Washingtonia Palm (Mexican Fan Palm)
Lately, we've had trouble keeping the garden tidied up.
Early spring finds the squirrels building nest way
up high in the palm trees, and the evidence is apparent. As
they nibble off fronds, packing them into
massive nesting places, they drop messy scraps all over.
Herein, lies the problem.Thankfully, faithful tree-trimmer
Wayne, comes to our rescue a couple times a year.
No baby squirrels were found, thank goodness. Had we
called later, it may not have been the case.
The palms keep growing taller and taller. The Mister estimates
them at seventy-plus feet high or more.
It's a little scary watching the ladder
stretched out to it's fullest and the remaining distance
to the top, by using ropes and straps. Each year Wayne
does an amazing job. As I looked up to see his
completed work today, I was impressed and wondered at
his ability to climb the very tall Washingtonia palm. I love
how the fan fronds blow in the soft warm Florida breezes.
The three Queen palms, planted eight years ago, are
unbelievably tall and beautiful.
Double Click on photos for a closer look, if you like.