My best wishes to everyone in the Northern Hemisphere, as we begin our peak time of the year for "tropical" weather activity!! May you avoid the eye wall of any and every tropical cyclone in these next 60 or so days of potential weather cataclysms! All the best luck to every palm grower and lover out there on this wonderful but sometimes turbulent blue solar system celestial "marble"! Andy.
PS: Below is our yard after Hurricane Wilma's 2005 random, but "messy pruning!" It was pretty well sheared flat but 15 years later I cannot find any evidence of it ever having been here!! It was pricey to get it beautiful, again, though! (That went without saying, I suppose!)
It looks as though nature (or Divine Providence) is sparing the Miami-Lauderdale, FL area "Is-Aye-Ee-Ahs" That is a nice way to begin August! I guess that this is a temporary "reprieve" though as the next 60-70 days are a virtual shooting gallery in the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico!
I wish all our palm-loving, palm nurturing & growing members the very best of wishes (and freedom from bad storms) during this stressful season ahead.
It kind of makes up a portion of my mind that asks itself: "what do I most fear as a threat to keeping my palmy landscape intact?" Is in tropical cyclone season, or is it winter with it's potentially fatal, or at least damaging freeze/frost events? I tend to lean towards fearing winter's cold more, because it seems more likely to get a bad cold spell than a hurricane. What do you all think? Which type of weather peril brings more shivers down your spine: cold waves or really bad storms?
As you all know, this September Hurricane Irma payed us a visit in South Florida. In my case this is the first hurricane that I have experienced in twelve years (Wilma Oct 24 2005). Here is some footage taken
Warning: Palms were hurt in this video, viewer discretion is advised (jk but still)
on September 10 documenting Irma’s passage across Southern Florida
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.
It was South Florida's largest tree. It made Terminalia arjuna look like rootbound shrub in comparison.
Glad I got to see it once up close a few years back... RIP.