Friday, September 9, 2011
Jelly Palm Fruit & Once Firing
This is one of two jelly palms, Butia capitata, in our front yard. The jelly palm is a more frost tolerant palm to grow. You might wonder why I let the brown leaves stay on the palm. Palm trees are able to recycle the nutrients of their declining leaves back into the plant, so I let them go completely brown before removing the lower leaves. Last year our palms looked sickly, this year they are much greener and healthier looking and have no yellowing to their leaves.
Here is the fruit up in the tree. If you eat the fruit when it isn't ripe it is astringent like a persimmon. They say if the bird eats the fruit it is ripe. When the fruit is ripe it tastes like a cross between an orange, mango, and pineapple, very delicious. But the fruit has a large seed so there isn't much to eat. I let most of the fruit drop to the ground and the tortoise, birds, and squirrels have a refreshing treat.
There's a lot of fruit lying on the ground; at the end of the day most of it will be gone.
Not much fruit left now. Look there's a orange and yellow mushroom growing under the palm.
Here's a closeup of the mushroom. Oh and this fern is growing in the trunk of the palm.
I've gone all out this time. Finally got a break in the weather; I'm once firing (no bisque fire) a whole kiln load of my new work, my wall sculptures. I have never once fired before. The pieces have no glaze. If they make it, I'll be putting a cold treatment on the surface, adding a hanging mechanism, and they'll be ready to go. In case of problems, I have two more kiln loads ready to fire so that will help reduce any tears. The kiln is at 1000 F now; still time to turn back. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.