I'm thrilled my Trachycarpus fortunei is finally a size that says "I am a palm tree!" loud and clear. I can actually stand under it, the tallest fronds obscure the roof of the neighbor's garage – all of this makes me very happy.
An added benefit? The hairy trunk can now support other plants!
Last summer I planted a Passiflora lutea at the base. It didn't do much, just kind of sat there. Well this year it's climbing...
No blooms yet, but it's definitely taking advange of all the material for gripping. On the right is an orange blooming Bomarea shared by a friend. His plant has been sort of secured (tied) to a palm trunk, mine is willingly growing up through the fibers.
And I think there's a bud swelling at the tip of one of the stems. Yay!
I'm hoping there's an explosion of orange flowers in my near future.
Looking down at the base of the trunk...
On the left: Macleaya cordata (plume poppy)
On the right: Rhododendron sinogrande, isn't the new growth fabulous?
And look! There are even "berries" forming on the Trachycarpus bloom skeletons.
I'm trying to get this Trachycarpus wagneriensis in on the fun, with a small Passiflora rovirosae at it's base.
So far it's not really energized by the prospect.
The third palm (another Trachycarpus wagneriensis) is acting as support to a lazy Hakea epiglottis.
Granted it's never had to – but I don't think this guy could stand upright on its own.
Hopefully they'll continute this happy relationship as the Trachycarpus grows...
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