Who doesn't like Palm Trees? I just never thought it was possible until I read in the Sunday Star Ledger about a farm in the Califon section of Washington Township NJ (Long Valley is a section of Washington Township) called Tucked Away Farms. Tucked Away Farms sells a hardy version of Palm Trees that can live in New Jersey. I was intrigued, so the family and I with my mom in tow went to visit the farm and immediately bought two Palm Trees for around our deck. Joe who owns the farm is very knowledgeable about plants, but my mom thought he was a little crazy. My reply "Mom, the guy is selling Palm Trees in NJ, of course he is a little crazy." Crazy like a fox.
The Palm Trees aren't cheap and require a lot of care especially for the first two winters. We have to basically build a cage covered with industrial strength plastic to protect the plant; that is until the trees are used to the winters up in NJ, especially on Schooly's Mountain. After the two years or so according to Joe we should be good to go. However even with all of that care, there is nothing better than sitting on your back deck in the hot tub, listening to beach music with your own PALM TREES. Every time I look at them I just grin.
Is it a bit of a risk? Sure. My wife and I have a great track record with plants and gardening so we decided (I really convinced her) to give it a shot. Of course I'm praying for a mild winter and my father in-law will help me build the protective covering, but we are excited. After all, can you get pictures like these in your home in NJ?
If you want Palm Trees go to Tucked Away Farms. Don't wait too much longer.