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Queen Palms -Three Ways (Flowers on Friday)

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 I visited Janice, who was visiting her friend Carolyn at Bonito Springs, Florida. This site greeted us on the deserted beach.  I love living in Florida.  We spent time on the beach, went to Naples for dinner, did some shopping.  Janice and Carolyn are HARD CORE knitters, although both were busy crocheting at night.

(Palm #1)

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I stopped at a quilt shop called Quilt Lover’s Hangout in Fort Meyers on my drive home.  Great shop.  I was able to find two pieces of fabric  for which I’ve been searching.

I arrived home right before rain came down in buckets.  Unfortunately, I think there was also some other “weather” involved in the storm.  I discovered this on my garden tour later that evening.  

(Palm #2)

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One of our palm trees on the ground, SNAPPED!!!!!! This is the first time I’ve seen the inside of a live palm tree.

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This is the stump.  Neil and I think we had a little too much wind for this poor baby.

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The tree was in the middle of the two queen palms near the pool. (Weird Florida-ism…there is a huge Philodendron on the front left of this garden island.  The small plant in front of the pool ladder is the same type of plant, bought at the same place, planted at the exact same time.  What a size difference!  The one the right receives 5 minutes more sun per day. Yes, it’s true, location, location, location.)

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The third palm is actually many more than one…the above is the beginning of seeds growing on a queen palm tree.  The bees LOVE this stage of development. The squirrels also love the seeds at this stage.  They pull the strands off, and eat the seeds like corn on the cob. (Very frustrating to Eagle and Birdie since the squirrels are hanging out so far out of reach. ) Below the seeds are larger, eventually the size of a round lima bean.

(Palm #3)

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This is the first time seeds from one of my palm trees have sprouted.  We usually have the palm trees trimmed and the seed pods removed before they get to this stage.  This summer, the seed pods grew faster than the branches turned brown, so the seeds had the opportunity to fall to the ground and sprout.  Unfortunately, this forest won’t be growing here.  

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On a totally different plant topic, Judy and Mike gave me this bromeliad in the spring.  I didn’t expect it to bloom this year, but what a great surprise!

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Have a good weekend.   (I expect to see progress on Baby Dierks’ bedroom.)

Written by bevanddara

August 23, 2013 at 8:05 pm

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