Palms popping up around Washington, DC
Palm trees are popping up around our nation's capital! Perhaps emboldened by our unusually mild winters in recent years, quite a few people are planting hardy palms as year-round outdoors plantings in Washington, DC and most of them have done quite well. Every year I find more and more--here's a selection of windmill palms (Trachycarpus fortunei) that are planted in publicly visible places. I know of a few more, that I haven't gotten around to photographing yet.
National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution), planted spring 2011:
Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum, planted circa 2000:
Smithsonian Castle, planted circa 2008???
Scottish Rite Temple in NW DC, planted spring 2011 (not my photos, these are from Flickr):
Adams Morgan neighborhood (planted 2008?); thought I had a more recent photo of this one but apparently not--it's put out a lot of new growth since this photo and is looking much better now:
Shaw neighborhood (planted sometime prior to 2009):
And who knows how many are lurking in private gardens around the area!