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Brahea brandegeei: for some reason, it needed a break from full sun and a few downpours to recover.  You can see a few dead leaflets from before it was able to acclimate and grow.

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Washintonia filifera 'Moapa Valley': 1 year from seed - planted in an elevated "bowl" filled with stone - showing its first palmate leaf and starting its classic filaments

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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An update to the front yard, complete with Roystonea regia seedlings and an area to keep the trash and recycle bins out of the driveway.

Prepping the area in front for the trashcan pad:

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Desodding completed + irrigation areas marked:

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Had to straighten the borders, but with all of the plants in, you get the idea:

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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Caught a good deal on stone edgers, so I decided to rework an old garden bed.

Got 57 of these for $25:

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Here is the desert side of the bed with lava rock:

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Here is the whole bed:

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Here is a skinny walking path I'm still working on:

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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Some things in flower and fruit:

Rhapis excelsa (one of three flowering currently)

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Sea grapes

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Dwarf cavendish bananas

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Chamaedorea microspadix

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Avocados (different tree than before)

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Mango

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Papaya

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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Time for updates after another solid growing season.  This year's growing season started off hot and dry and finished strong with almost daily downpours and above average heat.  At this point, the temperatures have tapered from the mid-to-upper 90s to the mid-to-upper 80s.  Growth will slow down and watering will become necessary as we move through the dry season into those 3 months a year where we're glued to the weather sites.  Due to circumstances, there are more new plantings this year than any other year in the 10 year history of the garden.  On with the first photo set.

The landscape plan map with some scribbled notes where things are and where things are going:

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Cocos nucifera Jamaican Tall - 3.5 years in the ground.

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Veitchia arecina - a gift from @palmsOrl

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Veitchia arecina - another gift from @palmsOrl  This one had a fungal infection over the summer.  The spear pulled and the crown was actually hollow.  After a week of alternating hydrogen peroxide and copper fungicide treatments, the first deformed spear came out.  It's recovering fast.

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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The front garden trimmed up and weeded.  They are hard to see from this angle, but there are Sabal miamiensis by the flagpole.

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My oldest Phoenix dactylifera.  Added a little trunk this year and some ferns invited themselves into the mulch.

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The circular garden in the front highlighting 10 months of growth for the Hawaiian Ti and Crotons.

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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The Dypsis bed is a work in progress.  I haven't desodded, bordered and mulched this area yet as I want to see what happens to survive this winter.  There are also some additional Dypsis leptocheilosDypsis lutescens and Dypsis decaryi in pots that will likely be added next spring.  @edric deserves the credit for this area.  It was created, in large part, to house all of the palms he provided to me in February.

Dypsis pembana

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Dypsis prestoniana (2 of them)

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Dypsis cabadae

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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Dypsis leptocheilos (one of the three in the ground)

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Dypsis lastelliana

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Dypsis lanceolata

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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The stone gardens and some other palms from arid and semi-arid areas:

The stone beds that were created earlier this year.  Some noticeable growth on the plants in the bed.

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Medemia argun x 2 - putting out their 2nd leaflets

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Brahea brandegeei - still not ready for full sun, hence the burnt top of the leaf, but growing well if I keep the nurse plants there.

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Washingtonia filifera x 2 - bought off @TexasColdHardyPalmsWhere I initially put them in the front yard they were declining and on their way to death.  With nothing to lose, I did the most counter-intuitive thing I could come up with at the time.  They were moved to a semi-shaded spot with dappled light all day and in elevated concave plantings.  From having only one frond left with a shriveling spear to this:

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Chamaerops humilis - starting to sucker a lot

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Hyphaene coriacea - One of the three in the ground.

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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The next group are palms for those with more exotic taste:

Maypan Coconut palm - It has certainly impressed with its growth rate and appearance.  Given how closely it resembles the one that defoliated and recovered from the 2018 advective freeze, I think @Zeeth was correct that the other specimen is a Maypan.

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Green Malayan Dwarf coconut - while not quite back to it's former glory, the impressive part is that it is still here.  The cable company decided to "do me a solid" by removing half of the roots so they could run some cabling closer to the ground.  The palm was down to just the spear and one mostly dead frond.  With some extra water and Florikan, it has made a comeback.  Even it its dilapidated condition, it went through the last winter with no protection with temperatures between 32F and 34F in the area.  The lower garden measured 32F.

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Archontophoenix alexandrae - this one has a much thicker trunk than my last palm.

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Beccariophoenix alfredii

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Beccariophoenix fenestralis - a little sunburn and probably could use supplemental water now that fall is here.

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Dictyosperma album - @SWFLchris sold me this as well as the Carpentaria and Crysophila posted next.

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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Carpentaria acuminata x 2

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Euterpe edulis 'Orange Crownshaft'

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Satakentia liukiuensis

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Chamaedorea microspadix - I bought this seeding (and suckering) pair at the March CFPACS meeting.  Ladies first....

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Cryosophila warscewiczii - this species and Cryosophila stauracantha are two of the best palms for those with shaded lots in Central Florida.  Got the palm, planted it, no transplant shock, straight into active growth.  I decided to buy this after seeing the one at City Hall breeze through our worst weather.

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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Here are some Florida natives:

Roystonea regia - One of three currently planted.  Special thanks to @palmsOrl

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Rhapidophyllum hystrix - one of a dozen planted. 

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Thrinax radiata - One of six planted.  These were seed-grown.

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Pseudophoenix sargentii from @Hferrell87  Has stayed very healthy!

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Acoelorrhaphe wrightii 'Azul' - had to be moved because the spot where it was originally placed became too shaded for a sun-loving plant.  Wasn't sure it would turn the corner and thought it would have to be replaced.  It has been improving in the last month with nurse plants to dapple the direct sunlight.

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Sabal miamiensis with Sabal minor 'McCurtain' in the back - The miamiensis have actually grown relatively fast!  Hoping for pitter patter of little seeds in the future.

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Sabal minor 'Cherokee' - has been a little more challenging than originally thought due to the fact that critters LOVE to snack on them.  Time to put some bricks down.

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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Some of the more common palms - most seed grown

Phoenix reclinata - both of these are seed-grown from the same palm.  One has no issues with leaf spot, the other does.  Go figure.

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Syagrus romanzoffiana - Very common here.  The seed for this one was harvested immediately after the Jan. 2018 freeze.

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Butia - Not entirely sure if this is an odorata or a catarinensis.  Judging by the seed size when I harvested them, I lean to the latter.  I have other odorata seeds that are much larger and rounder than the seed that produced this plant.

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Livistona decora - the official gold standard plant during the Lethal bronzing age.  Resistant to the disease, hardy to record lows, attractive foliage - not much more you can ask for.

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Bismarckia nobilis - Starting to get really silver (almost white) and get its trademark large fans.

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Trachycarpus fortunei - One of 8 on the property.  There were a dozen, but apparently squirrels will eat them if I don't put stone and bricks around every single seedling.

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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@SWFLchris Thank you for your compliment - and for selling me some good stuff to plant.

@Reeverse Thank you!  You had mentioned in an earlier post on this thread how fast the podocarpus were growing.  They're now around the 10 ft. mark.  Between those and the sea grapes, they make a great wind screen for the coconuts.

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A few more to round things up:

Phoenix canariensis - had no plans to add one, but given Lethal bronzing is wiping them out, I did snag a few seeds and put one in the ground.

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Arenga engleri - A representative of the 4 I planted from the batch of seeds I sold at the end of 2018

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Livistona chinensis - Planted 3 of these.

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Sometimes it is more about how the plan comes together as a whole, rather than the individual components.  A long way to go, but the fireplace will make the journey a little more enjoyable.

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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Browsing through this post I was struck by the amount of yard space you still had. That is some great restraint (though I see the lawn is losing the battle in more recent pictures)!

 

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Great documentation and really an awesome collection!! It seems that you can cover a wide range of different palm species

in your climate, it must be fascinating to follow their growing process. If you plants get taller, you got more to look at and I

am sure a garden walk/check will soon take more and more time. ;) 

Thank you very much for sharing!

best regards from Okinawa -

Lars

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With the recent cold snap here in Florida, probably could use some pre-holiday cheer.  Chilly weather doesn't stop Hawaiian Ti from blooming:

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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How do you make a desert bed I would like to try that with a filifera

"The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it."
~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

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4 hours ago, climate change virginia said:

How do you make a desert bed I would like to try that with a filifera

In my case, there was some paver sand in one area of the yard where pavers had previously been laid.  Using that and some rocks, elevating it slightly from the surrounding area, and getting a border to hold all of the elevated plantings together is usually enough.  If you plan on getting Washingtonia filifera, do yourself a favor and either order a ton of seeds so you can plant the survivors that don't succumb to our less than ideal conditions, or order off @TexasColdHardyPalms as he filters out the ones that are less moisture tolerant.

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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That is a lot of love and sweat in your yard. It looks amazing. Any Spring 2021 updates coming?

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On 3/12/2021 at 7:12 PM, chinandega81 said:

That is a lot of love and sweat in your yard. It looks amazing. Any Spring 2021 updates coming?

Thank you!  Yes, we'll lead off with some of the more cold hardy stuff I have in the front and work toward the back where I keep the more tender stuff.

Phoenix roebelenii in flower and Cycas revoluta flushing

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Three Sabal minor 'McCurtain' nearby

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Sabal miamiensis (now considered a synonym for Sabal etonia)

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Caladiums are up and flowering ahead of schedule.

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The Crotons and Hawaiian Ti in the circular bed with a few young Sabal minor 'McCurtain' sprinkled in

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A full view of the circular garden so you can see the canopy they are under

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My largest seed-grown Phoenix dactylifera....

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...flowering and ready to set fruit.

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to be continued...

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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Looks great. Do your crotons and ti plants die back or do you replant?

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15 hours ago, chinandega81 said:

Looks great. Do your crotons and ti plants die back or do you replant?

I haven't had any die back or need to replant so far.  A few more for today:

A pair of Veitchia arecina

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Archontophoenix alexandrae and a few small Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

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A pair of young Carpentaria acuminata

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Euterpe edulis 'Orange Crownshaft'

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Satakentia liukiuensis

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Psuedophoenix sargentii

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Beccariophoenix alfredii

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Thrinax radiata - had a few small seedlings in the ground, but $20 for something over 2 feet was a good enough deal.

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Roystonea regia

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Seeding pair of Chamaedorea microspadix

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A pair of Howea forsteriana seedlings

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Trachycarpus fortunei

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A Kentiopsis oliviformis seedling pushing up a new spear.

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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Your yard reminds me of South Floirda. Congratulations...I hope your neighbors are inspired by you. Is Lakeland getting warmer, or have you always been able to grow such great stuff? I always thoughg that area was in a cold sliver.

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And another group to round out the day:

Acoelorraphe wrightii from seed and Acoelorraphe wrightii 'Azul'

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A pair of Phoenix reclinata.  The first one has no leaf spot, the second one does.

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Washingtonia filifera.  The first is from the Moapa Valley, NV and the others originate from CA.

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Brahea brandegeei

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Brahea hybrid from DoomsDave

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One of a few Hyphaene thebaica recently added to the ground

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A Hyphaene coriacea I thought would decline and die started pushing a new spear

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Looks like lots of Mangoes this year...

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Desert Rose getting ready to flower with a small avocado from my parent trees in the 1G pot next to it.

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A baby Wodyetia bifurcata (Foxtail) after its first winter in the ground.

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A baby Dypsis decaryi after its first winter in the ground.

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Sugarcane waiting for its transplant.

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Sabal minor 'Cherokee' doesn't appear that happy here

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The Medemia argun might be on its way out, but it has stopped declining and started growing now that I put another nurse plant close by.

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Not sure if this Jubaea chilensis will make it through the summer

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More to come later...

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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1 hour ago, kinzyjr said:

Roystonea regia

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Looks great Jeremy!  Quite the variety!  I like how the Roystonea has its own roll of TP!  :P  Did you grow this one from seed also?

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Looks fantastic. Lots of really cool stuff! 

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1 hour ago, Fusca said:

Looks great Jeremy!  Quite the variety!  I like how the Roystonea has its own roll of TP!  :P  Did you grow this one from seed also?

A roll of TP lol ... haven't lost that sense of humor :)  That particular Roystonea and the two Veitchia are courtesy of @palmsOrl.  I have two other Roystonea regia that I grew from seed that I planted out in front.  I'll include those in another update once I finally get that garden weeded.

14 minutes ago, JohnAndSancho said:

Looks fantastic. Lots of really cool stuff! 

Love your tagline mentioning Whataburger.  Used to love those huge hamburgers back when we had one on the north side of town.

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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3 hours ago, kinzyjr said:

 

Love your tagline mentioning Whataburger.  Used to love those huge hamburgers back when we had one on the north side of town.

The Dr Pepper milkshake is absolutely amazing :shaka-2:

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Looking good.  You have a lot of palms poised to put on some size this season.  Should look incredible as everything fills out.

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6 hours ago, chinandega81 said:

Your yard reminds me of South Floirda. Congratulations...I hope your neighbors are inspired by you. Is Lakeland getting warmer, or have you always been able to grow such great stuff? I always thoughg that area was in a cold sliver.

Lakeland Linder International Airport averages 29.07 for an annual low according to the 72 years of NOAA records from 1948-2019.  Since our airport is out near County Line Road, the records are a bit lower than they would be if they were taken downtown, say at City Hall.  Both locations recorded 20F for a record low in January of 1985, a freeze that wipes out microclimates.  In my case, I have a few things working in my favor.  I'm up in elevation with a yard that has about a 12 foot drop from one end to the other, southeast of downtown, and have oak canopy.  That won't be enough to save some of this stuff if we get a repeat of one of the 1980s freezes, but for now, it's enough to experiment with some less hardy plants.  Even with a below average winter, I'd expect at least some of this stuff to drop out.

Speaking of City Hall, the area on the south side of City Hall has quite a few nice palms as does the Orange Street parking garage next to the Publix building.  Most of these palms are featured in the Remarkable Palms of Tampa Bay thread.  The city maintains a palm collection at Lake Wire that has a lot of surprises as well.  There are a lot of Archontophoenix alexandrae at Hollis Gardens that set fruit even though the area is wide open, so the urbanization around it must help out.  Common Ground, a playground for the young kids off of Edgewood Ave. has some interesting stuff as well.  I used these plantings, as well as some of the plantings around Lake Hollingsworth, as guide as to some stuff that would be fun to experiment with here.

Then there is the influence and contributions of @palmsOrl ...

5 hours ago, palmsOrl said:

Your yard looks amazing!  Thank you for sharing an update.

-Michael

Thanks man!  I suppose since you donated a ton of plants to the effort you should get a plaque or a fancy title like curator ;)

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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Onward with part 3:

Beccariophoenix fenestralis

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Ptychosperma elegans - not bad performance for overwintering outside in the ground as seedlings

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Dypsis lutescens - the squirrels got the first one.  Hence why most of the young plants have retaining wall blocks around them.

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Dypsis leptocheilos in the next two photos

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Dypsis cabadae - some damage this winter from frost.  The canopy is growing back out after a trim so hopefully that will take care of the frost.

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Two Dypsis prestoniana

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Dypsis pembana

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Livistona decora

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Livistona chinensis

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Chamaerops humilis 'Cerifera' - I moved the bananas out of this bed.  This one is loving the extra sunlight.

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Chamaedorea radicalis - (next two photos) squirrels and rabbits love these so you have to barricade them here.

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Adonidia merrillii - seed grown from local sources, spend all winter in the ground, zero damage.

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Sabal minor 'Emerald Isle Giant'

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One of my Arenga engleri getting some sunburn from the change in sun angle this time of year.  Needs a nurse plant...

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Syagrus romanzoffiana

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Butia... still torn on this one... maybe odorata... maybe catarensis.

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Rhapis excelsa

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Cocothrinax barbadensis

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Dictyosperma album ... a lot of damage for an easy winter.

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To be continued after some much-needed weeding :)

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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I hope there’s an old crazy cat lady near you, cause you are definitely gonna be the old crazy plant guy in your neighborhood haha!!! I love it, I’m gonna try and be like you when I grow up!

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On 5/2/2021 at 8:55 AM, teddytn said:

I hope there’s an old crazy cat lady near you, cause you are definitely gonna be the old crazy plant guy in your neighborhood haha!!! I love it, I’m gonna try and be like you when I grow up!

Ha ha ha!  Well, there was a cat that helped keep the squirrels, birds, and armadillos in line, but he was adopted by new owners and is living the good life in Georgia now.  As far as being like me when you grow up, let's all hope your future is a bit brighter than that ;)

On 5/1/2021 at 10:45 PM, chinandega81 said:

Do you still have the Sea Grape?

Yeah, they are all here.  They are extremely fast growing, so two trimmings per year to keep them within the boundaries.  They are a bit overgrown and will need a spring trim, but since they are flowering I am going to wait until after they are done since the bees like them.

Sea Grape #1

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Sea Grape #2

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Sea Grape #3

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Sea Grape #4

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The driveway garden is finally weeded.  The three Phoenix dactylifera have had their suckers removed and you can see two seedling Roystonea regia have been added.  The lighting helps at night.  The podocarpus hedges provide another layer of wind protection for the goodies inside.

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Giant Timber Bamboo (almost 80 feet to the top)

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By process of elimination, you can probably guess most of what is left to add.  That update will likely wait until ~Memorial Day (May 31st, 2021).

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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The sea grapes grow so well for you. Why aren't they more common in that area??

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