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Cindy Adair
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Well when I left for a brief trip to the States Fiona was not yet born.  I had done the basics one does during peak hurricane months but nothing like what I would have done had I been home when she “visited”.

Still since the rain, not the wind was the issue this time, my little plants in pots in a strong shadehouse are fine. 

I am choosing to post the positives at least to start.

Look at these survivor palms that did not lose a leaf!

Licuala cordata

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Asterogyne martiana 

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Licuala mattanensis ‘mapu’ now seeding, but collected the ripe seed before I left.

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Chambeyronia macrocarpa

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In fact, when I looked more closely, most of the severely leaning palms are less than 4 feet tall and have evidence of obvious rhinoceros beetle damage. Of course they could not stand tall in the wind and rain. 


Some may live as I can prop them up and apply imidocloprid hopefully tomorrow.

My flight home was to be on the day Fiona (and María five years ago) hit, so obviously I had to make other plans.

I am very happy that even originally paying the lowest fares SW and Cape Air were VERY nice and got me home Tuesday by dark. 
 

Bad but not María on my land and in fact City water returned today versus 3 months without following María. 

Got smart with a small push button propane generator so no need to wait in gas lines.

Bamboo and Tropical Almond and Cecropia trees are expected to crash down and I have been removing and cutting but still plenty to fall last Sunday. 


My big Roystonea borinquenas dropped leaves which crush some plants but the trunks usually survive and they push out odd yellow leaves soon after.

Need to get through the rest of September and all of October before relaxing a little. 
 

I remember Irma that was so bad for us (and poor FL got nailed) but before we could clean up and exhale María charged in. 
 

I never lost internet (so credit cards work) and kept phone service with this one which has also been a huge plus.  I live in the mountains away from water so my house and car are dry.

Certainly many in PR had to be rescued due to flooding and landslides and many roads still impassable.

Below is one of two seedling Copernicia fallaensis from Mike Harris of Caribbean palms in Loxahatchee FL.

Both with Cuban genetics were also perfect and probably just appreciated all the extra water and now even more sun!

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Back to clean up/rescue.

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Great to hear that you came through OK!  I was wondering how you were doing over there.  We're watching the disturbance just south of you now for possible entrance into the Gulf.  Interesting time of the year!  🙄

Jon Sunder

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Cindy,

Glad to hear you came out good on this one. I was wondering how you fared? Looks like you are safe from 98L, but we will be watching closely over the coming week.

Cordata and Mapu look amazing! Very jealous of those.

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Cindy hell with the palms 

glad you’re okay!

Worried about you …..

but glad the palms are okay too!

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Cindy, glad to hear missed Fiona and that your palms are OK. Tim & I thought of you when the storm headed to PR. Looks like we may have Charley/Wilma/Irma deja vu with Hermione. Now we have to decide how to "get ready" right away before everyone else here gets a clue. Considering how many clueless Yankees have flooded in the past two years, it won't be pretty. 

Just another day in Paradise.

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Meg

Palms of Victory I shall wear

Cape Coral (It's Just Paradise)
Florida
Zone 10A on the Isabelle Canal
Elevation: 15 feet

I'd like to be under the sea in an octopus' garden in the shade.

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4 hours ago, PalmatierMeg said:

Cindy, glad to hear missed Fiona and that your palms are OK. Tim & I thought of you when the storm headed to PR. Looks like we may have Charley/Wilma/Irma deja vu with Hermione. Now we have to decide how to "get ready" right away before everyone else here gets a clue. Considering how many clueless Yankees have flooded in the past two years, it won't be pretty. 

Just another day in Paradise.

Be safe!

I'll help someone with earthquake panic out here, when the time comes.

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Meg,  I have been too busy here trying to save trees, but did hear about the worries for SW FL. So sorry!


Sadly I know you have much experience with preparation so hope all goes well!

One day we will get power back but in the meantime more propane to be delivered tomorrow.

Long gas lines but not out for cars but I am happy to avoid them so far.

I am very happy to have scored new shadecloth (better than what I had before a big limb blew down from my neighbor’s place and tore it up). Amazingly  the one store with it was open AND the roads to get there were OK!

Cindy Adair

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