Dent Smith Trail, notes on a freeze.
"A follow up on Dent Smith trail"
Last year I wrote a brief article on the Dent Smith trail. This botanical hideaway is located in Melbourne Florida, zone 9b. I was lauding praises on the microclimate situation in this location. The winter of 2009-2010 was a precedent setting cold weather event. The uniqueness of this winter revolves around the duration of the event rather than the overall low temperatures. This pictorial will help demonstrate the special nature of this unique and under appreciated jewel of the cultivated palm culture.
"These subtropical species portray a deceptive ease to the success of palm culture on the Space Coast"
"A sour note on my expedition"
As I was moving through the park, I came upon this poor Dypsis sp.. Dypsis lovers turn away now. I couldn't believe the deplorable treatment of this palm by whomever dug it out of it's location. This palm had been doing well in it's situation for years and someone for no obvious reason dug this poor palm up and left it to die in the fifteen gallon container. The roots were drying out and were cut too close to the base. I added Spanish moss to the tub and shook my head at the egregious disregard for this plant. Shame on whoever did this and if they are getting paid to "care" for the plants on the property, there is no palm god. I was disgusted and very tempted to just take the palm with me. I refrained and accepted the matter as a malfeasant display of ignorance on behalf of the person responsible.