyways, here are the photos! To see the complete album, click HERE First, here is a tribute to the native flora of the area. A beautiful Quercus virginiana (Live Oak) adorned with an amazing array of epiphytes. Calyptronoma plumeriana with burgundy petioles Tahina spectabilis getting huge Any IDea on what the ID of this Ravenea could be? Cyrtostachys renda hybrid matched my shorts! Veitchia look great when accessorized with epiphytes I hope you enjoyed the photos!
  18. 25 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?
  19. 25 points
    My boy was climbing our Sabal causiarum today and it felt like a good time to post an update on this pig.
  20. 25 points
    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
  21. 24 points
    Today we took a drive over to Fort Myers to see the two palm parks in downtown FM. One of them, on Martin Luther King Jr Ave by the former railroad museum is now the home of two formerly wild Sabal palmetto Lisas that were rescued from an I75exit about 10 years ago. The taller of the two palms has been my avatar since I photographed them in situ in 2008. Those two palms have provided many 100s of offspring to members of PT since then. They continue to thrive in their safe home and have grown too tall for us to access seeds except by picking them up from the ground. I saw both palms are flowering and setting seeds about 6 months later than usual. I'd like to find more seeds but have no idea when they will be ripe. Guess I'll have to stay tuned. I took the following photos. Note that the taller palm sheds all its boots and has a bare trunk while the shorter palm hangs on to its boots. Sabal palmetto Lisa x2, Fort Myers, FL, 09/21
  22. 24 points
    Here is my parajubaea torallyi planted as a small 15cm seedling in March 2010. Growth rate has been very impressive and now is setting seed. My climate here is cool Oceanic temperate 500m from the water lowest ever temperature is -0.9 C ( 31 F ) summer highs are rarely above 78 F and winters average 10c - 16 c ( 50 - 60 F ) closest comparable climate is Carmel / Monterey area south of SF California. This palm is growing in deep very well draining sandy soil that has been enriched with organic compost and seaweed pellets. on Irrigation for 40 min every 4 days except winter and early spring the wettest part of the year.
  23. 24 points
    5 years ago I made my first Palmtalk post about my front garden, using a water rebate program from the state. The full post is here: Well, it's been five years and things have grown! I did add some things as well, but not as much as it appears. I hope you enjoy!
  24. 24 points
    I've found that empty parking lot tree squares make good spots for guerrilla planting. They usually have or had drip systems installed, and the original planting has died for whatever reason. Sometimes,the landscapers will eventually remove your planting, and some times, they actually get stolen if too unusual for the area.Out of 18 one gallon size palms I grew from seed and planted 15 years ago at local parking lots,5 palms are still alive to this day. aztropic Mesa,Arizona
  25. 24 points
    Sort of a miniature Clino for me, which makes for a choice palm. Growing in what seems to be solid rock, which I’m sure slows it’s growth, gives it great scale and a palm to look at and not up. Nothing like the glow of a Clino crown shaft. Tim
  26. 24 points
    As usual, I took a walk through my container garden of palms and other tropicals this morning. To say I was NOT a morning person in the past is an understatement, but since I’ve become so into gardening, I can’t wait to climb out of bed before my alarm even goes off for work most of the time so I can check in on all my plants. 2020 was, as it was for most, and incredibly tumultuous year for me: COVID-19, cancer diagnosis within my immediate family, (everything turned out better than we’d hoped) cross-country move back to Florida, temporary salary cut because of the pandemic... it all added up to a slurry of stress and lost sleep that I’m sure many can identify with given the trials and tribulations of last year. I’ve always loved plants and I’ve always loved being outside. I’ve had palms in some capacity my entire life, but really being able to dive-in and get my hands dirty (literally, haha) was an absolute life-saver for me. Re-building my palm collection after a brief hiatus from FL helped me get outside, stay busy, and stay healthy both physically and mentally while avoiding large social gatherings and staying safe. You folks here at palm talk have a lot to do with that! Thank you all for all the help and advice you tirelessly provide that have allowed me to adequately care for what is now 35+ different species of palms in containers. Sadly, I’m renting this townhome and stuck with containers for now, (and seriously out of room, haha) but soon, the advice you’ve all shared will be put to work getting these puppies rooted in earth. I couldn’t help but feel proud as I looked through what I was able to accomplish and care for thanks to all of your advice and guidance. Thank you all!!!!
  27. 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.
  28. 24 points
    The four of us; Jeff, Sujin, Kim and me posing in front of the largest Tahina spectabilis.
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  31. 23 points
    Here is a catalog of all the bigger CIDP's around London and their locations, so that they can be monitored moving forward. It also helps for people to know where they can find them exactly, should they be in the area and decide to visit some. Many of these CIDP's are not well known, so I will be photo-documenting and logging quite a lot of fairly large specimens in the city and suburbs. Starting with the one at Lambeth Bridge... River Gardens, Fulham Hollands Park Kensington These CIDP's on the intersection are fruiting profusely and producing viable seed... Another one further down the street... There's two big CIDP's outside Hackney town hall. They've been there about 20 years. Egerton Place It's in need of a trim, which will make the trunk look even bigger... Mount Street gardens, Mayfair Notting Hill Richmond White City, west London Clapham Next to a church in Ealing, West London. Next to Wimbledon fire station. People's back gardens in Bermondsey, south west London Wapping, East London Eaton Square... Islington North Kensington... Clapham again... Camberwell... Southwark... East Dulwich Croydon Apartments in Fulham St. Annes in Notting Hill Front gardens kitted out... Earlsfield Another in Notting Hill... A back yard in the London suburb of Leyton... Decent sized specimen in Walworth... That will do for now. I will upload the rest tomorrow as there are tons of other CIDP's in people's gardens/yards. I've barely scratched the surface on the London CIDP's yet...
  32. 23 points
    Taking a rare break from digging, trimming and weeding I snapped some photos. Licuala mattanensis "mapu" has an easy time growing here so I have several. One is seeding and and I have some seedlings sprouted from the first batch. These strangely shaped seeds are bright orange when ripe. Nothing but nature growing these meaning no supplemental water or fertilizer. Iguanura tenuis nearby
  33. 23 points
    This is what you buy for yourself for your birthday. My wife shaking her head in disbelief that I'd buy more palms.
  34. 23 points
    Anyone else growing latania lontaroides in CA? I’ve had mine for quite a while now. Seems pretty trouble free.
  35. 23 points
    I found some nice Acoelorrhaphe wrightii on Hilton Head Island, SC. They look pretty good to me!
  36. 23 points
    Every morning, I get a warm sendoff and a wave from this Phoenix rupicola. I planted it sometime in 2014 or so. I love how it looks when backlit in either the early morning, or late afternoon.
  37. 23 points
    Boy, what can I say……….. Tim
  38. 23 points
    First discovered this flowering over a year ago now. It's been a slow process for this development. Unfortunately, the property had been sold so I'm not sure if I can follow this development of future flowers and seed. Hopefully so....
  39. 23 points
    It’s the best place in the world to grow palms and tropical plants (but I might be a little biased!). Here’s a couple from my yard and around the island. some winter color
  40. 22 points
    As this growing season comes to its end, I've realized how much things have changed in the last 3 years after completely redesigning my tiny backyard space. Today has been overcast with showers, and I managed to sneak some pictures between rainstorms. I thought I would share some of these with you guys. First up is the sabal blackburniana from Phil. This sabal has gone through quite the transformation in the past year and a half or so. The fronds were first deeply divided almost appearing minor-esque and have slowly become more costapalmate and recurved (which I am not bad about!). Next there's the medium of the 3 Chamaerops in the back. This tiny thing has turned into a very full and seemingly very happy male chamaerops (flowered this past spring). The Larger of the 3 has filled out quite a lot. It has roughly 3.5 ft of trunk at this point - which is hidden by the plants below. This winter, or early spring I will update it of course. These seem to do a lot of "extending" during the cooler parts of the year - or maybe its just me? This blue butia I put in last April has grown in nicely and officially peaked over the fence this year. It was labeled as capitata, but considering the nursery, and the local population around that area were they are sold it would appear to be possibly catariensis. This trigeneric hybrid (BXJXS) or (JXBXS) was originally acquired from Michael at MPOM. It has been a complete pain to keep happy. Needs amble water, and a lot of extra potassium for some reason. . Bizzie from Phil has grown a lot as well. As the nights cool it transitions from being a bright blue/silver to a purple color during the winter. Triple Roebelenii - Not much to say other than its grown a bit more and this picture doesn't do it justice: NEXT:
  41. 22 points
    Here's a Pseudophoenix sargentii I grew from seed started about 20 years ago. They do well in the desert,but seem to grow much slower than under tropical conditions. Finally got it's first trunk ring,so growth should be speeding up at this point. I've grown dozens of this species and until a trunk is formed,I only get 1 new frond produced each year.After trunk formation,2 or 3 new fronds per year is the norm. aztropic Mesa,Arizona
  42. 22 points
    Thought I’d share a few photos of this handsome palm from Fiji. The crown shaft color is a dark chocolate to almost black. The only drawback is having to look up at them. Super tropical looking and fast growing. Please post more photos! Tim
  43. 21 points
    Don't know why I never noticed this before, but I picked up this flower spathe that was shed from a Dypsis basilongas today, and before throwing it on the compost pile I noticed that the inside had some color. So I opened it up to find this.
  44. 21 points
    This is a little more than 6 years from a seedling. Quite impressed with their speed of growth in St. Augustine. I'm 5'10" so you can see how much taller it is than me.
  45. 21 points
    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.
  46. 21 points
    Here is some photo updates on palms this year Left to right Trachy, Birmingham, Musa Basjoo, minor Waggy Spectabilis bamboo, colocasia groundcover Left to right Trachy, minor, Alocasia portora, needle, giant calla lily, coffee cups Getting some size waggy
  47. 21 points
    I heard about this large butia growing in the Raleigh suburb of Fuquay-Varina. I was already nearby so I thought I'd check it out and I took this picture of it yesterday. I also looked at in on Google Streetview and determined it was planted sometime between 2014 and 2016. That means it also survived our terrible 2018 winter with low temps in the single digits. This gives me hope for my butia in my Raleigh yard.
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    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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