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    • UK_Palms
      By UK_Palms
      We finally had a break in the rain today, so I decided to visit Chelsea Physic Garden. It was my first time visiting this place and the main draw for me was obviously the palms. There are some cracking specimens growing in the gardens, as well as quite a few other exotic plants and stuff that I will post.
      Their CIDP isn't anywhere near as big as some of the other London ones, but still a decent size...




       
      Here is their Washingtonia...



       
      It's labelled as 'Filifera', although I can clearly see red/brown on the petiole bases, so it is definitely a Filibusta hybrid. Maybe I should have corrected them haha. It doesn't get much sunlight either in that spot, which is heavily shaded. I think it was planted in 2010 possibly and it is about 20-25 foot tall now. I should have asked a worker about it.


       
      The Butia is probably the best palm in the entire garden...



      Lots of spent spathes on this Butia...

       
      The Jubaea Chilensis isn't bad either...

      The girth on this Jubaea trunk...


       
      Group shots...


       
      Quite a few Chamaerops on display...


       
      Trachycarpus Wagnerianus...

       
      Cordyline Australis...

       
      Musa Basjoo...


       
      Dicksonia Antarctica...



       
      Opuntia cacti...

       
      Agave Americana...?

       
      Nolina Nelsonii...?

       
      Surprised to see citrus Lemon growing outdoors...


       
      Surprised to see this in one of the glass houses. No idea whether it could be transplanted outdoors at some point?


       
      This is the biggest pepper plant I have ever seen. I'm guessing it is at least 3 years old and has clearly been overwintered.



       
      Unfortunately a lot of the glass houses were shut off, due to the pandemic and 'social distancing'. Some were still open though, thankfully.



















       
       
      One thing I will say, is that this garden has the potential to be better than it is. They could certainly plant a few more palms and exotics outdoors. Perhaps a Brahea Armata for instance, or some more outdoor cacti. Even just a few more Trachy's. I also get the impression they have been understaffed due to the pandemic and thus the general garden maintenance is not on point this year. Basically, it could be a bit better than it was. Lots of weeds growing in places and dead leaves on plants that could be cut back. A very rustic feel, which perhaps is intended.
      Not a bad garden at all though for central London, although the £12 ($17) entry fee is a bit steep, given that everything can be easily seen within 60-90 minutes basically. This isn't a big expansive garden like Kew or Wisley, where you need at least 5-6 hours. This is a relatively small garden in the heart of the city. A place to spend an hour or two on a summer's afternoon. Maybe in other years, when there hasn't been a pandemic, they have had more flowers and plants with more workers maintaining them. I will definitely be back again though, one day, when those palms are much bigger. 
    • UK_Palms
      By UK_Palms
      I have been growing palms for about 5 years now and I live in a tiny village out in the rural countryside. There is no UHI effect for me out here. My nearest big town, Guildford, is about 3 miles northeast of me. Going by my own records, temperature extremes in recent years have varied from a low of -11C / 12F here in February 2018 to a high of 39C / 103F in both July 2019 and August 2020. 
      Here is a quick tour of some of my exotic collection, starting with a Musa Basjoo, Abyssinian Banana and some Cannas...



       
      Chamaerops Humilis...

       
      Trachycarpus Fortunei and Trachycarpus Nova growing at lightspeed here...

       
      The Washingtonia Filifera didn't even realise that we had an abnormally cold winter followed by the coldest spring on record. Hopefully it kicks on now...


       
      Washingtonia Robusta...

       
      All of my potted Washingtonia's defoliated after being left outdoors all winter long, unprotected. It was a colder than average winter and I had two nights that went down to 20F, as well as a few days that didn't rise above 32F. The pots were frozen solid like blocks of ice on several occasions, however they are ALL pushing new growth again. Unbelievable recovery rates on this species. 

       
      Jubaea Chilensis...



       
      Here is the Butia Odorata. This one has always suffered with some kind of deficiency or sickness, which effects the tips of the fronds. I can't diagnose the exact issue and don't know how to treat it. Thankfully it doesn't stop it growing and doesn't appear to be terminal...


       
      Hopefully my Cycas Revoluta will flush this year, since it didn't last year...

       
      I have a number of Chamaerops Humilis types here...

       
      The CIDP was left outdoors in it's pot all winter, unprotected. Big, strong spear on this one...

       
      The two Queens (Syagrus Romanzoffiana) looked like this a number of months back... 

      Here they are today, pushing new growth. Central growing points look strong...


      The bigger one has pushed out an entire new frond already, with a second frond just starting to emerge...

      The smaller one has a 3 emerging spears...

       
      I have a number of 'outdoor' cacti here too, which sometimes come indoors during winter.


       
      Chamadorea Radicalis...

       
      Archontophoenix Cunninghamiana...

       
      Phoenix Dactylifera planted out...

       
      Rhopalostylis Sapida var. Chatham Island...

       
      Beccariophoenix Alfredii...

       
      Another Abyssinian Banana and Trachycarpus Fortunei...


       
      The Trachycarpus Wagnerianus is coming along nicely...

       


       
      Yes, those are all tomatoes there... 

       
      I have gone tomato plant crazy this year...


       
      I've got more palms and plants to add, but that will do for now... 
    • MarioPalmCUBA
      By MarioPalmCUBA
    • TropicalGardenSpain
      By TropicalGardenSpain
      Hi everyone, I’ve been here a while but never posted much just taking advice from posts and admiring other gardens and palm collections! I’ve been working on my garden now for 4 years, when we purchased the property it was full of dead almond trees and we had to get a tractor in to clear the plot and access the house. It’s still very young garden and being so big it takes some doing but I’m hoping it will start to fill in as it matures. I thought I would load some photos as it is now. If you would like to see the progress I have an Instagram account dedicated to gardening which is TropicalGardenSpain.  

      Would love people to comment what palms I am missing here! Climate zone 10a we don’t have frosts but temperatures can drop briefly to 0c for an hour or 2 coldest nights in winter but days can be up to 15-20c and we have dry winters and summers. Watering the garden and keeping on top of it is the toughest jobs and one I will be tackling this year!





























































    • UK_Palms
      By UK_Palms
      I went to Kew Gardens for my birthday on Tuesday 22nd September. 
      A great chance to check out the gardens and the fantastic glass houses, of which several were unfortunately closed due to the pandemic. Nonetheless, plenty of palms and exhibits were still on display and in their full glory on a beautiful sunny autumn/fall day here at 51N in southeastern England. The air temperature was around 27C / 80F at the time of visiting. Conditions are very dry at present as we have had no rainfall at all during September so far, and only around 4-5 inches of rain over the past 6 months, since 1st March. 
      Here is a photo-documentation of the gardens, glass houses and the various palms located within. The first of several posts...


















       
      Unfortunately some of the attractions and glass houses were closed due to the pandemic, although the main couple were still open. Please excuse me for not naming each palm individually...



















      Crossing on to the temperate glass house...













































       
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