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    • subsonicdrone
      By subsonicdrone
      just brought the plants out for the season so i took some"before" pics
      my seedlings didnt fare well this winter
      i under watered and most died i will post pics of the survivors when things are more organized back there

    • UK_Palms
      By UK_Palms
      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.

    • UK_Palms
      By UK_Palms
      This is certainly an interesting one... a huge Chinese Doll plant/tree growing in northeast London, complete with flowers. A quick bit of research suggests they are hardy from zones 10-12 and typically used as a houseplant, however I suspect they are a bit hardier than that actually, given this particular area of London is probably 9b, although it could be a 10a zone there at street level. This thing must be at least 25-30 foot in height and it seems to be flowering okay as well. You can clearly see the white trumpets on it...

      Does anyone know what the growing range is for these in north America? As in like the cut-off points on the east and west coasts for it? I haven't seen this in Europe before and I am trying to determine it's true hardiness rating. Maybe these are actually zone 9 trees? Nonetheless the size of this specimen is pretty impressive if they are supposedly cut back to ground level by 20F in true subtropical climates. It means it hasn't got anywhere near that cold in that part of London for years, if not decades. I don't know enough about this particular species to assess the true hardiness rating though. 
    • MSX
      By MSX
      Hello everyone! I've been into palms for quite some time but this is my first experience of watching a palm grow from seed, and it happened that this is a Butia. I've been following these recommendations Germinating Butia Seed By Nigel Kembrey. Chamaerops No. 51 - published online 22-04-2005. According to the recommendations, a seed starting soilless medium contains 75% perlite and 25% vermiculite. The medium was watered only once in the beginning before placing the nuts on the top of it, now it's almost bone dry to touch. Having spent nearly a month in a container (7 days of soaking + 21 days on the top of the medium) one of the seeds(nuts) have sprouted

      Two more days and it pulls the nut up burying deeper into the perlite/vermiculite medium

      The article mentioned above suggests the following: "I tend to allow the seedling to develop in the perlite until the leaf is visible, and then lift it out and pot it up. This gives the best survival ratio." So, my question - should I leave the nut like this until it develops the first small green leaf before transplanting it from the soilless medium to a separate container with a regular soil based medium? Or is it okay to move it in to the soil based medium right away? Thanks!
    • UK_Palms
      By UK_Palms
      50.) Phoenix Canariensis - Lambeth Bridge

      49.) Butia Odorata - Ham Street, Richmond

      48.) Brahea Armata - Bernard Gardens, Wimbledon

      47.) Phoenix Canariensis - Westover Road, Wandsworth

      46.) Washingtonia Filibusta - York Road, Chingford

      45.) Musa Basjoo - Musgrave Crescent, Fulham

      44.) Phoenix Canariensis - Mandala Way, Bermondsey

      43.) Washingtonia Filibusta - Paddington Docks, Little Venice

      42.) Jubaea Chilensis - Lordship Lane, Dulwich

      41.) Phoenix Canariensis - Sutherland Square, Walworth

      40.) Norfolk Island Pine - Star Road, Earl's Court

      39.) Brahea Armata - Merewood Road, Bexleyheath

      38.) Phoenix Canariensis - Ondine Road, East Dulwich

      37.) Washingtonia Filibusta - Collingwood Road, Tottenham

      36.) Phoenix Canariensis - Abbey Road, Belvedere

      35.) Nectarine/citrus tree - Winchester Road, Edmonton

      34.) Washingtonia Robusta - Stirling Road, Plaistow (private residence)

      33.) Phoenix Canariensis - Narford Road, Clapton

      32.) Washingtonia Filifera - Falcon Way, Isle of Dogs

      31.) Phoenix Canariensis - Heyworth Road, Clapton

      30.) Butia Odorata - Strawberry Vale, Twickenham

      29.) Yucca Elephantipes - Sutherland Grove, Peckham

      28.) Washingtonia - Old Brompton Road, Kensington
      27.) Brahea Armata & CIDP - Kensal House, Ladbroke Grove

      26.) Lemon Citrus - Egerton Terrace, Knightsbridge

      25.) Orange tree - Stockwell Road, Brixton

      24.) Washingtonia Filibusta - Chelsea Physic Garden, Fulham

      23.) Butia Yatay - Ham Road, Richmond

      22.) Bougainvillea - Longbridge Road, Dagenham

      21.) Phoenix Theophrasti - Salcombe Road, Ashford

      20.) Washingtonia Robusta - Ashburnham Grove, Greenwich

      19.) Phoenix Canariensis - Mount Street Gardens, Mayfair

      18.) Butia & Jubaea - Chelsea Physic Gardens, Fulham

      17.) Phoenix Canariensis - Rum Close, Wapping
      16.) Butia Odorata - Chumleigh Gardens, Burgess Park

      15.) Washingtonia Filibusta - Court Lane, East Dulwich

      14.) Phoenix Canariensis - Mattock Lane Church, Ealing

      13.)  Washingtonia Filibusta - Barnsbury Close, New Malden

      12.) Phoenix Canariensis - Addison Road, Holland Park

      11.) Washingtonia Robusta - Chalk, Gravesend (private residence)

      10.) Phoenix Canariensis - Hackney Town Hall

      9.) Washingtonia Filifera - Dover Road, Edmonton (private residence)

      8.) Jubaea Chilensis - Packington Estate, Islington

      7.) Phoenix Canariensis - Warwick Gardens, Kensington

      6.) Washingtonia Robusta's - Mortlake Road, Kew

      5.) Jubaea Chilensis - Ham Street, Richmond

      4.) Phoenix Canariensis - Egerton Place, Knightsbridge

      3.) Washingtonia Robusta - Penywern Gardens, Fulham (private residence)

      2.) Washingtonia Filibusta - Darlaston Road, Wimbledon

      1.) Phoenix Canariensis - River Gardens, Fulham
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