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STEVE IN SO CAL

Bs, Joe Palma, Steve in San Diego wondering "Do you think this is the place where the meeting is?"

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STEVE IN SO CAL

Man eating Sabal Mauritiaformis...I saved this guys life, and he didn't even thank me.

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STEVE IN SO CAL

Dave doing an imitation of an understory palm...this guy rocks !!

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Gtlevine

I was stuck working on Saturday and could not make the meeting, glad to see all my Palm Brothers made it out to the meeting. I would appreciate all the photos anyone can muster up of the garden tour.

Gary

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cfkingfish

Is that a bailey? That thing needs more room man!

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bgl

Christian,

You obviously havn't been to Ralph Velez' place!! :)  Ralph is the master of squeezing in an incredible amount of palms in a very limited area.

And I hope we're going to see many more photos... It's been a couple of years since I was there myself. Any photos of the Bismarckia at the end of the cul-de-sac? I sold that to Ralph in 1994 and I hope it's still  thriving!!

Bo-Göran

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DoomsDave

Bo, the bizzie's still there, and it's got about 6-7 m of trunk.

It was so big, I missed it . . . .

dave

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DoomsDave

Here's Steve from So-Cal impersonating an understory palm . . .

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DoomsDave

Here's an overview of Ralph's place:

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DoomsDave

Here's me standing next to Roystonea altissima, holding an abscissed leaf sheath:

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DoomsDave

Here's a look into the R. altissima's canopy:

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DoomsDave

View of end of cul-de-sac, note C. gigas.

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DoomsDave

Close-up of trunk of C. gigas:  Note care for scale.

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DoomsDave

C. gigas sky.  The crown is about thirty feet across (10 m).

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DoomsDave

Wallichia distichia.  According to the label, it was planted about four years ago from a 2-gallon pot . . . . :o

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DoomsDave

Jubeaopsis caffra in Ralph's backyard, planted from a 1-gallon in 1992(?)

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Zac in NC

Wow. Imagine that. Dave in the Red shoes..... And Steve imitating the understory palm too. Looks like it was a nice meeting. Where's Danny L and ElHoagie?

Zac

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BS Man about Palms

(bgl @ Sep. 16 2006,18:27)

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Christian,

You obviously havn't been to Ralph Velez' place!! :)  Ralph is the master of squeezing in an incredible amount of palms in a very limited area.

And I hope we're going to see many more photos... It's been a couple of years since I was there myself. Any photos of the Bismarckia at the end of the cul-de-sac? I sold that to Ralph in 1994 and I hope it's still  thriving!!

Bo-Göran

If I heard Ralph right when he started the group tour:

He started/built the house in 1962, it was a dirty muddy lot back then.

I think I heard his lot is 60'x 100'--- NOT BIG--but full!!

Bo- several of us "missed" the Bismarkia at first because" the crown" was twenty feet in the air!!!  the trunks look a little common when at that height.  :)

Two of my favorites...a small but healthy/happy Chamberonia Lepidota

and Crysophila Albida (rootspine palm) with 20'  YES 20 FEET (thats 6-7 meters) of trunk. Awesome!!

Great time was had by all today I think..Great and exciting lunch trip too....I think I can get some extra Ranch hands at the "Galaxy Cafe" if needed....but no food ? ???

I'll post some pics too......when I develop them!!! lol

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BS Man about Palms

(Gtlevine @ Sep. 16 2006,17:44)

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I was stuck working on Saturday and could not make the meeting, glad to see all my Palm Brothers made it out to the meeting. I would appreciate all the photos anyone can muster up of the garden tour.

Gary

Gary I'll have "hard copies" available at some point...

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MattyB

Awesome meeting!  Everyone and their grandma was there!  (Deezpalms, we missed you).  I'm exausted!  I'll post pics tomorrow.  What a day!

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Urban Rainforest

All I can say is Ralphs place is one of the most awesome gardens I have seen in cali.! I would look at areas I had already seen and see half a dozen palms that I had'nt seen the first time around. It was especially good to see palms thriving planted so close together on a small city sized lot. I'll never worry about over planting again! Also it was great to see so many palm freaks from the board turnout. I saw B.S. man about palms, Bob, paul, and Matty B.,palmazon, Steve from So Cal., Matt from San Diego and La Habra Dave in rare form in his red Converse. He brought his extra heavy duty mobile swooning couch but it shattered from the palm overload :D ! And yes lunch was an adventure as we traveled from the bingo hall/cafe that did'nt serve food straight into the hood but ended up at a very nice joint that definately had prospective ranch hands :P !A great day and a great time had by all. Steve

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STEVE IN SO CAL

I did learn something at this meeting:

I overheard one of the docent type tour guides giving the recipe used for soil amendment(this caught my interest, and I listened with glee, thinking that I too, would now hold the secret)....

One third native soil

One third sand

Two thirds organic material

THAT WAS IT !!!!! The ingredient I had been overlooking all these years !!! The fourth third....how could I have been so blind ???

(I'm sure he was just nervous, but I couldn't resist)

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STEVE IN SO CAL

Here you are, Bo...the tallest Biz in California? What is the history....Bo knows

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DoomsDave

Ralph's dive is infamous for being a bit crowded.  Like a full jewel box, to the rim like a cup of Brim (ack!) with treasure . . . .

Here's a Dyppy amby-fakey, my red shoes for scale:

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DoomsDave

Here's the full monty, it's the skinny palm, right next to the sidewalk

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DoomsDave

Parajube cocoides, at the end of the cul-de-sac

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DoomsDave

(Zac in NC @ Sep. 17 2006,00:08)

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Wow. Imagine that. Dave in the Red shoes..... And Steve imitating the understory palm too. Looks like it was a nice meeting. Where's Danny L and ElHoagie?

Zac

Danny and the Hoagie were there, though I didn't spend nearly as much time schmoozing with them as they deserved.

But, still, a grand time was had by all

dave

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DoomsDave

African tulip tree and Parajube torallyi-torallyi

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DoomsDave

Roystonea regia crown

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Kris

Dear Steve  :)

beautiful pictures of our loved Ones(Palms).

i feel that those of you who attended the meeting.

and had ample glance & chance to touch & feel those

lovely palms as seen in your stills.i consider them lucky.

in those pictures the plam that swept me away

was the Bailey Sp.

the photos appear that this meeting had a huge

attendence.and i see people really relaxing.

this is a must for all,especially for those having

very tight schedule in life.

Now in asia, people do not have time for leisure to

persue gardening,listening to music,self cooking etc..

all software proffessional are busy making money &

do not have time to relax.

but when they retire with a heavy purse & a bald or

grey haired head.it would be very late to make a U turn

in life. what is missed is missed for life ?

Iam saying this because my younger brother work for

a reputed software firm.and he does not have time to

spend with me,my.mom & dad.he has become machenical.

i have talked about this with him but no use.

Dear guys i feel that money is necessary for a comfortable

life.but it should not dictate as to how we should lead our

life !

Love,

Kris.

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Darold Petty

Ralph Velez is too modest to mention it, but his garden was featured in a book , "A Man's Garden" by Warren Schultz, published in 2001 by Houghton Mifflin Company.  This book describes 14 wildly different gardens that are distinctly male.  It's a great read!

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bgl

Dave and Steve,

Thanks a lot for the great photos! What a way to start a new day! :)  And very satisfying to know that the Bismarckia is doing so well!

Bo-Göran

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Peter

Not a palm, but here's a cool Pandanus:IMG_6055.jpg

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Alan_Tampa

Dave, are you sure that is R. regia.?

It looks different to me.

Alan

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MattyB

First off let me say that it was great seeing everyone.  Met Joe Palma.  Saw, both Steves, Matt in SD, BS man about chicks, Palmazon, El and La Hoagies, Dave in So Cal viva Guada La Habra red shoe wearin' hillbilly shirt sportin'.  Jack and I had fun joking around during the auction!

Here's some pics:  Pohonkelapa, Steve in SD, and Palmgrover at the entrance to Palm Island.  "Hey no skating Steve!  Steve was gonna do a micky fiky fakey 180 grind on a Syagrus until he saw the sign."

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MattyB

Just never get tired of that!  Lot's a small palms in full all day sun.  They looked great.  We speculated about the benefits of the surrounding lake and how it must add humidity and temp. stabilization.  There is a Cocos planted there.  We'll see how it does.

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MattyB

Bob with a Rapidophyllum hystrix.  This thing is like 35 years old.  Slow, like your mom on a first date.

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MattyB

Yes, Christian this is a C. baileyana!  Oh, man talk about swooning! I'm speechless!  Christian, if you come across any of these, please send me one.  I'm coveting one massively!

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MattyB

- "Hey Danny, what ya got there?"

- "Arenga engl......ah damn it!"

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Kerridoxa elegans in Ralph's backyard.  It's in a pot so I don't know if he brings it in for the Winter but it's the first I've ever seen.  Sooooooo nice!

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