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  1. 39 points
    Here’s my front yard from my front door.
  2. 33 points
    We have 3 Tahinas..this is the largest as it obviously loving the water Peter Balasky and Luke Dollar and of course..Rascal and the girls for size Dr Balasky and Luke Dollar are committed to improving life and conservation in Madagascar through education...and the building of schools. we were discussing the next project which is to add a library to a educational complex that includes primary...middle and high school
  3. 33 points
    I'm in West Palm for an interview so I wanted to stop by Pete Balasky's Beccariophoenix alfredii on the way. It's doing well! It's got 4 feet of trunk now, and the trunk is a bit over 60 inches in circumference at 4 feet. Shouldn't be long until it starts flowering. Here are pics: The rope on the tree is holding up the Copernicia macroglossa nearby that's leaning away.
  4. 30 points
    I planted my beccariophoenix alfredii October 16th 2011. It was a tall one gallon. I wouldn’t call it fast at all but it’s gone from about 1 foot to about 15 feet. Post em if you got em
  5. 30 points
    My C. Mac has busted through my roof. When I built my entry way I was sure to add a nice opening for it to one day grow through. Looking good with some backlighting today.
  6. 30 points
    Just back from a week of exploration in the Kahurangi National Park-New Zealand and wanted to share the beauty of the place...Dream on!!!
  7. 30 points
    Dear Fellow Palm Talkers, I received word from Cindy Adair that she survived Hurricane Maria and is doing fine in Puerto Rico. She has no electric power, internet or phone connection, but she is upbeat and asked me to convey to the PalmTalk forum that she is OK.
  8. 28 points
    I have no wish to bring up the 800 lb gorilla sitting in most of our living rooms. My father was in the FBI so I grew up with 800 lb gorillas. Suffice it to say my husband and I are old and afflicted with conditions and ailments (type A blood anyone?) that render us both high risk. So, voluntarily, we have self-quarantined at our home on one of the larger residential properties in Cape Coral (0.61 acre - don't laugh). But we are blessed to be surrounded by 100s of my beloved palms and tropical plants that provide a cooling oasis and privacy. It's so restful to work in the yard, lots to be done to take my mind off the woes of the world. I thought I'd take some time to share photos of our little palm paradise as it looks like we won't be going anywhere for a while. I started outside the front door and continued into our 3-lot Garden Lot, which is fully planted except for our 10x16' garden shed. Blue & Red Latans Blue Latan Red Latan Sabal minor Blountstown Dwarf x2 in planter box Northern edge of Garden Lot Allagoptera brevicaulis Agave ovatifolia Views from inside the Garden Lot More later
  9. 28 points
    Got a Facebook Memory from 3 years ago when I was about 6 months into my Palm / Plants Craze, and its kind of crazy how fast my knowledge and new Passion has taken me. And how I really need to buy another Place so I can start on my next Garden ! I still got the backyard to finish but thought I would share. Enjoy
  10. 28 points
    With good friends Carlos and Gaby I had the good fortune to visit and hike around Parque Nacional La Campana earlier today. Thousands of Jubaea chilensis in habitat - an absolutely unforgettable experience! Here are a few of the many photos I took. Parque Nacional La Campana is a bit inland from Valparaiso and not far from Santiago.
  11. 28 points
    P. martii, one beautiful palm. They're getting some size to them now and the leaves are just crazy. The one pic is of the hastula on the front of the leaf. Tim
  12. 26 points
    It's been raining off and on this morning, so I've been looking through my recent photos and decided to do a New Leaf thread. Please add your own new leaf photos when you can. First up, Licuala peltata v. sumawongii. The huge round pleated leaves are stupefying. Dypsis coursii Dypsis 'Orange Crownshaft', 2 views Next, Dypsis "Dark Mealybug" backside view of new frond We all love the smell of a new Chambeyronia frond in the morning, especially v. Hookeri. Two shots of Calyptrocalyx pachystachys showing off their new leaves. I am especially thrilled to see this new Lemurophoenix frond opening to full size after some severe damage from the volcanic eruption down the street. Yesterday: Today: Post your fresh frond photos!
  13. 26 points
    Just had the chance to explore some of the mainland Nikau Habitat on the West Coast of the South Island, and collect some seed. Never spent much time looking into this palm in habitat but it's incredible the variation depending on location, above/below canopy, and distance to the coast. Underneath the canopy they spread very wide, almost like Coconut or bangalows... there was many with green fronds below horizontal. After getting above canopy they turn into the typical shuttlecock shape. Also amazing to see hundreds of seedlings like grass around some really old ones in the forest. Enjoy..
  14. 26 points
    Here are a group of Carpoxylon I planted in 2011. Did not expect long term survival, so planted in tight group. They have been doing great and alter my walks through the garden to see them, and the best seat in the house. I like them so much, I now planted a total of 10 throughout garden. What a beautiful palm!
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    Not suppose to leave the compound so did a little walk around.
  17. 25 points
    Hi everybody As a newby (here at least) I think it would be appropriate to introduce myself. My name is Niek, I'm dutch but live with my wife and two children in Belgium not far from the french border. Therefor I'm native dutch-french speaker but can help myself in English as well. I'm certainly still unknown in the English speaking "palmworld" but quite active in the Dutch, French (and a little bit the German) palmfora. For a couple of years a even was the administrator of the Dutch/Belgian forum "Palmvrienden" but I'm also known by my own website "La Palmeraie". The site is already quite populair among Dutch/French speakers but I'm now also occupied with the translation to English! Still a lot work to do but I'm working on it.... The idea is that I try to use my studies (biology) together with my own experience to create/publish articles on things I missed online when I started but also main discussions as a complete summary of all the Trachycarpus species or to unravel once and for all the Butia genus naming mystery . Enough said about me, now a little bit about the garden. As said, I'm at the french border in a town called Ronse. This corresponds to USDA zone 7a. I started the hobby in 2003 and therefore have seen winters down to -19°C / -2.2°F. Mostly I work with palms, bamboo, bananas/taros and grasses. But you'll also find Albizia's, Cycas, Japanese maple trees, tree ferns,... I hope you will enjoy. Kind regards Niek I live in my actual house since end 2009 and started creating from scratch literally in 2010: And this was last year, same angle
  18. 25 points
    Just wanted to show off my favorite tree at Christmas time. This B.Alfredii has made it through a cold last year down to upper 20"s. This year the coldest we have seen was low 30's. Hoping we have a warm winter.
  19. 25 points
    Hey all, I've posted this B. fenestralis a number of times over the years. It was planted in 2003 as a 5 gallon plant & has been a steady, trouble free, moderate grower ever since. It started developing some clear trunk about 3-4 years ago. So last evening, I'm walking around with a brew attempting to beat back the weeds & trimming dead palm fronds & notice this.. There's actually 2 "torpedos" growing. We'll see if they abort or hold. Fingers crossed! Thanks for looking..
  20. 25 points
    I’m still not sure if this is sabal causiarum or domingensis. There seems to be some confusion on which one has liguels. But none the less I love this huge Sabal. It’s finally going vertical after walking about 5 feet from its original planting spot. I planted it 7 years ago for my son (the monkey in it). It’s been a blast watching them both grow. Today he said “ I want to climb my palm” so up he went.
  21. 25 points
    Lastly... the obligatory sunset pics...
  22. 24 points
    Fantastic downpour ( complete with thunder and lightning ) last night and continuing into the wee small hours. I tipped out 68mm ( 2 and 3/4") and it was sorely needed after a very poor wet season for 2019-2020. The garden always looks good after a nice refreshing drop of the wet stuff. Here's a few pics of a cool overcast tropical morning. | Yes I had the sprinkler on yesterday... so of course it rained last night ! | Forecast is for wet weather the next 3 or 4 days.... fingers crossed....
  23. 24 points
    I started trimming leafbases(many just fell off) up on my sabal causiarum. Less than 2' clear, its a fattie at 36" diameter. This palm was planted in summer 2011 as a big strap leaf seedling. It has come a long way to about 20-22' in overall height. Its a beast and has brought 2 volunteers under a nearby bush(not sure if I cut down the bush now. Originally it was labelled a sabal domingensis by Tejas tropicals but the small fruits and 3 orders of branching match Scott Zonas ID of causiarum. And yes it has ligules, but not until it trunked a couple years ago. For scale, my foot is wearing a 12 1/2 size shoe 13" in length.
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    One of our members took a few pieces of my fallen Caryotas of Damocles and had them turned into bowls by a wood shop. I thought they were pretty neat. I'll let the member out himself as the maker if he's so inclined.
  26. 24 points
    Hello everyone, every time when I am going to our local botanical garden I enjoy taking a long look at our super tall Satakentia liukiuensis. Sometimes I check the ground for seeds but since the timing of picking them up is very important to get them sprouted - which I missed always so far - I usually do it more just for fun... But this time was different. Approaching the palms I took my time to scan the area intensively... Nothing stands out at the first glance... ...but then it hit me. Can you see it? ..and more! Oh my god! All those little guys! Asking myself, what is going to happen to them...? (Remember, I mentioned once that Satakentias are NEVER sold in our nurseries...) I looked up and saw on old friend of mine who is working there for many years. I approached him and after some small talk - he knows that I am into palms - I told him about these Satakentias and the countless young sprouts... He just looked at me and said: "Take them, pull them out, take them all - they`re all yours! Because we maw them over if you don`t take them. We don`t need them. So feel free, go ahead anytime you like, this time, next time, whenever!" Well, expecting somehow to be probably allowed to pull one of them out as a kind of friendly gesture among palm enthusiasts - I was speechless. It took a moment to proceed what was just said, I looked at him: "Are you sure?!" - "Yes, 100%! Go ahead!" Wow, I got to admit - that was intense! I thanked him cordially while still not being sure about what just happened and moved back to my car to grab a small garden tool. It was not my intention to get this kind of approval, I was more feeling sorry for these little seedlings, wondering what will happen to them since they never show up as plants to be sold or as plantings in the botanical garden... Back to the spot I dealt with them is careful as possible... ...and back home I went immediately to work. Here there are - Happy growing, little babies! If they grow up successfully I am going to donate them to other parks/gardens or since Okinawa/Ryukyu is their home/habitat I am going to plant them out at a safe spot somewhere on this island to let them grow naturally - maybe they will get as tall as their parent plants which would be great and a thousand times better than to be mawed over. So, from now on I got a new mission - after making sure my "approval" is still valid after entering the botanical garden the next time - I am going to keep an eye on those beautiful Satakentias to make sure that their "kids" will get at least a fair chance! Thank you for your time - best regards from Okinawa Lars
  27. 24 points
    Just an ode to what is absolutely one of the most beautiful palms I've grown in my garden. Some have come and gone, others are small to medium, and some seedlings. A monster of a palm when mature, dropping volkswagen sized fronds crushing anything unlucky enough to be in the way. Trunks of younger specimens are beyond compare and seemed to glow with their white waxy film. Fast growers, water lovers, and pendant leaves that shimmer in the slightest breeze. Here are a few photos. C. samoense
  28. 24 points
    Planted at our home and is quite happy! Approx. height is 12-15'.
  29. 24 points
    Hey all, I'd like to know what palm species are naturalizing or even invasive in your region. Photos would of course be nice. In Switzerland, we have Trachycarpus fortunei spreading on the southern site of the Alps in moist forests and building self-sustaining populations. Cheers, Vincent
  30. 24 points
    Syagrus romanzoffianum, the common Queen Palm, in the right location and in its natural habitat, and it's a beauty! Here with Iguazú Falls, Argentina, as the backdrop.
  31. 24 points
    Monday 17, was our last day in Chile and we went to the Parque Nacional La Campana - sector Ocoa. With our guide Jorge from ''Jorge Excurciones'' we climbed to a cascade in the park, a walk of 2 h 30 min and and 1 h 10 min hours back to the park entrance. It was my dream to know this fantastic place , a ''Patrimonio de la Biosfera''. Big centuries old Jubaeas and also younger palms, a lot of interesting plants like Trichocereus , Puya berteroana, Puya chilensis. I saw a tree that is also native to my place in Paraná, Drimys winteri . A wonderfull flora located in breathtaking location.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Campana_National_Park a Campana National Park is located in the Cordillera de la Costa, Quillota Province, in the Valparaíso Region of Chile. La Campana National Park and the Vizcachas Mountains lie northwest of Santiago.[2] This national park covers approximately 80 square kilometres (31 sq mi) and is home to one of the last palm forests of Jubaea chilensis (Chilean Wine Palm), which prehistorically had a much wider distribution than at present.[3] Another attraction is the Cerro La Campana, which lends its name to the park. In 1834 Charles Darwin climbed this mountain, during the second voyage of HMS Beagle. In 1984, the park, along with Lago Peñuelas National Reserve, was designated by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. The park is in the Chilean Matorral Ecoregion. Chilean Wine Palm groves occur in the Ocoa Valley. Other typical vegetation species occurring in the park include the Boldo, Litre, Peumo, Patagua, Winter's Bark and Lingue.
  32. 24 points
    Thought I'd share my Copernicia fallaensis growing in the garden. One of my favorite Copernicias so happy to have it growing quite well. It grows pretty much on its own without much help other than an occasional weeding and mulching. Rarely gets supplemental watering either.
  33. 23 points
    Noted landscape architect Peter Strelkow sent me this picture today from Cuenca, Ecuador where he has a second home. That palm is massive, and it's bluer than anyone I've ever seen. I wish it grew here in Florida. If I lived in California, I would grow thousands of these things, and change the landscape forever.
  34. 23 points
    Had a customer stop by to P / up some Joey palm and showed them this one. Wish all a Happy New Year and my all your palms be healthy.
  35. 23 points
    It's been about 5 years since I've shared some videos of the garden and it's filled in nicely since then. I think I'll take some more videos if you guys are interested. Here's a sneak peak to wet yer whistle....
  36. 23 points
    Dypsis canaliculata shed a frond overnight, and begged to have a selfie taken. What a show-off! (Photos have not been enhanced.) Estimated length of frond, 16 ft. D. canaliculata has elbowed aside D. prestoniana in my “favorite Dypsis” category, though both are impressive.
  37. 23 points
    They belong to this Tahina which is reaching for the sky....
  38. 23 points
    These guys are 8 yrs old from 3gal Lowe’s. They are well over 10’ and love being right next to the lake
  39. 23 points
    One of Dave's 3 Beccariophoenix alfredii. This tree is absolutely massive. that is a 5 gal container next to it. a spectacular display of color with bougainvillea and a silver chamaerops. This jubaea hybrid kicks a**
  40. 23 points
    Hi guys, Want some pictures to look at on a Saturday night from the most beautiful place in the world, Lord Howe Island. Sure you do. This place is just so picturesque you just can't take a boring picture. Don't even aim your phone or camera and you will get an interesting pic. Put some thought into it and you'll have a wonderful picture. But for us palm lovers, you want to see palms. So let's start with Howea.
  41. 23 points
    Dypsis carlsmithii and malcomberi showing off.
  42. 22 points
    From 11 to 18 of july I was in Chile with my family. It is certainly the most civilized country in South America. Friendly people. Safe. A lot of different sceneries for different tastes. From Santiago , a millions city to Viña del Mar a seaside resort, to snow covered mountains in a trip and places with vegetation that looks like chaparral with columnar cactus and Jubaeas, like in the Parque Nacional La Campana , sector Ocoa. Some pics of Santiago, with Jubaeas, giant Phoenix canariensis and Jubaea
  43. 22 points
    Hello all, As a fellow palm enthusiast, I’d often day dream of owning land and designing a nursery. For the past few years, I’ve scoured multiple reality websites, searching for the perfect plot. We found one and offered full price for a little over 12 acres and the owner accepted. This property was beautiful and was once a running nursery (perfect for me!). A few days went by after putting deposit down, when the realtor called me saying that the owner got cold feet and backed out of the deal. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed. Many nights I spent plotting and scheming the lay of the land and what to do with it, just for them to pull the rug from under me. Flash forward to now, a year and some change later. My wife and I fianlly closed on 9.06 acres, about 4 minutes from our house. It was a blessing in disguise when the other property didn’t work out, as it was in a very rural area with little development, while the newly acquired land is in the in the middle what feels like Sim City with unlimited funds. The property is fully fenced with a 4” well, pole barn and an insulated shed. The land is majorly covered by large water oaks with a few pockets of cleared land. We recently had about 3/4 acre cleared to start planting clumping bamboo and palms (potted and in ground). Development of the nursery is going to take some time, as my wife and I both work full time jobs. But, with the property so close to the house, I’m out there every day. So, here’s to the start of our dream nursery and the progress along the way. Enjoy...
  44. 22 points
    Always a nice surprise of color when a frond falls off. But this time there were other surprises. This is the second year of an attempt at seed. First year was a no-go.
  45. 22 points
    Since I'm American, and Red, White, and Blue are our colors - this grouping is apropos. But nice to look at for any nationality.
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    Ok, I know ya all been wondering if my Dippy D is still alive. Well I have been neglecting it a bit due to some recent injuries, but here’s a photo taken this morning. We had no sub freezing temps this winter, (my low was 33.1f) so as you can see my hiscus was blooming through winter.
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    Photos around the yard.....
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    I'm an artist from S FL, been including palms in my paintings for years. These images are from my Sub Tropic series which includes the elements of sky, water and palms.

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