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  1. 39 points
    Here’s my front yard from my front door.
  2. 25 points
    Hey all, I've posted this B. fenestralis a number of times over the years. It was planted in 2003 as a 5 gallon plant & has been a steady, trouble free, moderate grower ever since. It started developing some clear trunk about 3-4 years ago. So last evening, I'm walking around with a brew attempting to beat back the weeds & trimming dead palm fronds & notice this.. There's actually 2 "torpedos" growing. We'll see if they abort or hold. Fingers crossed! Thanks for looking..
  3. 25 points
    I’m still not sure if this is sabal causiarum or domingensis. There seems to be some confusion on which one has liguels. But none the less I love this huge Sabal. It’s finally going vertical after walking about 5 feet from its original planting spot. I planted it 7 years ago for my son (the monkey in it). It’s been a blast watching them both grow. Today he said “ I want to climb my palm” so up he went.
  4. 23 points
    Hi guys, Want some pictures to look at on a Saturday night from the most beautiful place in the world, Lord Howe Island. Sure you do. This place is just so picturesque you just can't take a boring picture. Don't even aim your phone or camera and you will get an interesting pic. Put some thought into it and you'll have a wonderful picture. But for us palm lovers, you want to see palms. So let's start with Howea.
  5. 23 points
    Dypsis carlsmithii and malcomberi showing off.
  6. 22 points
    It's been about 5 years since I've shared some videos of the garden and it's filled in nicely since then. I think I'll take some more videos if you guys are interested. Here's a sneak peak to wet yer whistle....
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    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.
  9. 21 points
    Hello there, spring has fully kicked in, summer is already knocking on the door - so why not giving a short update of my garden. We bought the house in Sept.2012 - the garden contained only some Bougainvillea which I got rid of - locally sold palms are Manila, Areca, P. roebellenii, Kentia and Cocos nucifera (from time to time). If you are interested in more, you have to order seeds - what I did mostly - but then it takes time to get the palms big. However, if you interested, please enjoy: Rockets over here: Veitchia joannis. (from seeds) Another fast beauty: Alexander palm. (from seeds) Super fast growers: Washingtonias (They were heavily infested by bugs, it took a while to find them and pull them out of the tree, but I think they will do well again.)/(from seeds) Standard palm over here: Adonidia merillii (six years old and flowering the first time) (bought as a seedling) My most loved Cocos nucifera, a Golden Malay dwarf(?) - took a heavy blow last October when typhoon Talim raged over here - got infested with bugs, too, but is now bouncing back. I am so glad. (bought from home depot) This Green Cocos palm was bend over the wall after the typhoon - I had to cut many broken fonds off - but it is now again growing very well, it is almost as tall as the Golden Malay but has still no real trunk yet. (This one is grown from a washed ashore coconut, the tree is not older than five years.) Same with this one, five years old from a coconut washed ashore. Same palm, photo taken from the outside. Now some slower palms, but all of them have survived our winters and typhoons so far. Dictyosperma var. (aureum?). The new spears are interestingly colored. (from seeds) Another species: Elais guineensis. (four years old)/(from seeds) Livistona chinensis. (from seeds) Phoenix sylvestris. (three years old) /(from seeds) Phoenix rupicola (four years old) / (from seeds) Dydsis decaryi. (bought last years from home depot) Finally some palms that taking their time but doing well so far... Clinostigma samoense (three years old) /( from seeds) Clinostigma harlandii. (three years old)/(from seeds) Bentinckia nicobarica (three years old) / (from seeds) Beccariophoenix alfredii (three years old) / (from seeds) Finally: Copernicia fallensis, pushing its third leaf after one year... I hope, it is going to speed now Waiting inside: as seedlings: Dypsis leptocheilos, Dypsis lastelliana, Licuala naumanii, Obi Nymph palm, Lytocaryum weddellianum, Cocothrinax borhidiana, Livistona rotundifolia, Pritchardia pacifica, Becc. fenestralis sp. ("Eastern"), Dypsis sp. bejouf/bejofa, Foxtail p., Cop. hospita, Chamberyona macrocarpa and many more still bagged as seeds. Ok, that it should be for the moment - thank you for your time, best regards Lars
  10. 20 points
    My Dypsis Big Red is flowering for the first time! One has already opened! It is sending another flower up on the other side!
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    H belmoreana and H forsteriana
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    A few years ago, Daryl started a similar thread and at the time, my young palm garden only had 'monsters' in waiting, so not much to post. So, 5 or 6 years later, a few of these youngsters are now of a size that would qualify for this category. I knew some of these would ultimately be large but, watching them grow over the years, amazes me just how giant they have become. A few of them still haven't trunked either! Tim Mauritia flexuosa, with Hilo Jason for scale. You can almost hear this one grow.
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    And on "ground level" in the upper area.
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    I think 12-14 feet tall overall? 4 meters plus?
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    Lastly... the obligatory sunset pics...
  16. 19 points
    I had the opportunity and great privilege to visit Rafael and both of his palm gardens yesterday. They are both located in Ovar, a suburb south of Porto in Portugal. After seeing many of Rafael's photos here on PalmTalk over the years it was great fun to finally visit and see for myself all the hard work and dedication that he has put into his two gardens. The first ten photos are from the more recent garden, which is the one which had a major issue with a retaining wall a few years back (there is an old thread here on PalmTalk), and this is also the larger garden and the one where Rafael is putting in most of his effort these days. There is an upper part and the first several photos show this area. This area is pretty much all planted out, unless Rafael decides to "Velez" it even more. The lower part of the garden, as can be seen in some of the photos, is just at the beginning stage, and Rafael is hoping (I'm sure! ) to transform this area into a real palm jungle as well. The final seven photos are from Rafael's initial home and garden, and this property is fairly close to the water. As can be seen in the photos, this garden is well established, and I sensed that there may only be very limited additional plantings here. I'm sure Rafael will be happy to provide additional information and he would also clearly be the one to answer any questions. (Yes, he gave me the name of every single palm, but I may not have memorized all of them. OK, maybe there was the occasional Livistona where the species name temporarily had been forgotten... ). And Rafael - you've done a fantastic job with both of these gardens, just in general, but also considering the challenging climate you're dealing with.
  17. 19 points
    I was eating some watermelon in the dining room and happened to look out the back window and this caught my eye! Funny bcuz i was outside several times this morning and didn't notice it. First time ever blooming. Hopefully it sets seeds bcuz they will probably be pure as all my other Cocco's are way past blooming and in the fruit stage.
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    Last month I took a trip to Morocco and saw Chamaerops cerifera and Phoenix dactylifera growing in their natural habitats in the Atlas Mountains. Most of the Silver Chamaerops one sees in habitat is very low ground cover, but occasionally, on steep slopes or in stream beds you can see some with several feet of trunk. They tend to be most common at elevations between 4,000-5,000 feet. Here's a video:
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    All of these first 3 pics are from the base of Mt Lidgebird.
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    Here is the late, great Richard Douglas.
  22. 19 points
    This is an update on the palm that the "PRA team" discovered several years back and posted. Mssrs Matty, Paul and Bob stopped by and posted this amazing find by Bob and accomplishment by Mike Edwards the owner! I saw the owner Mike outside as I drove by and stopped to chat. He said he got it MANY years ago as a seedling at a Palm Society meeting. He said he had picked up a seedling to look from a trayful and moments later Mardi Darian swooped in and grabbed the whole tray declaring "you can't grow those"! Well, I never saw one at Mardis... He then told me his secret! He said he barely got it up to a 1 gal size and had a Avocado tree near where this is, he said the leaves and mulch he had underneath were starting to make some warm compost, he decided to clear an area and plop the palm down right there! It wasn't rocket, but it responded well!
  23. 18 points
    Another belmoreana pic and forsteriana with Mt Lidgbird and Mt Gower in the background.
  24. 18 points
    And the large open lower area - lots of exciting possibilities here, that's for sure!
  25. 18 points
    I don't think there is anything better in the life of a palm grower as when you peel away a leaf sheath to finally reveal the first ring of trunk. And the pleasure is directly proportional to how long it took to get to that milestone. Until you have done it, you may not appreciate how satisfying it is. Here are two palms acquired 15 years ago as small 1 gals. Obviously neither are quick to trunk, but from here on out the next milestone will be when they seed/flower - another long wait, but also right up there on the pleasure meter. The first is this Dypsis "Big Red." It came by way of Mardy Darian, so no telling exactly what it is. But it is certainly related to Dypsis lastelliana, and starting to get the color after which its name came from. Up unitil now, it was almost a black fuzzed crownshaft - notably different than a "normal" "Red Neck." And it still is only the newly exposed area that has for the first time exhibited this color. The rest of the crownshaft is still almost black.