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The first two are Astrocaryum lancetellu. This is an old plant that I grew from seed many years ago. It's about 8' tall now.

A newly planted Licuala sp. "Togu Budo" from PNG.

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Jeff Searle

Dypsis carlsmithii.

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RainForestt Robert

Jeff, the garden looks immaculate. Truly a labor of love. Keep up the good work. I always look forward to seeing it and observe something new on each occasion. All the best the you and Andrea.

Robert

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Jeff Searle

Looking up into the crowns of Satakentia liukiuensis.

Aiphanes minima.

A newly planted Bentinckia condapanna. Hope it will grow here.

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My first, but certainly not last Tahina spectabalis. This has been planted approx. one year now and has been slow so far.

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Jeff Searle

My largest Dypsis mananjarensis in the yard, it's about 8-9' tall now and has stretched a bit due to all the trees and palms around it. I have to constantly trim things back to give it more direct sunlight. Earlier this year, I planted another one out( one gallon size) in full sun and it's growing great.

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Jeff Searle

The first three are Licuala platydactyla, native to PNG. It's over 10 years old now from seed and is pretty rare to come by. It's nickname is the Bow Tie palm.

Planted down near the water is Beccariophoenix sp. "Coastal Form".

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ariscott

I used to have Licuala sp. "Togu Budo". And one day, it just died.... no reason... just died :(. I can't replace it....

Love that L. platydactyla too, Jeff... a dainty little thing...

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Mandrew968

Dypsis manenjarensis is different from sp. dark mealybug?

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Jeff Searle

Dypsis manenjarensis is different from sp. dark mealybug?

Yes Andrew, very different. Come up for a visit, you'll see.

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rozpalm

Wow! This has to be one of the most spectacular gardens on Palm Talk. Thanks for posting so many pictures Jeff. Your garden is a real inspiration. I love all the color mixed in with the palms.

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My Fiji Island Dwarf coconut planted near the pond.

Attalea cohune

Sabal mauritiformis

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Rhapis sp. Unknown hybrid with long, druppy leaflets.

Zamia encephalartoides, native to Columbia

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Three large Bismarckia nobilis. Two are females and one male, and way more seed being produced than I care to have. Approx. 30-35' in height.

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Orchid on tree.

Mertya balansae, native to New Caledonia.

Sitting area.

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Zamia acuminata, possibly.

Licuala mapu.

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liao yu chieh

Thanks guys!

I like this yellow flowering shrub, it blooms basically all year round. Can someone help with a name?

Neoveitchia storckii up near the front door with orchids growing on it.

That flower is Uncarina decaryi :D

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Thanks guys!

I like this yellow flowering shrub, it blooms basically all year round. Can someone help with a name?

Neoveitchia storckii up near the front door with orchids growing on it.

That flower is Uncarina decaryi :D

I just this past weekend talked to my friend that gave me this plant and he stated it was Uncarina grandidieri as stated from a previous poster. But thanks for your input.

Jeff

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BeaumontTropics

Jeff,

that's probably the gnarliest garden i've ever seen based purely on photos! Wow! Now I know what you mean when you say we should all "move!" Fantastic garden, love the layout, the freeform feel to the whole place is astonishing,

I really enjoy that kind of layout as opposed to a more geometric layout. Truly, truly, epic! So. Florida is where it's at, evidently!

----FINS WAY UP!!---

-eric

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brodklop

A really top garden Jeff, thanks for taking the time to share. Love all those Copernicia

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Peter

Maybe I'm being greedy, but any more photos Jeff?

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pogobob

Jeff, You have a wonderfull and complete garden. You probably know of a good nursery source :mrlooney:

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Mandrew968

Jeff, has that 'sueroana' always looked like that, or has it gradually looked more and more like a gigas? Seeing it makes me so happy Copernicia gigas was one of the first palms I planted :)

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Eric and Brod,

Thanks again for your comments. Things in our garden were not planned in advanced. Just an ongoing trail here, plant another palm there, then add a bench. Of course not all is perfect, even a few things that were planted earlier on got too big where other plants next to it might have suffered. Overall, it's been fun and a great experience.

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Maybe I'm being greedy, but any more photos Jeff?

Peter,

I was almost finished when my wife took the camera on a short trip to Antigua and our camera broke down there. I might be getting a replacement soon though and would finish up shortly.

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Jeff, You have a wonderfull and complete garden. You probably know of a good nursery source :mrlooney:

Thanks, I was very impressed when I made a visit to your yard a few years back. I remeber how plants were so perfect looking and not a weed to be found! Sorry to hear your moving.

And yes, plants are free, it's a great feeling! :D

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Jeff, has that 'sueroana' always looked like that, or has it gradually looked more and more like a gigas? Seeing it makes me so happy Copernicia gigas was one of the first palms I planted :)

Andrew, it hasen't changed a bit. I've only seen one other almost as big in another yard down in dade county on a palm tour a few years back.

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brodklop

Jeff, how big is that D. carlsmithii you are leaning on in your avatar now

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Moose

I believe that photo was taken about three or four years ago. Its bigger now and produces copious amounts of seed.

My comment on the photos in this thread :drool:

Jeff, how big is that D. carlsmithii you are leaning on in your avatar now

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Brod / Ron,

The palm now is a good 15' tall. I just noticed yesterday a huge flower spike has begun to emerge. Which means now it's growing somewhat slower than a few years ago.

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DoomsDave

More pictures!

Can't get enough. I am greedy . . .

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Pedro 65

Jeff, ive never tried Mapu here as I thought as soon as the temp dropped below 12c, its life was over...How long has yours been inground and how cold does your winter night temps get..... Do you cover it at all in winter?....Our gardens do not get frost but we have many nights down to 6c,( sometimes as low as 3c) what do you think my chances are of Mapu growing well here? All your shots since I last posted are brilliant and help any "keen palm enthusiast ' inspired and motivated..Pete

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Jeff, ive never tried Mapu here as I thought as soon as the temp dropped below 12c, its life was over...How long has yours been inground and how cold does your winter night temps get..... Do you cover it at all in winter?....Our gardens do not get frost but we have many nights down to 6c,( sometimes as low as 3c) what do you think my chances are of Mapu growing well here? All your shots since I last posted are brilliant and help any "keen palm enthusiast ' inspired and motivated..Pete

Pete,

This one has only been in the ground for a couple of years now. I'm not too sure on the temp. conversions, but I used to have three bigger ones in the ground that took low 30's with no problems. I lost them to Hurricane Wilma 6 years ago. They would be about 18" buy now. I honestly think you should be able to grow them there based on all of your other unique palms.

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Jeff, ive never tried Mapu here as I thought as soon as the temp dropped below 12c, its life was over...How long has yours been inground and how cold does your winter night temps get..... Do you cover it at all in winter?....Our gardens do not get frost but we have many nights down to 6c,( sometimes as low as 3c) what do you think my chances are of Mapu growing well here? All your shots since I last posted are brilliant and help any "keen palm enthusiast ' inspired and motivated..Pete

Pete,

This one has only been in the ground for a couple of years now. I'm not too sure on the temp. conversions, but I used to have three bigger ones in the ground that took low 30's with no problems. I lost them to Hurricane Wilma 6 years ago. They would be about 18" buy now. I honestly think you should be able to grow them there based on all of your other unique palms.

Jeff, Wow, 32f is 0c and 35f is 1.5c...What great news this is for our gardens..Jeff how much light did your previous 3 receive and how much light is your new one in?...Also Jeff, what is your usual day temps during the coolest part of winter there especially when your night temp plummits to 32f?...... Ive only ever seen Mapus in Oz grown in deep shade..I look fwd to your reply.Im a very keen learner, thank you Jeff..Pete

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Jeff, ive never tried Mapu here as I thought as soon as the temp dropped below 12c, its life was over...How long has yours been inground and how cold does your winter night temps get..... Do you cover it at all in winter?....Our gardens do not get frost but we have many nights down to 6c,( sometimes as low as 3c) what do you think my chances are of Mapu growing well here? All your shots since I last posted are brilliant and help any "keen palm enthusiast ' inspired and motivated..Pete

Pete,

This one has only been in the ground for a couple of years now. I'm not too sure on the temp. conversions, but I used to have three bigger ones in the ground that took low 30's with no problems. I lost them to Hurricane Wilma 6 years ago. They would be about 18" buy now. I honestly think you should be able to grow them there based on all of your other unique palms.

Jeff, Wow, 32f is 0c and 35f is 1.5c...What great news this is for our gardens..Jeff how much light did your previous 3 receive and how much light is your new one in?...Also Jeff, what is your usual day temps during the coolest part of winter there especially when your night temp plummits to 32f?...... Ive only ever seen Mapus in Oz grown in deep shade..I look fwd to your reply.Im a very keen learner, thank you Jeff..Pete

The Licualas were planted under a big Black Olive tree, and the one now is in the same spot as the other three once were. If I were to guess, during the winter months, our high's for an average day are probably around 76-80F. Here in south Florida, we get cold fronts on ocassion where we can dip into the low 30's overnight, then in a couple of days, our overnight lows might be back in the 50's to 60's. I hope this helps some.

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Pedro 65

Jeff, ive never tried Mapu here as I thought as soon as the temp dropped below 12c, its life was over...How long has yours been inground and how cold does your winter night temps get..... Do you cover it at all in winter?....Our gardens do not get frost but we have many nights down to 6c,( sometimes as low as 3c) what do you think my chances are of Mapu growing well here? All your shots since I last posted are brilliant and help any "keen palm enthusiast ' inspired and motivated..Pete

Pete,

This one has only been in the ground for a couple of years now. I'm not too sure on the temp. conversions, but I used to have three bigger ones in the ground that took low 30's with no problems. I lost them to Hurricane Wilma 6 years ago. They would be about 18" buy now. I honestly think you should be able to grow them there based on all of your other unique palms.

Jeff, Wow, 32f is 0c and 35f is 1.5c...What great news this is for our gardens..Jeff how much light did your previous 3 receive and how much light is your new one in?...Also Jeff, what is your usual day temps during the coolest part of winter there especially when your night temp plummits to 32f?...... Ive only ever seen Mapus in Oz grown in deep shade..I look fwd to your reply.Im a very keen learner, thank you Jeff..Pete

The Licualas were planted under a big Black Olive tree, and the one now is in the same spot as the other three once were. If I were to guess, during the winter months, our high's for an average day are probably around 76-80F. Here in south Florida, we get cold fronts on ocassion where we can dip into the low 30's overnight, then in a couple of days, our overnight lows might be back in the 50's to 60's. I hope this helps some.

Thanks Jeff for all that info, Im certain all our "equatorial rainforest palms" grow with success beacause of all the overhead 'rainforest trees' i planted years ago..Thanks for the inspiration and filling me in with your weather patterns..Pete

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Beach palm

Beautiful garden. Thanks for posting all of the pictures. They definitely give us something to strive for.

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NCpalmqueen

Double Holy Cow!! I am tired taking the tour! Incredible! How do you keep the weeds at bay? Everything looks perfect!

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Jeff Searle

Double Holy Cow!! I am tired taking the tour! Incredible! How do you keep the weeds at bay? Everything looks perfect!

Cindy,

Thanks! I still need to use some herbicides in areas where there's not many plants planted out. As areas fill up and grow in, and with increasing shade overhead, the weeds grow very little there. I also try to keep up with the mulching, which is a big help as well.

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Moose

My Fiji Island Dwarf coconut planted near the pond.

Attalea cohune

Sabal mauritiformis

Keith - this is a fine example of the Sabal we were talking about on the Chat last night

post #132 for photo :greenthumb:

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