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  1. 26 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.
  2. 17 points
    Probably my little Butia capitata (Likely catarinensis) that exploded in growth this year.
  3. 16 points
    I was never a big believer in chamaedorea, but I think that's changed. For a z9b garden where frost is likely each year, they are the equivalent of the ultra-tropical pretty things we can't grow here. Here's my little chamaedorea corner today. I have a handful of elegans, some radicalis (a few trunking seedlings in there...) woodsoniana, cataractarum, benziei, seifrizii, oreophila hooperiana. I feel like now I need a few of those whole-leaf types like geonomiformis, metallica & ernesti-augusii.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 15 points
  7. 14 points
    Got a nice mid-winter surprise, flame thrower living up to its name and adding some color to the garden. This one has been a pretty steady grower, puts out about 2or 3 fronds a year. I have another one a few feet away and it is much slower and smaller even though I planted them at the same time and they were both the same size.
  8. 14 points
    Really tough to pick one but mine is probably a toss up between these two: - Livistona Chinensis - Lytocaryum Hoehnei
  9. 14 points
  10. 13 points
    For 2021 I have to go with my large Butia capitata. My first year having palms and so far, so good.
  11. 13 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.
  12. 12 points
    These are in San Mateo east of 101. These are in groups of 4, 5, or 6, with some smaller volunteers. I think this is the most "tropical" front yard that I have seen in northern California.
  13. 12 points
    50.) Phoenix Canariensis - Lambeth Bridge 49.) Butia Odorata - Ham Street, Richmond 48.) Brahea Armata - Bernard Gardens, Wimbledon 47.) Phoenix Canariensis - Westover Road, Wandsworth 46.) Washingtonia Filibusta - York Road, Chingford 45.) Musa Basjoo - Musgrave Crescent, Fulham 44.) Phoenix Canariensis - Mandala Way, Bermondsey 43.) Washingtonia Filibusta - Paddington Docks, Little Venice 42.) Jubaea Chilensis - Lordship Lane, Dulwich 41.) Phoenix Canariensis - Sutherland Square, Walworth 40.) Norfolk Island Pine - Star Road, Earl's Court 39.) Brahea Armata - Merewood Road, Bexleyheath 38.) Phoenix Canariensis - Ondine Road, East Dulwich 37.) Washingtonia Filibusta - Collingwood Road, Tottenham 36.) Phoenix Canariensis - Abbey Road, Belvedere 35.) Nectarine/citrus tree - Winchester Road, Edmonton 34.) Washingtonia Robusta - Stirling Road, Plaistow (private residence) 33.) Phoenix Canariensis - Narford Road, Clapton 32.) Washingtonia Filifera - Falcon Way, Isle of Dogs 31.) Phoenix Canariensis - Heyworth Road, Clapton 30.) Butia Odorata - Strawberry Vale, Twickenham 29.) Yucca Elephantipes - Sutherland Grove, Peckham 28.) Washingtonia - Old Brompton Road, Kensington 27.) Brahea Armata & CIDP - Kensal House, Ladbroke Grove 26.) Lemon Citrus - Egerton Terrace, Knightsbridge 25.) Orange tree - Stockwell Road, Brixton 24.) Washingtonia Filibusta - Chelsea Physic Garden, Fulham 23.) Butia Yatay - Ham Road, Richmond 22.) Bougainvillea - Longbridge Road, Dagenham 21.) Phoenix Theophrasti - Salcombe Road, Ashford 20.) Washingtonia Robusta - Ashburnham Grove, Greenwich 19.) Phoenix Canariensis - Mount Street Gardens, Mayfair 18.) Butia & Jubaea - Chelsea Physic Gardens, Fulham 17.) Phoenix Canariensis - Rum Close, Wapping 16.) Butia Odorata - Chumleigh Gardens, Burgess Park 15.) Washingtonia Filibusta - Court Lane, East Dulwich 14.) Phoenix Canariensis - Mattock Lane Church, Ealing 13.) Washingtonia Filibusta - Barnsbury Close, New Malden 12.) Phoenix Canariensis - Addison Road, Holland Park 11.) Washingtonia Robusta - Chalk, Gravesend (private residence) 10.) Phoenix Canariensis - Hackney Town Hall 9.) Washingtonia Filifera - Dover Road, Edmonton (private residence) 8.) Jubaea Chilensis - Packington Estate, Islington 7.) Phoenix Canariensis - Warwick Gardens, Kensington 6.) Washingtonia Robusta's - Mortlake Road, Kew 5.) Jubaea Chilensis - Ham Street, Richmond 4.) Phoenix Canariensis - Egerton Place, Knightsbridge 3.) Washingtonia Robusta - Penywern Gardens, Fulham (private residence) 2.) Washingtonia Filibusta - Darlaston Road, Wimbledon 1.) Phoenix Canariensis - River Gardens, Fulham
  14. 12 points
    My favorite is definitely my Trachycarpus Fortunei with its insane growth rate. It’s was only 2.5 feet tall when I planted it in 2016.
  15. 11 points
    I found this pic on Facebook... I don't know who took it, but I think it's a great shot... Butch
  16. 11 points
  17. 11 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".
  18. 10 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.
  19. 10 points
    Monster growth rate on this is well worth the 30 bux even if it dies next winter (or next month? Next decade?) March A few days ago
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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!
  23. 9 points
    A few of the specimens I planted at my clinic property... 1) Tall Cow's Tongue cactus (10 feet+), 2) Purple prickly pear (pale blue green colored unless water-deprived), 3) Opuntia basilaris cultivar- low-growing prickly pear which turns purple this time of year (cold weather), 4) Chollas and prickly pear wider view 6) Argentinian saguaro- starting to get a little height now, maybe 18 inches tall. It's in a rain shadow under the roof overhang but unprotected otherwise. I think it will grow totally unprotected in So. Oregon where it's drier, but constant rain rots it in the Portland area if not protected.
  24. 9 points
    Pretty heavy layer of frost this morning here with a low of 26F. So I decided to snap a few pictures for fun.
  25. 9 points
    Mine in Phoenix is not in full sun this is the biggest one I have 3 in the ground in different amounts of sun I love this palm the fronds are amazing I hope they will grow in more sun we will see.
  26. 9 points
    I planted it last year. Parajubaea sunkha is supposedly the hardiest parajubaea and tolerate slightly more wet condition.
  27. 9 points
  28. 9 points
    It’s been in the 70s F mostly here lately, with some 60s and a rare high 50 at night. it’s a big change from days in the 90s and nights in the 80s of summer. Clover has taken over everything with the cold weather. I’m too busy to weed lately. Some palms have kept on like nothing happened, and some have ground to a halt. What are your best cool weather growers? Here’s what I’ve noticed in a few of my little guys… from limited observations. Teddy Bears don’t seem to slow down at all. Pushing double spikes in winter. Pretty fast for me…. R. Rivularis still pretty fast too…. Heliconias blooming and out of control still… Various P. Sargentii have ground to a halt, as have various Coccothrinax…. The Bottle seems to shut down this time of year… C. Hookerii and macrocarpa seems to plod along the same, consistently slow… Along with D. Carlsmithii…. Snailing along at the same pace… D. Orange Crush are unhappy here, no matter the season…. They hate the heat, they hate the sun, they don’t much like the shade or cool weather either, they just want to go home.... D. Nobilis seems to still grow pretty fast… K/C. Oliviformis seem frozen in time right now… Satakentia are still growing but have slowed down…. They still seem to want to stay wet in the cold also…. They would rather more shade at this age, but continue to cooperate to the best of their ability. B. Alfredii seems to have slowed a bit, but is inching along… I hope it’s laying down some good roots. Various R. Hildebrandtii still inch along if tucked in the shade and ignored…
  29. 9 points
    Congratulations ! Here are a few habitat images from Argentina.
  30. 8 points
    Pretty standard stuff but the whole lot cost me $35 including shipping. I figure there’s about 100 Sabal minor seedlings. I just couldn’t pass it up even though I have no need for them. I’m planning on doing some guerilla planting and a mass planting in my own yard.
  31. 8 points
    Fruiting like crazy. Steady for a few months now. It's about 17 years from seed
  32. 8 points
    Here's the Butia yatay X Jubaea chilensis hybrid from Patrick/Patrix, just arrived in great shape! Also Trithrinax campestris, with its sharp pointy blue-green leaves. Love em! The JxB hybrid seems more coveted, but Patrick indicated that the BxJ hybrid is faster, hardier as a seedling, and has glossy green leaves (whereas JxB. yatay tends to have blue-green leaves that are less glossy). So BxJ leaves may resemble Jubaea more in terms of color/texture, which is a bit surprising. These will go into the ground after I move to So. Oregon with its warmer/drier Mediterranean climate.
  33. 8 points
    Drumroll please……..these are the only surviving Foxtails I have seen anywhere around. There is no reason for newly planted foxtails to look this bad, and I can match most of them up to pre-freeze street views. They have to have had substantial protection, would love to hit up the homeowner about it.
  34. 7 points
    Good ole Sabal minor, can get flattened by snow doesn’t care, single digits doesn’t care. I’m going to start planting as many as I can get my hands on this coming year. Going to start experimenting more with marginal palms for my area, good to have a ton that I’ll never have to worry about.
  35. 7 points
    Here's my $0.02. I think it makes more sense to make groupings rather than assign cutoffs. I made some notes for palms that get leaf damage at significantly higher temperatures than bud death. Tier 1: Pritchardia pacifica Pritchardia thurstonii Tier 2: Cocos nucifera Adonidia merillii Tier 3: Dypsis lutescens (hardiness of arborescent trunks) Veitchia joannis Veitchia arecina Ptychosperma elegans Ptychosperma macarthurii (hardiness of arborescent trunks) Carpentaria acuminata Archontophoenix alexandrae Latania loddigessi Tier 4: Dypsis decaryi Syagrus schizophylla Wodyetia bifurcata Archontophoenix cunninghamia Caryota mitis Roystonea regia Thrinax radiata Leucothrinax morissii Coccothrinax argentea Tier 5: Ravenea rivularis (bud hardiness) Phoenix roebelenii (bud hardiness) Arenga engleri (hardiness of arborescent trunks) Acoelorrhaphe wrightii (hardiness of arborescent trunks) Tier 6: Copernicia alba Phoenix reclinata (hardiness of arborescent trunks) Tier 7: Syagrus romanzoffiana (bud hardiness of hardiest forms) Livistona decora Bismarckia nobilis (bud hardiness of hardiest forms) Tier 8: Phoenix dactylifera (bud hardiness) Washingtonia robusta (bud hardiness) Tier 9: Livistona chinensis (bud hardiness) Tier 10: Sereona repens Butia odorata (bud hardiness) Phoenix canariensis (bud hardiness) Tier 11: Sabal palmetto Sabal mexicana Sabal xbrazoriensis Sabal etonia (?) Tier 12: Raphidophyllum hystrix Sabal minor
  36. 7 points
    Interesting to see palm trees here. I thought there would be nothing. I guess they don't care about the extreme heat. The photo with the hill is in nearby Shoshone
  37. 7 points
    Here is a mango survivor, hard to see through the fence, but that trunk is decent size. This is actually pretty encouraging, this means you can grow and enjoy mango year in year out between catastrophic freezes, but even after catastrophic freeze, the tree lives and will again provide tasty fruit, provided you protected the graft or it is seed grown. I’m going I have to pick up some more, @Xenon based on your recommendation I’m now in the market for a lemon zest.
  38. 7 points
    Here are some additional shots of the coconuts: Del Mar: Santa Ana:
  39. 7 points
    Sea grape looks like nothing happened save there are no tree-like specimens around, proves this is a great choice for coastal areas here. I have 3 of these thanks to @Mr. Coconut Palm I’m thinking of pruning one to grow up into a tree form like I’ve seen in Floriduh. Clusia back there looks good too.
  40. 7 points
    Best surviving roebelenii, 2 out of 3 trunks survived, almost all others perished.
  41. 6 points
    Welp thee ice storm, she's a comin and I can't let some of the residents go in without a raincoat. Here's what's getting protection (in no particular order as far as the pictures go): - Phoenix Canariensis - Phoenix Dactylifera - Phoenix Reclinata hybrid - Phoenix Roebelenii x Dactylifera - 3 standard queens - 2 Uruguay queens - 1 Litoralis queen - Arenga Engleri - Allagoptera Arenaria - Unknown Phoenix species - 2 Lytocaryum Hoehnei - 2 Cordyline Australis - Australian Tree Fern The smaller stuff I just put buckets over; the bigger stuff I covered with contractor garbage bags. If using multiple bags, I cut the end off the bag in order to make a sleeve out of it. Then I worked my way from the base of the palm upward so the overlaps would prevent water from entering. I'm not giving any supplemental heat. The rest of my inventory either doesn't need protection or is on its own because it's too big to protect. Enjoy the pics
  42. 6 points
    I used King palms by the dozens in my Northern CA garden to create canopy. I like the fact that they are low maintenance as well.
  43. 6 points
    Welcome to Palmtalk, I think he means 24F and not -24F (just in case you misread and/or were completely new to palms and cold) In general, a well-established, healthy, and mature palm can survive temperatures like 17F. However, to be sure it survives, you may want to protect it well. Wrap the palm in multiple layers and add a heat source around it if you can (like incandescent Christmas lights - remove immediately after the extreme event passed). One thing to consider is to cut all the fronds (maybe leave a spear) in situations where a heat source is not possible and the palm is hard to wrap. Now (the meristem and) the palm is much easier to wrap with multiple layers. I got a mule through 3F that way. Good luck and let us know how it goes! ~ S
  44. 6 points
    The San Pedro can take freezes. It has been so long since we have had a really wet winter that I can’t remember if they have problems in wet years. Planted in sand on a hill .
  45. 6 points
  46. 6 points
    Here this better. Oops. Now perfect. that was Late Fall 2018 when hit 14.5F that spring, everything came back. No so 2021. But she did.
  47. 6 points
    A few more pics: 1) Tall prickly pear with Opuntia ficus-indica (Indian Fig) genes likely 2) Pencil cholla (Cylindropuntia kleiniae) 3) Yucca rostrata (sapphire skies cultivar)
  48. 6 points
  49. 6 points
    Not sure variety here, but a nice Phoenix
  50. 6 points
    Almost all Bismarcks died, this is a notable survivor in decent shape, I know of only a small handful of others. This one is on the island

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