Hardy Palms , Oleanders etc Rehoboth Beach DE and Lewes, DE

Boca_Joe(zone 7A)October 22, 2013

hey a big thanks to Mark, Vince and Rick for taking the time to show me the palms of Lewes and Rehoboth Beach DE! They were very generous with their time and we all had a great afternoon, including my 87 year old dad and my brother.

So many palms to see, very impressive. Mark has done a tremendous job with his Rehoboth jungle garden and palm plantation complete with pineapple guava, gingers, as well as the palms, as well as Vince in Lewes with his incredible tropical palmy garden surrounding his 1879 home! Vince I also posted some of my tropical 'toons photos of your plants.

We saw huge trachys in Rehoboth, mediterrean fan palms and old oleanders out in the open!

Rick I will get to Bethany next trip, looking forward to it.

Thanks again guys for a great, fun time

photos here:

Boca Joe

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bill_ri_z6b(Zone 6B)

Great photos! What zone is Rehoboth Beach, and how far from the ocean are these gardens?

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 2:56PM
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Boca_Joe(zone 7A)

hi Bill,

Rehoboth Beach, DE is a solid 7b. Most of these photos are just blocks from the ocean, except for Mark's garden which is a few miles I believe, and Vince's is closer maybe less than a mile?

Keep pushing the zone!

Boca Joe

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 4:04PM
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bill_ri_z6b(Zone 6B)

I've been pushing my zone here (6b) for a long time. But there's a lot more that can be grown in 7b for sure. I have been growing a trunking Yucca (Y. revurvifolia) for several years and it has a somewhat tropical look. I also have a few cacti and several Camellias. I planted out a Trachy in spring of 2012, and last winter I wrapped it in bubble wrap, but that wasn't so good. It survived, but most of the leaves were toast. But it's recovered really well and has 9 leaves now looking healthy. This year, it's on its own though. I also have a "Frostproof" gardenia in it's 5th year outdoors and it bloomed great this season and grew a lot.

You mention Mark and Vince, but are you also in that area of DE?

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 5:14PM
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Boca_Joe(zone 7A)


I am in central MD about 30 miles NW of DC. I am zone 7a most years.

My father lives in Lewes, DE just outside of Rehoboth.

That gardenia is a beauty.I have that one too, Chuck Hayes gardenia is even better - huge 3" fragrant flowers! The plant and flowers look just like the tropical one. Plants here have survived 0f and below with no problem or protection.

If you do protect your trachy , try using frostcloth instead of bubble wrap, works great. Sabal minors and needle palms would have no problem where you are.

Boca Joe

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 5:35PM
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Boca_Joe(zone 7A)

Bill if you want to chat more, you can email me at bocajoe@comcast.net. Many more ideas for you.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 5:37PM
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