04-20-2014, 11:13 PM
Location: Penticton, BC, Okanagan Valley, Canada
Zone: Hardiness Zone 6
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When we returned from our annual winter vacation I realized to my horror, that our house sitter,
who has been so reliable on previous occasions, has completely neglected watering our plants.
While only one of them, a miniature palm actually died, almost all of them, save for the quat and
this rubber tree, lost a lot of leaves, including the ornata shown here:
DSC05063 by Golestan2, on Flickr
You can probably see on this picture, that all, but the last two leaves, are completely dried up
and the last two are partially so.
After caring for this plant for a full 3 years, keeping it in fine shape all that time, it now, still in
this deplorable state, is finally producing a flag leaf. What should be a joyous occasion with a
flower on a healthy plant is turning in an event producing mixed feelings.
here shown with newly emerged flag leaf
This is what it looked like on Boxing Day
Even the deer seemed to like it on New Year’s Eve
And this is Olaf crying.
No, I decided not to show that.
I prepared the above a few days ago, but had trouble dealing with recent changes on Flickr and
was also very busy dealing with piled up work obligations. So please fast forward to today:
The flower is finally emerging, after the PS had attained almost twice the height, which its
brethren in Vietnam were, when they bloomed.
From preliminary appearance it looks like the flower will also be bigger than the ones,
I have seen in the open air parks in Vietnam.
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my own and those of others and to learn from them.