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Thursday, January 14, 2010

An Engineer Braces a Tree

So...what happens when a retired engineer decides to brace up a leaning landscape palm?

Well, let's just say that the recipe includes 15 pieces of wood, 15 long screws, 6 long hose clamps, and more tools than I could count.
But it is DONE and that tree will withstand anything Nature can throw at it.  "Bring on the hurricanes", it says.

Not all of the plants survived the frigid week we had.  The Kalanchoe plants that were already blooming and bordering the back flower bed just couldn't survive a week of below freezing temperatures at night.

Just as I started back up the hill to the house she flitted into the palm over my head and I got this shot.  I will hit the books today to try and identify the species.  This appears to be the female.  The male has a yellow chest and more pronounced markings around the eyes and on the head.



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Laura Lou
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I am a retired Middle School Science teacher from Michigan spending 4 months each winter in Florida and learning about a whole new world.
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