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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. 43 points
    Ho Lee Grail, Ho Lee Chit! Thankfully I have a garden large enough to wander and wonder at the beauty and variability of the various species of plants. Every now and then an event happens that well......, takes one's breath away. This Lemurophoenix has decided to come out of it's shell. It has held it's leaf sheaths for years now and they finally gave way to reveal the most spectacular display, in a large way, of mauve, purple, and pink. Planted almost 12 years to the day from a 3 gallon, it was certainly worth the wait. Now, where's that bus, I'm ready to be run over. Tim
  3. 41 points
    Not really any info here, my garden has suffered several disheartening losses lately, plus Covid-19 and wildfire blues, just some encouraging images,
  4. 40 points
    Here’s my front yard from my front door.
  5. 37 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.
  6. 37 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
  7. 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...
  8. 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.
  9. 36 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
  10. 35 points
    Hi, here is my Brahea armata. Planted from pot to the ground 13 years ago, in 2006. Last winter was the first time ever with zero protection at all. The coldest temperature of Winter 2018-2019 here in the City of Basel was only – 4 °C (February). April 2006 April 2019, with me for scale hands up
  11. 35 points
    Yesterday, thanks to International Palm Society members Darold Petty and Steve Klocksiem, I had the chance to visit the late Jack Dane's garden in San Francisco's Cow Hollow neighborhood. Wow! The biggest Juania australis I've seen flanks the back of the house and is paired with a tall, adult, staminate specimen of a Ceroxylon species I couldn't identify; a Livistona fulva rosette grows at the Juania's base. A self-sowing grove of nikau palms, Rhopalostylis sapida, proliferates, while a nice little clump of Laccospadix australasica occupies the shady center of this typically tiny San Francisco back yard, maybe 25ft / 7.6m wide an 40ft / 12.2m deep. There's a very nice Rhopalostylis baueri and possibly another buried in there. A huge, robust Livistona species overtops all the palm trees in the garden, and a Ceroxylon quindiuense (semi-plumose type similar to those from Tenerife, Valle del Cauca in the San Francisco Botanical Garden collected by Garrin Fullington in the late 1970s) is still in a rosette with huge leaves in the shade. Plus, a few Chamaedorea and a couple of Howea forsteriana clumps are scattered about. Also of interest are the rather tall Cyathea / Sphaeropteris medullaris and S. cooperi tree ferns. Enjoy the photos! Any advice on dealing with the alarming scar on the Juania trunk is welcome. - Jason Juania australis & Livistona fulva Juania & Ceroxylon (right) Rhopalostylis sapida (mostly) and Livistona sp. (australis?) Rhopalostylis seedlings Ceroxylon sp.—a flowering-age male Rhopalostylis baueri, R. sapida, and Livistona sp. Same species as above. Possible Rhopalostylis baueri next to Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Juania australis trunk scar with Rhopalostylis baueri at left Juania australis crown, upward view Juania trunk again Juania trunk Photo posted at right, Rhopalostylis baueri, R. sapida, Livistona, Laccospadix
  12. 35 points
    A few more..... Tim
  13. 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.
  14. 34 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..
  15. 34 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
  16. 33 points
    Insane, really have to love palms to own this many beast. Just a fraction of the population. This area is the lowest, wettest part of my yard, a perfect place for them.
  17. 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
  18. 32 points
    I posted this same view off my lanai for a previous Independence Day. I didn't think you needed to be an American to appreciate it. I guess it is the Aussie colors as well. At any rate, it seems to be especially colorful every year at this time. Who needs fireworks anyway? Happy 4th to my fellow Americans!
  19. 32 points
    Lastly... the obligatory sunset pics...
  20. 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
  21. 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.
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  23. 31 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.
  24. 30 points
    Well, as many of you know, the dypsis decipiens I had growing in my yard for over 20 years was just getting too big. i tried to sell it with no offers so I gave it away to the first guy who would move it to a happy place. Gary Gragg offered to move it to his ranch in the Sacramento valley where the climate is similar to Modesto . Here is a photo some 9 months after transplanting.... it looks to be a success!
  25. 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.
  26. 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!!!
  27. 30 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
  28. 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
  29. 29 points
    These are the palms around my yard, most of the big ones my mom planted in the 70s or 80s. I've been enhancing the collection with stuff from all over, I visited Jungle Music in San Diego and got quite a few things there, just did a order from Floribunda, also I have a big collection of south american tropicals from the andes and amazon. Well without further adieu here's some of my best shots...Most are gonna be from before the freeze Ill post more as I find em.
  30. 29 points
    This thing is loving the heat.
  31. 29 points
    As everyone knows, 2020 was a crappy year. Here in the states, the covid stuff in conjunction with the election meant every possible subject was divisive and polarized. I think it’s really cool that throughout - I’d come and read palmtalk and find a total absence of that. Throughout the year, I’ve seen photos of gardens and noticed Joe Biden or Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter or Blue Lives Matter signs in a small corner of the photo (by virtue of being in front of a home). I’ve noticed subtle comments that indicate that some people are conservatives and some are liberal. Some people appear to be afraid of covid, others frustrated more by government measures. Despite all of this, however, this forum has remained essentially neutral ground. We are here because we love palms and sharing our information and our passion. I know that if I don’t want to hear this side or that get riled up about something, and I just want to know more about cool plants I like and other people’s experiences growing them, I can come here to be free from that. It’s cool that there is this small group of people representing a fraction of the global population who is still cohesive over the things they love rather than the things that piss them off. This forum, the people who use it and the information contained within has been a real bright spot in an otherwise dark year. Figured I’d drop this thought here.
  32. 29 points
    This deserves an update! Since being planted at knee to waist high, the specimens pictured in the first post are now right at my head height, with some over my head (~6').....in only 20 months!!!!!!! They've been through: couple Tropical Storms frost on several occasions (light to heavy) 32F-35F multiple times Below 32F a handful of mornings (lowest is 27F) *three smaller specimens in the back are more recent additions to this grouping (added in Feb2020)
  33. 29 points
    This is one of those Southern California winter days that’s so glorious it’s like a happy hallucination. Nice to get out of the house. Houses are really great, especially when surrounded by a palm garden. They’re really nice to live in, of course, but it’s also cool to be able to get up on the roof and reacquaint oneself with palms that have gotten tall. And, Happy Holidays to all! Here are the tall Teddy Bears, Dypsis leptocheilos.
  34. 29 points
    My Satakentia has about 3’ of clear trunk now. Doesn’t seem to muster up much purple color but it’s still a very pretty palm.
  35. 29 points
    Not suppose to leave the compound so did a little walk around.
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  37. 28 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.
  38. 28 points
    Had the chance to visit Gore bay near Christchurch. Was amazed at the variety of sensitive palms growing there near the sea - reminded me of coastal California. The bangalows and Nikau looked especially healthy which was great. This particular day demonstrated classic coastal Canterbury conditions with a cool seabreeze moderating the temperature near the coast (around 26 degrees C) yet after driving over the hills into the inland valleys, the temperature was in the mid 30's C, very dry and ideal wine growing conditions.
  39. 28 points
    Back in March 2016 I planted three Dypsis Saintelucie in my side garden. Before planting, many had suggested they don't like it too wet and would likely die if drainage was poor. Anyway, 3 years, 9 months later and they have powered along nicely without a hint of trouble.
  40. 28 points
    I try to take photos of our yard every New Year's Day. I usually start great guns in our back yard jungle but often get sidetracked by my daily bucket list before I complete the whole 0.61 ac Paradise. This year I hope to be more diligent. Uh-huh. I started with general views of the jungle beginning from the vacant lot across the canal. World's Smallest Jungle, Cape Coral, FL 2021
  41. 28 points
    I have been busy trying to eradicate as much of the horrible vine, pica pica (Mucuna pruriens) from my land as possible. This afternoon I called it quits for today and went for a stroll. Two surprises greeted me. The first was on my largest Licuala mattanensis 'mapu'. I almost missed it. Then I looked more closely at my only Licuala sallehana.
  42. 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
  43. 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.
  44. 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!
  45. 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 ?
  46. 27 points
    I brought my coconut outside for its annual shower! It gets dusty indoors here in Phoenix, AZ. This is my pride and joy. This palm is where my screen name comes from. I bought it from Home Depot in the summer of 2000. It's been moved around the valley from house to apartment back to house a total of 7 times. It gets so neglected I really have no idea what's keeping it alive. It's never been fertilized with anything but dirty aquarium water. I only started doing that in the past 4 years. It's never been repotted. I just fill in the top with new soil when it gets low. It sat in a dark apartment for a few years. It's almost always parked under an AC vent. It currently sits by a south facing window that only gets direct sun in winter. I used to have king palms and foxtails in pots sitting right next to it, but they did not survive. The small pot next to it is a dying coconut. In fact, that little one is the 4th one I have tried. The previous 2 died in about a year. This thing is a miracle and I hope it outlives me because it is truly like a child to me. I've often thought about putting it out on the patio you see in the photos. It's south facing and gets shade all summer. I'm just afraid of killing it. It seems happy indoors. I only remember one or 2 leaves ever turning brown. The lower ones usually get chewed by my escaping parrot or jumping dog or just break from the weight. You can see in the pictures I have it staked to keep it from falling over from the weight. I just can't show this beauty off enough. What can I say? I'm a proud dad!
  47. 27 points
    Well what a year, may 2021 be a lot better, can’t get any worse right, haha on a positive note Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and prosperous new year to you all and keep building up ya palm collections, my hookeri and Kentiopsis Piersoniorum opening up simultaneously Cheers paul
  48. 27 points
    Happy Tuesday everyone! Anyone love palms on this site? **yes, there's an entire house behind all that**
  49. 27 points
    That's it for now. Thanks for coming along.
  50. 27 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.

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