Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Secret Palm Garden...Trip 2 part 1

I was fortunate enough to make another trip to the Secret Palm Garden. I met the lady in charge of maintaining the property. She was so nice. I have arranged with her to help id all of the palms in the community. In exchange for collecting some of the seeds. I have a specialist in mind to bring back with me on the next trip back to confirm id's with me. There are palms scattered everywhere. The community was advertised in the 80's as live in a botanical garden. This place is packed full of the rare and unusual plants and palms. I have taken some more pics of palms I came across this trip. There is still much more to explore. I will id the the few that I know as I go.
Walking to the entrance of 1 of the trails.
The trees that border the homes and the trail
The entrance to 1 of the walking trailsThen you exit to the clubhouse entrance
Copernicia baileyana - Bailey Palm
Copernicia macroglossa - Cuban Petticoat Palm
Just an assortmentPhoenix rupicola - Cliff Date PalmPhoenix reclinata - Senegal Date Palm

Latania Palm ???

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Secret Palm Garden...Trip 2 part 2

Here is another round of palm pictures.

Sabal causiarum - Puerto Rican Hat Palm

Sabal rosei - Llanos Palmetto

Zombia antillarum - Zombie Palm
They say it takes 15 years for this palm to begin to trunk
these are 10ft tall
Livistona saribus - Taraw Palm
X Butyagrus Hybrid - Mule Palm

Arenga engleri - Dwarf Sugar Palm

Monday, October 27, 2008

Great volunteers don't grow on trees...But!

Our blogs made the Newspaper!
Our local newspaper puts out an insert on Mondays called Luminaries. This past Monday Aaron and myself made the paper for hard dedicated work on the Palm Walk at Heathcote Botanical Gardens. Score on top of it they printed our blog addresses in the description. Here are a few pictures I took of the newspaper.

Orchid Show Pictures

On Oct 20 the Fort Pierce Orchid Society show was full of unbelievable orchids. I took lots of pictures and also Scored. I did not have that much money I could spend and needed some supplies so my orchid buying was going to be very limited. They were selling raffle tickets 20 for $5. You had a choose of 16 prizes to drop your ticket into. 1 ticket went into each bucket with a few being doubled up. When the began to call the winning numbers at the end of the day Monique pulled the tickets out and by the 3rd prize my number was called and I won a Blc. Aroma gold "Charngmarg", well 6 more numbers later Monique had another number called. This orchid was a Blc. Bread Beauty 'True Love'. Now the ladies were like yall our so lucky with a sign of pee-turbed-ness under their breath. The funniest part was the 2nd to last prize was another 1 of our numbers, We were so Lucky that day. This orchid was a Bc. Island Charm'O.C.' So the first pictures are of the orchids won from the door prize drawings. And the last ones are random shots from the show.

All 3 of the Winners

Bc. Island Charm'O.C.'

Blc. Aroma gold 'Charngmarg'

Blc. Bread Beauty 'True Love'

And The Randoms From The Show
many are label in the picture by a tag