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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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Monday, October 4, 2010

Showcasing Palms | Medium-Large

Around the city, some palms in pot planters take on a larger scale especially with the bigger palm species destined for stunning landscaping effect.  While some are indeed puzzlingly small (to me), others on opposite scales, pretty 'ginormous'.  

Adonidia merrillii
Livistonia rotundifolia 

In ordinary gardening circumstances, one would get a proportionate pot size considering future growth and size development of a particular plant.  And if I could simply equate that to buying shoes for a young child - smart parents always get a pair which is a size up. But another analogy springs to mind, whereby in traditions of old China, "foot binding" was the ultimate feminine beauty - keeping it small!

cute @ Maju Junction, KL
It appears some are destined for their root ball to be tangled into a globular mass or ultimately due to some rebellious streaks, crack the confines.  Through blustery thunderstorms, a common enough weather pattern in the equatorial region, must say, these potted palms have maintained their balance well. 

Livistona chinensis

3ft H x 3ft W spotted at Menara Millenium, Damansara Heights

Livistona rotundifolia

5ft H x 5ft W dot the main entrance @  KL Sentral (rail transit) Station

To each their own, and here lies our landscape diversity...

                                 Dypsis lutescens in an average sized pot

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