David from Tropical Texana asked me to show some of our palms. He made me realise that lately the only time I really think about the palms is when I'm collecting fallen palm fronds.
Palms form the skeleton and the background to the garden.
They tower over the rest of the garden plants, providing a layered effect as well as shade.
They compliment their underplanting of cycads, philodenrons, etc
They keep growing happily, even while the plants at their base get all the attention,
but, palms can also be feature plants.
Maybe I need to look UP more often.
The Bismark Palm demands attention with it's huge grey fan-shaped leaves.
Even though this palm is still young, its fronds are almost 2 metres wide already.
The triangle palm attracts attention with its shape.
The fronds grow from the trunk as a perfect triangle.
Its trunk's not bad either.
...and when it comes to unusual trunks,
guess how the Red Neck Palm got its name.
Red, you said.
The Red Latin Palm has red fronds.
When they first form they are completely red, then change to green with red highlights as they age.
The Alexandra's seeds attract attention as well
especially from the local birds.
The inflorescence begins like this and then changes to red or orange as the seeds form.
There is such a variety of colour, shape and texture in palm fronds.
I really shouldn't take them for granted.
Thanks David for reminding me.