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Old 04-23-2007, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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Holy smokes! I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen those picts of palm trees.

My mother did grown cactus outside here in the great north. Maybe I should try some palms?
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Old 04-23-2007, 11:34 PM
 
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How is Vancouver different from Seattle?
You mean other than it's in Canada?
More compact, better mass transit, closer to great skiing, its got better beaches closer to the city.
They are similar though.

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Old 04-24-2007, 12:19 AM
 
Location: In God
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I don't understand the sentence I highlighted in bold. You don't like vacations?
No, I do, but I don't like palm trees.
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Old 04-24-2007, 04:53 AM
 
Location: NJ
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You mean other than it's in Canada?
More compact, better mass transit, closer to great skiing, its got better beaches closer to the city.
They are similar though.
I agree, also much more scenic, with the Lions Gate Bridge and Stanley Park, amongst other things.
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Old 04-24-2007, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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Holy smokes! I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen those picts of palm trees.

My mother did grown cactus outside here in the great north. Maybe I should try some palms?


Like I said, the reason they can grow palms 49 degrees north of the Equator has nothing to do with the growing season being warm enough. It has to do with average and record winter cold.

Vancouver BC's coldest average overnight low is still 33 F in January, and their all-time record low is 0 F.
Where I live we go below 0 F almost every winter.

But if you want you could try them growing anyways.

I've got date palms growing in pots that I started from seeds. I move them indoors in early fall and bring them outside in late spring. They stay alive and healthy because I have grow lights.
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Old 04-24-2007, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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No, I do, but I don't like palm trees.
Did you mean in the previous post (not this one) that you don't like to vacation in tropical places?

And I wouldn't be upset if I never saw another spruce or fir tree.

For me there's no better way to relax; hot sun, hot sand, palm trees, warm ocean, cold drink(s)

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Old 04-24-2007, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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I think the main reason northerners (myself included) are fascinated with palm trees are that their presence is an indicator what's probably a more ideal climate for people tired of cold rain, grey skies, ice, snow etc.

I also like most of them because they are interesting plant specimens.
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Old 04-24-2007, 09:56 AM
 
Location: In God
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Did you mean in the previous post (not this one) that you don't like to vacation in tropical places?

And I wouldn't be upset if I never saw another spruce or fir tree.

For me there's no better way to relax; hot sun, hot sand, palm trees, warm ocean, cold drink(s)
I mean, they're nice looking, but down here in Houston it seems to make too much of a contrast when you have tall pines and grand oaks in the backdrop and in front of them you have fern plants and palm thingies. So I guess that's what I meant to say.
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Old 04-24-2007, 10:07 AM
 
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i would say, a great symphony

good theatre, a few art museums and galleries

good diversity of restaurants, parks

on the coast and lots of golf courses
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Old 04-25-2007, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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I mean, they're nice looking, but down here in Houston it seems to make too much of a contrast when you have tall pines and grand oaks in the backdrop and in front of them you have fern plants and palm thingies. So I guess that's what I meant to say.
Maybe it depends on the species of palms. In South Carolina they seem to be able to blend their palms into their tall pine/oak background easily and nicely. But at the same time there are less palm trees to choose from there since their winters get colder than around Houston.

In SC, you see cabbage palmettos (state tree), pindo palm (small date-like palm), sago palm (very small cycad) and banana plants mostly. Sometimes you see tiny windmill palms, needle palms and chinese fan palms.

I suppose a giant, regal-looking Canary Island date palm would look strange next to a live oak with moss. I don't think they can grow in SC but I've seen pics of them even in San Antonio. In the East, you usually don't see that palm until you hit Florida.

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