What An Ingenious Use for Something We've Been Throwing Away

Real Estate Agent with Alain Pinel Realtors, Pleasanton, CA BRE#01732313

Palm Tree FlowersAt the Quilt Show this past weekend at Alden Lane Nursery, I saw some incredible quilts. But I also saw an interesting decorative display.  These oversized 'flowers' were made from the hard shell casing (not sure what they're called - anyone?) from Queen Palm trees.  It looks as if these sturdy, leaf-shaped growths were split, giving them a bit of a frayed edge, and then pieced together to form gigantic flowers.  There must be some sort of soil repository in the middle, as it's been stuffed with a filler of some kind and has cactus-looking plant life growing within. For all of you botanical experts out there, help me out here.

What are these 'petals' and center made from?


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Ken & Leslye Huebsch
Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793
First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction

I wish i could tell you. I'm not even familiar with your Queen Palm trees! But, that is such a cool and unique idea!

September 29, 2011 10:48 PM
Doug Anderson
Doug Anderson's Bay Area Real Estate Views
Executive Brokers Real Estate Group

I have had Queen Palms in the past but I am flummoxed on both questions Karen. The arrangements certainly are unique and beautiful.

September 29, 2011 10:54 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366

What a wonderful use of these plants. Someone is very crafty to say the least Karen.

September 30, 2011 01:15 AM
William Johnson
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE
RE/MAX Associates
Hi Karen This is very cleaver and shows what can be done even with things that might otherwise be trashed, And in an all natural setting, what could be better. Good Shot and the story really sells it! Sent from my iPad
September 30, 2011 01:57 AM
Karen Crowson
Livermore Wine Country Homes
Alain Pinel Realtors, Pleasanton, CA

Ken, I'm not surprised if you don't see many palms in your area - I would think the weather is too cold.

Doug - I tried looking on Google, but didn't come up with anything.

Tom - I think these would be really cool for a big swim party. Wonder if I can get my husband to figure out how to put them together?

William - thanks. I took the photo with my phone, and it was so bright and sunny, that I couldn't see the result on the screen. Didn't know what it would look like till I downloaded it!

September 30, 2011 08:38 AM
Than Maynard
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma

Certainly interesting. Some people can see the potential in stuff so much better than me.

September 30, 2011 11:03 AM
Donne Knudsen
CalState Realty Services
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA

Karen - WOW!!!  How interesting looking!  My inlaws have a queen palm but I can't think of what those leaves are called either.

September 30, 2011 12:07 PM
Chris Alston
Silicon Valley, California
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Cupertino California)

I chuck them too!!! I would have never thought... I usually get mad at them when they scratch my arm when I am cleaning them up!  HA!

September 30, 2011 07:34 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
GreatWest Realty

Someone is very creative and imaginative. . .They look very tribal in a tropical sort of way!

September 30, 2011 07:56 PM
Anonymous #10

I don't think those are Queen Anne palms. They look like the base of palm fronds from either date palms or Washington palms. I only think that because I spent many a weekend trimming my parents date palms and Washington palms.

The center is probably some soil mixed with some sphagnum moss. Succulents like that don't need much to grow. My girlfriend's parents have a ton of similar things in their yard, from succulent wreaths to crosses, to squares, and probably more.

Succulent square

September 30, 2011 10:53 PM
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