Monday, June 18, 2012

Accidental Jungle-Re-post 1 March 09

Riddle: What kind of tree grows in your hand? Answer: A Palm tree

Photos are from our Fish Tail Palm.

fronds of Fish Tail Pond
Qute by accident we created a jungle on our 100 x100 lot in the city limits. We don't have a lot of land, since the house and the 40 foot pool cover most of it.

We did not like the neighbor watching us in our pool, so added privacy fence, which looked plain. Plant by plant, we stuck them here and there. At the nursery we asked for trees that would grow to 20 feet, to hide the 2 story house behind us from view. (their bedroom window looked directly in our kitchen door.

seed pods of  Fish Tail Pond
Either the nursery salesman lied or did not know that the trees would grow to 50 feet and spread.

Now We Know. they are taller than the power lines, which is a problem.

But The tree has provided many photo shoots for me

It goes from strings of green to bright pink acorn shaped balls, the color is magnificent.

The pod is like a Christmas decoration, placed their byGod for me to enjoy.

Then a couple of days later I noticed the color had changed completely

When I got close to it, each little pink pod had opened and a small yellow flower popped out.

Then it drys up and falls off. It is every bit as beautiful in detail when dead.

I found this one on the ground and it looks like music to me, it flows with beauty.

The next two pictures are of a piece I pulled off before it died. If you click you can see the yellow pollen and little flowers. Yes I sneezed my head off when I plucked it from the tree.


Sunny said...

A wonderful series of photos. Very interesting.
Sunny :)

Snapper II said...

Your back yard is amazing, a tropical wonderland. I have to wait till fall and spring to see any color. The pink Japaneese tulip is full of leaves but has buds on it. I think it will bloom while it is full of leaves. Then again in early spring. I THINK.

Beverly said...

It is amazing the detail that is ofund through the camera lens. I don't think I've ever paid attention to this particular tree.

Ginny said...

Your shots are wonderful. I have NEVER, EVER seen anything like it! Not EVER! WHAT IS IT?? You must not know, or you would have said...maybe I can take a picture down to the garden center...

SquirrelQueen said...

Oh wow, that's a very beautiful way to get some privacy. And of course you know I am going to ask the same question as Ginny, what is that tree?

George said...

Thanks for re-posting this. I really like the way you've disguised your privacy fence. I also like your photos very much.

missing moments said...

We have several fish tail palms and I love them. And true to form, they do provide privacy! Great shots! Makes me need an Anna Maria fix!

Deb said...

wow Sandra those are so cool...I'm so happy we are on almost an acre...we have a lot of privacy...

Rose said...

Oh, my goodness, Sandra...this is absolutely stunning. I would go back and tell the man that suggested it that I thank him every day for it. And I have not yet clicked to enlarge...going to do that here in a second.

Betty Manousos said...

wow, sandra! these are all stunning shots!
thanks for re-posting this!

Cranberry Morning said...

That is fascinating!! And I can't get over your amazing photos, Sandra.

I think Kevin and I need to visit Florida again. It's like a different country.

Anita Johnson said...

Thank you so much for the link...what an amazing plant! My husband loves plants and I often have to prune the giant potted ones he fills our sun-room with, I think I will keep this beautiful tree a secret for him, our ceiling isn't that tall!