Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Plants Rule!

They won't let me out unless I promise to provide more generous rations of MiracleGro.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Needle Palms and Other Palms

On Monday's walk in the San Felasco Hammock State Preserve, we spotted along the Creek Sink Trail what is almost certainly a needle palm. In the photos above you see a plant without the upright or prostrate stem, evident most other (but not all) local palms, and shiny dark green leaves not seen in saw palmettos. It has true palmate fronds, unlike cabbage palms. We also saw what we believe are dwarf palmettos. We'll have to investigate further, but believe they differ in subtle ways from the scrub palmettos that grow all around our house. We would appreciate any comments or corrections from those who know their palms better than we do.