By Yunder Wækraus
They say you should never look back, but I couldn’t help myself. Google finally updated its street view images. Last year, the images showed the two US homes we once owned as they were prior to our living there, and now the images show them as they are after we moved out. I’m pleased to see that the gardens I put into our CA yard, where we lived from 2012-2015, and the one I put in our FL yard, where we lived 2015-2018, are largely intact and growing. Not one plant at either property predated my ownership. I’ve also included pix of the house we’ve been renting for two years. I don’t get the fun of planting and owning my garden here, but at least it is pleasantly palmy :-)
When more information becomes available, this thread will be updated.
For now, a preview of upcoming meetings for the year and an updated listing of our officers is available at: http://www.cfpacs.com/
The two locations tentatively scheduled for this meeting are:
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens: 900 S Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL, 34236 Rob Branch's Garden in Sarasota, FL More details will be made available in the Affiliate News and Meeting Dates section of the forums.
The 2019 Holiday meet-up started at Heathcote Botanical Gardens in Ft. Pierce, Florida. The gardens are roughly 5 acres and have a densely planted palm and cycad walk as well as a reflection garden full of Bonsai plants. Our tour guide for the day was none other than @Dave-Vero. Currently, the gardens are set up with Christmas lights and a train set under a tree as part of their Garden of Lights event. For more information on the gardens, please visit: https://www.heathcotebotanicalgardens.org/
On with the show:
Next 3 photos: The parking lot has pretty standard views for coastal central Florida; with Livistona and Roystonea in fruit, and some yuccas to stop you from parking in the mulch.
Next 4 photos: The entrance has some more old favorites. From there you can see some of the canopy palms in the gardens.
Once inside, a Satakentia liukiuensis all decked out with lights.
A look down the path shows that all of the palms are under canopy for protection. A Dypsis decaryi is present on the right fork.
There are bromeliads and other plants mixed in with the palms as you would expect. What's that on the left?
Next 2 photos: If you guessed Howea forsteriana, you are correct. This palm seemed to attract most of the attention at the start of the tour. There is a close-up in the second photo.
The famed 3-headed Sabal makes an appearance in an open spot off the main path.