Thursday, 5 January 2012


Palm tree

my Palm tree
by the door
looks sad

fronds were thick
so strong
bright green

now they fall
just brown
plain dead

tree was home
for wren
now left

tree society
bugs ants
in bark

Palm will die
of cold
by spring

look hard today
fronds are few
hapless

my Palm stands 
it will be gone
just space


19 comments:

Maria said...

You can save it! Palms are notorious for being potassium poor. Buy some potassium fertilizer (the kind that goes s l o w l y into the roots) and you may see it liven up...

Just hate to see plants die...

the cuby poet said...

Maria:This is such helpful advice will go to the garden centre and get some, thanks for that. I hate plants dying but didn't know there was anything to revive it. :)

Mitch Block said...

Poor palm. I hope Maria's advice works!

the cuby poet said...

Mitch Block: So do I. Will report progress in a month or so.

Ina in Alaska said...

So sorry about your palm tree. I hope Maria's suggestion is helpful to your tree.

When I saw your title I thought this would be a happy message... :(

But it made me happy a little bit because in a couple of weeks I will be in Santa Monica California for a brief escape from this bitter cold and I will say hello to all the palm trees there for you. xo

the cuby poet said...

Ina in Alaska:Palm tree update in a bit when it has had some TLC. The thought of Santa Monica in sunny California will keep you going through the cold,cold days until you take off.

Crafty Green Poet said...

that's very sad, it reminds me of one of our plants. I've taken note of Maria's advice in a previous comment! Hope it works for your palm!

the cuby poet said...

Crafty Green Poet: I am hanging on Maria's advice so that I may never have to cope with the empty space.

Doris said...

I lost two last year which had been around for over fifteen years. There is some good advice on the internet about saving them. Its been a common problem over the past two winters and sometimes if you cut them back drastically they will come again because they are just lying dormant.
Anyway, apart from the sad factor, the poem was good. I shall worry about the wren though.

Ina in Alaska said...

Yes it will Claire!

the cuby poet said...

Doris: This palm is about 10 years old and has been healthy and happy until this winter - hey ho. I am sad about the wren too and hope she has found a nice new home.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi There, So glad you visited my blog. Please come back often--and I'll return to yours.

Love your poem. I'm always in awe of talented people like you. I love Palms --but here in the mountains of Tennessee, we can't grow them... We are on the Cumberland Plateau (2000 feet above sea level). We have to drive south to Florida to see the gorgeous palms.

Thanks again for visiting.
Hugs,
Betsy

the cuby poet said...

Betsy from Tennessee: Welcome here so good to see you. Thanks for your comments about my poem. I am new to writing poetry but am enjoying it a lot and when people seem to like it that feels most encouraging. :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Maria sounds like she knows what she is talking about! Poor palm.

the cuby poet said...

Lisa@Two Bears Farm:I do hope Maria's advice works off to get the right fertiliser in the next week.Welcome here.

Al said...

A palm tree would never survive in my climate, nice poem.

the cuby poet said...

Al:Nice to see you here and welcome. The very south west of England is the only place they grow in England as we have a favourable climate. So pleased you liked my little poem.

Niall & Antoinette said...

enjoyed the poem :-) Will be keeping my fingers crossed for your palm tree.

the cuby poet said...

Niall&Antoinette:Glad you liked the poem, this palm was so lovely it is such a sadness to see it struggle.