Saturday, February 11, 2017

Wind knocks over sago palm

This is was I found the other morning in the front yard:


Our large sago palm (Cycas revoluta) knocked over by the wind, which had been howling the night before.

Mind you, this is a not a small container. It's a full 24 inches tall and 24 inches across on top. And it's anything but light. But the fronds of the cycad must have given the wind enough to grab onto, and gravity did the rest.

In this view from the front, you can see how big this Cycas revoluta has gotten over the years. I don't know exactly when we bought it, but it was in the late 1990s. It was but a small thing in maybe a 2-gallon pot.


I yanked the terracotta pot back into an upright position and twisted it a bit closer to the recently trimmed Asian lemon bamboo (Bambusa eutuldoides 'Viridividatta') to give it a bit more stability. If it gets pushed over again, I'll need to weigh it down with rocks.

Lots of empty pots waiting to be planted. It will be a fun year!

Today is a beautiful sunny day, but I'm sure we're not done with the rain (and the infernal wind that often comes with it) quite yet.

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    1. More rain, more wind, more fallen trees. I think this will be a winter we'll remember for a while--and not just because it ended the drought.

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  2. The wind is worse than the rain, glad nothing was broken when it got tipped.

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    1. I completely agree. It makes me uneasy to hear the wind howling at night, especially when it's accompanied by heavy rain.

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  3. Lucky it did not smash your beautiful 'Stained Glass' Agave. Here when it is windy many pots get knocked over and smashed. Santa Ana winds will be here tomorrow. Sigh.

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    1. I would have been so upset. Fortunately, there wasn't anything right in front of the large pot.

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  4. A tiny bit breezy, then? I'm glad it was a sago growing in a container and not in the ground. That would have been much worse. Still, good thing that big sago didn't land on anything else!

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    1. I was actually thinking I should dig a big hole in the ground and plant the sago palm in it.

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  5. We had high wind warnings here too, but it was a non-event. The rain was another story..I'm ready for a break. Good thing that pot wasn't on concrete !

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    1. I'm loving this break in the rain. Day 2 of sun, yesterday with sometimes gusty wind, today with a mild breeze. Enough to dry wet plants, at least above ground.

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  6. Wow! Funny how the wind can sometimes catch something at just the right angle... Hope you don't have any more issues, and the sago palm is alright!

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    1. This sago palm has been in this spot for 10 years and has never fallen over. Goes to show you how rare this "perfect" moment is.

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  7. That's an impressive sago palm. It's great that it wasn't seriously injured. We're expecting Santa Ana winds beginning today, which are always a challenge, but I'm actually looking forward to a bit of a dry spell for a change.

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    1. Frankly I don't give this sago palm the attention it deserves. I was surprised by how big it was!

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  8. Wow that's quite a gust! Hopefully that'll be the only time it'll fall like that.

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