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  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 21 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.
  4. 21 points
    A few pics of my front yard, focusing on a couple palms (Butia capitata, Trachycarpus fortunei), + large yuccas, large agaves. The agaves are about as tall as I am, the yuccas mostly taller lol. The front garden view shows trunks of tall T. fortunei and a large Yucca schottii in background, with blue Agave parryi in front, and A. salmiana var. ferox behind (large, dark green).
  5. 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.
  6. 21 points
    I'm a member of a local Arizona Facebook group for palm enthusiasts. A member there found this coconut growing in Mesa, Arizona. I got permission to post the photos so I thought I would share here. My 22 year-old Arizona grown coconut is in a pot in my living room. I guess this person found the right outdoor spot! This inspires me to try again. I did notice a similarity to the famous Corona, CA coconut. Both are surrounded by concrete. I think that might be the key to survival.
  7. 18 points
    Hey guys/girls, First time poster here. My names Dan and I’m from Western Australia. Have created this garden pretty much from scratch over the past 6 months. I have roughly 18 different species of palms and would love to get a few more of the rarer ones, but there’s not too many places here to find any. Still have a lot I want to do to the garden next step will be to lay lawn over all the sand out the front. Please enjoy the photos and ignore all the crispy ends as it’s been 40’C plus for the past 5 days.
  8. 17 points
    Lots of old sabals and newer little Sabals have popped up all over the neighborhoods around downtown Dothan. 2 large robustas
  9. 17 points
    Looks like it wasn't quite as apocalyptic as predicted despite lows in the 22-24F range. Plenty of royals left and also foxtail palms, even some surviving bottle palms. The freeze did not seem to put much of a dent in the crownshaft palm population in Port Isabel-South Padre from what I can see. The coconuts are no more though. UTRGV Brownsville (I also passed by the royals at the square in downtown; all but two are alive):
  10. 15 points
    That you own, of course. And add a pic! It's January so we can still do these yearly reviews. My favorite pam for 2021 was the Phoenix Canariensis. What determined favorability in 2021 was strongly influenced by how Palms recovered during our winter event (aka Palmageddon) here in Central Texas. This palm was completely defoliated (I cut it to a single spear) and protected by several layers of fleece blankets and frost cloth. What you see in the picture is a full blown recovery explosion. I got the palm in Jan/Feb of 2020 from one of those Houston Garden Centers along the highway for a discounted price. It was in a 5 Gallon pot with a trunk diameter of 5 inches. Now it measures a whopping 13 inches. Hardy ever had to water it. Definitely palm of the year for me!
  11. 15 points
    Just looking at this today and very proud I have kept it alive from a 4" seedling from Floribunda about 10-11 years ago. Very slow for me but the greater the risk, the greater the reward.
  12. 15 points
    Probably my little Butia capitata (Likely catarinensis) that exploded in growth this year.
  13. 15 points
    Port Isabel and South Padre Island More pics tomorrow
  14. 14 points
  15. 14 points
    The grand finale - Tahina!!! this is probably the largest Tahina I have ever seen. Wow!! what a day! And I can’t believe that our new property is in this neighborhood. I’ll be starting a thread soon to post our progress. happy new year everyone here on Palm Talk!!
  16. 13 points
    Really tough to pick one but mine is probably a toss up between these two: - Livistona Chinensis - Lytocaryum Hoehnei
  17. 13 points
    Despite the fact that there are probably 1,000,000 W filifera within an hour radius of my house, I still love these palms and can’t get enough. I’m not even sure how many I have in my yard at present. Last year, a buddy of mine was removing some from his property - they didn’t like his soil, which was too sandy and located on a hill. They burned badly in the summer and never really got more than a few fronds at a time. He ripped them out of the ground with a chip truck, then I planted them in my yard. They looked like death for the first six months or so, but have since taken off and now they look fantastic. Well… we repeated this process last night again: I planted it right next to one of the ones we ripped out and replanted next year - now reunited in my yard: I am sure by June, it will look phenomenal!
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  19. 13 points
    Here are the B. alfrediis I mentioned above. The smaller one is over 15 feet. The larger one is about 25 feet overall. They have the potential to be long term growers in favorable parts of 9a such as North East Florida.
  20. 12 points
    Yep, i'm cheap.. What can i say Having a bunch of Scarlet and Mealy Cap Sage, and some other easy, non- woody things to start this year, was looking for an easy way to create as much space for starting plugs ( to be transplanted around the yard / into bigger pots later ) w/ out having to spend much, if any extra for pots.. let alone using something everyone probably has laying around the house.. No doubt this probably isn't anything new, but thought i'd share anyway for anyone looking to start a bunch of annual or easier perennial -type plants using pots you probably have, and saving some $$. Dilemma: Lots of seed to start, don't want to just spread the seed out over the entire surface of the pots.. Make it a little tougher to separate later/ risks more transplant shock to the plants. What to do to create easier to transplant " plugs " ...Don't want to use up all my smaller squares, Don't want to buy more either right now.. Solution: Cut up cardboard ( have plenty of around the house am ) into partitions that separate the space in each pot into four holes / " plugs ".. Instantly go from 8 pots per tray, to 32 " pots " pert tray.. Easy peezy.. A few filled w soil.. That said, obviously the cardboard will break down as it gets wet, but it should hold up long enough to make it easier to break the root balls apart once roots fill the soil in each plug. Will work on deeper square pots as well.. though i do need to cut new partitions since these are a little short for these pots. Going to test the " idea " on a couple 1 gals for the heck of it. Could also use reusable / more durable corrugated plastic instead of cardboard to create the partitions as well.. Might buy a sheet or two to play around with.. Will update w/ results/ thoughts once some seedlings are up.. Who knew being a cheap hack was so easy..
  21. 12 points
    For 2021 I have to go with my large Butia capitata. My first year having palms and so far, so good.
  22. 12 points
    It is hard for me to choose between Patrick's ButiaXParajubaea Sunkha or Brahea Clara. I will go with my Brahea clara. This year Clara finally decided not to crawl anymore and it flushed many beautiful blue fronds. It doesn't even mind our rain.
  23. 12 points
  24. 12 points
    Back across the Coast Highway and my side of the tracks, I walked by what should be a very familiar garden on this website. I've been tempted to ask if I can have one of those Persimmons, but we are loaded up with the other softer variety right now. I love the Dypsis basilonga, which is coming along fantastically. The Ficus adjacent to it is hanging in there doing better than the one I killed a few years back. Had to get one shot peaking through the gate, and show off the tall Roystonea and fruit laden Howa belmoreana.
  25. 12 points
    Hey All, Haven’t had much to update since we have had a record warm December in the Midwest (Z6). Nothing is protected yet and likely won’t be for a few more weeks according to the forecast. Having them to look at through Christmas and going into January has been trippy for a lifelong midwesterner LOL. Hope you enjoy. Everything is ready to be protected if I ever need to this winter!
  26. 12 points
    I'm genuinely surprised by the lack of dead royals and foxtails at the coast. There is the occasional dead trunk or two but by and large they survived. I found 2 more "new" but dead coconuts that had impressive trunks.
  27. 12 points
    -3C and lots of snow in Tofino this morning. Pretty cold for Canada’s warmest climate right on the west coast of the Island. Can’t say I’ve ever surfed in the snow before, should be interesting! -8.3C was my low back in Nanoose last night. Most of my tenders should breeze through these temps. I figured as long as I stay above -10C I’m in the clear and all my palms should be fine.. The only thing I’m worried about is my big Acacia, but it looked healthy when I left yesterday. I guess I’ll see in a few days.
  28. 12 points
    I love the look of palms lit up at night .
  29. 11 points
    Here are some additional shots of the coconuts: Del Mar: Santa Ana:
  30. 11 points
    Just sharing a few shots of my J. Caffra this cold, foggy morning. I'm suspicious it may be splitting again
  31. 11 points
    .... and finally to a palmy house that the dogs know well and little puppy Klaus is happy to be home to take a nap in the sun. Anyone else go for a nice walk on the last day of the year and see a few palms they want to share?
  32. 11 points
    Sorry, doing battle with upload speeds.. Hedyscepe, one of the best around here when happy. And a very habitat looking sample of Pritchardia hillebrandii
  33. 11 points
  34. 11 points
    This looks really promising for palm trees and certain monocots: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2302939-near-impossible-plant-growing-technique-could-revolutionise-farming/
  35. 10 points
  36. 10 points
    This little one has been impressing me with it's frosty sea green leaves and fast growth. B. armata X B. brandegeei hybrid. AKA "Frankenbrahea".
  37. 10 points
    I bought mine at HGC at 70% off the 48” box in 2001. This is what it became. It was always my favorite. Pictured this fall after the mega freeze recovery. It’s a she. Sadly College Station thinks the sidewalks on my avenue should be 6ft instead of the standard 3ft. So many taxes nothing better to do I guess. So it’s my final farewell.
  38. 10 points
    Purchased a strap leaf seedling about a year ago that was believed to be pure Jubaea. It's clearly a hybrid with strong Butia influence. The growth has been phenomenal. I just potted it up to 15 gallon in less than one year.
  39. 10 points
    So about a week ago I decided to plant a 20g B. Alfredii on the side yard between a plumeria and a triple Cunninghamiana I know Alfrediis get massive and need space but for some reason I kinda liked the idea of the palms battling it out plus having one that’s taking over right by neighbor’s fence…maybe due to the fact that I’m in love with the way their triple H. fosteriana comes all the way over onto our roof…Shots fired!
  40. 10 points
    Beccariophoenix madagascariensis
  41. 10 points
    Above ground power and phone lines can be problematic as these Caryota's and a few other palms planted underneath the lines show.
  42. 10 points
    Happy Holidays to everyone and thank you all very much for your interest in my plants!
  43. 10 points
    Couldn’t help myself, the horn shaped spathe finally fell off…….a fountain of flowers. It’s good to look up once in awhile. Tim
  44. 10 points
    I got some Trachys and Birmingham's at Gary's Nursery in New Bern , NC that day . I checked out his biggest Birmingham when he gave me a nice tour of the place . If the video at the bottom of this post doesn't work I'll post pictures of that day too . He's got some fat Palmettos . I'm not sure everything survived the 2018 cold event that he said was a 100 year cold where he , like me , had 8 days below 32F . South of there in Wilmington it was much milder but New Bern was about as cold as my location in Winston-Salem when normally New Bern is milder than me . I'll need to get an update and visit there again soon . Will Below is his biggest Birmingham : February 13 - 2012.mov
  45. 10 points
    Mizell-Johnson State Park in southern Broward County Florida has roughly two miles of undeveloped Atlantic Ocean barrier island beach extending from Port Everglades Inlet to just north of Dania Beach Pier. I have been visiting this park for around 35 years. As long as there has been a beach here all sorts of things have arrived on the shore floating in from near and far including seaweed, trash and the occasional square grouper. Plant seeds frequently wash up and germinate. Coconuts have always been part of the mix here sprouting and thriving on their own and sometimes being assisted by humans. Coconuts have probably grown here since well before south Florida was developed. It has recently been decided that all the coconut palms must be eliminated from the park. For the last few weeks there has been cutting and chopping of hundreds of palms many of them several decades old. The coconuts have been singled out because they are not native. This is all part of the misguided campaign to rid all the state parks of any and all exotic species regardless of whether or not they are problematic. This mandate comes down from the ignorant bureaucracy in Tallahassee. I was told that apparently the previous park manager had resisted the push to cut down the coconuts but there is now a new manager who has acquiesced. In my opinion this is a ridiculous waste of resources. It does nothing beneficial but instead actually reduces the beauty and usefulness of the park. I wish people could move on from the flawed line of thinking that all exotics are always bad and all natives are always good. That is simply not true.
  46. 9 points
    I like my filiferas.. but not huge huge yet..and I love my bxjxb... but this year... my fave palm has been the JXB f3.
  47. 9 points
    Congratulations ! Here are a few habitat images from Argentina.
  48. 9 points
    Here are some from my yard this morning... They are pretty fast growers too!
  49. 9 points
    Just got home.... looks like it melted pretty good today when I left this morning it was 32 with about 4 to 5 inches on the ground....palms look beat down a bit from the weight but pulled threw...eucs were champs...
  50. 9 points
    Red and green perfectly timed for a tropical Christmas. Welfia regia Calptrocalyx micholitzii



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