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Chester B

I made my first trip to Brookings, Oregon and I was not disappointed in what I saw.  Lots of exotics that I can't grow here in Portland and many of them were huge.  I had 10 minutes that I was granted to drive around and snap photos.  I seemed totally suspicious so only managed to get a few decent shots.  Unfortunately I wasn't able to get any photos of Washingtonia palms.  I did also see some Pygmy date palms planted in a front of a store but had not idea as to how long they had been in the ground.  Apparently Brookings has an unusual climate.  I took this from Wikipedia

The Brookings area has a cool-summer mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification Csb).  According to the Trewartha climate classification, it has a subtropical climate (despite being a little farther north than Chicago in latitude) and is among one of the northernmost North American locations to have one.

Brookings has cool winters during which intense rainfall is broken by weeks of cool, sunny weather. It has mild, dry summers with average rainfall in July and August of less than 1 inch (25 mm) per month. There are an average of only two afternoons annually with high temperatures of 90 °F (32.2 °C) or higher and an average of 1.5 mornings with low temperatures of 32 °F (0 °C) or lower. The record high temperature was 108.2 °F (42.3 °C) on July 9, 2008. The record low temperature was 18 °F (−7.8 °C) on December 8, 1972.

The wettest calendar year in Brookings was 1996 with 123.90 inches (3,147 mm) and the driest 1976 with 43.34 inches (1,100.8 mm). The most rainfall in one month was 36.90 inches (937.3 mm) in December 1996. The most rainfall in 24 hours was 17.00 inches (431.8 mm) on October 14, 2016. Snow is rare in Brookings, averaging only 0.7 inches or 0.018 metres per year, but 10 inches (0.25 m) fell in January 1916.[17]

Due to its location, Brookings is subject to winter (and less frequently summer) temperatures considered unusually warm for the Oregon Coast or for that matter, the North Coast of California. Temperatures can reach 70 to 100 °F (21.1 to 37.8 °C) throughout the year. This is due mostly to its situation at the foot of the Klamath Mountains, from which winds compress and warm the air flowing onto Brookings. This is called the Brookings effect or Chetco effect, similar to the warm dry Santa Ana winds of coastal Southern California.

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Chester B

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Brookings CIDP 5.JPG

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Chester B

Agaves and Princess flowers were everywhere

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Cordylines and Yucca Gigantea??

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SailorBold

Wow !!  that is amazing..    So what is the zone?  Everything looks great..

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Silas_Sancona

Also quite surprised to see  stuff like Araucaria, Tibochina ( Princess Flower ) that far north.  Makes me wonder what other surprises are grown up there. 

Pretty sure the Yucca in your pictures is indeed Yucca elephantes / gigantea.. 

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13 hours ago, SailorBold said:

Wow !!  that is amazing..    So what is the zone?  Everything looks great..

It’s zone 9b. I think I just scratched the surface on what people were growing there. Lots of plants I didn’t recognize. Big eucalyptus everywhere as well as citrus trees. 
 

Now I want to get a vacation property there just to have the garden. 
 

 

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Meangreen94z

Crazy that a town with the equivalent latitude of Chicago has just as warm/warmer winters than we have here in Houston. But that’s what the Pacific does. Beautiful pictures.

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