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My Garden - Melbourne Australia


tim_brissy_13

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Well it’s now been 4 years since I’ve planted out my new garden. Many palms are now photo-worthy, so I thought it is time to create a topic to document the growth. 
 

Firstly, a bit of an introduction to Melbourne’s climate: We have an odd temperate climate full of contradictions; we have the least sunshine hours of any Australian capital city, yet our summer sun can be brutal on a hot day. We have the highest recorded temperature 46.4C/115.5F (even hotter at my location nearly 20km south east of the city centre) of any Australian capital yet also the lowest (-2.8C/27F). Just a few of kms down the road from me (a couple of miles) is where the lowest temperature ever along the Australian mainland coastline was recorded (-5C/23F at Aspendale). Our winters tend to be boringly predictable; gloomy, cool (average temp of 10C/50F) with the odd frosty night thrown in. Our summers are wildly erratic. We have an average maximum temperature in summer of 25C/77F, but it’s not unusual to have a day of over 40C/104F followed by a couple of days around 20C/68F. Rainfall is erratic too and depends heavily on the El Niño and La Niña cycle. For years during my childhood it barely rained. For the last few years we’ve had average or above average rainfall. This summer has been very wet so far. It is probably fitting that I’m starting this topic only a couple of days after the worst storm I’ve experienced here. We had 80km/h (50mph) gusts which lasted for about half an hour accompanied by destructive hail and 43mm (nearly 2inches) of rain. Just 15km/10 miles north west of here in the city, absolute zero rain was recorded and conditions were calm. 
 

Now a bit of an introduction into my new property. After a few years at a small unit with a garden much too small for a palm nut, I moved into what is hopefully my forever home in 2019. This property is 600sqm which I believe is about 1/7 acre if you’re imperially inclined (yes I’m already running out of room). There wasn’t much garden at all when we bought, so we completely stripped everything creating a blank slate. After the hardscaping was completed, I started planting in December 2019. I’ll firstly share some before shots of the early days, then some newer photos to show the progress and perhaps some focused shots on some of my favourite specimens in the garden. 
 

Firstly some 2019 photos:

June 2019

Front yard

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Back yard

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December 2019 - the concreting is finished

Frontyard

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Backyard:

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December 2019 - the planting begins in the front yard which is mostly West-facing. Most of the palms I had either transplanted from my old property or kept in pots for years, however there were some new purchases as well. 
 

Chrysalidocarpus ambositrae (Dypsis in 2019!)

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Brahea Super Silver

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Bismarckia (yep it’s fairly close to the house, but things tend to grow pretty slow here and stay smaller than up north). IMG_2083_Original.thumb.jpeg.e1ab968aa4b27d2e6ea5a3bbb1644e11.jpeg
 

Chrysalidocarpus cabadae x madagascariensis

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The overall result (at that stage):

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The planting begins in the backyard:

Jubaea

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Beccariophoenix alfredii

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Livistona fulva

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Hedyscepe canterburyana

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Burretiokentia hapala

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Chambeyronia macrocarpa var flavopicta (back then just known as the Watermelon type)

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Chambeyronia oliviformis

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Chamaedorea microspadix and a variegated Rhapis excelsa

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Archontophoenix purpurea

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Cyphophoenix elegans

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A couple of progress shots:

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The next palms waiting their turn:

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Continued:

 Ceroxylon ventricosum

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Laccospadix australasica (clumping form)

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Chamaedorea woodsoniana

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Syagrus sancona (I snapped a root during transplant)

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Chrysalidocarpus baronii

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Cyphophoenix nucele

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Rhapis humilis

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Chamaedorea klotzschiana

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Archontophoenix cunninghamiana x alexandrae

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Rhopalostylis sapida var Oceana (Chatham Island Nikau). Got very crispy very quickly in the sun so I put up a makeshift shade house. 
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Chrysalidocarpus decaryi

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Wonderful garden, @tim_brissy_13!

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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Guassia maya

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Chrysalidocarpus baronii Black Petiole

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A few of my 6 Archontophoenix myolensis that I transplanted from my old property (germinated in 2014)  

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Meanwhile, Chambeyronia macrocarpa, oliviformis, Hedyscepe and a Plumeria start to show some growth (and the weeds)

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Autumn/Fall 2020: some of the cooler climate palm go in the ground:

Ceroxylon quindiuense

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Rhopalostylis baueri var cheesmanii 

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Ceroxylon echinulatum

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Rhopalostylis sapida East Cape/Fine Leaf, Parajubaea sunkha and torallyi var torallyi

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Trachycarpus sp (maybe ‘Tesan’ - very thick leaflets with strong white colouring on abaxial surface)

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Another Rhopalostylis sapida var Oceana

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Later in Autumn 2020  - a few rock pathways are formed:

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Meanwhile, my Pritchardia hillebrandii starts to fill out.  
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Then came the winter of 2020. For us Melbournians, we were basically locked in for what felt like most of 2020 and 2021 due to pandemic related rules. The benefit of that for gardeners was a lot of time to spend in the garden and purchase new plants online. A bunch of tree ferns went in the ground in winter (not so exciting for this forum) followed by a couple of orders of palms in early spring. I still remember the day the larger palms arrived. It was about 9C/48F in early October - a rude shock for palms that had arrived from the warm subtropics in Queensland. 
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A new season of planting begins in the Spring of 2020:

Linospadix monostachyos

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Pritchardia maideniana

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Arenga engleri

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Chrysalidocarpus madagascariensis 

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Chrysalidocarpus pembanus x madagascariensis (next to the existing C cabadae x mad)

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Chamaerops humilis var argentea

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Chamaedorea seifrizii (Florida form)

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Chrysalidocarpus prestonianus hybrid (possibly with cabadae)

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Syagrus weddeliana

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Syagrus schizophylla

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Chrysalidocarpus arenarum

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Chrysalidocarpus lanceolatus

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Chamaedorea radicalis (tree form)

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Oraniopsis appendiculata 

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Chamaedorea hooperiana

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Caryota obtusa 

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Chrysalidocarpus lutescens (it’s a bit of a zone push here so I had to try)

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Chrysalidocarpus baronii

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Schippia concolor

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Chuniophoenix hainanensis

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Chamaedorea glaucifolia (in front of existing A myolensis)

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Some more new plantings and progress shots of Summer 2020/21:

Chamaedorea elatior 

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Dypsis rosea

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Chamaedorea oblongata

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Chamaedorea ernesti-augustii 

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Chamaedorea brachypoda

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Chamaedorea arenbergiana x nationsiana

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Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

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Chambeyronia macrocarpa var flavopicta

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Some random progress shots at that time:

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More from early to mid 2021

Archontophoenix myolensis 

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C cabadae x madagascariensis

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Chambeyronia oliviformis

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Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

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Chamaedorea oblongata

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Chrysalidocarpus pilulifer (looks like a hybrid to me)

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Ceroxylon ventricosum

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Burretiokentia hapala

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Chambeyronia macrocarpa var hookeri

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Pritchardia maideniana

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Chamaedorea woodsoniana

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Chamaedorea elatior

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Dypsis rosea under shadecloth

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C ernesti-augustii

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Jubaea

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R sapida var Oceana

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C cabadae x madagascariensis 

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More from 2021 heading towards the growing season including some new plantings.  The first winter was harsh on some of the more tender species which came down from QLD the previous year. 
 

Trachycarpus princeps

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Parajubaea tvt

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Chamaedorea klotzschiana 

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Chamaedorea microspadix

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Chamaerops humilis var argentea

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Chrysalidocarpus prestonianus hybrid

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Dypsis rosea

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Chamaedorea anemophila

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Pritchardia hillebrandii

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Schippia concolor (had not grown at all in its first year.  Looked to be on the way out)

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Howea belmoreana

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Chrysalidocarpus madagascariensis

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Bismarckia

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C lutescens and decaryi fairly beat up after winter 

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Chrysalidocarpus baronii showing nice colour

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Rarely Frost

2005 Minimum: 2.6C,  Maximum: 44C

2005 Average: 17.2C, warmest on record.

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3 minutes ago, richnorm said:

Bravo, love it! 

Just getting started! Honestly, around 2021/22 most of the garden was still settling in and not looking fantastic. The palms also didn’t know that they’d be in for about 15 frosts the next winter with the worst of it 2 nights in a row around -1.5C / 29F. More photos to come soon. 

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Patterson Lakes, bayside Melbourne, Australia

Rarely Frost

2005 Minimum: 2.6C,  Maximum: 44C

2005 Average: 17.2C, warmest on record.

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Stunning collection! Remember to plant something for the bees too!

What is the small palm in front of the Syagrus weddeliana?

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Some pre-winter 2022 pictures:

Bismarckia

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Chambey macro var. flavopicta

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Dypsis rosea

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Parajubaea tvt

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Trachy princeps

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Archontophoenix myolensis

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Cyphophoenix elegans 

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Chamaedorea klotzschiana

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A few pictures of the garden early-mid 2022:

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Patterson Lakes, bayside Melbourne, Australia

Rarely Frost

2005 Minimum: 2.6C,  Maximum: 44C

2005 Average: 17.2C, warmest on record.

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9 minutes ago, Than said:

Stunning collection! Remember to plant something for the bees too!

What is the small palm in front of the Syagrus weddeliana?

Thanks! We’re actually mindful to create a good environment for the bees. I’ve got a lavender bush which you can actually see in the last photo I posted in the front of that garden. It’s now huge and the bees love it along with a couple of Gardenias and Magnolias. I just tend not to take as many photos of those plants!

I should’ve been more specific, the small palm in that photo is the Syagrus weddeliana. The larger palm behind is Archontophoenix purpurea. 

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Patterson Lakes, bayside Melbourne, Australia

Rarely Frost

2005 Minimum: 2.6C,  Maximum: 44C

2005 Average: 17.2C, warmest on record.

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Some pictures from Winter 2022. Many palms had minor frost burn, but amazingly I didn’t lose anything which even surprised me considering some of the marginal species I’m growing. Weirdly, the dark mottling in these photos mostly went away a few days after the worst frost. The morning of the lowest temperature, I was worried I would have widespread damage. 

Hedyscepe canterburyana 

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Rhopalostylis baueri var baueri

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Caryota obtusa 

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Chamaedorea anemophila

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Chamaedorea arenbergiana x nationsiana


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Patterson Lakes, bayside Melbourne, Australia

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2005 Average: 17.2C, warmest on record.

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As someone who knows the Melbourne climate better than most and who tried to garden in the Bayside soil, I am in awe of your success. I never knew cordylines would live there, your big bromeliads have better colour than any of mine and even the growth rate on some of the palms seems faster than they grow here. Of course I too have 'rockets' that shoot up over night too but for Melbourne yours are great. My Schippia always looked lovely but only grew a new leaf every 2 years. Your fruit salad frangipani is gorgeous,  that is one of my favourite varieties. Good choice with the Bismarckia too. The more purple they are when small the more silver they get when they are older so your baby is going to be a dazzler.  I admit I had never heard of Dypsis rosea but now my life will have no meaning until I get one ! I think I spotted a red vinca there too. I planted a tiny one here last year and now spend half my life ripping them out. Hopefully they have better manners in Melbourne. Well done ! Although I expected nothing less from a fellow peke parent.

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Warm subtropical, with occasional frosts.

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Spring 2022 including more new plantings. 
 

Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

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Archontophoenix cunninghamiana x alexandrae

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Dypsis rosea  a little battered by winter but still growing fast.

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Ceroxylon parvifrons (from RPS 2018 batch. Let’s see what it turns out to be…)

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Trachycarpus nanus x princeps

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Trachycarpus takil

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Brahea moorei

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Sabal bermudana

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Syagrus hoehnei 

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Chamaedorea linearis

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Caryota monostachya

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Howea forsteriana variegated

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Pritchardia martii

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Pritchardia napaliensis

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Hyophorbe indica Red form

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Euterpe edulis Orange Crownshaft

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Chrysalidocarpus sp bef 

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Lanonia dasyantha

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Chrysalidocarpus lanceolatus

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Rhopalostylis sapida var Oceana

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Archontophoenix myolensis, a couple of them starting to get large. 
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Tim Brisbane

Patterson Lakes, bayside Melbourne, Australia

Rarely Frost

2005 Minimum: 2.6C,  Maximum: 44C

2005 Average: 17.2C, warmest on record.

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Would be faster if you made a list of the species you ain't growing!

I bet they love your wet summers there. Awesome job!

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3 minutes ago, Than said:

Would be faster if you made a list of the species you ain't growing!

I bet they love your wet summers there. Awesome job!

I think I’m up around 200 species now, so it does take time to document everything. With about 3000 species of palms, I’ve still got some collecting to do!

We actually don’t usually have wet summers. This current summer is unusual with about 150mm (6 inches) of rain this January so far. January is our driest month with 47mm (<2 inches) rain on average. Our yearly average is 650mm (26 inches). The erratic dry summer heat can be as damaging as the frost. 

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Patterson Lakes, bayside Melbourne, Australia

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2005 Average: 17.2C, warmest on record.

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Summer 2022/23:

chrysalidocatpus prestonianus hybrid

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Chrysalidocarpus pilulifer - suffered some crown rot from the cold winter and wet spring that year. 
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Schippia concolor - amazingly grew through a tough 2022 to completely recover. Since establishing itself, it puts out a good 6-7 fronds each growing season  

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Trachy princeps

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Chrysalidocarpus ambositrae  it had just started to split into 2 stems here.

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Arxhontophoenix cunninghamiana producing clean trunk with Oraniopsis poking out from behind.

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Dypsis rosea (regular updates for @peachy)

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Bismarckia

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Chrysalidocarpus lanceolatus fronds in sync over Pritchardia hillebrandii

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Hyophorbe indica Red form rocketing along  

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Chambeyronia macrocarpa var flavopicta

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Chrysalidocarpus pembanus x madagascariensis 

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Chrysalidocarpus decaryi x leptocheilos

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Chamaerops humilis var argentea

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Chambeyronia macrocarpa var hookeri

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Chrysalidocarpus arenarum

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Brahea Super Silver first hint of colour  

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Archontophoenix myolensis showing a freshly exposed crownshaft with nice, wide ring spacing on the trunk.

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That’s all for today. Here’s a few parting shots from about a year ago.  I’ll be posting some more photos in the next couple of days which should see us through to 2024.

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Patterson Lakes, bayside Melbourne, Australia

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Very nice garden/jungle. The collection is quite something. As time goes on , it will be interesting to see. Thank you for sharing. Harry

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Nice one tim you certainly have done your homework on cold tolerant palm varieties that’s a lot of palms to fit into a suburban garden it takes a lot of hard work and time for a palm garden that you’re after but in the end the hard work is rewarded with a great vision you had in your thoughts with some rather tall buildings palms are a great landscaping choice well done imagine if you lived in the subtropical climate let alone a tropical climate you would be the grand master of palm gardening let’s hope the Kerriodoxa lives and that small pathway around the back of the house needs 30 chameadorea adscedans planted along the path but honestly congratulations on your vision 

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10 hours ago, peachy said:

As someone who knows the Melbourne climate better than most and who tried to garden in the Bayside soil, I am in awe of your success. I never knew cordylines would live there, your big bromeliads have better colour than any of mine and even the growth rate on some of the palms seems faster than they grow here. Of course I too have 'rockets' that shoot up over night too but for Melbourne yours are great. My Schippia always looked lovely but only grew a new leaf every 2 years. Your fruit salad frangipani is gorgeous,  that is one of my favourite varieties. Good choice with the Bismarckia too. The more purple they are when small the more silver they get when they are older so your baby is going to be a dazzler.  I admit I had never heard of Dypsis rosea but now my life will have no meaning until I get one ! I think I spotted a red vinca there too. I planted a tiny one here last year and now spend half my life ripping them out. Hopefully they have better manners in Melbourne. Well done ! Although I expected nothing less from a fellow peke parent.

Peachy

Hi peachy as it happens I have some small dypsis rosea you may be in luck so you’re life will have a meaning again 😄

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What an incredible garden you’ve created there. Everything is grown so well too. The amount of species you are growing there really well is astounding. Melbourne is not the most palm friendly place either. What is the soil like there where you are? 

Millbrook, "Kinjarling" Noongar word meaning "Place of Rain", Rainbow Coast, Western Australia 35S. Warm temperate. Csb Koeppen Climate classification. Cool nights all year round.

 

 

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12 hours ago, tim_brissy_13 said:

Summer 2022/23:

chrysalidocatpus prestonianus hy

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Chrysalidocarpus pilulifer - suffered some crown rot from the cold winter and wet spring that year. 
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Schippia concolor - amazingly grew through a tough 2022 to completely recover. Since establishing itself, it puts out a good 6-7 fronds each growing season  

IMG_5577.thumb.jpeg.69bcf0c484cf72390781d49025c0d543.jpeg
 

Trachy princeps

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Chrysalidocarpus ambositrae  it had just started to split into 2 stems here.

IMG_5632.thumb.jpeg.d9444b79b17b8640f6fe947c5690ffd4.jpeg

 

Arxhontophoenix cunninghamiana producing clean trunk with Oraniopsis poking out from behind.

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Dypsis rosea (regular updates for @peachy)

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Bismarckia

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Chrysalidocarpus lanceolatus fronds in sync over Pritchardia hillebrandii

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Hyophorbe indica Red form rocketing along  

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Chambeyronia macrocarpa var flavopicta

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Chrysalidocarpus pembanus x madagascariensis 

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Chrysalidocarpus decaryi x leptocheilos

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Chamaerops humilis var argentea

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Chambeyronia macrocarpa var hookeri

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Chrysalidocarpus arenarum

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Brahea Super Silver first hint of colour  

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Archontophoenix myolensis showing a freshly exposed crownshaft with nice, wide ring spacing on the trunk.

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That’s all for today. Here’s a few parting shots from about a year ago.  I’ll be posting some more photos in the next couple of days which should see us through to 2024.

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You must be insanely proud waking up to that garden in the morning

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Excellent work Tim. What do your neighbours think of the emerging Jungle? I hope it encourages them to get creative.

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Love how you’ve done the paths @tim_brissy_13. Exactly the style I’ll be looking to achieve once our house is built. 

Must admit I had a little chuckle when you mentioned how challenging the Melbourne climate can be for palms. I lived in the West Midlands, UK for 38 years where the only bulletproof species were Trachycarpus fortunei/wagnerianus 😂, and some of those were snuffed out in the 2010 winter. Appreciate it’s all relative though. Sometimes I catch myself complaining when the temperature here drops below 20C 🤣

For those of you that frequent Facebook, I’ve set up a group called “Pommy palms”, where many of the palms I’ve seen since emigrating to Australia have been documented. If you wish to be a member, copy and paste “Pommy palms” into Facebook to view the page and click “Join group”.

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22 hours ago, happypalms said:

Nice one tim you certainly have done your homework on cold tolerant palm varieties that’s a lot of palms to fit into a suburban garden it takes a lot of hard work and time for a palm garden that you’re after but in the end the hard work is rewarded with a great vision you had in your thoughts with some rather tall buildings palms are a great landscaping choice well done imagine if you lived in the subtropical climate let alone a tropical climate you would be the grand master of palm gardening let’s hope the Kerriodoxa lives and that small pathway around the back of the house needs 30 chameadorea adscedans planted along the path but honestly congratulations on your vision 

Thanks Richard! I was on a similar page for the plantings along the path. No adscendens, but I do have 9 species of Chamaedorea planted along there now. The triple planted adscendens is in another area of the garden but still only 3 leaf seedlings. 

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Patterson Lakes, bayside Melbourne, Australia

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2005 Minimum: 2.6C,  Maximum: 44C

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19 hours ago, Tyrone said:

What an incredible garden you’ve created there. Everything is grown so well too. The amount of species you are growing there really well is astounding. Melbourne is not the most palm friendly place either. What is the soil like there where you are? 

Thanks Tyrone. The soil is really sandy for the first 700mm then it hits clay (I know from when we did our front fence posts). When we did the concrete landscaping, it raised the surface level up by the thickness of the concrete(about 150mm) so I topped up with about 30 cubic metres of topsoil enriched with mushroom compost and other organics (at least for the backyard, front yard didn’t need extra soil because we dug out the driveway and replaced existing think concrete). I’ve also added 9 cubic metres of pine bark mulch twice in the 4 years. I think the extra organic material really makes a difference. As Peachy said, the sandy bayside soil can be hard to get things to grow in unless amended, but it also has allowed me to grow some of the marginals here because of the good drainage. 
 

By the way, I definitely take inspiration with what you’ve done over the other side of the country! Just not quite on the same scale. 

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10 hours ago, Neil C said:

Excellent work Tim. What do your neighbours think of the emerging Jungle? I hope it encourages them to get creative.

I’m actually pretty lucky; our street has a lot of nice gardens, but nothing palmy or tropical. On one side of me is an older couple who, honestly, are more dedicated and skilled gardeners than me. They are always out there in the garden working at it, and some of the amounts of fruit they produce is amazing (tomato, mandarin, apricot etc). Amazing displays of flowers too at certain times of the year. 

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2005 Minimum: 2.6C,  Maximum: 44C

2005 Average: 17.2C, warmest on record.

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41 minutes ago, Jonathan Haycock said:

Love how you’ve done the paths @tim_brissy_13. Exactly the style I’ll be looking to achieve once our house is built. 

Must admit I had a little chuckle when you mentioned how challenging the Melbourne climate can be for palms. I lived in the West Midlands, UK for 38 years where the only bulletproof species were Trachycarpus fortunei/wagnerianus 😂, and some of those were snuffed out in the 2010 winter. Appreciate it’s all relative though. Sometimes I catch myself complaining when the temperature here drops below 20C 🤣

Thanks Johnathan. The rock paths probably looked best when they were freshly done. The weeds are a constant battle through the rock gaps, and the garden is now at that awkward stage were I need some of the taller palms to grow over the paths to allow us to walk unobstructed underneath. I try to convince my wife that one day there will be no overhanging fronds in the way, but she’s well aware my palm sickness will likely get in the way of good garden planting and I’ll continue to plant palms where we don’t need them!

 

You’re right with the Melbourne climate, definitely all relative. I’m actually really grateful to be where I am. I can grow most of my favourite species (Hedyscepe, A purpurea, Chambeyronia, Pritchardia sp etc) and I’m largely protected from extreme events that could wipe out large chunks of the garden. Of course it’s a bit easier further north for most species, but honestly I don’t envy the work involved with the growth rate and subsequent green waste in those climates especially FNQ.  Well manicured gardens up there deserve a lot of credit. I also remind myself to appreciate the slow growth rate of some species as it can keep them at an interesting height for many years (some, like A cunninghamiana, are not following this general rule and are instead reaching for the sky!). 

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Great effort Tim getting all those species to grow well.

Looking really good overall 

You can grow a bigger range of warmth loving species than me as the overall average temperatures are higher.  I've never had over 35c or under 0c in the 15 years here at Old Beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cool Maritime climate

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Tim, great gardens and vision! I am not familiar with your climate, but it looks like you are doing a great job, especially with the growth rates you documented. Look forward to move pictures in the future.

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Tim,

I love your documentation - great work and an impressive collection! 

Following the progress of your palm"s growth is very interesting - having in mind that you are 'covering' 

a wide range, from tropical ones to those which prefer a more cool environment. 

Thank you for sharing and please keep up with the good work -

all the best from Okinawa!

Lars

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Your garden is looking fantastic Tim!

 

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Gold Coast, Queensland Latitude 28S. Mild, Humid Subtropical climate. Rainfall - not consistent enough!

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