Spanning the globe with frequent and once in a while readers. I am interested in collecting, propagating plants, landscape management practices, ecology, environment, flora/fauna, in essence Nature. This blog is written in a blunt, abrasive fashion with consistent critical views on these subjects and others that may be related...or not.

jueves, 18 de junio de 2009


THE WORK of the critic is to do that. To watch what does not work in terms
of aesthetics, pragmatics or subjectively. Do what you have to do. If you have any of these already get rid of them soon, or wait an watch what happens.

1. Washingtonias
2. Roystonea regia
3. Rhapis excelsa
4. Sabal Palmeto
5. Livinstona chinensis
6. Phoenix canariensis, ( the most impressive)

Lets state this now. If your property is less than half an acre there is no need to plant any of these. They will dwarf your installation, create too much organic waste and will take the whole grounds with time. Some leaves, can discolor your pavement or create hazardous situations when wet.

Palms are hard to manage for their big fronds, seeds, and pollen. If you have palms five feet or
less from any wall or structure, let me write it: it is stupid. All the debri will fall on the roof. This list is short but any palm will not enhance any property unless one can appreciate at a distance. One important exception: if your palm produces any edible fruit, fiber, seeds or whatever that is useful for any purpose, ignore what is written. However, if it is five feet
from your house, the problems will be the same.

My suggestion. If you have an urge for a tropical feeling, plant Yuccas, Cordyline or Dracaenas.
Relatives from palms that may look fantastic following the rules for palms: Cycas revoluta and
relatives or any Dioon. Can any reader out there tell me when the palm pandemic in garden
installation started? Any one with any reference? I asume it started twenty maybe less, years ago. I speculate on that number when considering houses built that long ago.

Alpinias, Musas, Heliconias, Zingiberaceae, Philodendron, Strelitzias and Bromeliads. Also should be considered as not welcome unless you have lots of space. ALL, except the last one,
grow up deep roots with intense invasive intentions. They will take your whole garden unless
you stop them by ways not fun at all. Digging and cutting. Bromeliads look ridiculous unless
in a rain forest with lots of intense, dark shade. But that is my opinion. Some have leaves that
unless protected, will leave your skin pretty much bloody, itchy and cut.

Other aesthetic consideration is dry leaves, a never ending chore. The flowers are nice
looking and attractive, but not everlasting, requiring to be cut. Think twice,
before you plant these. However if you have money for gardeners for hire, never mind. Just
make sure the cut is made at ground level. Otherwise they look like a bunch of sticks!

I will try to keep posting on this dirt gardening issues. But going away from the real garden, getting into virtual issues related or not, sometimes is distracting, but necessary. After all,
I am clear that gardening, any gardening, is meaningless unless understood as a whole.
Nature, flora and fauna. Anywhere. Until next.

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