Walking around today I stopped to admire the new colorful leaf.
It is interesting to see the diversity within a species. I'm growing a couple of Encephalartos sclavoi. Perhaps due to age, the older one shows very few spines on the leaflets, even though the younger one still has about a 6" caudex and it's leaflets are loaded with spines. I hope the smaller one grows out of the spiny leaf and develops a leaf like the older one... I will get a reveal when the next flush finishes opening. The other thing I doubt will change is that the older one opens with a colorful chocolate mocha fuzzy flush, while the younger spiny form has an attractive fuzzy green flush. It's not hard to see which color is preferred.
Well I decided to actually pull some weeds the other day. For a while I was pulling the Bill in my garden
I was weeding around my burretiokentia koghiensis and noticed a bunch of leaf bases were loose and ready to come off. I had no idea that I was going to find solid woody rings of trunk. I have been waiting a very long time just to get my first ring a trunk let alone finding 11 rings under all the messy leaf bases.
I also noticed I have two flower Spathes pushing up. I was very excited to see all this goodness today.
please enjoy the pictures below
Thanks to palmislandRandy's great thread about the explosive growth of his D. prestoniana, plus Philippe's Bentinckia nicobarica series, I was inspired to go back and dig up photos from the past. This series of photos shows my one Dypsis prestoniana each year since planting.
March 12, 2010
February 8, 2011
January 6, 2012
June 30, 2013
July 18, 2014
Some recent photos of my other passion. Kinda dresses up that bare ground under my palms, don't ya think?