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  1. 18 points
    I went to Crystal River, specifically the Fort island trail a couple weeks ago while I was staying in Hudson Florida. I had first visited Crystal River in Febuary 2016, less then a year after the palm bug hit me, and I took as many driveby shots of the huge old Sabals on our way to and from the beach (I was 14) and have posted them on here on various occasions. Heres some new photos of the many ancient palmettos growing in the hammocks in the marshes. This first one was taken before the landscape changed from wooded forests, to hammocks and marshes, maybe 4 miles inland, while not as abundant as they are in the hammocks, there are many all over crystal river, and I only wish I could have taken more photos in these settings. Now for some of the many hammocks on the "trail". for context, it was quite a windy day so these aren't "sickly" or anything. Some of the larger hammocks spread for miles... Some hammocks had basically eroded into the marsh thus slowly drowning those palms. Notice the ones on the left are doing much better, just a few extra inches above the water table makes all the difference. I also noticed a fair amount of both Black and Red mangroves mixed in in some areas. Heres a couple Red Mangroves, Black mangroves were far more prevalent and larger, At the Fort island beach at the end of the trail, there are less very tall ones as it is right on the ocean, but still a few.. On the mini boardwalk to the pier Directly on the water, were the largest of the black mangroves Also a clump of naturalizing Phoenix Dactylifera, This was the only non native palm I saw volunteering in the area, I saw this same palm in 2016, but alas, the tallest one in the clump died, its trunk still visible behind. The tallest one now is almost as tall as the original, 2016. Well, hope you enjoyed my Crystal River shots!
  2. 17 points
    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.
  3. 15 points
    My 3 Attalea cohunes are finally putting on some size and girth. Maybe 25’ now after 4 years from 3 gal pot .Think good palm for warm 9 b locations.
  4. 13 points
    Nanarrhops along the south side of the trail that circles Magma Ridge.. Sorta-wild Phoenix across Queen Creek Peek-a-boo Washingtonia r's Ayer Lake Phoenix Livingstonia sp. in the Australian Garden Another Nanarrhops, i think.. Fronds are very big. Not something i recall when viewing some other specimens.. ( probably overlooked.. or my brain forgot, lol ) .....Onto ...all sorts of other goodies...... Enjoy!
  5. 12 points
    Roared on out to West Hills in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles and, among other things, visited Warner Center and its palm collection, notably but not exclusively Jubaeas. Don’t be afraid to show pictures you’ve taken!
  6. 11 points
    A few pictures from last Monday Dypsis pilulifera 2 stems, Chambeyronia sp houailou and a bit Dypsis that has been named many times by lots of palm collectors form Australia, America, Hawaii all with a different opinion.
  7. 10 points
    Sabal sp. as you approach the Tropical Garden: Brahea sp. Chamaerops.. Phoenix dactylifera, kind of hidden.. Brahea dulcis Sabal uresana, i believe Teeny weeny Brahea armata.. There's another much larger one lurking behind a tree behind teeny weeny.. Nanarrhops.. and ..a Jubaea?..
  8. 10 points
    First and foremost: the palms. Sunken Gardens has an incredible diversity of palms throughout. Native Sabals, 100+ year-old royals, 40 foot tall coconuts, and the tallest majesty I’ve ever seen amongst others. Pretty sure my neck hurts from constantly looking skyward:
  9. 9 points
    Here are some Dallas images 7 days after the 3F night and basking in 74F sunshine
  10. 9 points
    This Chambeyronia macrocarpa has a very long leaf, the longest i have seen so far. Have a look at the sign on the palm next to it for a size comparison m the trunk at that palm is 2.5m + tall regards Colin
  11. 9 points
    And Brahea armata, I gathered oodles of seeds underneath!
  12. 8 points
    Street view, Pictured almost one year ago Feb 28, 2020.
  13. 8 points
    As hinted at over in the " weather section " spent a warm late February day exploring the only Botanical Garden, beside Tucson Botanical, i hadn't yet visited since moving here. I'd planned to, sooner.. but, sometimes plans get completely de-railed. With the clock ticking before i head back " over the hill " to CA., let alone the return of the heat, now was the time to head east. On top of seeing the general garden, was most excited to view a newer section of the garden which has been " in the works " for several years after Boyce Thompson rescued a rather extensive collection of rare ..and extremely rare plants housed at the former Wallace Garden in Scottsdale. After his passing, and the subsequent dwindling of funds to keep his garden going, a sort of " S.O.S." was sent out to gardens around the valley/region who might be able to absorb a whole 'lotta plants.. Most quite large. Fortunately, BTA ( Boyce Thompson Arboretum ) answered the call in a big way, trucking hundreds of massive Cacti, Yucca, and various other things to their garden. Over the course of several years, they worked to create an exceptional display of Mr. Wallace's collection. A definite must visit -for any one-.. For those not yet familiar with Boyce, this isn't your usual Botanical Garden.. it is also a State park, nestled in the foothills east of Phoenix, just a stones throw from Superior, Arizona. Garden itself sits below/ in front of Picketpost Mountain, a prominent peak just south of the Superstitions, which makes for some incredible views while exploring the garden. Plenty of wide, easy to roam trails, and some that require a little more huff.. Nothing too crazy though, unless one decides they want to take on Picketpost.. ( there's another access point to the mountain, west of the Arboretum i believe ) Even more interesting is the wide diversity of plants that can grow here. ( The garden's elevation sits at roughly 2,441ft in elevation, and they see varying amounts of snow from time to time some winters. ) While well known for their Australian garden ( It is HUGE ) ..and their collection of Cacti/Succulents, there is PLENTY to see here.. I clocked 388 images, and didn't get to explore a couple collections in the garden.. and my camera was just about exhausted when i headed back home. Unlike many threads i have done over the years, starting the series here since, unlike Desert Botanical, BTA boasts a decent palm collection worth sharing.. While familiar enough with palms, if anyone sees something i miss- labeled, feel free to chime in.. and, as usual **all pictures are my own. If anyone wants to share on other sites, absolutely do not mind.. but, let me know -first.-** Anyway, enough chit chat.. ..onto some palmy pictures.. ( plenty more to come, of other things, in other sections of the forum )
  14. 8 points
    Palm Grove.. and beyond.. What greets you, as you exit part of the Australian Garden.. Phoenix canariensis LOTS o' Phoenix.... looking really good too. Snakey Chamaerops Sabal Minor Rhapidophyllum, i think.. Butia and Phoenix Were a couple Queens in the garden as well but both looked like **s..
  15. 8 points
    My thee T campestris really took off this year. It’s as if they took two years to get settled. This summer they however grew quite a bit. Two of them also produced new suckers. The new growth was almost like a new whorl of leaves at a time. See pics: The second picture shows the new larger leaves nicely. On the 5th pic you can see the much more silvery new growth clearly.
  16. 8 points
    Hi everyone, I’ve mostly lurked here for quite a while, but I thought I’d share some photos from my neighborhood in Austin. It does look fairly grim, but I have hopes for lots of stuff. We had 6 days below freezing (a new record) and two nights in the single digits, plus the only ice and snow ice ever seen stick around here for more than 24 hours. Washingtonia — those with more filifera look burned, but ok Mediterranean fan palms vary a lot with microclimate — lower areas of the neighborhood look grim, but higher areas especially with overhead cover have less burn. The one CIDP looks really sad, but I think that’s partly because of the 6.5” of snow and two ice storms, the first with 1/2” and the second with 3/4”. (Sorry it’s sideways, it’s from my phone and idk how to get it to show straight up). Various larger Sabals have some level of burn but are probably fine. Sabal minor looks completely undamaged, unsurprisingly. This pindo (I think? The shade makes it grow funky and I’ve never been 100% sure of what it is) has some burn but should be fine. Everything here had looked fine after our snowstorm back in January — only 1.5” of accumulation, but it snowed hard literally all day with wet, heavy snow that was constantly melting. That collapsed a few leaves, but this event was much harder on stuff. In terms of other stuff, it looks like all the sagos are completely defoliated, but the caudices seem fine. The baby one I threw a bucket over before the cold didn’t even burn. I’m optimistic at least that some of the big ones will pull through — a few have 4-5’ trunks and I’d hate to see those die. This photo is pretty representative of the damage on the sagos around here.
  17. 7 points
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  20. 7 points
    Bam!! Ready to replace one of my Robusta later this year should any of my Robusta die.
  21. 7 points
    Thanks to everyone for the advice! Think I have a good plan now, this forum/site is fantastic. Attaching better pictures of the palms across the resaca from me for those who were interested. Going down to UT-RGV this weekend and will post pictures of the Royals from there soon.
  22. 7 points
    Just wanted to share how proud I am of my germinated Sabal Causiarum seedling from @PalmatierMeg. Little guys germinated pretty quickly and have started to put up strap leaves. WOOT!
  23. 7 points
    The Satakentias took a while to build new leaves. Here they are in today's late afternoon sun. They both dropped their last leaves a week ago, Tues. Crownshaft color varies with time since the last leaf fell and maybe temperature. It's not constant.
  24. 7 points
    Everything in the backyard is dead or frozen to the ground except for a water oak, Carolina jessamine, and maaaybe a pair of Livistona chinensis. Even the noxious oxalis and African petunias that I've cursed for years are dead LOL I'm restarting my quest to fruit a jackfruit (unprotected), got past 3 winters on the last run . Had a good chance of flowering this year if not for last week. Bring on the 9b/10a plants and zone denial !!!
  25. 7 points
    Sorry, no pictures. I had to go to the Medical Center near Loop 410 and Babcock in NW San Antonio today. So I traveled from New Braunfels towards San Antonio, then Loop 410 past I10 to Babcock. This is what I saw. All Washingtonia Robusta everywhere look like someone took a blowtorch to them. There are already deaths. Some really old, tall specimens have totally collapsed crowns. Others are in various degrees of collapse. But, on the other hand, a lot of Robusta still have complete crowns in tact, they are just completely brown. The petioles have not all bent up yet and are still stiff on some. This gives me home that there might be a decent amount of recoveries. All Phoenix Dactylifera look like someone took a torch to them. However, again, all crowns are completely in tact for this species. Fronds are not drooping yet and have not bent. This is good news. P. Canariensis have bent fronds but look like they will recover. Same with P. Sylvestris. All Sabals (Palmetto and Mexicana) look flawless. Looks like there wasn't even a freeze. You realize just how many Sabals there are out there since they stick out as the undamaged palm. W. Filifera look great, although there is a touch of frond burn here and there. All will recover just fine. Not worried in the least about these palms. Butia Capitata look pretty good, although they are not planted in large numbers here, I did see some large ones that still looked solid with completely intact crowns with a little bit of burn. In short, if San Antonio were in say, North Florida, where Sabals are planted everywhere, you probably would notice the freeze a LOT less. But since Washintonias are king, the damage is very evident to the Robustas.
  26. 7 points
    Here are some pix from Dallas. We had a low of 3 and 220consecutive hours below freezing. Except one day where it was 32F for an hour. 4 inches of snow.
  27. 7 points
    Last Monday a new palm garden bed was created and planted out with more planting to come. Some species planted were Chuniophoenix hainanensis, Dypsis andapae, Astrocaryum mexicarnum, Sabal sp Lisa, Dypsis pinnatifrons, Dypsis rosea, Dypsis sp, Licuala elegans to name a few. There has been a lot of rain this summer and the palms are really growing fast.
  28. 7 points
    Yucca utahensis (Yucca angustissima var. utahensis) Yucca baccata var. vespertina
  29. 7 points
    a neglected beast at an empty home in Sultana, CA. At least thet built AROUND the palm...
  30. 7 points
    But there’s more to life than Jubaeas. (Hope I don’t offend anyone!) Here’s a nice Livistona, it appears.
  31. 7 points
    I’m trying some in 8a/8b. They are just ending their first winter, however. Other than spear pull, they seem fine. So far, they’ve experienced a 9a winter. Discoloring is from the brutal summer, most of it was present before freezing temps started. The biggest one I planted about this time, last year.
  32. 7 points
    @RJ here's my largest. It's slightly wider than it is tall, somewhere in the neighborhood of 10' in both directions.
  33. 6 points
    New here to the forum, I'm in central Brownsville. I want to do everything possible to try to save these Royals., hopefully it isn't a lost cause. Ordered some copper fungicide that should be here in a few days. Was 80 degrees here yesterday, so I watered them some last night & they got some more water this morning from the sprinkler. I have been trying to research what I should do and have come across some conflicting information. Plan to saturate the crowns with the copper fungiicide 1-2x per week, once it comes from Amazon. Otherwise do I just water and wait a few months? Pretty sure I fertilized them in September or October. Appreciate any thoughts or advice
  34. 6 points
    My lowest Low was 16F , and the next coldest nights were 7 Lows of 21F-24F , and all days were above 32F . Not bad for here . Below is a picture of my Butia and one of my Washy . The Washy is only frond hardy to 24F , but the petioles are green and there is even a little green on the fronds near the petioles . The trunk is probably hardy to 15F so I didn't have to protect anything this year , including my Chammy ( it's in the Butia picture , but the Butia has grown over it so it's hard to see ) . I'll cut off the damaged Washy fronds soon . This first picture shows my Ensete maurelii with a solid trunk up to about 5 feet . It often dies close to the ground but this coming season it will be huge with such a great start .One of my Musa basjoos has a solid trunk up to about 8' , so it will have a great start to the season too . I was worried about that Arctic air move east from Texas but it never got here . Sorry to those who lost really nice palms out that way . Thanks for looking . :
  35. 6 points
    Moving along, some interesting Cycads in the garden.. ***Keep in mind the thingy mentioned before about snowfall here... Cardboard palm, Zamia furfuracea Blurry ( Apologize in advance ) Coontie. Dioon.. For @Darold Petty a Ceratozamia hildae Another personal favorite.. Encephalartos sp. Dioon mejiae For @Meangreen94z a couple Australian Macrozamia.. First time i have seen any Macrozamia anywhere here... Macrozamia moorei And.... More stuff to come.....
  36. 6 points
  37. 6 points
    Thought I would share a pic of a palm that I protected that looks like it will be OK. Blue Copernicia alba. Some damage to older leaves but spear and newest leaves look great. Hopefully it stays that way.
  38. 6 points
    Trachycarpus nanus and large guihaia argyrata are 100% alive and pushing growth. Trachycarpus takil is second hardiest and pushing spear growth as well. All other trachycarpus species are in bad shape.
  39. 6 points
    Little update on the ceroxylon alpinum. I kept watering to a minimum and all troubles went away. The leaf has almost been completed and it's allready sending out another beautiful spear. Thanks to everyone for the help.
  40. 6 points
    Native Yucca Pallida while on a hike
  41. 6 points
    Sure. I haven’t visited Agave recently, so pics are from last spring. Maybe April. Ferocactus is recent. Agave utahensis Ferocactus cylindreaceus First two pictures are the same massive specimen. My gallon for size. Ignore the bordering on this one; apparently I deleted it from my phone, so I swiped it from my Instagram, but I wanted to show you the rock habitat..
  42. 6 points
    And a Trachycarpus Trio.
  43. 6 points
    Am I blue? This Jubaea appears to be.
  44. 6 points
    Yes and it's simple to do. In the past, I have walked around with a bag of palm seeds. I drove around town and threw them in a whole bunch of public flower beds that got watered, like McDonald's, shopping centers, etc. I got nearly 100 percent success rate. There are large palms around town that began when I threw seeds out. Of course you can actually plant small palms as well, but I find throwing out seeds into flower beds effective.
  45. 6 points
    No joke my large Filifera looks like nothing happened. It looks like it's the middle of summer. No leaf damage, no collapsing fronds, nothing. Photo from today.
  46. 5 points
    Good idea Kim, I could certainly flood this thread, my phone is packed with too many rainbow photos. Yesterday afternoon.
  47. 5 points
    SITREP #2: Warm day today. If it wasn't for the horticultural devastation all around, you would have never guessed an arctic blast blew through here last week. Good news and bad news to report: Uncovered Palms: UPDATE: Washingtonia sps. with less than 1 foot of trunk: Looks like total ass. Spear pull today. All palm fronds burnt. NO CHANGE: Washingtonia sps. with 1 to 2 foot of trunk: Looks like ass. NO CHANGE: Washingtonia sps. with 3 foot + of trunk: Looks bad. NO CHANGE: Sabal sps. with less than 1 foot of trunk: Looks like ass. NO CHANGE: Phoenix dactylifera with less than 1 foot of trunk: Looks like total ass. Covered Palms: DOWNGRADE: Washingtonia sps. with less than 1 foot of trunk: Looks like total ass. Spear pull today. Most palm fronds burnt. UPDATE: Washingtonia sps. with 1 foot + of trunk: Looks not that bad. Spear still stiff and green. Some palm fronds burnt. UPGRADE: Nannorrhops ritchiana with no trunk: Looks not that good. Spear still stiff and green. Palm fronds still green. UPGRADE: Sabal minor with no trunk: Looks good. Spear still stiff and green. Palm fronds still green. Currently showing no signs of cold damage. UPDATE: Sabal palmetto with less than 1 foot of trunk: Looks not that bad. Spear still stiff and green. Some palm fronds show slight burn. DOWNGRADE: Sabal causiarum with less than 1 foot of trunk: Looks like ass. Spear still stiff and green. Most palm fronds burnt. UPDATE: Brahea armata with less than 1 foot of trunk: Looks bad. Spear still stiff and silver. Many palm fronds burnt. UPDATE: Brahea sp. "Super Silver" with less than 1 foot of trunk: Looks like total ass. Spear pull today. All palm fronds burnt. DOWNGRADE: Chamaerops humilis with 1 foot + of trunk: Looks like total ass. Spear pull today (5 spears). Most palm fronds burnt. Some palm fronds came out with the spear pull too. DOWNGRADE: Livistona chinensis with no trunk: Looks like total ass. No spear for spear pull test. UPGRADE: Trachycarpus fortunei with 1 foot + of trunk: Looks not that good. No spear pull. Spear still stiff and green. Palm fronds still mostly green. UPGRADE: Serenoa repens with no trunk: Looks not that good. No spear pull. Spear still stiff and green. Palm fronds still mostly green. NO CHANGE: Trithrinax brasiliensis with no trunk: Looks like total ass. DOWNGRADE: Phoenix dactylifera with less than 1 foot of trunk: Looks like total ass. Spear pull today (3 spears). All palm fronds burnt.
  48. 5 points
    Yucca brevifolia jaegeriana
  49. 5 points
    This Jube has a bit of a bend.
  50. 5 points
    I’m not familiar with a majority of Hawaii’s flora, but that looks like mullein to me. Possibly Verbascum thapsus. If it is, I’ve read it’s invasive in Hawaii.
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