|Las Palmas, Burma yard|
Today I bought a dioon edule and a livistonia decipiens from Bill Earley.
The dioon edule or chestnut dioon is also known as the palm of the virgin and comes from Mexico. It is supposed to be very hardy, especially the rio verde cultivar. The plant I bought has a beautiful blueish color. Here is a picture of a gorgeous one I found on the internet. Dioon means double egged and these unusual plants have two ovules.
My friend Bruce has a major collection of cycads, plants that were here on earth before the dinosaur, when the good lord was still a young child. Bruce says that there is a saying in the business, we don't buy green bananas. Which translates to, no time to wait, buy them big. Some of his prize specimens are over 60 years old. I am not a rich guy so I guess I will have to buy them small and wait. But it is a marvel to see the incredible plants he has amassed.
Doug has a great collection as well, actually there are many great palm and cycad collections here in Southern California including the famous Dr. Mardi Darian collection in Vista. Darian is a vet who found a lot of rare plants doing field research in Madagascar early on.
Even so, there are a plethora of palms that will do just fine here and it amazes me how many people resort to boring old queens and canaries.
The livistona decipiens is from Australia, also known as a ribbon fan or weeping cabbage palm and is characterized by a frond that sort of droops over at the tip. Very pretty. The trunks get a lovely red color, at least my old friend Phil Morgan's did.
Bill Earley has three really nice palm yards in Fallbrook. He is vacating one yard and has some great deals on all sorts of palms and plants.
|Brahea armata var. clara|
Bill and his Las Palmas Ranch can be reached at 760-726-7488 and by cell at 760-445-4990. If you love palms you will want to check out his yards. You will not leave empty handed. His prices are so good you won't believe it.
Speaking of green, the ill fated lavender fields on East Mission have been scraped this week. Sad, sort of, somebody put in a lot of work, just didn't quite have it together. I swear all was going fine until they put the big Bill Horn for Supervisor sign up. Might have hexed the field. Will see what they try next.