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by : BTF

As I Wander...

Living in tropical Malaysia, we tend to take the hot humid weather, thundery rainstorms and the spectrum of wild evergreen plants as a given.

Recently, I noticed more exotic plants making its way into landscaped home gardens, recreational parks, frontages of shopping malls and
commercial buildings.

Along kerb sides of residential streets and busy motorways, palms, trees and flowering plants make pleasant and interesting fringes.

This is a record of the various species "as I see it" for I am in awe of palms. Hence, my premise for this blog is that the global garden,
i.e. every physical garden (tended or untended), becomes a part of my, simply said, cyber palm garden. ;-)

Please feel free to share your thoughts or comments.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2010 | Preserved Palms

To Malaysians of Muslim faith, wishing you all a peaceful and joyous Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri !

happy children playing hopscotch 
This pretty local country home was captured at The Curve shopping mall at Mutiara Damansara, PJ.  I'd probably like to compare this scenario to that at nearby 1Utama as a tale of two malls, not only in terms of wholesome cultural exhibits but of the palmacae kind.

Noticed the palms in the background of this concourse area? The very tall palm exhibits do indeed command your visual presence. Preserved Phoenix Date palms to be exact. Hence, in terms of originality, absolutely zilch as yet to come across any majestic date palms of 10m or more in Malaysia. (I could be proven wrong!)

However, I'd give them top marks for practicality, little or no maintenance and considering the height of the cathedral dome, these palms complemented the spatial vastness and structure dynamics well.

Being in bountiful Malaysia, as nature bestowed, we'd be truly doomed should we ever run out of greenery or palms for that matter to enhance or facilitate any landscaped interiors.  Looking closely at these kind of strange but fascinating palms, it makes sense.  It's an absolute compromise.  Partially real - the preserved trunks and nearly real, close replica - of the fronds, together they appear to be of reasonable quality to offer such realism.
preserved phoenix date palms

Light weight, easy to install, no caring for water nor lighting needs, as well as fire retardant.  Best bits are that no trimming required and could be custom built to budget and specification.  Hmm.... lovely, sets me thinking, a White Elephant Palm would be nice, literally!

Somehow, my mind's drawn back to the uncertain fate of the real palms left languishing at the other mall, a stone's throw away...


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