Big Mama leaning over
Big Mama getting worse
As sad as this is to say, Big Mama decided to give up this year and throw in the towel. I’ve suspected she was ailing all summer when the new growth was limited. Nevertheless, I watered her faithfully, talked to her, and told her to get with it, etc. All of my peppiness was to no avail. She fell over in her pot a week ago.
Poor Big Mama - RIP
Now maybe these Sego palms have a life span like most living things. After all, she isn’t a redwood tree, so how long do these palms live. This one is about sixty years old. I guess she was tired. Or maybe dreading another awful winter here. Poor thing. I can’t blame her for that, even if I did wrap her up in extra warm bedding every year. I never look forward to winter myself. I’d rather go around naked, I guess, instead of bundled up in all those clothes that never warm me up anyway.
Interesting to see how they grow - full of fibers
So here’s another plant we lost since we’ve been here now, bringing the total of special plants to about five. This isn’t southern California. Anything will grow there. So really, what do I expect when living in the desert?
Here's another shot of the fibrous inside
And a side view - I wonder if the Indians used this mateial for thread.
Looking on the bright side of things, now I won’t have to get the dolly out to move her around on the patio. She must weigh three hundred pounds in that huge pot with all that dirt. I’m wondering how I can keep a piece of her for a future artwork project. My wheels are still turning on that one. Maybe I’ll find some way she can live on in my studio.