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  1. 10 points
    Saw these unique Nikau palms in Akaroa today. Interesting old-man-beard type skirts on them, that I've never seen before on Nikau, from all the old inflorescences, not fronds. Is this rare, or have y'all seen this on other palms?
  2. 9 points
    Went to the Edison Garden and Home in Ft Myers. Of course most of us know about his Royal palm plantings on McGregor Blvd but I saw several other palms he apparently also planted . Sadly a good amount of the original royals on the Blvd died and have been periodically replaced over the years . Here are a few that could be originals. The first one is a confirmed Edison Royal due to old photos at the Museum . Now here are the Confirmed Edison Palms in the Garden . I was told by staff many of the edison plantings were killed from storms and such over the years . Sabal Caucasarium. had a state champion plaque under it too . borassus flabellifer Staff told me the tall one was planted by Edison. Pictures dont do it justice . Random royal, In the backround is one of the Bvld Royals edison planted so I assume this was Edisons planting too . ID for this one? I did not get the chance to ask if Edison planted this so what do you guys think? \ I did not ask but I do not believe Edison planted these Alexanders . The middle tree is the state champion according to a Plaque While I am sure Edison did not plant these coconuts, they were nice enough to deserve a mention..The first one is hard to see but is quite tall.
  3. 8 points
    After our visit to everglades city we decided to go to Fakahatchee preserve . before Everglades city on 41, I noticed royals that could be wild plants but some had the normal understory of shrubs cut so I am not 100% sure if some of these are wild examples. These look more wild These I cant fully tell, maybe they were there before the area was cleared . Notice the one coconut palm in the left of the picture . Now for the actual preserve. the first 10 minutes of driving was mostly marsh with reeds and scattered palmetto hammocks. no royals here . I started seeing smaller royal examples after the area changed from wetlands to more hardwood trees . they started getting bigger as we drove further in . Here are some nice examples on the path . Of course I tried to get some shots of ones in the brush and some didn't turn out so bad Some more random shots of Royals Saw some tall ones too, but many were hard to get shots of as they were usually further in the thick brush . Look how far the white trunk goes on this one. pictures dont do it justice . also another one Biggest one I saw . After leaving the park, we saw a few smaller royals as we went back on 41 to naples . here are 2 larger ones closer to Collier park that we drove by. Thanks for looking, I wish I could have gone on the foot trail but we simply were crunched for time . we got there on a monday and got back home that same friday night. hope you enjoyed!
  4. 8 points
    A couple Coccothrinax; argentea, a gorgeous plant with long petioles and pure silver underneath the leaves.
  5. 8 points
    Slower still, Sabal maritiformis. What could possibly go wrong planted between a B. alfredii and a triple Wodyetia?
  6. 7 points
    Hey all, When I first started becoming interested in palms, I had absolutely zero interest in fan palms. But they have grown on me over the years to the point where about a third of the palms in the garden are of the fan variety. I love the different texture they give to the overall “canvas”. Here are a few that caught my eye this afternoon. First up; a Brahea decumbens growing at the base of a B. brandigeei:
  7. 7 points
    A picture is worth a thousand words...
  8. 7 points
  9. 7 points
    Trachycarpus latisectus. Slow but steady..
  10. 6 points
  11. 6 points
    i agree, Bismarckia is by far my favorite. Granted, the number and variety of feather palms i can grow is limited, but like you, I've come to appreciate fan palms more and more.
  12. 6 points
    I was just like you about not being interested in fan palms in the early stages of my palm collection/addiction. I think a lot had to do with wanting easy maintenance. I’m still really not a fan of the hula skirt of dead leaves fan palms get. But I’ve just decided I would have to stay on top of that when the time comes. I still only have two in the ground but starting to get more laying around in pots. The two in ground are a Bismarkia Nobilis which not only gives contrast with leaf shape but also a drastic color contrast. The other is a Brahea armata which for some reason I can’t get my pic to upload. I’m sure there will be more to come in my garden soon.
  13. 6 points
    Starting to open new fronds now and greening up again.
  14. 6 points
    Pritchardia perlmanii. A really unique looking dwarf Pritchardia, that has really deeply split leaves & doesn’t take up much space!
  15. 6 points
    Update: five months old, had to be repotted
  16. 5 points
    Anyone else growing this Philodendron from Yuccado? I bought one and gave it to my mother a few years ago. It grows slowly and is just starting to climb the live oak. It was planted out during our severe freeze a couple years ago and was covered by blanket. It probably got down to 19 and maybe only lost a leaf or two.
  17. 5 points
    We got horizontal rain too. That was interesting. No snow happened on the valley floor though. Dry now. Mountain snow makes a nice contrast.
  18. 5 points
    of course . some parts of the state they are everywhere and other areas they wont survive one winter . here are some random shots of healthy ones in various Gulf coast areas .
  19. 5 points
    Hmm I haven’t been by there for a while . But I did notice the hills behind corona were this palm is planted is covered in snow once again after this crazy storm that just went through . We got a ton of rain but now it is super cold . My bet is this palm is doing just fine . Maybe I can get over there and snap a picture in the next week or 2
  20. 5 points
    From just now.. the snow really weighed down the fronds. The trees are getting large and too big to protect.
  21. 5 points
    Thanks to the map above, found another natural population right nearby, with public assess, that I did not know was there. Nice surprise as thought I had explored every natural area within 1hr's drive. This population extends very slightly their inland limit that I have personally seen. It's really pushing their range as the forest is more a temperate inland mix- a lot of smaller leaf evergreens. Tawa, Kamahi, Pittosporumn form the canopy. This little visited reserve has no tracks, so you have to push through a jungle of supple-jack vines and very easy to walk in circles when you think you are heading straight . Real risk of getting lost if did not have gps/smartphone . On the first short visit I saw plenty of seedlngs up to this size, but no seeding adults. This time took a different route up a ridge and eventually found to these old beauties. (Which ironically are near the reserve boundary hence the exotic trees in background.) Here are these est. 200-300 year old specimens right at the edge of their inland range where the forest does not look as tropical as other parts of this country, yet they darn well look like Coconut palms. This species sure is a freak of nature that somehow cold adapted and survived ice ages at 35-44S lat when all other palms retreated back to the tropics. .
  22. 4 points
    https://www.plantmaps.com/interactive-florida-2012-usda-plant-zone-hardiness-map.php Here's an interactive Florida map.
  23. 4 points
    Last up, a very special Chuniophoenix nana gifted to me by the late Jim Wright. Gone , but never forgotten. Feel free to add yours!!
  24. 4 points
    Another one, purchased as Coccothrinax “sp”. Small, but beautiful.
  25. 4 points
    While taking a lot longer to pass through, about 12 deg. colder right now than this time yesterday ( 57F atm ) as lingering clouds clear out. Storm decided to stall out over western AZ most of the day yesterday before blowing through late last night / around dawn. Extremely windy and apparently had a brief tornado skip across northern Phoenix as the front came through. Some thunder, 40-50mph wind gusts, and another good soaking. ( about .87" here ). While overall rain/ snow totals were lower than forecast here, some unexpected spots in the S. Cal. deserts saw snow. Cold tonight ( 38-39f forecast ), maybe about as cold tomorrow night, then back to the 60s/ low 70s to start next week. Maybe a little more rain but that storm isnt looking all that strong or cold.