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  1. 26 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 ?
  2. 17 points
    I'm still adjusting to the fact that I now live in Hawaii! These photos speak for themselves! Realarch has a beautiful and well maintained garden with a wide variety of perfectly grown palms in Hilo, HI. It was an absolute paradise. I included some of the highlights here. I am not 100% sure on some of the ID's, but Tim would know for sure Click here for the complete album Hydriastele splendida Cyphosperma tanga - it was my first time ever seeing one of these in person! Absolutely stunning! Iriartea deltoidea - this is probably my favorite palm on the entire island! Perfectly grown with a scythe-like flower spathes. Marojejya darianii Geonoma atrovirens
  3. 16 points
    Just some things that caught my eye while working around the yard, enjoy.
  4. 13 points
    Found this guy today while driving around Cape Coral today. Excuse the shot as I had to take it with my arm out the window because my wife refused to stop the car on a busy street.
  5. 12 points
    Scary palms from the beach -- Dunedin, Florida -- Big bizzies, archontophoenix, arenga, royals, sylvester, big acrochromia, etc. -- some mid-size blue latans, prichardia(s) and copernecia baileys hidden in the background.. Trick or treat...!
  6. 11 points
    Hey all, have some fun! What is your monster palm? Mine is Bismarckia finally showing some real trunk. Bismarckia are beasts!!
  7. 10 points
  8. 9 points
    Such a pretty if unrelated pair….. Maybe show us your odd couples!
  9. 9 points
    Other things highlights from Boyce Thompson.. Desert-y stuff first.. Wallace Garden Yuccas.. Both labeled as Y. thompsiana.. ( who is the imposter? ) >>>>>> A few Cacti / Agave.. ...for Tom, ..in Tucson.. ..Where's his buddy?? Flowering / fruiting Agave sabastiana ..yanked? ( i hope ) Makes sense if the Arboretum is planning on propagating it for future sales / distribution to other gardens / additional specimens ..as they should. >>>>>>>
  10. 9 points
    We are here in Rome for a few days and just visited the Botanical garden today. In the palm garden they had some nice CIDP, very tall washingtonias, sabals, butias, livistonas, a queen, a brahea and some orher varieties but the most amazing was a massive jubaea chilensis. Very impressive was also a nannorrhops ritchiana that seems to be very old.
  11. 8 points
    This thing is a full on beast now... Good news (?) it seems to really want to flower all the time, and has slowed down on vertical growth since putting energy into all those blooms. No trace of the lean anymore. The base has really fattened out. Aug 2021
  12. 7 points
    Here is an update.... 8 years from strap leaf.. ill add another pic when I trim them up and do a yard cleanup for winter.. I think I need to up the water..
  13. 6 points
    Just wanted to share the growth update of the blackburniana I got from Phil in March of 2020. Here it is shortly after planting on March 9th 2020: And Thursday October 21st 2021: The flip-flop is a size 13, and the fence is a standard 6ft fence for scale.
  14. 6 points
    Pigafetta is my monster and the other monsters are at florabunda
  15. 6 points
    I would guess if your hitting the palms with your plane you weren't making it to the runway anyway.
  16. 6 points
    When is season, ( ..and within reason < Imc, a handful or two is enough to get the ball rolling.. something Theodore Payne used to advise when discussing collecting seed from native plants.. > ) collect seeds just about anywhere i go. Never have ..or ever will feel the slightest ounce of guilt doing so.. Makes no sense to let all the seed of something interesting go to waste, year after year.. Or the genetics of plants from specific places get completely wiped from the planet when an area is destroyed by development. Only things i won't collect seed of: things that are critically endangered... unless permitted. Beyond that, My philosophy on the subject is simple: Seeds are nature's gifts, ..free for anyone who wants to try and grow them.. As long as you aren't destroying the plant they're attached to in the process, collect a few, and enjoy the journey and lessons learned germinating them.. No harm in rescuing seedlings either when appropriate. Darold's experience? ..Perfectly legit... and a great back story when sharing the plants you might not have the space to grow yourself with others.
  17. 6 points
    Update on this guy. It definitely firmed up but I will leave it staked for at least a year. Pictures don't do justice. This thing is getting big!
  18. 6 points
    Texas / Chihuahuan Desert highlights.. Twisted Acacia, Vachellia schaffneri Eve's Necklace, Styphnolobium affine Mexican Redbud, Cercis canadensis var. mexicana Mexican buckeye, Ungnadia speciosa BIG ( for this area ) Texas Persimmon, Diospyros texana.. Kind of surprised that only the smaller ones around the garden had fruit on them. Ehretia anacua Monster Tipuana tipu Chilean Palo Verde, Geoffroea decorticans in bark - shedding mode. >>>>> >>>>>> Greenhouse Highlights.... Some interesting things in there, but a little surprised it wasn't larger ..or built bigger when under renovation.
  19. 6 points
    Coming up on 2 years since planting
  20. 6 points
    In 2010 we planted 3 Coccothrinax crinita. 11 years later they would have difficulty getting into Lowes - they are about 10 - 12 ft tall: 2010 Today
  21. 6 points
    Dear Dave, Here are few stills...period ranging from 30+ years to present day... That new house had nothing but few dicot trees here and there. Here are few stills from late 90's This my mom doing some gardening work ...
  22. 5 points
    2ish year before and after. Fingers crossed for cooperative weather moving forward.
  23. 5 points
    Came across this front yard in Taft, halfway between Hunters Creek and the airport. Near 4th st and Orange.
  24. 5 points
    I love palms, but it’s night and day the services palms provide, compared to shade trees. When you are on the streets, where it’s a humid high of 95F during the day, and a low of 85F at night for months and months, those big canopies with a single ground anchor make a huge difference. Even a ton of big palms don’t create very much shade, especially as they get tall. Across from my driveway are three 75 foot Royals, and on left are a group of two 50 foot Foxtails and a bigger Bismarck. All of these provide almost no shade except directly under them at high noon. I love a good Gumbo Limbo, Live Oak, or even a little Silver Buttonwood. I love the exotic feel, and look of palms. And I love their storm tolerance (not you, queen). They make great accents and groupings, and have great utility when used properly. I think they have their place just about everywhere, but there needs to be a lot more shade trees around the streets here. I just hope they pick the most storm tolerant tropical ones.
  25. 5 points
    Only CNN could come up with such crap-ola..!
  26. 5 points
    I did the exact same thing with a Phoenix reclinata, CIDP, hybrid. I went at like 8:00 at night there were so many cars. I figured people would not really be too interested in what I was doing and it turned out I was right. Sadly some of those seedlings got eaten by squirrels
  27. 5 points
    Trans is coming along nicely
  28. 5 points
    Hi, I thought some people here might be interested in some of the research that is done on palms , in my lab we are working with Cocos nucifera and are trying to develop different methods for ex-situ conservation such as in vitro culture, cryopreservation. And recently we developed a protocol which allows the micropropagation on the coconut palm. This allows us to safely store these palms in in vitro genebanks but also use the material for cryopreservation or to replant coconuts on the field. On the pictures you can see the multiple shoots which are all clones. What is your opinion on using these techniques for safeguarding palms? You can read our whole research on: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-97718-1 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-97718-1
  29. 5 points
    Thats an awesome palm! I don't have any monster palms here but the Castor beans set a record for height for me(previous 18') one of these is now 20'+ as the seasons end is near...
  30. 5 points
    It looks like a Royal palm, Roystonea regia.
  31. 5 points
    I've been preparing for the long dark of Seattle winter by adding an extensive array of ambient & grow lighting to my palm collection. Coming home to a glowing palm oasis is the best cure for seasonal depression I've found so far lol. Adding different types of lighting to a palm's foliage really transforms the look and feel of the specimen and adds a ton of beauty and texture to the overall presentation. So I thought I'd share some nighttime shots from my collection, I'd love to see the ways you guys have your indoor palms displayed and any and all lighting setups! Cheers Not sure what order the pictures are going to post but the different palms pictured are: Howea forsteriana (multiple), hyophorbe verschaffeltii, chamaedorea elegans, licuala petiolulata, dypsis lutescens (multiple), lytocaryum weddellianum (multiple), rhapis multifida, rhapis excelsa, chamaedorea cataractarum.
  32. 5 points
    Some highlights from Monday's trip back to Boyce Thompson and beyond.. While checking out the re opened Greenhouse was a goal, looking over the Arboretum after an epic monsoon season and the Telegraph Fire, back in June was also top priority. While i'm sure weekdays are slower than weekends, was surprised that traffic at the Arboretum was as light as it was on Monday.. In a way, was nice to enjoy more of nature and less crowds while wandering around. Considered waiting to visit until various things in the park are hitting peak fall color, but that usually doesn't occur until late November / December.. Most other stuff will be out of flower / dormant by then. As usual, from here at least, starting out w/ a check on the palm collection.. then moving onto other areas.. If already familiar w/ how many of my bigger posts are laid out, you know where to head to check out everything else, if you choose.. Enjoy Sabal uresana.. Nannorrhops ritchiana.. and ..what might be the Arboretum's larger specimen ( still no label on this one * apologize its a bit out of focus ) Questionably labeled Sabal ..labeled as Sabal parviflora, w/ seeds. Arboretum's Jubaea ( or is it a cross ) Brahea edulis ..trucking along.. Rock walled " room " in the main Cactus garden, filled w/ Brahea armata. ..a few Fall scenes from the main area of the Arboretum's palm collection.. ........
  33. 5 points
    This beauty is F. Burrage
  34. 5 points
    Reviving this post, because Foqouieria is such an amazing Genus.!! Lol, here is pic of my F. Purpusii
  35. 5 points
    The larger of the two planted in 2005 out of 2 gal pot.
  36. 4 points
    Cranky old pedant here, ...it is advantageous to have these roots develop, but they are adventitious roots.
  37. 4 points
    I purchased two large mule palms from an Atlanta dealer he said they were from Texas and had survived the big freeze in 2020. however; I have read on here that they may struggle in 8a and are rather more like a zone 9 palm. They are tall beasts with thick trunks and lots of lush foliage. They do have trunks similar to a butia than the queen palm. They have been in the ground about five months and have both flowered with seed pod. One is bigger than the other, I’m not sure how old they are. I am worried about the cold hardiness of them, I want to make sure I have everything covered, should the weather dip below 25-30f. I purchased some heating cables from Amazon, and also some incandescent Xmas lights. does anyone think the two combined are sufficient? It seldom drops below -10c/14f here. And definitely not for prolonged periods. It has been known to snow for one day, but this is nearly always gone by the next day. These are my first palms; so wondered what peoples thoughts were? I also wanted to ask how do you wrap the cables and lights? Can they go right up to cover the spear? Or is it just for the trunk. I was also considering trying to screen them off with insulation foam panels and using halogen heaters to blow air up into the canopy. Think the fence and the panels would hold some heat in. Is something like that overboard or beneficial? See pics:
  38. 4 points
    Metroxylon amicarum looming overhead
  39. 4 points
    In case anyone wanted to see it, I tried Google Street Mapping it and it worked. Older photo though. https://www.google.com/maps/@32.2184024,-80.7045475,3a,43.6y,212.11h,87.18t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sOughEoq7P3RoLIsUQaqtWg!2e0!7i16384!8i8192 As you can see, guerrilla planting would be quite easy on the island because they treat every palm like it's meant to be there. Free pruning and offshoot control and everything.
  40. 4 points
    Reflections of my Monster Bizmarkia for Halloween.
  41. 4 points
    Palms From the visit: This Acrocomia (next two photos) appears to have a conk growing on it A get-well-soon present for @RedRabbit : Ficus aurea growing as an epiphyte in a Hyphaene coriacea.
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  43. 4 points
    This is really more of a PSA.. The Bureau of Land Management occasionally sells plants to the public that would otherwise be destroyed by construction. It’s a great opportunity to acquire some mature, Mojave natives for anybody interested. Nov. 13-14, 2021 @ Las Vegas Field Office 9am-3pm - first come first serve. Available plants will include: golden/silver cholla, pencil cholla, cottontop cactus, barrel cactus, Engelman’s hedgehog cactus, beavertail cactus and Mojave yucca. link for further information: https://www.blm.gov/press-release/blm-offer-cactus-and-yucca-sale-november-13-14
  44. 4 points
    Here is my monster, a date palm in my front yard.
  45. 4 points
    Geniuses are planting Ash, Elm and Sycamore in Miami Beach. Yup, that will work.
  46. 4 points
    Too late to do anything with that frond. Cut it off. Next time you notice the plant beginning to flush,(grow new fronds) get it OUTSIDE, in the sun, until the new growth has matured and hardened off. Then you can bring it back inside until the next flush. aztropic Mesa, Arizona
  47. 4 points
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/120-VAC-15A-Thermo-Cube-Thermostatically-Controlled-Double-Outlet-TC3/100210525?source=shoppingads&locale=en-US&&mtc=Shopping-VF-F_D27E-G-D27E-027_003_EXTCORD_SURG-NA-NA-Feed-SMART-2181312-WF-New_Engen+PL3&cm_mmc=Shopping-VF-F_D27E-G-D27E-027_003_EXTCORD_SURG-NA-NA-Feed-SMART-2181312-WF-New_Engen+PL3-71700000082410793-58700006989412242-92700062912530033&gclid=CjwKCAjwwsmLBhACEiwANq-tXOkwMH8y0lQnFdL3ctS8k0ztNOXBIEAEybB6EAHi3feH4OyaqyFdZhoCHREQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds#product-overview Thermo-cubes!! They will turn on your lights when it gets to 35, and shut them off at 45. Also, the cheap paper lined plastic painters tarps worked very well for me in a pinch. Put the paper side in when wrapping, so the plastic doesn't touch the plant. Having your heat source shut off is nearly as important to having it come one. You would be surprised how much heat a bunch of Christmas lights can generate. I have successfully grown a mule palm in NC 8a to a size where I can't protect it anymore with the tried and true wrap/lights/thermocube. The same palm now...
  48. 4 points
    ..Some Aloes.... ...And a Crested Euphorbia lomelii ( ....or macrocarpus ) >>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>> Interesting Eucalyptus, and a fall flowering Acacia from AUS. E. formanii Not sure on the sp. but some monsters non the less.. That Acacia.. Other trees / shrubby things of interest... Boyce Thompson's Sonoran Sea Grapes, Coccoloba goldmanii looking good after a wet summer.. Still no ID on this, but was fruiting this time ( attention getting as well ) .. We'll find out soon enough, if i can get seed going. New to me..
  49. 4 points
    Couple here are special and irreplaceable: Sclerosperma mannii Voaniola gerardii Geonoma atrovirens Raphia regalis Raphia hookeri Raphia mambillensis
  50. 4 points
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