These are what I'm talking about when I say "boots". Some palms just hang on to their leaf margins for dear life. By the way, this trunk isn't a date palm but a Texas Sabal (Sabal texana). I just love its geometric look!
Do you have favorites that come and go, but one all-time favorite that you've always loved, no matter what? I run hot and cold on roses and bulbs (depending on my current success or lack there-of) but trees have always been the most important part of my garden.