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  1. 37 points
    Ho Lee Grail, Ho Lee Chit! Thankfully I have a garden large enough to wander and wonder at the beauty and variability of the various species of plants. Every now and then an event happens that well......, takes one's breath away. This Lemurophoenix has decided to come out of it's shell. It has held it's leaf sheaths for years now and they finally gave way to reveal the most spectacular display, in a large way, of mauve, purple, and pink. Planted almost 12 years to the day from a 3 gallon, it was certainly worth the wait. Now, where's that bus, I'm ready to be run over. Tim
  2. 36 points
    Not really any info here, my garden has suffered several disheartening losses lately, plus Covid-19 and wildfire blues, just some encouraging images,
  3. 36 points
    I have no wish to bring up the 800 lb gorilla sitting in most of our living rooms. My father was in the FBI so I grew up with 800 lb gorillas. Suffice it to say my husband and I are old and afflicted with conditions and ailments (type A blood anyone?) that render us both high risk. So, voluntarily, we have self-quarantined at our home on one of the larger residential properties in Cape Coral (0.61 acre - don't laugh). But we are blessed to be surrounded by 100s of my beloved palms and tropical plants that provide a cooling oasis and privacy. It's so restful to work in the yard, lots to be done to take my mind off the woes of the world. I thought I'd take some time to share photos of our little palm paradise as it looks like we won't be going anywhere for a while. I started outside the front door and continued into our 3-lot Garden Lot, which is fully planted except for our 10x16' garden shed. Blue & Red Latans Blue Latan Red Latan Sabal minor Blountstown Dwarf x2 in planter box Northern edge of Garden Lot Allagoptera brevicaulis Agave ovatifolia Views from inside the Garden Lot More later
  4. 35 points
    Yesterday, thanks to International Palm Society members Darold Petty and Steve Klocksiem, I had the chance to visit the late Jack Dane's garden in San Francisco's Cow Hollow neighborhood. Wow! The biggest Juania australis I've seen flanks the back of the house and is paired with a tall, adult, staminate specimen of a Ceroxylon species I couldn't identify; a Livistona fulva rosette grows at the Juania's base. A self-sowing grove of nikau palms, Rhopalostylis sapida, proliferates, while a nice little clump of Laccospadix australasica occupies the shady center of this typically tiny San Francisco back yard, maybe 25ft / 7.6m wide an 40ft / 12.2m deep. There's a very nice Rhopalostylis baueri and possibly another buried in there. A huge, robust Livistona species overtops all the palm trees in the garden, and a Ceroxylon quindiuense (semi-plumose type similar to those from Tenerife, Valle del Cauca in the San Francisco Botanical Garden collected by Garrin Fullington in the late 1970s) is still in a rosette with huge leaves in the shade. Plus, a few Chamaedorea and a couple of Howea forsteriana clumps are scattered about. Also of interest are the rather tall Cyathea / Sphaeropteris medullaris and S. cooperi tree ferns. Enjoy the photos! Any advice on dealing with the alarming scar on the Juania trunk is welcome. - Jason Juania australis & Livistona fulva Juania & Ceroxylon (right) Rhopalostylis sapida (mostly) and Livistona sp. (australis?) Rhopalostylis seedlings Ceroxylon sp.—a flowering-age male Rhopalostylis baueri, R. sapida, and Livistona sp. Same species as above. Possible Rhopalostylis baueri next to Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Juania australis trunk scar with Rhopalostylis baueri at left Juania australis crown, upward view Juania trunk again Juania trunk Photo posted at right, Rhopalostylis baueri, R. sapida, Livistona, Laccospadix
  5. 33 points
    Insane, really have to love palms to own this many beast. Just a fraction of the population. This area is the lowest, wettest part of my yard, a perfect place for them.
  6. 32 points
    I posted this same view off my lanai for a previous Independence Day. I didn't think you needed to be an American to appreciate it. I guess it is the Aussie colors as well. At any rate, it seems to be especially colorful every year at this time. Who needs fireworks anyway? Happy 4th to my fellow Americans!
  7. 31 points
  8. 29 points
    As everyone knows, 2020 was a crappy year. Here in the states, the covid stuff in conjunction with the election meant every possible subject was divisive and polarized. I think it’s really cool that throughout - I’d come and read palmtalk and find a total absence of that. Throughout the year, I’ve seen photos of gardens and noticed Joe Biden or Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter or Blue Lives Matter signs in a small corner of the photo (by virtue of being in front of a home). I’ve noticed subtle comments that indicate that some people are conservatives and some are liberal. Some people appear to be afraid of covid, others frustrated more by government measures. Despite all of this, however, this forum has remained essentially neutral ground. We are here because we love palms and sharing our information and our passion. I know that if I don’t want to hear this side or that get riled up about something, and I just want to know more about cool plants I like and other people’s experiences growing them, I can come here to be free from that. It’s cool that there is this small group of people representing a fraction of the global population who is still cohesive over the things they love rather than the things that piss them off. This forum, the people who use it and the information contained within has been a real bright spot in an otherwise dark year. Figured I’d drop this thought here.
  9. 29 points
    This is one of those Southern California winter days that’s so glorious it’s like a happy hallucination. Nice to get out of the house. Houses are really great, especially when surrounded by a palm garden. They’re really nice to live in, of course, but it’s also cool to be able to get up on the roof and reacquaint oneself with palms that have gotten tall. And, Happy Holidays to all! Here are the tall Teddy Bears, Dypsis leptocheilos.
  10. 29 points
    A few more..... Tim
  11. 29 points
    My Satakentia has about 3’ of clear trunk now. Doesn’t seem to muster up much purple color but it’s still a very pretty palm.
  12. 29 points
    Not suppose to leave the compound so did a little walk around.
  13. 28 points
    I have been busy trying to eradicate as much of the horrible vine, pica pica (Mucuna pruriens) from my land as possible. This afternoon I called it quits for today and went for a stroll. Two surprises greeted me. The first was on my largest Licuala mattanensis 'mapu'. I almost missed it. Then I looked more closely at my only Licuala sallehana.
  14. 28 points
    This thing is loving the heat.
  15. 28 points
    Well, as many of you know, the dypsis decipiens I had growing in my yard for over 20 years was just getting too big. i tried to sell it with no offers so I gave it away to the first guy who would move it to a happy place. Gary Gragg offered to move it to his ranch in the Sacramento valley where the climate is similar to Modesto . Here is a photo some 9 months after transplanting.... it looks to be a success!
  16. 27 points
    Well what a year, may 2021 be a lot better, can’t get any worse right, haha on a positive note Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and prosperous new year to you all and keep building up ya palm collections, my hookeri and Kentiopsis Piersoniorum opening up simultaneously Cheers paul
  17. 27 points
    This deserves an update! Since being planted at knee to waist high, the specimens pictured in the first post are now right at my head height, with some over my head (~6').....in only 20 months!!!!!!! They've been through: couple Tropical Storms frost on several occasions (light to heavy) 32F-35F multiple times Below 32F a handful of mornings (lowest is 27F) *three smaller specimens in the back are more recent additions to this grouping (added in Feb2020)
  18. 27 points
    Happy Tuesday everyone! Anyone love palms on this site? **yes, there's an entire house behind all that**
  19. 27 points
    That's it for now. Thanks for coming along.
  20. 26 points
    20200425_151537 by Pâquerette19, sur Flickr 20200425_151334 by Pâquerette19, sur Flickr DSC_0066 by Pâquerette19, sur Flickr IMG_20170808_141816 by Pâquerette19, sur Flickr IMG_20180526_110103 by Pâquerette19, sur Flickr 20190124_150146 by Pâquerette19, sur Flickr 20180927_153433 by Pâquerette19, sur Flickr ...
  21. 26 points
    A few photos of the crew admiring Tahina spectabilis:
  22. 26 points
    Bentinckia condapanna, Hyophorbe legenicualis, Licuala peltata 'sumwongii'
  23. 25 points
    This thing never stops to amaze me. Dypsis carlsmithii. Three leaves just fell off, due to rotting infloresence.
  24. 25 points
    went to see me mum and sis...took a walk in bro in laws garden. Hes a lifetime member of the IPS and a longterm palm collector
  25. 25 points
    Germinated 86 Tahina spectabilis (out of 100 seeds) in early 2008 (from RPS). Sold most of them locally but kept eight of them and have planted them in the same general area. They respond very well to lots of soil and I know they also do very well in hot weather, but can't do much about that. At 800 ft elevation here in Leilani Estates, Big Island of Hawaii, it's warm enough for them without the extreme heat that a location closer to the equator would experience. A few photos taken this morning. And feel free to add your Tahina photos - always interesting to see how they are doing in various locations around the globe.
  26. 24 points
  27. 24 points
    Chamberoynia hook, Caryota oreo, neo strok, the always crowdpleaser Chambeyronia "watermelon", pig, Dypsis lastelliana, plain ole green Chambeyronia, Dypsis carlsmith.
  28. 24 points
    I have been watching this Sabal grow, after it fell over, the last few decades along the Silver River in FL (Silver Springs). It has finally made a complete Knot. That is our local FL Cormorant sitting on the trunk waiting for some fish. Just some Covid house arrest humor.
  29. 24 points
    Couldn't resist taking a few photos late this afternoon. Finally after many aborted attempts, it looks like they are setting seed. Tim
  30. 24 points
    Fantastic downpour ( complete with thunder and lightning ) last night and continuing into the wee small hours. I tipped out 68mm ( 2 and 3/4") and it was sorely needed after a very poor wet season for 2019-2020. The garden always looks good after a nice refreshing drop of the wet stuff. Here's a few pics of a cool overcast tropical morning. | Yes I had the sprinkler on yesterday... so of course it rained last night ! | Forecast is for wet weather the next 3 or 4 days.... fingers crossed....
  31. 23 points
    Here’s my pride and joy , maybe 15’ now
  32. 23 points
    I recieved this sabal from Ken Johnson as a 8-9 foot overall non trunking palm. I tried to some provide wind protection up near the east side(shaded late day by house)) house and with magnolia and maple nearby it has had some shading. the soil is sandy and i really was preoccupied over this time with other more sensitive palms. I started mulching the area annually 3 years ago. I have trimmed back the two sh ade trees near it repeatedly to give it room. This summer it went into flower. I am re-rigging my irrigatiion system(converting grass sprinkler pop ups to micropsrayers) to ensure it gets more water as this palm is in a relatively dry area. With so many palms growing up and overhead in my yard its nice to have a slow grower I can still see the crown without a ladder.
  33. 23 points
    Had to get on the roof today to diagnose what appears to be a leaking solar water heater...grrrr! Good opportunity to take a few snaps while up there, though. Keep in mind this garden was started in 2013, on the main!
  34. 23 points
    - March 13th, 2020 - It is today, the second Friday of the Spring 'Ganza at Searle Brothers Nursery, and the activity level is slow as usual for the day. With the free time, I was browsing around the landscape checking out the palms to see if they were doing anything photo worthy. I was looking over the huge Beccariophoenix alfredii, as I always do when something caught my attention, hence the 6 ft. (2m) ladder positioned next to the trunk. After verifying the find via the ladder, I decided to take photos from the outside-in... - A couple of overall shots from different positions, with cloud shade and (B) with direct sun. This view allowed the nearby Coccothrinax macroglossa to offer assistance as a scale object. The palm has reached and surpassed the height of the shadehouse nearby, 15 ft. (4.5m). - He has put on a widened base with a good 4 ft. (1.2m) of clear trunk. The newer nodal scars on the trunk are forming further and further apart, the taller the palm has become. The petioles and leaf bases still have that cool and original color unique to the species. Those fibrous auricle-like extensions on either side of the leaf bases are smooth and pliant like kraft paper. - Before taking any of the photos, I was standing in this exact spot ready to move on to the next palm when I looked up and saw this... [boom] A newly emerging inflorescence spathe, jutting out from the trunk among the inner petioles. One could not see it unless you were standing in this very spot. This shot represents how it looked as I saw it. (B) Same position, zoomed in a bit. Ryan
  35. 23 points
    Brahea calcarea (nitida) first flowering at the age of about 30 years; time interval elapsed from the emission of the inflorescence to the antesis of the flowers 14 months.
  36. 23 points
    Hedyscepe canterburyana palms are one of my favorites. That's why I have 5 of them in my garden. My oldest one is finally got a few rings of trunk on it:
  37. 23 points
  38. 23 points
    Have posted this big boy in past, but this time it is showing more red wine color than the previous oranges. Trunk about 5ft. Understory are Dypsis leucomala, and Dypsis decipiens, both painfully slow., about 8-10 yrs old each. Last pic with row of Dypsis Utilis for privacy.
  39. 23 points
    Palms, palms, palms, everywhere. A few more shots. Having a two story house helps with the view immensely. Tim
  40. 23 points
    I just went back and looked at the more recent speed of growth of my full sun(largest) Beccariophoenix alfredii. These palms start out kind of slow but I was surprised at the last 2 years, I had to check the file dates to convince myself. We do have a long growing season here and I have more recently been putting down a few more lbs of florikan on this palm so that might be part of it. But huge roots and never cutting off green may have combined with the florikan to increase the growth of this palm. Here it is in dec 2017 and dec 2019 and it was hit with one advective freeze 30F for 5-6 hrs and of course hurricane IRMA winds at a "mild" 65-75 mph for 5-6 hrs. BA was my least damaged pinnate palm in those events. So patience with your BA, let it get the roots down and make sure its well fed and in full sun and you might be surprised. My other BA started out in half shade which I removed the canopy and they are now growing very well. This was was always in full sun, the overhead oak branch was to the south so that tree, which has since been removed, wasnt shading the BA at 20' away. the second pic was taken from the opposite direction since I no longer have enough clear path to avoid the use of a distorting wide angle lens (from that direction) on this 25'+ overall monster.
  41. 23 points
    Noted landscape architect Peter Strelkow sent me this picture today from Cuenca, Ecuador where he has a second home. That palm is massive, and it's bluer than anyone I've ever seen. I wish it grew here in Florida. If I lived in California, I would grow thousands of these things, and change the landscape forever.
  42. 22 points
    Went out to the garden, in order to seek serenity; and saw the palms mission accomplished! Show us your silver palms in the light of evening? Hell any color ... No flash
  43. 22 points
    I try to take photos of our yard every New Year's Day. I usually start great guns in our back yard jungle but often get sidetracked by my daily bucket list before I complete the whole 0.61 ac Paradise. This year I hope to be more diligent. Uh-huh. I started with general views of the jungle beginning from the vacant lot across the canal. World's Smallest Jungle, Cape Coral, FL 2021
  44. 22 points
    I'll throw in a few more photos from the same walk for good measure. All in the ground post hurricane Maria so less than three years ago. In the tropics plants grow fast. The palms are Licuala cordata, Calyptrocalyx laxiflorus and Chamaedorea geonomiformis.
  45. 22 points
    Common but pretty. I planted one this week. i picked this one out for its dark petioles.
  46. 22 points
    This is a palm that usually grows pretty well for us in our area, unlike its cousin H. laugenicalis. Mine can hold 2 or 3 good leaves any any given time, but then winter sets in and beats it up and it then takes a full growing season to look reasonable again. So, this is about as good as it gets for me. Nothing like the tropics, but still draws a lot of comments. The crownshaft after a leaf drops off is awesome looking, purple with white wax streaks. Thanks for looking!
  47. 22 points
    Then......August 2017 Now.....Sept. 2020 And I just threw this one in cause I opened my blinds this morning and liked the view on this fine Labor Day Monday.
  48. 22 points
    Was driving to my buddies house today in Spring Valley, and his neighbor has this awesome Canary growing on side of hill. I’ve seen these do this before especially over in La Jolla off Cliff, but still thought I’d share. Someone clearly plantee this in wrong spot as a baby and it just grew. Glad they taking care of it w trimming. Just an odity you come across and say wow.
  49. 22 points
    Had the Pleasure of Visiting Halley Farrel 's awesome nursery in Deland,Fl. He has some really cool rare cold hardy palms and an Extensive Bamboo collection. He has a massive Beccariophoenix that is impressive. Pictures do not do it justice! He has got it down on growing
  50. 21 points
    Copernicia hospita (25 years planted) center



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