Hail to the Queen

“Hail to the Queen”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

While visiting my sister’s home, I was impressed by her Queen Palms which were in bloom and also had large hanging fruit clusters.  Queen Palms are hardy to at least 20 degrees, so they do well in the New Orleans area.  Hers are about twenty feet tall and could get as tall as forty or fifty feet.  As with all palms, these are so graceful with their fronds swaying in the breeze.

The first thing I noticed was the large flower cluster.  It was bright golden yellow, about three feet long, and buzzing with bees.

Also, on the trees were the huge hanging clusters of fruit.  They must have been at least four to five feet long.  There were hundreds of green oval fruit which made for a spectacular showing.  My sister has three palms around her pond and each one had at least two of these long, pendulous bunches of palm fruit.  The green dates will soon turn orange which should make for an impressive sight.

I don’t know about having all that fruit dropping from above, but with the beautiful flower clusters and the huge hanging date clusters, at this time of year, I think I could put up with their falling.

Tonight, we are having our coldest night so far (low in the mid 30’s) which is just the beginning of cold weather for the next few months.  Anyway, it is nice to be reminded of tropical palms, the warm weather they symbolize, and that winter won’t last forever.


  1. tina said,

    October 27, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    All Hail to the Queen with those great bunches fruit. So neat to grow them.

  2. Jan said,

    October 28, 2008 at 4:39 am

    These are great trees esp. at this time of year with the blooms and fruit. They really add a special something to my sister’s garden.

  3. Randy said,

    October 28, 2008 at 6:20 am

    I think palms are wonderful! I would like to grow them but I don’t think we have any more room for trees. Jan, did you get frost last night? We had a big one and I was very surprised, we don’t usually get frost this early.

  4. Jan said,

    October 28, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    No, Randy, we did not get any frost last night. It did get down to 36 degrees which is very unusual for us. When can get freezing temps as early as November 1st, but that would be very, very rare. I hope your plants made out okay.

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