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The stinkiest dogs on earth.

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Borgy came by and hung out! Very nice guy.

Paul, can you tilt your head any more.....more.....more.....perfect.

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Paul hogging up the camera. C. suerona.

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Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

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Jeff had half a glass of cranberry juice and he starts to get loopy.

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Grafted Floss Silk

Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Andrea hard at work making dinner.

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Shrimpies.....mmmmmm. Thanks for dinner Jeff and Andrea. It was amazing!

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The Disneyland look.

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Click for a kooky video from Jeff's!!!!! Paul's getting billigerent and throwing his beer bottles around.

Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Thank you - both - for this threat and the great pics :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool:

It looks as if you enjoyed the time :winkie:

Greetings from a litte village near Salzburg/Austria

Moni

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USDA 5b (up to -26° C)

It is very hard for me to see, how many plants are growing around the the world, which I don't have in my collection!!!!

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funny,this is EXACTLY how i remember that evening:semi-dark & blurry with jeff making funny faces.

the "prince of snarkness."

 

still "warning-free."

 

san diego,california,left coast.

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interesting flowering tree in jeffs yard.

he may have just glued fake ones on to impress us,its hard to tell.

the "prince of snarkness."

 

still "warning-free."

 

san diego,california,left coast.

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Bombax maybe?

Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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thanks to jeff & andrea for opening up their home to us! they are both wonderful to hang out with & andrea

is quite the snarkstress in her own right!

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friday morning after leaving jeffs place(jeff if anything is missing it was MATT) we headed to downtown homestead

to look for souvenirs & nothing else!

this area was not only the cute antique zone,but also a major truck route for big rigs. i vowed that as new mayor of homestead i would put an end to this "traffic travesty," a promise i have already reneged on.

(extra credit: name the palm that matt is leaning against!)

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heres the nice lady from the antique shop who wouldnt stop talking to us.

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we went into an art shop & crutches fell on me from the ceiling.i guess thats normal for florida.

the "prince of snarkness."

 

still "warning-free."

 

san diego,california,left coast.

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We had lunch at Casita Tejas in Downtown Homestead. I had the burro burrito and paul had the Chinchilla Chimichanga.

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As Mayor of Homestead Paul vows to change the name to the "Seminole Vesicle Theater".

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He does this everytime we pass a police station, or a police officer, or a prostitute.

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The seed bandit strikes again.

Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Ewwww, that's unsavory.

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Kids, this is what you look like when your diet consists entirely of Cocktail Sauce, Jalepenos, and Miller High Life. Let that be a lesson to you.....drink Coors.

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Back home at the Johnson Ranch. Fridge stocked, check.

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Ken Johnson cooking up some delicious grub, check.

Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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BJ the action cat, check.

Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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some shots from the drive back to the ken johnson ranch.

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& people thing my house is a weird color!

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deserted house down the block from ken johnsons. the yard STILL looks fabulous!

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the "prince of snarkness."

 

still "warning-free."

 

san diego,california,left coast.

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matt wore the same shirt for what seemed like days on end. it may have just been the one day,though.

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heres something that ken johnson whipped up for us. the potato salad was super-tasty,i've never had any quite like it.

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conrad chows down in the kitchen...

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then mans the grill with dad.

the "prince of snarkness."

 

still "warning-free."

 

san diego,california,left coast.

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Paul and I decided to take a romantic walk before the dinner party that night. These dwarf Scheflera line the roads for miles.

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They air layer them and then come by and hedge them off

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Farmville

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The everpresent Royal.

Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Moments before Paul unexpectedly clotheslined this poor dude. Yes it was funny.

Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Lot's of Delonix regia planted along side the road too. Seed I collected are already germinating. I've got 3 in the ground at my place and going for more.

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I'm so sad the blue tarp rotted away because it really added to the whole color scheme.

Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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so happy that the only time yer camera had enuff charge or memory was for the schefflera hedge,matt.

the "prince of snarkness."

 

still "warning-free."

 

san diego,california,left coast.

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boooyeahhhhhh. It's deserving of multiple pics I'd say. Thanks Ken for a great dinner, again!!!!

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Paul doing what he does best, look suspiciously at me.

Next is monster PRA @ Fairchild's!!!!!! :drool:

Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Bill, were the original BS Man ranch hands identical triplets, identical twins and an older or younger sister, identical twins and 1 fraternal twin? Is there such a thing as identical triplets or do they have to come in multiples of 2? If so, can one twin be absorbed by the other thus creating only 3? Is the absorbed twin still hot?

Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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"Well,What,Who".....omg, that was pretty funny. And I don't even remember that crappy shoot. Hell, I don't even remember Borgy walking around with us!

Great stuff guys, it was fun. But seriously, you two drink ALOT, and I do mean ALOT of beer. My god. :lol:

Searle Brothers Nursery Inc.

and The Rainforest Collection.

Southwest Ranches,Fl.

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Matty, I want some of what yuo were drunking? In post 97 the guy on the bike must have had a reverse gear to get closelined. I'm not saying that's impossible? :wacko:

test

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Bill, were the original BS Man ranch hands identical triplets, identical twins and an older or younger sister, identical twins and 1 fraternal twin? Is there such a thing as identical triplets or do they have to come in multiples of 2? If so, can one twin be absorbed by the other thus creating only 3? Is the absorbed twin still hot?

I counted 3 identical triplets.. all hot. from any angle.

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Just remember. DAHM.

Zone 10a at best after 2007 AND 2013, on SW facing hill, 1 1/2 miles from coast in Oceanside, CA. 30-98 degrees, and 45-80deg. about 95% of the time.

"The great workman of nature is time."   ,  "Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience."

-George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon-

I do some experiments and learning in my garden with palms so you don't have to experience the pain! Look at my old threads to find various observations and tips!

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Great friends ,good food palmy tshirt

Old Beach ,Hobart
Tasmania ,Australia. 42 " south
Cool Maritime climate

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boooyeahhhhhh. It's deserving of multiple pics I'd say. Thanks Ken for a great dinner, again!!!!

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Paul doing what he does best, look suspiciously at me.

Next is monster PRA @ Fairchild's!!!!!! :drool:

That's an avocado right ? They're biggies.

Happy Gardening

Cheers,

Wal

Queensland, Australia.

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Those avocados look like Bacon - the big smoothies. We grow these, and the smaller, Hass variety. I won't eat them on their own, but with shrimps, prawns, olive oil, or spiced up in general, I don't mind. I'd have been happy tucking into Ken's concoction!

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We're up to Saturday, the South Florida Palm Society's Sale at Fairchild's.

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Paul and Ken as we're walking up from the parking lot in the lowlands. This is just moments before Ken kissed Paul.

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Some hardscapeage. The Phoenix dactylifera in South Florida looked great. But for some reason people insist on planting lots of Phoenix canariensis and every last one of them looked like crap. Come on people. Give it up. Just horrible I say.

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Attalea, something we don't see growing in CA.

Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Cycad area looked cool. Actually, that Phoenix looks like canariensis and looks good. OK, the only one in SoFla that does.

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The Society had thousands of seeds to give away for free. What a society!!!!!!

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Unlike Paul, I hadn't planned on collecting any seed on this trip but I couldn't resist a few Copernicia hospita. Can you blame me?

Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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It was Jeff's birthday and we presented him with this T-shirt from Paul, FreakyPalmGuy, and myself. Art was done by Freaky in Temecula.

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It says, "Jeff, PRA Team Macho Man" :lol:

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Part of the PalmTalk crew that met up for the multi-coast PRA. L to R: Sur4Z, Bubba, Borgy, Jeff, Pohonkelapa, PalmIsland

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Randy, pulled me aside and just had to show me this oddity, a variegated Pseudophoenix sargentii. I'm glad he did, I've never seen anything like it.

Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Here he is getting his shots in.

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The Copernicias were some of the most memorable palms seen on this trip.

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Upskirt

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C. baileyana I think. If Bubba ever drops dead while on a tour here, just dig a hole and push him in. He said.

Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Syagrus coronata trunk detail

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Random Attaleage

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Paul and Bubba

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This palm was trying to throw some adventitious roots at about 7 feet up. Weird.

Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Paul did not put this crack in the palm trunk.....Ken did.

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Here you go Kim

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Ken looking innocent. We know you broke that palm Ken.

Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Huge Hyphane sp.

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Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Rainbow Eucalyptus, E. deglupta

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Philedendron

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Some steel drum action

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Click on this for the sounds of the day. And yes, all Bubba did all day was tell people what to do. :lol::lol::lol:

Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Thrinax parviflora var. parviflora, I'd never seen this one before. Cool!

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Encephelartos

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Randy amongst the grotesquely huge Hyophorbes

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Saybull

Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)

9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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Gaussia Gomez-Pompae I think

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Dave-Vero leads Paul to the Pseudophoenix promised land.

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AHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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Paul with the best P. vinifera ever!!!!!

Matt Bradford

"Manambe Lavaka"

Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)

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9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)

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