James AMember Since 01 Feb 2012
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Greensboro, NC 27405
Aside from geophytes, my favorite plants are those with white variegated foliage. After these, I love the palms and cycads and have experimented with growing more than several different genera in my garden with mixed success. I use the term garden loosely; I am more of a collector than a gardener.
Currently, I am growing Butia capitata and capitata seedlings from a number of sites around the southeast (including some from a tree in Wilmington, NC that is about 15 feet tall), Augusta, Ga, and now from my own tree in Greensboro, NC, Butiagrus (Butia x Syagrus), Butia x Jubeae, Jubeae chilensis, Trachycarpus fortunei (all sizes from seedlings to 14 feet), and one unidentified Trachycarpus sp. (12 years old with only about 2 foot of trunk 6 to 8 inches in diameter near the base), Sabal texensis, Sabal palmatto, Sabal palmatto var. ‘Baldhead Island’, Sabal ‘Birmingham’, Sabal minor collected north of Augusta and costal NC, Serenoa repans from Savanna, Cycas revoluta, Cycus taitungensis, and Zamia floridana (this has also produced some seedlings around the garden).
On the “palms I’ve killed list” include, several Butia capitata and one Butia euriospatha from Woodlanders, a Syagrus romanzoffiana (kept alive for four years in a very sheltered spot), a 10 foot Sabal domingensis (kept alive five years that died two winters ago), Phoenix canariensis, Pheonix sylvestris, several nannorrhops ritchiana, blue and green form and probably some that I’ve overlooked.
I never pass up the opportunity to gather seeds and seedlings when traveling and always give them every opportunity to make a stand in my greenhouse or garden. I have Woodyetia bifurcata from seed gathered in Cairns Australia, Washingtonia from Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley along with seedlings from many other sites all around the world.
The only rule in my garden is no excessive human intervention to protect from the cold.
I'm sure I've left out many interesting things about myself and hope you will simply inquire if interested.