Sitting outside on the second full day of glorious summer in south Florida, there’s a loud thud that shakes the earth and sends a cloud of white particles over my head. Can only mean one thing: a seed pod on one of our Royal Palms has finally opened. Here’s the fallen pod.
The flowers will bloom for weeks, attracting swarms of bees when the word goes out (Neighborhood Buzz!). This occurs about 35 feet from the ground, so I’m not worried about stings from intoxicated pugilists. A larger nuisance is the flower dust that will fall and cover everything from landscaping to windshields. The upside there: it might also clog up my next-door neighbor’s pool cleaning mechanisms. Asshole.
Welcome to summer!