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Happy 2021 from my palms in Fresno

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Josue Diaz

I've been dabbling in a bit of photography lately. Most of my shots turned out either too exposed, too dark or blurry <_< But here are a few shots that turned out ok.  Wishing you all a happy 2021 from Fresno. 

Bismarckia nobilis

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Beccariophoenix alfredii 

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Sabal yapa

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Sabal uresana (parajubaea sunkha in the back)

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Trachycarpus princeps

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Trachycarpus fortunei

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Trachycarpus latisectus

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Brahea dulcis

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Brahea armata 

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Brahea decumbens 

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Brahea pimo

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Pritchardia sp. from Kevin Weaver

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Allagoptera arenaria

 

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Butia x Syagrus 

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Parajubaea torallyi 

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Arenga engleri

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Copernicia baileyana 

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Copernicia prunifera

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Jubaeopsis caffra 

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Chamaedorea elegans

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Chamaedorea plumosa 

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Rhapis excelsa 'Tenzan' - from @Darold Petty

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Phoenix reclinata hybrid inflo with seeds

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Phoenix rupicola 

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Trithrinax campestris barely poking out into the world. 

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And my newest addition: Dypsis ambositrae from @Darold Petty

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Josue Diaz

And a few non-palm plants that i like

Agave parryi 

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Dyckia

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Euphorbia sp.

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Agave victoria-reginae

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Aloe vanbalenii 

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I forget the name of this one 

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Corymbia ficifolia 

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some of my outdoor bromeliads

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A few platycerium mounted on a magnolia

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Last,  zinnias still going, and spent seed pods of Abutilon palmeri add a bit of interest

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DoomsDave

You’ll have a happy new year with a garden like that!

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Silas_Sancona

Guaranteed, every photographer.. whether a few years in.. or 40+ have taken plenty of blurry pics -among all the good ones-, lol..  Yards looking good Josue!..

Oh, and your " name forgotten " plant?.. Hamelia patens,  Firebush.. Nice to see it doing well there. 

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Bazza

Those are some very nice photos and a wonderful variety of material you have!  I find it VERY challenging to get good photos of plants on my property (and elsewhere too) so yours are very much appreciated.

Happy 2021 from Florida!

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On 1/2/2021 at 6:40 PM, Silas_Sancona said:

Guaranteed, every photographer.. whether a few years in.. or 40+ have taken plenty of blurry pics -among all the good ones-, lol..  Yards looking good Josue!..

Oh, and your " name forgotten " plant?.. Hamelia patens,  Firebush.. Nice to see it doing well there. 

Yes! Hamelia patens is it! Thank you for that ID. It dies back every winter and returns every year. I thought it would be an annual but it surprised me the first time by re-sprouting, and who am I to yank it out? haha 

 

And oh mannnn, I've exhausted my camera battery taking pics that I won't ever use haha. 

On 1/2/2021 at 7:31 PM, Bazza said:

Those are some very nice photos and a wonderful variety of material you have!  I find it VERY challenging to get good photos of plants on my property (and elsewhere too) so yours are very much appreciated.

Happy 2021 from Florida!

Thank you! From my (limited) experience, I find it easier to get good shots in morning light. Evening light also, but my photos taken near sundown tend to need some editing to lighten them up. 

On 1/2/2021 at 5:28 PM, DoomsDave said:

You’ll have a happy new year with a garden like that!

Thanks Dave! Still have a pending visit with you. This darn covid is killing my mojo

 

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1 minute ago, Josue Diaz said:

Yes! Hamelia patens is it! Thank you for that ID. It dies back every winter and returns every year. I thought it would be an annual but it surprised me the first time by re-sprouting, and who am I to yank it out? haha 

 

And oh mannnn, I've exhausted my camera battery taking pics that I won't ever use haha.

It's a tough plant.. Even survives the torch fest here, though only if given some shade in the afternoon.. Hummingbirds love it. Bouvardia ternifolia is another hummingbird magnet you might try to find ( if you have space, lol )



That's exactly how it goes, lol..  Can't count how many times i have come real close to draining the battery while out.. and told myself " I need to buy a back up, and have it with me"..  let alone not realizing i took pics of something that were fuzzy/blurry until i got home and started editing.. 

One other thing, lol ..Regardless if you are using an SLR.. digital ( ..or old school, Some people still use 'em ) Keep the smallest lens on it while hiking. Slipping on something.. and smashing up a $500.00 lens does not make for a good day.. :wacko:

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34 minutes ago, Silas_Sancona said:

It's a tough plant.. Even survives the torch fest here, though only if given some shade in the afternoon.. Hummingbirds love it. Bouvardia ternifolia is another hummingbird magnet you might try to find ( if you have space, lol )



That's exactly how it goes, lol..  Can't count how many times i have come real close to draining the battery while out.. and told myself " I need to buy a back up, and have it with me"..  let alone not realizing i took pics of something that were fuzzy/blurry until i got home and started editing.. 

One other thing, lol ..Regardless if you are using an SLR.. digital ( ..or old school, Some people still use 'em ) Keep the smallest lens on it while hiking. Slipping on something.. and smashing up a $500.00 lens does not make for a good day.. :wacko:

I have one of those bouvardia! haha I got a small one on a trip to Los Osos recently. It's blooming now and doesn't show signs of stopping even midwinter. 

On another topic, were you growing cochlospermum? I have a seed-grown C. vitifolia that was doing find in the greenhouse, but then started showing necrosis of tissue near the tip. I cut it back to about 6 inches and brought it inside. luckily that stopped the progression of the dying tissue. It's sending up a new leader now. I'm wondering if it will behave like spathodea for me. Once it gets to the low 40s, it'll begin showing signs of necrosis, and then die back to old wood, only to resprout even bigger the following year. 

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7 minutes ago, Josue Diaz said:

I have one of those bouvardia! haha I got a small one on a trip to Los Osos recently. It's blooming now and doesn't show signs of stopping even midwinter. 

On another topic, were you growing cochlospermum? I have a seed-grown C. vitifolia that was doing find in the greenhouse, but then started showing necrosis of tissue near the tip. I cut it back to about 6 inches and brought it inside. luckily that stopped the progression of the dying tissue. It's sending up a new leader now. I'm wondering if it will behave like spathodea for me. Once it gets to the low 40s, it'll begin showing signs of necrosis, and then die back to old wood, only to resprout even bigger the following year. 

Nice!.. Yes, still have 1 ( heat damage/sunburn, then too much moisture while dormant killed the smaller of the 2 ) and it does pretty much the same thing you are experiencing each winter ( though not this year, so far anyway ) As they get bigger, the tip burn/ die back should lessen, or is what i've seen so far.. And yes, definitely  re-bound well once the heat returns..  When ready, would be sure the soil you plant it in drains really well.. As little organics as possible.. Maybe mound a little, like what some people do to get Pachypodium or Plumeria through the winter cooler/wetter parts of CA. 

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Fusca

I go out and take pics thinking I have a good shot that looks OK on my phone, then I post it here and it's blurry!  :bummed:  Good equipment makes a difference as does timing for good photos.  @Josue Diaz, how are your palms in El Salvador doing?  Looks like the ones in Fresno are doing great!

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43 minutes ago, Silas_Sancona said:

Nice!.. Yes, still have 1 ( heat damage/sunburn, then too much moisture while dormant killed the smaller of the 2 ) and it does pretty much the same thing you are experiencing each winter ( though not this year, so far anyway ) As they get bigger, the tip burn/ die back should lessen, or is what i've seen so far.. And yes, definitely  re-bound well once the heat returns..  When ready, would be sure the soil you plant it in drains really well.. As little organics as possible.. Maybe mound a little, like what some people do to get Pachypodium or Plumeria through the winter cooler/wetter parts of CA. 

Mine is so small, it germinated mid-summer so it is still a twig. I think I'll repot it in the spring into a substrate with better drainage. Cochlosperma grows in habitat in El Salvador (unsure of the species), and it grows in seasonally dry, forested environments alongside wild plumeria.  I think that i'll give it one more year in a pot before it goes in the ground. Our sandy soil has been good for mango/pachypodium/plumeria/papaya so I think it will have a decent chance as long as it has woody tissue.

30 minutes ago, Fusca said:

I go out and take pics thinking I have a good shot that looks OK on my phone, then I post it here and it's blurry!  :bummed:  Good equipment makes a difference as does timing for good photos.  @Josue Diaz, how are your palms in El Salvador doing?  Looks like the ones in Fresno are doing great!

Last year around this time when I was there I planted a ton of stuff - It will be interesting to see how they've managed. I suspect some (hopefully not all) may have died - I took a Floribunda order with me, as well as some of my own seedlings, ranging from Roystonea to Dypsis and Coccothrinax. We'll be going again in a few weeks (to focus primarily on our cacao), but while there I plan to find bismarckia to line the dirt road into our farm. 

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4 minutes ago, Josue Diaz said:

Mine is so small, it germinated mid-summer so it is still a twig. I think I'll repot it in the spring into a substrate with better drainage. Cochlosperma grows in habitat in El Salvador (unsure of the species), and it grows in seasonally dry, forested environments alongside wild plumeria.  I think that i'll give it one more year in a pot before it goes in the ground. Our sandy soil has been good for mango/pachypodium/plumeria/papaya so I think it will have a decent chance as long as it has woody tissue.

 

Definitely give it another year or so.. Mines almost at 3ft and planning on putting it into a 5gal ( in a 3gal now ) then letting gain a few more feet.  These are supposed to flower young, say once at/above the 4-6ft height range but, we'll see.. Supposedly can start from cuttings ( once bigger ) which is what i have planned while i get mine bigger also.

Think C. vitifolium is the species native there also..  Is listed as native to El Salvador/ rest of Central America by Inaturalist anyway. Your the single or double-petaled variety?..

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11 minutes ago, Silas_Sancona said:

Definitely give it another year or so.. Mines almost at 3ft and planning on putting it into a 5gal ( in a 3gal now ) then letting gain a few more feet.  These are supposed to flower young, say once at/above the 4-6ft height range but, we'll see.. Supposedly can start from cuttings ( once bigger ) which is what i have planned while i get mine bigger also.

Think C. vitifolium is the species native there also..  Is listed as native to El Salvador/ rest of Central America by Inaturalist anyway. Your the single or double-petaled variety?..

If i remember correctly it is single petaled. And yeah, vitifolium has chunky stems remniscent of plumeria. They root easily as mature cuttings. Got pictures of yours?

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2 minutes ago, Josue Diaz said:

If i remember correctly it is single petaled. And yeah, vitifolium has chunky stems remniscent of plumeria. They root easily as mature cuttings. Got pictures of yours?

I'll grab one. pretty much bare atm though.

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8 minutes ago, Silas_Sancona said:

I'll grab one. pretty much bare atm though.

Ok, lol.. so i grossly underestimated how much it has grown.. more like just over 4ft rather than around 3' atm..  Painted the trunk to keep it from sunburning, even though it was in the shade house until last summer.. Had to move it to more shade, under the Mesquite where the other sun sensitive ( in AZ. ) stuff hangs out. Took off after that. Would estimate the trunk is about as thick/slightly thicker than a permanent marker. Still skinny, but getting there.. Going into a 5 to fatten it up.
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Still hanging onto a few leaves, though we've been below 40F, had a few 34-33F mornings on and off so far this winter..
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Can see where i'd had to cut where past years' tip had died back.. Other branch ( not pictured ) did the same.
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awesome!!!

 

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On 1/5/2021 at 1:32 PM, Silas_Sancona said:

Ok, lol.. so i grossly underestimated how much it has grown.. more like just over 4ft rather than around 3' atm..  Painted the trunk to keep it from sunburning, even though it was in the shade house until last summer.. Had to move it to more shade, under the Mesquite where the other sun sensitive ( in AZ. ) stuff hangs out. Took off after that. Would estimate the trunk is about as thick/slightly thicker than a permanent marker. Still skinny, but getting there..

 

@Josue Diaz   Well then!, lol..  Might have spoke too soon about this one making it another winter, let alone out of the desert..  

Went to repot earlier and discovered the base of the root mass had started to rot.. Cleaned up the thicker, more tuberous part of the root, went to reset and lo and behold, the upper part of the base felt somewhat soft.. Scraped around a bit..  Goner..  Hasn't been cold enough to injure anything, ..except apparently this plant.. Been kept bone dry/ under the patio since the start of November as well.

What the inside of the root looked like when broke open.. Interior should be bright white and firm, like the inside of a Turnip. Rot was creeping up the trunk as well..  < sigh >  Back to square one.. :blink:
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Put one of the Bombax ceiba seedlings, started off the -now removed- trees at the old Bradenton Herald property ( FL. ), i have in the pot,  so.. not all is lost i guess, lol..  Weird how out of all the things in this family i have been growing, this darn thing is the only one that is apparently super-sensitive to -everything-  Then again, trouble could have started w/ last summer's heat.. Just have to wait and see how it goes when i grow more.. If i can find fresh seed, or plants are offered again where i'd acquired this one.

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On 1/9/2021 at 1:31 PM, Silas_Sancona said:

@Josue Diaz   Well then!, lol..  Might have spoke too soon about this one making it another winter, let alone out of the desert..  

Went to repot earlier and discovered the base of the root mass had started to rot.. Cleaned up the thicker, more tuberous part of the root, went to reset and lo and behold, the upper part of the base felt somewhat soft.. Scraped around a bit..  Goner..  Hasn't been cold enough to injure anything, ..except apparently this plant.. Been kept bone dry/ under the patio since the start of November as well.

What the inside of the root looked like when broke open.. Interior should be bright white and firm, like the inside of a Turnip. Rot was creeping up the trunk as well..  < sigh >  Back to square one.. :blink:
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Put one of the Bombax ceiba seedlings, started off the -now removed- trees at the old Bradenton Herald property ( FL. ), i have in the pot,  so.. not all is lost i guess, lol..  Weird how out of all the things in this family i have been growing, this darn thing is the only one that is apparently super-sensitive to -everything-  Then again, trouble could have started w/ last summer's heat.. Just have to wait and see how it goes when i grow more.. If i can find fresh seed, or plants are offered again where i'd acquired this one.

Nathan that's awful! dang you had put so much effort into it for so long! 

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2 minutes ago, Josue Diaz said:

Nathan that's awful! dang you had put so much effort into it for so long! 

It is, but, ..it happens.  Like i said, something else could have been happening  which is why i'll try again after the move, if i can access again. If it's a simple issue that has more to do w/ these just not being all that adaptable ..say compared to Plumeria.. or some of the other stuff that comes from the same areas/ basic climate, that does pretty good in S. Cal. figure growing them under San Diego's less hostile ( summer, esp. ) climate should present a pretty clear answer. 

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17 hours ago, Silas_Sancona said:

It is, but, ..it happens.  Like i said, something else could have been happening  which is why i'll try again after the move, if i can access again. If it's a simple issue that has more to do w/ these just not being all that adaptable ..say compared to Plumeria.. or some of the other stuff that comes from the same areas/ basic climate, that does pretty good in S. Cal. figure growing them under San Diego's less hostile ( summer, esp. ) climate should present a pretty clear answer. 

Hopefully I can grow mine to some size and share cuttings when you've relocated to a friendlier climate ^_^

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