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By bacchuspalms, Feb 20 2015 01:34AM

I’m back in NZ again after the last couple of months in the UK renovating my house in London. It was certainly nice to land in Auckland and see sunshine and blue skies after a grey London winter.


With only one day in Auckland and having met up with friends the night before I decided to make the most of the jetlag-induced early morning by walking around the city and visiting some of the gardens I remembered as a student here back in the late 1990’s.


In many ways Auckland’s much the same as I remember it. The prices are higher and the cruise ships have got larger but otherwise I felt at home again walking around Parnell, the Domain, the University and through the city.


Having taken a few photographs of the more interesting and unusual palms I thought I’d post them here. I hope they serve to remind you of the many uncommon species which really should be planted as alternatives to the common stuff sold by the truckload.


Phil



A heavily clumping Dypsis baronii outside of the Langham Hotel.
A heavily clumping Dypsis baronii outside of the Langham Hotel.
Aged cycads at the University of Auckland.
Aged cycads at the University of Auckland.
Lepidozamia peroffskyana.
Lepidozamia peroffskyana.
Another cycad.  This one has me stumped however.
Another cycad. This one has me stumped however.
This appears to be a very old Aloe barberae.
This appears to be a very old Aloe barberae.
A very old Chamaerops humilis near the university.
A very old Chamaerops humilis near the university.
Detail of Livistona chinensis crown.
Detail of Livistona chinensis crown.
A tall Livistona australis.
A tall Livistona australis.
An unkempt but still rather attractive Phoenix reclinata.
An unkempt but still rather attractive Phoenix reclinata.
An unusual looking Phoenix near the High Court.
An unusual looking Phoenix near the High Court.
A truly beautiful aged Phoenix reclinata growing near Albert Park.
A truly beautiful aged Phoenix reclinata growing near Albert Park.
The same palm showing just how much the trunks have curved and bent.
The same palm showing just how much the trunks have curved and bent.
A particularly heavy Phoenix reclinata in Albert Park.
A particularly heavy Phoenix reclinata in Albert Park.
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