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PalmatierMeg

I have no wish to bring up the 800 lb gorilla sitting in most of our living rooms. My father was in the FBI so I grew up with 800 lb gorillas. Suffice it to say my husband and I are old and afflicted with conditions and ailments (type A blood anyone?) that render us both high risk. So, voluntarily, we have self-quarantined at our home on one of the larger residential properties in Cape Coral (0.61 acre - don't laugh). But we are blessed to be surrounded by 100s of my beloved palms and tropical plants that provide a cooling oasis and privacy. It's so restful to work in the yard, lots to be done to take my mind off the woes of the world.

I thought I'd take some time to share photos of our little palm paradise as it looks like we won't be going anywhere for a while. I started outside the front door and continued into our 3-lot Garden Lot, which is fully planted except for our 10x16' garden shed.

Blue & Red Latans

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Blue Latan

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Red Latan

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Sabal minor Blountstown Dwarf x2 in planter box

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Northern edge of Garden Lot

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Allagoptera brevicaulis

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Agave ovatifolia

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Views from inside the Garden Lot

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More later

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Reeverse

Soo cool what you have done there! Looks great!! 

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Oviedo_z10b_lol

Definitely not the worst place to be quarantined. Very nicely done!

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OC2Texaspalmlvr

@PalmatierMeg can you send us some pics of Sabal row please =) Love your garden would love to see it one day !! 

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PalmatierMeg

Greetings and positive vibes to all. Just another day in quarantine paradise. My son and his wife dropped by to check on us and we talked outdoors 6+' apart as they did not want to disrupt our indoor eco-environment (really). They both work in doctor's offices and the hospital system and I'll say no more.

I spent most of the day indoors indulging in activities I seldom pursue: cooking and baking. Good thing I have years of experience to fall back on. Yesterday I roasted a turkey to share with our niece & nephew, who, being professional cleaners, are swamped with requests from local gov't to assist in disinfecting and sanitizing their facilities. Today I am making turkey rice soup and chocolate chip cookies to share. And I'm tired.

But not too tired to post more photos of our little botanical garden. More palm goodies from the Garden lot.

Tahina spectabilis

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Zombia antillarum

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Livistona saribus Green Form

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Borassus flabellifer: one of two I germinated 10 years ago from seeds sent to me by Kris in India. Kris, much love to you!

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Dypsis pembana 3-stem cluster - absolutely fabulous palm

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Dypsis decaryi: not my favorite Dypsis but I grew this one from seeds and it is handsome in its own right

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Copernicia prunifera & Livistona saribus black spines & yellow highlights

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Coccothrinax spp group

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Cocos nucifera & Coccothrinx spp near garden shed

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Gaussia gomez-pompae in front of garden shed

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Enjoy! More to come

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topwater

Geez I’m lusting after the Borassus.  I had 10 B. aethiopum seeds and successfully germinated zero.  Good job!

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joe_OC

My favorite palm in your garden so far:

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Palmaceae

Looking great as usual Meg! You and Tim take care and be careful out there.

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Cindy Adair

So impressive Meg! Glad you two are safe.

And aren't we all so lucky to have our garden retreats!

 

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Merlyn
On 3/21/2020 at 4:49 PM, PalmatierMeg said:

Views from inside the Garden Lot

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I love the Latans, it's too bad they are a definite no-go for me in borderline 9B/9A.  At least I can grow Ovatifolia with no worries, like your stabby beast!  One question...what's the palm on the right side?  It sort of looks like an Attalea of some sort, but maybe not?  The only other one I can think of at the moment is Raphia Sudanica.  I've really run out of space and am thinking the tall & skinny palms might be my only option to increase my palm count!

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Meangreen94z

Very, very nice.

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Stevetoad

Very nice. That Borassus is beautiful!!!

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PalmatierMeg
2 hours ago, Merlyn2220 said:

I love the Latans, it's too bad they are a definite no-go for me in borderline 9B/9A.  At least I can grow Ovatifolia with no worries, like your stabby beast!  One question...what's the palm on the right side?  It sort of looks like an Attalea of some sort, but maybe not?  The only other one I can think of at the moment is Raphia Sudanica.  I've really run out of space and am thinking the tall & skinny palms might be my only option to increase my palm count!

It's Attalea cohune.

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PalmatierMeg

Just another day and more palm photos in paradise.

Views from the Garden Lot

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Attalea butyracea

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Becarriophoenix alfredii

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Silk Floss Tree double trunk

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Tim & Lizzie relaxing beneath an Elaeis guineensis

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Phalaenopsis orchids in spinach tree

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Seedling container garden

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Cocos nucifera Dwarf Red Spicata x3: offspring of my late mother palm

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Cocos nucifera Dwarf Red Spicata single - germinated 2016

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Cocos nucifera Dwarf Red Spicata twins - germinated 2015

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Copernicia alba & Chamaerops humilis x4 - I germinated 2 (left, rear) of the Chamaerops from Vulcano seeds sent from Italy. Another is supposed to be solitary trunk (it's not). The last (right) is a Chamaerops 'Red Hair' from Croatia

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Garden Lot south edge

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Roystonea violacea

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View down the Isabelle Canal from the berm of a vacant end lot. Our seawall, dock and jungle are on the left.

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View of berm from vacant end lot. We planted 1/2 of the berm even though it is not our property.

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Serenoa repens green I grew from seed

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Serenoa repens silver I grew from seeds

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That's all for now. Take care, all.

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akamu

That is a really nice collection of Palms everything looks great really like the Latanias and borassus the canal is really nice too, something we don't have around here thanks for sharing be safe

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Palm Tree Jim

Thanks for sharing.

Be well and safe.

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topwater

If you get bored, more Coccothrinax.  

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sonoranfans

You have a truly inspiring garden Meg!  Gorgeous palms and plenty of diversity!  What a happy place!  Paradise indeed!  

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PalmatierMeg
10 hours ago, topwater said:

If you get bored, more Coccothrinax.  

The front garden is nearly devoted to them.

Can't have too many Coccothrinax.

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OC2Texaspalmlvr
11 hours ago, topwater said:

If you get bored, more Coccothrinax.  

Welcome back hows the garden these days ? 

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realarch

Thanks Meg, appreciate you scouting around the garden and taking photos. Tim looks great BTW. Sending good thoughts you way.

Tim

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weldertom

Fabulous! 

 

Yes- the Dypsis pembana is the bees knees!

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topwater
On 3/24/2020 at 8:39 AM, PalmatierMeg said:

The front garden is nearly devoted to them.

Can't have too many Coccothrinax.

Sorry, what I meant to say was, if you get bored, can you show us pics of some individual species. You have a cornucopia of Coccothrinax....wow.  Also, I’ve been aware that your hubby has had health issues for a while, but he sure looks hale and hearty now.  Best wishes for the both of you.  

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PalmatierMeg
13 hours ago, topwater said:

Sorry, what I meant to say was, if you get bored, can you show us pics of some individual species. You have a cornucopia of Coccothrinax....wow.  Also, I’ve been aware that your hubby has had health issues for a while, but he sure looks hale and hearty now.  Best wishes for the both of you.  

Thank you

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Kris

Dear Meg.

Your garden needs to be called as Palm Paradise...Beautiful and every inch of the property had been fully utilized with green cover.

Love,

Kris.

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Patrick

Looks great Meg! I guess that's one great thing about being stuck at home vs. the folks that have nothing but grass and sun, even if it IS a lot of work keeping everything happy and tidy. Great job!

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Kim

Lovely trip through your garden, Meg! I remember the difficulties you had after Hurricane Irma, I think it was; but today the garden looks perfect!

Times like these, we can all truly appreciate the peace in our gardens, be they large or small.

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On 3/23/2020 at 10:56 AM, PalmatierMeg said:

Tim & Lizzie relaxing beneath an Elaeis guineensis

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That looks like a great resting spot in the shade of the Elaeis!  I have a 2 gallon one that I'm trying to figure out where to plant, because all the photos I see of Elaeis show that they tend to grow "outwards" more so than "upwards."  I have Attalea Cohune and Phalerata seedlings too, and they tend to grow tighter and more vertical, but I might need to leave more horizontal space for the Elaeis?  How did you keep it trimmed to clear the bench and the other areas nearby?  Did you just keep the lower limbs pruned back so it didn't crowd everything else at ground level?  And, if you are bored in quarantine, how about a pic of the whole palm?

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38 minutes ago, Merlyn2220 said:

That looks like a great resting spot in the shade of the Elaeis!  I have a 2 gallon one that I'm trying to figure out where to plant, because all the photos I see of Elaeis show that they tend to grow "outwards" more so than "upwards."  I have Attalea Cohune and Phalerata seedlings too, and they tend to grow tighter and more vertical, but I might need to leave more horizontal space for the Elaeis?  How did you keep it trimmed to clear the bench and the other areas nearby?  Did you just keep the lower limbs pruned back so it didn't crowd everything else at ground level?  And, if you are bored in quarantine, how about a pic of the whole palm?

Elaeis? It appears as Elysium!  Wonderful pics @PalmatierMeg !

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