Wednesday, 2 May 2012
How many palms?
Sometimes I forget... that is, sometimes I forget just how many palms I have planted. I often refer to the yard as "palm garden" and with the most recent addition of the young trachycarpus wagnerianus I reached an all time high, 14.
To me, the real prize of the garden is this butia capitata or pindo palm. While they have survived for years at a time in mild areas of the PNW, they really don't like our cool wet winters. I provide this palm with some protection on arctic outbreaks. It has seen some really cold temperatures but I'm not willing to risk anything. Luckily, it only takes me about 5 mins to protect in the event of severe cold. Some old school christmas lights, burlap and a tarp if the wind is blowing...
But, for anyone in coastal PNW, trachycarpus fortunei is the palm to grow!
You can see how I lost track...
This is my largest palm! The top of the fronds must be over 12 feet now.
This little guy came from the famous English Bay palms. There are literally thousands of little palm seedlings along the base of the palms in english bay. I did some "weeding" for them.
Last but not least the mediterranean fan palm. Most mediterranean fan palms in the valley and even coastal Van were damaged or killed a few years ago. This one gets some old school christmas lights around the central growing spear and a tarp when temps go below 20F.
I realize I push the limits with some of my palms. But they are actually incredibly low maintenance. With Windmill palms, plant them, water them while they are getting established and then do nothing! Just watch them grow and enjoy the exotic ambience they provide. All that is to say, plant a palm!