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Spotlight on Licualas
By Cindy Adair
Sabal causiarum survivors
By Cindy Adair
I realized yesterday that I could not recall when I had last taken a day off to visit a beach here. Obviously too long.
I have the post hurricane/new normal day to day routine down now and lots more clearing of dead trees can wait a day or more. In fact if I procrastinate long enough nature will do so for me?
As rain greeted me this morning, I took a short side trip first to check on a famous group of palms in and around a golf course across from the Aguadilla airport. Conveniently there is a wifi spot that serves $1.75 large lattes and has a nice baño to use to change into a swim suit as the weather clears.
Anyway I am happy to report that these majestic Sabal causiarum palms largely survived and look much much better than my first peek about 6 weeks ago.
Who grows these?
Palms Persevere in PR
By Cindy Adair
As you all know, Hurricane Irma in early September left damage and no power or water at my farm for 5 days, but I still had internet and phone service and it was far less than predicted. We in mainland PR breathed a sigh of relief and felt so much sympathy (we still do) for our smaller islands of Culebra and Vieques and so many other Caribbean islands. As Florida got nailed I saw the photos here on PT and elsewhere and grieved for all of you who met up with Irma.
I unpacked all my potted plants and relaxed. For a couple of days.
Then Maria headed for a visit and this time no last minute reprieves. Hurricane supplies in PR had been depleted already by Irma preparations so all D batteries and generators and such were long gone.
I did manage to get a full tank of gas and a bit of extra water but I started out less well stocked than I had been prior to Irma. The idea of moving all my plants (that I had just moved back out) back in held no appeal but I knew it must be done.
On to the photos, starting with some "before hurricane season" shots.
Ferns in habitat, El Yunque Nat'l Park, Puerto Rico
In Dec, I took a cruise to the West Indies. It started in Puerto Rico, where I took a tour of El Yunque National Park, advertised as the only rain forest national park in US territory. It is also considered a cloud forest, so I was thrilled to visit it. The park contains over 40 species of ferns but I have no idea what their Latin names are. The most spectacular were tree ferns that grew up to 15-20' tall. I'd love to try one but am not sure how well a cloud forest mountain fern will survive my lowland FL climate. If you know anything about these ferns, let us know.
Ferns of El Yunque National Park, Puerto Rico
Ready or not?
This Carpoxylon, to be planted in my tropical full sun (at this time around 10 hours) and clay soil?
46 inches overall, 1 1/2 inches trunk base.
Thoughts, advice. As always will be hardly appreciated. Thanks guys and gals.