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Global warming reaches North East Somerset.

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In spite of having snow over the past two winters which was bad enough to stop people getting to work the plants in my daughters garden are thriving.

We were amazed on 3 6 2010 to find these pods which looked like sweetcorn cobs, were growing on her Windmill palm which she has had for several years. By 17.6.10 they were this size and we wondered if they would be flowers or just more leaves.

Imagine our delight when they opened up to this

A closer look

The Flowers, quite pale, but dense cream and the stems were yellow.

Looking higher we were also amazed to see the Cordyline was also flowering. it looked like a huge bouquet growing from the centre of the only stem which is at least ten foot tall.

A closer look was needed to see how exciting this was.

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Oh wow,I wonder if its because of the combination of a very hard frosty winter and a very dry summer. Isn`t nature just amazing.

27 Jul, 2010

 

It is Stroller. This is spectacular. She is so chuffed with both plants and looks on them as a bonus. She had no idea the Windmill palm could flower in this country.

27 Jul, 2010

 

a lovely find...... theres a lot of cordylines in flower here by the sea..... but mine never has.....

27 Jul, 2010

 

mine flowered for the first time but not as spectacularly as yours .... it just drooped over one side treatening to topple the pot and smelling rather strange

27 Jul, 2010

 

Thank you Holly I wonder if cordylines have to be a certain age before they flower. I have seen these in flower in gardens on the way in to Dunbar, a seaside town on the east coast of East Lothian 35m east of Edinburgh. Their flowers tend to hang to one side. Is that what you have Pamor is it a Windmill Palm. I have not seen any of the windmill palms in Scotland but it was spectacular. The photos do not do it justice. I did not notice a scent on either but it was very dull and had been raining. One of my cordylines that I thought had died has just sent a new shoot up at the side so hopefully it is not dead after all. It is in a pot.

27 Jul, 2010

 

wow how great for your daughter,i didnt think the windmill palm would flower here too....

27 Jul, 2010

 

I could not find any supplier mentioning flowers on the windmill palm although they say it can survive to -18deg. If anyone knows more I will pass it on to her.

28 Jul, 2010

 

two of mine in pots I thought dead have sent shoots out of the sides like yours Scots, they were outside but we huddled them together but the tops still died

28 Jul, 2010

 

I had six in pots and this was the last survivor, the others were killed by a deluge of wet dash render from the house being built next door. I'm just wondering if I should be digging it up and replant it so the stem will grow straight. At the moment it comes out in a curve for 2" before growing up. It has grown quickly in the past week. We have had lots of rain. My phormium is not looking happy at all. I do not see any flowers on it and that is disappointing.

28 Jul, 2010

 

Wow Next door to us has one of these and I have never seen it Flower, I think they are stunning

1 Aug, 2010

 

They are amazing.

4 Aug, 2010

 

I've just been trawling through the internet and found out that there are blue dates after these flowers and although the birds like them they are not fit for human consumption. I just cannot find anyone else who has one that has flowered. I thought someone mentioned their son had one but it does not come up when I google it. .

4 Aug, 2010

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