Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Palms and needles



Outside my office is a palm tree, and next to it is a wintry conifer. This seems a bit of a jarring, climate-messing juxtaposition. Is it unusual? I know little of such matters.

12 comments:

Willard said...

You work in California? That looks like California to me...

Gaw said...

Isn't that a dead shrew down there?

worm said...

That palm tree is all wrong. It's like the arboreal equivalent of hearing PJ & Duncan rapping, or Tom Cruise's irish accent in 'Far and Away'

malty said...

Arboreally speaking, one has standy up leaves the other pointy down and who cuts the grass, the sheep?

Photography a touchy subject this morning over at you know where, brings him out of hibernation though.

Brit said...

A tubby little man cuts the grass.

He has a lawnmower that you can ride. A friendly chap, he waves from it.

Susan said...

Hmm curious combo. Are these trees in the same garden? I'd have a word with the gardener.

David said...

They told me if I voted for John McCain we'd see palm trees in England. And they were right.

monix said...
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Sean said...

Brit, there are around 40-50 varieties of Palm that will grown well in the UK.

Washingtonia Robusta (hardy down to -6 degrees Centigrade) or Phoenix Canariensis (hardy down to -9 degrees Centigrade) or Butia Capitata (hardy down to -10 degrees Centigrade) or even Trachycarpus Fortunei (hardy down right down to -17 degrees Centigrade).

to name but a few. sorry to rain on your parade, but palms have grown in the southern England especially for centuries.

It has been unusually warm at night over the past 6 weeks, that does seem to be one prediction UEA got right.

Linda said...

OMG, you guys are hilarious! Brit, I subscribed to your blog bcse I love England - I'm in North Carolina-USA (where there are plenty of examples of the juxtaposition of palms and evergreens) - but what keeps me here is your wonderful posts, and the witty repartee amongst the members of your cast of regular followers. I love you guys! This one made me laugh out loud!!! Thank you to all - Worm, Willard, Gaw, Malty, and (mostly) Brit - for the delight you have brought to me!

Brit said...

Thanks Linda, you have impeccable taste. And you are quite correct with your 'mostly'.

Gaw said...

Surely we must be proportionately more delightful?