How did the palm become such an icon of California? Read about it here: "A Brief History of Palm Trees in Southern California" (Dec. 7, 2011).
Interesting that "The L.A. Department of Water and Power has said that as the city's palm trees die, most will not be replaced with new palms but with trees more adapted to the region's semi-arid climate, requiring less water and offering more shade." (KCET Nov. 26, 2006).
These are old reports. What is LA doing now?
How does the history of palms in Santa Clara & Alameda counties fit in with the LA story? More on that later.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Did someone accidentally take the seeds thinking they were the true date palm seeds (Phoenix dactylifera)?
What use would it have been to the Franciscans in the late 1700's?
Certainly they were good for building materials (thatch, braces, posts), plotting a course to your local mission, making a hat. What else?
Monday, July 27, 2015
|Madia elegans, Front yard, |
from seed from Berkeley Botanic Garden
It's interesting for so many reasons:
- The pineapply smell that sticks to your legs when you walk through fields of tarweed.
- The resins trap insects and attract other insects who eat insects.
- The great color and petal variations in my area: white/yellow, white/red, yellow, white.
- How did a seed or seeds of a plant of the subtribe Madiinae from the West Coast of the Americas (California?) make it to Hawaii and evolve into so many other plants.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
According to Tangible Memories, Californians and their gardens, 1800-1950, it is.
There is no mention of this nursery in the California Nurserymen and the Plant Industry, however.
The Bancroft libary has the catalog and I went to visit it. This is not a photograph of that catalog, because I signed something saying I wouldn't publish it. This is actually an image that I created using fonts that were simlar to the catalog. So many fonts! It must have been more fun to set them all.