Apparently this has developed into a thing now in the UK. Well southern England anyway... just crazy...
Ashley Road, Ryde
New Esplanade Court, Paignton
The White House / Cary Court, Torquay
The Earls Court pool CIDP is about 15-20 foot now, but it is dwarfed by the 30 foot Robusta. That CIDP will start putting on 3 foot of growth per year now though at that size, like the others.
Splashdown Quaywest waterpark in Paignton has a lot of CIDP's growing there, which will be as big as some of the others I have posted in another decade or so...
North Ford Road, Dartmouth
Anyone got any photos of big CIDP's towering over pools? These UK ones are a work in progress still obviously. I know a lot of people are against the idea of growing CIDP's next to pools and having them tower over eventually like the ones in the first picture I posted. I know some people feel the same with Washies and many other big/tall palms. Personally, I love the look of it.
Well as we transition from winter to summer, I think this probably warrants a post. Some devastating bush fires on Saturday evening in northwest England. It's like something you would expect to see in Australia or Greece during their summer. I'm now hearing that a cigarette butt may have caused this inferno below near Liverpool! An entire nature reserve lost and 800 people evacuated from their homes.
How the actual hell does a 'wetland' catch on fire in March!?
This is crazy...
The scale of the damage on Sunday morning
As if that isn't enough, another fire was absolutely raging in Cumbria as well on Saturday. Language warning on this one but the video is absolutely crazy for northern England in March. I suggest you mute the sound before you play the video. This looks like the Hollywood hills during fire season.
There was another one burning in Derby on Saturday night as well...
Here's another one burning away in Mannings Heath...
Another on Shawforth Moor...
A forest fire in Oldham, Manchester in early hours of Sunday morning too
Wildfire at Dawns Glaw in Wales on Sunday...
Northern England must have been the most fire-active place in the world on Saturday 19th March 2022. Over 20 separate fires recorded this weekend now. I know Texas is having them as well.
Lots of dry weather coming up now as we go into the warmer, drier period. April's have become exceptionally dry in recent years averaging just 0.1 inches. It could be a bad fire season this year. The peak isn't usually until about June, with fire season typically running from April - September. In recent years May and June have seen the worst fires with some in July. It may have started earlier this year due to the drier than average autumn/fall and winter. It will be interesting to see how this develops going into April.
So I had a couple of hours spare and challenged myself to see as many palms as possible in the Richmond area of London, which is in the southeast of capital. I have put together a photo-documented record of palms in this vicinity of the city and their progress up to now.
First up, Butia Odorata…
This Jubaea is something else
The Brahea Armata is getting bigger
Parajubaea Cocoides growing under the Yatay
Washingtonia and smaller Jubaea
Yucca Elephantipes, one of the most common exotic plants in London
Typical London CIDP
I had to visit the two Kew/Richmond Robusta’s up close. The neighbour’s front yard has had all the big Trachy’s and Chamaerops cut down though!
Another Brahea Armata
It was a mild early February day in southeast London…
CIDP’s aplenty too…
Terrific washingtonia lurking down a side road in Mitcham…
Spotted a few more CIDP’s as well…
I actually missed quite a few palms off, but I can’t complain given the decent haul I managed to view and photograph still, all in the space of about 2-3 hours. That also included a stop at Richmond Park for lunch too, so it was a fairly productive visit.