Monday, March 23, 2015

A Weed Ecosystem - Palm Style

While plant shopping this weekend, I stumbled upon a lovely palm tree.  I'm not real good with palms, so I couldn't tell you which one it was. Probably one of the marginally hard ones for here in Portland.  

It was obvious it had been there a little while.

What intrigued me the most was the cast of characters that had made themselves at home in the palm and this was only the plant life.


Getting a little closer you could see the ferns, Himalayan blackberry and the dandelions growing out of the trunk. 

I guess it isn't the kind of trunk that's very amenable to just sticking your hand in to pull out a weed.





It's a little world of weeds.




6 comments:

  1. Haha! That is so cool! I have trunks like that on my Trachycarpus, I should see if I can start seeds in them.

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    1. I'm imagining a little gourmet salad garden growing in the trunk. In each little leaf pocket, some green and red lettuces, or perhaps some Mizuna or Radicchio? Gotta have some Frisee too!

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  2. I know where you were! I've taken some of those same photos.

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    1. Of course you would know exactly where this was!

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  3. Those little buggers will grow anywhere. Why, oh why, can we not learn to embrace them?

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  4. Interesting! There are palms in the neighborhood here with weeds growing out of them--though blackberry is not one of them.

    A local botanic garden has the nooks and crannies in one of their palms filled with impatiens. It's surprisingly effective. Tillandsias also work well.

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