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by Cowtown Palm Society
Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:31 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Desert Area
Topic: my Calgary, Alberta, Canada desert-winter 2011/12
Replies: 11
Views: 4586

Curious how much snow you had this winter; we had very little so my y.filamentosas look worse than they ever have. I should rip 'em out and replace with glauca. Great carpentry job. How difficult is it for a non-electrical person to figure out solar components/wiring? Hi Barb! When I say 'solar', I...
by Cowtown Palm Society
Sun Mar 11, 2012 7:15 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Desert Area
Topic: my Calgary, Alberta, Canada desert-winter 2011/12
Replies: 11
Views: 4586

That is one good looking garden! I see you went by Vegas. :D Love the agave shots. 8) Keep us posted on your yuccas! Thanks Aaron! Yeah those agave nevadaenis/utahenis grow high up and they're so beautiful! Glad to see you've had a far more normal winter. Soon the blaze will be on-with your plants ...
by Cowtown Palm Society
Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:24 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Desert Area
Topic: my Calgary, Alberta, Canada desert-winter 2011/12
Replies: 11
Views: 4586

my Calgary, Alberta, Canada desert-winter 2011/12

Hi All, Haven't been posting much the last little while. I still check in on the site to see everyone's cool plants though. Just wanted to give you guys a quick look at what I've been up to and how my plants are faring this winter. Firstly, we've had a tropical winter by our standards, failing to re...
by Cowtown Palm Society
Sat Mar 03, 2012 10:41 pm
Forum: Anything Yucca
Topic: Yucca update 2012
Replies: 28
Views: 10692

Wow! Best hardy yucca collection in North America :shock: ! Most look like they haven't even had any winter (except maybe, what I believe is, y. baccata :wink:)

Thanks Tim!
by Cowtown Palm Society
Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:29 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Updates on Palms & Yuccas Nov.2011
Replies: 20
Views: 4049

John,

Amazing collection, in and out of the ground. I can't believe the variety 8) ! Some really cool species. I'm definitely heading to the Okanagan with some cash this spring. Thanks for the pics!

Duncan
by Cowtown Palm Society
Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:31 am
Forum: Anything Yucca
Topic: Yuccas palms and bananas in southern Ontario, Canada
Replies: 12
Views: 4579

Very Nice Seeds!

Where did you get that glauca, with a trunk like that :shock: ?

Good luck with you Lake Erie run! Do you, by chance, sell seeds on Ebay under the same handle?

Duncan
by Cowtown Palm Society
Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:56 am
Forum: Photo Gallery
Topic: Some Vegas pics 2011
Replies: 10
Views: 5558

Thanks Jay! Have you checked out Red Rock Canyon just west of the city. Very cool rock formations, not to mention J-Tree, bacatta and mojave yucca forests! For everyone who called me crazy for saying that Trachies aren't pretty, check out the little guys in the picture 3rd from the bottom! They're n...
by Cowtown Palm Society
Fri Aug 05, 2011 6:07 pm
Forum: Anything Yucca
Topic: J-tree back to life.
Replies: 58
Views: 17805

Hi Aaron,

Great to see that Aaron :D ! What a terrible winter-but what a tough plant, as it turns out. Hopefully the next few seasons will be a steady regrowth for that specimen. 8)

Duncan
by Cowtown Palm Society
Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:06 pm
Forum: Anything Yucca
Topic: Yuccas are blooming............
Replies: 23
Views: 12273

Too cool Tim 8) :shock: ! Always love to see your yucca pics. Thanks!

Duncan
by Cowtown Palm Society
Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:22 pm
Forum: Anything Yucca
Topic: Newly planted Yuccas Okanagan valley British Columbia 6b
Replies: 22
Views: 7953

Those are lovely, indeed :shock: ! Where can I special order those :x ? :lol: . Cool!
by Cowtown Palm Society
Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:29 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Have to cover everything again? Late season cold ALERT.
Replies: 42
Views: 13450

sidpook wrote:March can be such a bitch! Hang in there!
Agreed, we get March 'till about June usually :twisted: :roll: :wink: :lol: .

Duncan
by Cowtown Palm Society
Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:24 pm
Forum: Anything Yucca
Topic: Yucca update after winter.........
Replies: 31
Views: 18058

Wow :D -man your yard is too cool, Tim! Thanks for the update pics. I didn't know there would be a yucca moth in your neck of the woods Tim, as I didn't think you had an endemic yucca species....very cool. I really love those filimentosa-elata hybrids. Can't wait till mine get bigger-although they p...
by Cowtown Palm Society
Mon Mar 07, 2011 12:23 pm
Forum: Anything Yucca
Topic: Yucca glauca RARE TREE FORM PLAINS YUCCA?
Replies: 17
Views: 16911

Aaron,

Thanks man, if you do have any, I'd love some :D . That's a real nice plant. It's pure glauca?

Jim, agreed, it's worth a shot, for $5, especially $5USD :wink: .

Take Care,

Duncan
by Cowtown Palm Society
Sun Mar 06, 2011 6:00 pm
Forum: Anything Yucca
Topic: Yucca glauca RARE TREE FORM PLAINS YUCCA?
Replies: 17
Views: 16911

Hi Tim! Very cool. I bet they'd be super hardy too. You don't have any trunking glauca seeds kicking around, by chance, do you? I've got some very nice little yucca seedlings coming along from the seeds you gave me. I'll get some pics up soon. Hope the plants are wintering well Tim! Take Care, Duncan
by Cowtown Palm Society
Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:36 pm
Forum: Photo Gallery
Topic: Joshua Tree National Park January 2011
Replies: 12
Views: 5856

Hey Guys, Aaron, thanks for the I.D.! Hope the plants are wintering well since the early blast. Tim, I've got some nice little yuccas germinating from the seeds you sent me (various hybrids of, I believe, elata, filimentosa, pallida, thompsoniana and flaccida) . I've had great success so far. I'll p...
by Cowtown Palm Society
Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:27 pm
Forum: Photo Gallery
Topic: Joshua Tree National Park January 2011
Replies: 12
Views: 5856

Thanks guys! Man I would love to live there, it's so me! 8) Cameron, no seeds-I definitely saw some laying around the brevifolias, should have snagged some. You should have seen the plants for sale at "The Living Desert" in Palm Desert. You guys, we need to special order from that place :shock: ! Be...
by Cowtown Palm Society
Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:13 am
Forum: Photo Gallery
Topic: Joshua Tree National Park January 2011
Replies: 12
Views: 5856

Joshua Tree National Park January 2011

Hi Guys, Been too busy lately and missing the forum! Just wanted to share some photos from Joshua Tree National Park, from a recent trip to the Coachella Valley in Southern California last month. I'm sure many of you will recognize the plants, which include: a Washy Filifera oasis, Nolina parryi, Mo...
by Cowtown Palm Society
Fri Feb 04, 2011 9:11 am
Forum: Weather & Climate
Topic: Extreme cold for the Southern AZ, NM, and West Texas
Replies: 162
Views: 39708

The Phoenix Open Golf tourney, in Scottsdale, had to cancel their practice round on Wednesday, not just for frost (which does happen occasionally at this time of year) but because the greens were frozen solid :verycold: :? ! What the heck? The tourney's director said he's never seen it in 30 years. ...
by Cowtown Palm Society
Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:18 pm
Forum: Weather & Climate
Topic: Extreme cold for the Southern AZ, NM, and West Texas
Replies: 162
Views: 39708

Hi Barb :D ! Second Chinook, but I was in Southern California when the first one came. So sad to have missed it :lol: ! I've got some nice palm/yucca pictures from down there. Also, I uncovered my y.rostrata today. I'm very pleased with how it looks. I'll have to get some pictures up when I get a ch...
by Cowtown Palm Society
Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:51 pm
Forum: Weather & Climate
Topic: Extreme cold for the Southern AZ, NM, and West Texas
Replies: 162
Views: 39708

Absolutely wicked, brutal cold. There will, indeed, be some real damage in many zone-pushing type places where elaborate protection schemes, seen on PN, are less prevalent. Good example, Albuquerque, NM-next two nights will be -22c...-8f!!! :lickice: Many marginal plants will be toast in this once i...
by Cowtown Palm Society
Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:09 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Desert Area
Topic: Finally got to see the sun, after the cold spell.
Replies: 66
Views: 23974

Aaron,

Hope the little J-Tree pulls through! It's such a cool plant. You're probably right about the sudden shift in temps. having an unusually adverse effect on the plant. It looks bad, but not that bad? Neat to see y. rostrata handling -25c so well. Thanks for the pics!

Duncan
by Cowtown Palm Society
Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:11 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Desert Area
Topic: Finally got to see the sun, after the cold spell.
Replies: 66
Views: 23974

Thanks for the pics Aaron! Always love to see your plants. Too bad about the weather/pests. I'm sure your summer heat will bring everything back to where it was in no time!

Wascley Wabbits! :?

I'm sure your J-Tree will pull through, like you said.

Thanks!
by Cowtown Palm Society
Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:24 am
Forum: Weather & Climate
Topic: We'll need this new smiley
Replies: 49
Views: 15887

The global weather is screwy :shock: !

Can anybody beat this spread for November?

High: 23.6 C, 74.5f
Low: -30.8 C, -23.4f

Actually, by the sounds of it Aaron might be close.
by Cowtown Palm Society
Sun Nov 21, 2010 1:16 pm
Forum: Weather & Climate
Topic: warm weather in Calgary!
Replies: 14
Views: 4620

Barb, These tend to be, what I cynically call, suicide prevention forecasts :shock: . I think they're more of a public mental health service than science. I figure the only scientific part is the 50/50 probability that a chinook will occur after an arctic blast. The only thing the forecasters get ri...
by Cowtown Palm Society
Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:42 am
Forum: Weather & Climate
Topic: Remarkable microclimates
Replies: 5
Views: 2613

:verycold:
by Cowtown Palm Society
Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:44 am
Forum: Weather & Climate
Topic: warm weather in Calgary!
Replies: 14
Views: 4620

Thanks Jim!

Unlike many places in Canada, we do thankfully get breaks in the form of the warm westerly chinook winds.

Looks like we could be cooking by next weekend 8) !

http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/forecast ... -52&unit=i
by Cowtown Palm Society
Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:38 am
Forum: Anything Yucca
Topic: no winter light for my protected yuccas
Replies: 15
Views: 5713

Canadian, what's your real name? For many of the reasons you just mentioned-as counter-intuitive as it might seem to some-I think palms and yucca make a great deal of sense here-mainly as annuals that can be brought in during winter...and for some yuccas as perennials. What other kinds of plants can...
by Cowtown Palm Society
Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:01 am
Forum: Weather & Climate
Topic: warm weather in Calgary!
Replies: 14
Views: 4620

TerdalFarm wrote: Anyway, about time to make a batch of ice tea and head back to the garden :D
--Erik
You didn't..... :x

Just kidding, enjoy it Erik. All temperature aside, it looks very lovely. I'll try to get some photos up.

Duncan
by Cowtown Palm Society
Sat Nov 20, 2010 10:38 am
Forum: Weather & Climate
Topic: warm weather in Calgary!
Replies: 14
Views: 4620

Cowtown Palm Society wrote:Hi Erik,

Wait a week or two, and our weather will have nothing in common :lol: !

Duncan
Nov. 6, 2010

Erik,

What did I tell ya!
:lol:

We're above zero on the American scale now! Too warm for the hot tub :lol: !
by Cowtown Palm Society
Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:34 am
Forum: Weather & Climate
Topic: Frost advisory?!?
Replies: 84
Views: 30184

Igor, how about that summer in Moscow-it was like Las Vegas!
by Cowtown Palm Society
Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:28 am
Forum: Weather & Climate
Topic: Remarkable microclimates
Replies: 5
Views: 2613

It's sick and wrong Tim :shock: .

8)
by Cowtown Palm Society
Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:26 am
Forum: Anything Yucca
Topic: no winter light for my protected yuccas
Replies: 15
Views: 5713

Thanks guys :D ! Aaron, I have two y. glaucas in the garden. They're relatively common here. There are some specimens at the University I've been meaning to photo. Really mature and beautiful. They flowered this spring. Tim and Jim, I think I'm going to go with the cold and dark approach. Problem is...
by Cowtown Palm Society
Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:20 am
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: Waterproof heating cables
Replies: 48
Views: 19803

Hi Seba, welcome to the forum.

Erik, Jim and others using heat tape/cables:

I was under the impression that it's too hot to have the cables touching the plant itself? Is this the case?

Thanks!
by Cowtown Palm Society
Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:19 pm
Forum: Anything Yucca
Topic: no winter light for my protected yuccas
Replies: 15
Views: 5713

Hey- I'm not convinced that Yucca truly have a dormancy period. I've been meaning to bring this question of winter yucca dormancy up on the forum. It's a great point you make. The plan is to keep them cool all winter, so as to not induce growth, hence not a great need for light. I worry about the i...
by Cowtown Palm Society
Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:00 pm
Forum: Anything Yucca
Topic: no winter light for my protected yuccas
Replies: 15
Views: 5713

Thanks Aaron! These two yuccas are probably a good 3-5 Idaho years, at least, (30-50 Calgary years) away from seedling, so I'd like to bring 'em through, they'd be hard to replace in short order. Perhaps I should have brought them in :roll: . Anyhow, we'll see what happens! Thanks!

Duncan
by Cowtown Palm Society
Fri Nov 19, 2010 12:47 pm
Forum: Talk About Ghost Towns And Gold Trails
Topic: Gold Field Nevada
Replies: 16
Views: 9888

Sorry I missed this topic earlier. Cool place Jay. I'll head up the 95 next time I'm in Vegas. Thanks!

Duncan
by Cowtown Palm Society
Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:18 am
Forum: Weather & Climate
Topic: Frost advisory?!?
Replies: 84
Views: 30184

Canadian, you're right...that's hilarious :lol: . I was trying to think of that city too. It's Ulaanbaatar. Neat looking place, maybe I'll go someday. For sure too on those other desolate places listed. I think Helsinki, Finland is up there too-probably more moderate though ie. colder summers, sligh...
by Cowtown Palm Society
Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:52 am
Forum: Weather & Climate
Topic: Remarkable microclimates
Replies: 5
Views: 2613

Sure, rub it in Paul :x , 8) .! It's amazing the moderating influence of large bodies of water isn't it? I always figure those Trachys on English Bay, in Vancouver, for example are way better off than plants further inland...in the winter, that is. They likely miss out on inland heat, in the summer....
by Cowtown Palm Society
Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:44 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Washys are covered
Replies: 39
Views: 11245

That looks professional Jim :D . I love Washys, but I find them by far the most fragile between Trachy, Med. Fan and Needle. I fried my Robusta in a pot at about -6c (say 21f) this fall. The others, no problem. Mind you, the others were in pots, in the ground :? . BTW, are those beauties Robusta, Fi...
by Cowtown Palm Society
Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:35 am
Forum: Anything Yucca
Topic: no winter light for my protected yuccas
Replies: 15
Views: 5713

Jim, I tell ya, I'm in the wrong part of the world for this hobby! I would like variation in seasons for my plant hobby-say like Denver, SLC, Reno, that kind of thing but Calgary's just all around ridiculous :? ! Or, I'd take San Diego and just grow everything and never worry-just enjoy the most liv...