Saturday, April 19, 2008
date palm heaven

I have always thought the shape of Date Palms was just beautiful, beyond words....I actually love most Palms....And I have some other types of Palms in the garden...A King Palm, A Queen Palm, and some smaller 'Volunteer' Date Palms....But this one I am posting about today has these very beautiful seed pods happening right now.....They are a bright bright orange and they are on this Palm in abundance, at the moment....! There is something about the graceful yet strong shape of the Fronds on this Palm, too....And the many kinds of shadows cast by these Fronds when it is windy and when the sun is hitting them in just the right way.... A closer look at a shadow design created by the sun hitting the leaves in a certain way...... Right there a little left of center...That design, created by the sun streaming through the leaves....! Gorgeous! All very sculptural to me.....The green of these fronds is so deep and rich......and the contrast, at the moment, of the orange of the seed pods and the green of the leaves on the fronds....well, it just takes your breath away, as you will see as we go along here.As we get in closer and closer the contrast becomes clearer and clearer...... And in a bit closer, yet again...... And closer, yet again and again..... And more of these amazing little orange pods..... And because I think each of these pictures is unique...And I am an excessive person anyway.....Here are some more....! Does anyone else find these as fascinating and beautiful as me? LOL...Well, I'm posting more anyway.....Cause I just think these look good enough to eat....!And the birds think so too! These darling little orange seed pods seem to be quite yummy to the birds, making them a perfect food for the many dear species that visit my garden.... I just cannot get over how full and lush these hanging seed pods are this year....They have been on this Palm each year for the last five or so years....but this year, well.....this year is fuller than ever, and I just love it! And yes....here a few more pictures of this wonderful Spring happening.... I love how the leaves are just there with these gorgeous pods behind them....the color contrasts here are just so very beautiful...! See...I'd like to just take a handful of these and eat them like grapes! I have no idea what these actually might taste like---Hmmmm....maybe I need to try them out! Maybe they are as good as grapes, and I just don't know it, you know? Well....I have got to get Joe over here so we can go down into the garden again, and I will pick off some of these seeds---if I can reach them----And just see what they actually taste like.....At this point I had a little short video to show you of this lovely Palm swaying in the breeze.....But blogger is kind of constipated today and would not let me upload it---And I tried, five times....Given bloggers problems today, I hope and pray this post will publish.....



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39 Comments:
had this to say:

Lovely pictures especially the way it zooms in towards the date seeds.

It reminds me of the deserts of the middle east actually. When I've worked there, the locals would find the loveliest dates which were quite different from the majority of the ones that made it back to the UK.

We'd sometimes sit in a meeting and eat a few, with some eggcup sized cups of arabic coffee.

Here today on my magic carpet from Michele's- Marhaba!

rashbre

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 2:02:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I love the way that palm fronds look, Naomi. I don't recall seeing any pictures of your palm trees before. I really like these pictures you have here. I'm so glad you have a digital camera! :-)

Michele sent me over to admire your seed pods. Mmmmm. Nice.

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 2:05:00 AM PDT 

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I always find my strolls through your garden both fun and educational. Thanks for the beautiful tours of your garden;)

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 2:08:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I love the sussuration of the wind through the palms....we holidayed in Tunisia for many years and there was nothing so relaxing as the sound of the wind blowing through the the palms, making a whispering, rustling sound......

I was intrigued by the answer of your photo game - that was a fun thing to see. With your photographic skills, you should do that more often!

cq

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 2:42:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

You make our Florida palms look like weeds. You took some beautiful close ups of the seed pods. I'm beginning to wonder just how big your yard is. Seriously. It's a wonderland.

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 4:29:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I love date palms too, Naomi, but I have never seen the seed pods. I love the orange against the various greens. Exquisite!

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 4:45:00 AM PDT 

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I don't think we have begun to see even a corner of your vast garden! What a beautiful closeup look at the fronds.

As usual, your pictures do not disappoint. Very lovely.

Anne

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 6:40:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Very interesting pictures Naomi! I love the shadows that they make! They sure do have an abundance of those seeds!! Wow!

I had to laugh when you said blogger was constipated!!!

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 7:19:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

most certainly you are allowed to be extravagant in your posting of pictures and the joyful words that make us love you and your blog all the more.
Now I just want some dates, but not til they are ripe.

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 7:25:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Years ago, when I was backpacking in the Middle East, I visited the Israeli town of En Gedi near the Dead Sea, and sat under date palms from which the Bible said the best dates come.

Thanks for bringing back that memory.

Cheers.

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 9:41:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Post as many photos as you like Naomi as they are all wonderful! I love how Palms look too, exactly like a huge green firework and their fronds cascade like a leafy waterfall! Y'know i love the contratsing colours and shapes with those fronds and seedpods. Ther fronds are all straight and 'sharp' looking while the pods are rounded. I don't see how an artist could improve on it!

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 9:53:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Hey, Naomi! Your post made me curious, so I did some google searching. If you go about halfway down this page, you'll find some seed pods that look like yours -- and info on their edibility. (If that's a word!)

http://waynesword.palomar.edu/ecoph10.htm

Sorry I haven't been around much lately. I've been reading, even though I haven't been posting.

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 11:05:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Go on post them - you know I love to see them too - wonder how the fruits taste like though.

Thanks for sharing Naomi - you know for a Norwegian, this is so exotic and it more than 10 years ago (when I was in Malaysia and Australia) since I saw palm trees!

Wishing you a great end to your week dear :-)

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 2:44:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Yes, and pretty please let us know how they taste. They look scrumptious!

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 5:16:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

What fascinating pictures of your date palms, I haven't seen palms of any kind in many years, since I last went to Myrtle Beach SC would be the last time.
Michele sent me to consider whether those seeds are edible or not.

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 5:31:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Amazing pictures. I love palm trees so much......these are gorgeous.

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 5:35:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Palm trees - how pretty...

They do remind me of the trees in Florida...I grew up seeing so many palm trees...

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 5:52:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

you are doubly blessed.
to have such a place
and to love it so

here from michele's merry go round

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 6:26:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I must admit that I despise palm trees. They symbolize Florida to me and I'm not too fond of the place. But your pictures are very nice!

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 6:58:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Our climate is too cold for such plants.

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 7:07:00 PM PDT 

Blogger rpm
had this to say:

Oh, I'm so glad you posted those pictures. I love palms and love to see them in pictures. We have one planted right beside our house like the one you are showing. It must be 38 years old because I think it might have been planted when the house was built. The lady we bought our house from said she would not sell it to someone who said they were going to cut it down. And she did ask me if I thought we would ever cut it. I said no. My husband hates cleaning up after it, but it is so beautiful, I just keep telling him to get out there and sweep up that mess it makes!

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 9:21:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Naomi, LOVE palm tree! They are so beautiful and remember me a tropical country. I have one palm tree in my garden and many toucans loves to eat its seeds. Your photos are gorgeous, too!

I hope you have a nice Sunday!
A big hug to you and to Sweetie, too!

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 9:42:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I always feel happy after viewing your photos, and yes, looks good enough to eat!

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 10:20:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

There is nothing like palms blowing in the warm air to make you feel at ease. You're lucky to be able to LIVE with those nice palms. The contrasting colors were stunning...do the date palms ever produce any fruit (dates) that you actually eat?

Sunday, April 20, 2008 at 8:44:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Naomi, those Palm trees are so beautiful. I love most, although Queen Palms always look a bit scruffy to me.

I love dates btw...we grow tons of them here in the Coachella valley!

Sunday, April 20, 2008 at 8:55:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I regularly see your comments on Colleen's Loose Leaf Notes blog, but what brought me here to find out where you live was your comment on Deana's blog:

"That red bud tree is absolutely gorgeous...I am unfamiliar with that tree---I must Google it!"

Here in Tennessee (and Virginia, where Colleen lives), the redbud trees are blooming all over the place. I drove up through East Tennessee a couple of times last week...

(1) to meet novelist Masha Hamilton
http://bonniesbooks.blogspot.com/2008/04/wednesday-i-met-author.html

(2) and to hear theologian John Dominic Crossan
http://bonniesbooks.blogspot.com/2008/04/saturday-i-met-another-author.html

so I saw hundreds -- maybe thousands -- of redbud trees blooming on the hillsides along the roads. They seem to be either more beautiful or in more abundance this year. They aren't always as full as the one in Deana's photo.

Anyway, just had to come see ... and seeing photos of palm trees I figured you must be in Florida or California. I enjoyed your photos of date palms and hawks and doves, but it was last week's post about signs on buildings that provided my answer ... you had written "here in Los Angeles." Yup, you're a long way from Chattanooga.

Sunday, April 20, 2008 at 12:58:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Before you try eating those orange pods, go online and make sure they are not poisonous!!
They sure are pretty, especially in contrast with the green.
You saying that Blogger is "constipated" made me really chuckle. What a great way to put it.

Sunday, April 20, 2008 at 3:23:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Blogger needs some Exlax sometimes.

:-)

Sunday, April 20, 2008 at 3:23:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

A few years ago, I visited my favorite nursery an my plant friend who worked there. As we walked around, he would always take the time to educate me on the various plants. We passed a palm tree and he grabbed some of the seeds from it and ate them. Just like that. I ended up buying a baby of that palm tree and can't wait to taste the dates when it matures.

Seems to me that you could feed blogger some of those dates. I hear dates help with constipation. Hehe

Sunday, April 20, 2008 at 4:25:00 PM PDT 

Blogger srp
had this to say:

They look soooo good... they must be really, really sweet! I just love coming over to look at all your plants!

Sunday, April 20, 2008 at 5:12:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I love all the vibrant colors in your garden, Naomi ! Happy Sunday to you :)

Sunday, April 20, 2008 at 6:10:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Yes blogger is bogged up alright,driving me crazy.
I am not a date eater blech but the palm trees are pretty :D

Sunday, April 20, 2008 at 7:28:00 PM PDT 

Blogger Mar
had this to say:

Lovely shots as always! We have a date palm in our garden which keeps spreading the seeds! we cannot let them all grow, there is no room for them... Palm trees are beautiful. And so are your shots!

Monday, April 21, 2008 at 12:45:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I had some of these in florida.. they really are pretty.. though a touch messy lol...thank goodness for the birds!

Monday, April 21, 2008 at 8:18:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

That is one thing I like about Florida... tons of Palm Trees... take care

Monday, April 21, 2008 at 3:30:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Stunning Naomi. What I find interesting is that from where i sit and view, your palms are so exotic (they remind me of a dancing Hawaiian woman sashaying) and yet, they are probably not to you. I wonder what you would find in my garden that is exotic? Perhaps exotic only applies to southern climes? I don't know.

Monday, April 21, 2008 at 5:53:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Are date palms ripe when they are yellow? Your yard never cesses to amaze me.

Monday, April 21, 2008 at 10:20:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

The title is perfect.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at 9:24:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I love the orange fruit/seeds. They're so bright and cheery. :)
~S

Friday, April 25, 2008 at 5:12:00 PM PDT 

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