Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Wordless Wednesday (Trees > Blogs Edition)

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This is week six (the last week!) of the "Leap Into Spring" Photo Challenge.

We have a sago palm (technically, a cycas revoluta) in our front yard that has survived our hands-off approach to landscaping. Ours is doing its best to be king of the front flower bed.

It does not, however, appreciate my need for it to cooperate with my blogging schedule. Last fall there was a bird building a nest in it. I took picture after picture of the eggs, knowing that one day I would be able to do a cool post about the baby birds. I don't know if an animal took them or the mama bird got tired of me disturbing her nest in order to take pictures of the eggs, but that didn't work out so well.

A few weeks ago, the sago palm (which apparently is a boy sago) started the process of its male cone (seriously, this is the horticultural term) appearing. 

The symmetry of this thing is really gorgeous; I could stare at it for hours.

I actually used it as a backdrop for one of my #StyleMeMay pictures.

This eye-stopping feature of our sago palm has changed rapidly, from short and round to long and thin (seriously, it's just a plant!). Here is this morning's version:

But, alas, any hopes I had of it bursting forth with fronds of springlike grandeur are just that: hopes, not realities.

Dear Kristi (Live and Love Out Loud), Alicia (Project Alicia), and Rebecca (Bumbles and Light), thanks for hosting this challenge.Any chance of a summer photo challenge with a "amazing palm foliage that finally showed up" theme?

Epilogue - um, never mind Kristi, Alicia, Rebecca. Boys will be boys I guess:

June 6, 2012
(I used this source to understand my male sago palm better. Thank you Lynn McKamey.)


Healthy Heather said...

I have a hands off approach to landscaping too! And my weed garden is full of native plants as a result. Okay, "plants" might be a stretch. :)

Life with Kaishon said...

I have never seen one before. It certainly looks unique.

Stacy Uncorked said...

I think it'd be cool to have a palm tree like that in my yard! :) Love the shots! :)

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