There are some labeled plantings around Lake Wire. The plantings contain some nice gems as well as some old favorites. The plantings are labeled accurately for the most part, making it an experience more like you would expect at a botanical garden than a stroll down the sidewalk. If there are incorrect labels, please point them out as I went by the label nearest to the plant for the most part.
A close-up of one of the labels. Looks like someone was snacking on Syagrus fruits nearby.
Allagoptera arenaria (as noted in the label above - next two pictures)
The next three are various Mule palms:
The double-headed Butia I shared earlier in the Remarkable Palms of Tampa Bay thread. One of the heads looks like it is on the way out.
Beccariophoenix alfredii in the next two photos
The Queen Palm fruit that seems to be a favorite of one of the homeless folks walking in the area.
The next two are some very long term Dypsis decaryi
This post is from a local park that includes a walking path, some tennis courts and a playground for the youngsters. It includes some marginal palm plantings, cycads and creative landscaping that takes full advantage of the steep hills in the area.
The playground entrance:
Some of the experimental palm plantings, including a Licuala, Coccothrinax crinita and a few other local favorites like Dypsis decaryi:
Walking up the hill around the outside of the park, you can get some sense for the natural grade of the land and a nice view of the cycads on the border:
Palm companions like crotons and bromeliads are represented as well and add color:
Home Depot was having a sale on 3gal c. Nucifera so I bought one. I plan on keeping it in a large planter through this winter until I plant it out in the spring.
any advice on soil type for the planter?
originally I potted it in about 50/50 native soil (central florida sand) and top soil. But it seems to hold moisture more than ideal.
perhaps mix in some play sand? Or miracle grow tropical soil mix?
thanks in advance
Tropiflora's 19th Annual Fall Festival
Nursery Open House & Sale - Sarasota, Florida
Link to Topic: https://www.palmtalk.org/forum/index.php?/topic/61600-the-ganza-heads-north-–-vendor-at-tropiflora’s-fall-festival-–-october-25th-26th-27th-–-2019/
3530 Tallevast Road, Sarasota, FL 34243
Friday, October 25th, 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday, October 26th, 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday, October 27th, 10:AM - 3:00PM
For more information, check out the link above to the sale topic, or visit Tropiflora's website: https://tropiflora.com/
Almost 20 years ago I escaped the frozen tundra of Michigan and moved into the sauna of NW Orlando. It's hard to describe the abrupt transition, but I was pretty sure that I moved into an oven. Despite the oppressive heat and humidity in the summer, it was far better than spending September-April indoors and never seeing the sun!
I lucked out when I moved, as I bought very cheap just before a huge price jump in the Orlando housing market. I found a nice house on about 3/4 acre of land with a great looking canopy of about 40 big oaks and a few pines. What I did *not* luck out on is my ignorance of southern oak trees. I didn't know that they were *not* the typical Northern red oaks with strong root systems and 200+ year lifespans. Nope, I had 40+ "Water Oaks" (Quercus Nigra) that have a 30-50 year life span, shallow root systems and really weak limbs. Branches fall on a nearly daily basis, punching holes in my roof, denting my cars and making a continuous mess of the yard. Hurricanes came through and mangled the oaks, taking several down and pushing others over sideways, cracking my driveway in several places. I was annoyed by basically everything in the yard and just ignored it for at least 15 years. I spent all my time training for and racing Ironman Triathlon and various Ultramarathons, racking up over 50,000 miles biking and 10,000+ miles running.
After years of indecision and neglect I finally started to tame the jungle of weeds and ferns, starting with taking down about 15 water oaks and a couple of tall pines in 2015. Below are the "before" pictures, with a full canopy of water oaks and a huge crop of ferns. When I first started my palm obsession I found the PalmTalk build threads incredibly useful. What follows is my journal, documenting building my own tropical paradise in a little corner of NW Orlando.