Today's wonder of the World is...The Palmetto Tree!
The Sabal Palmetto has been the Official State Tree of South Carolina since 1939.
You can find them all over the South Carolina coast, and even in the upper parts of the state.
In our yard, you can only find them on our license plate.
I don't really know why I covered up the numbers. Maybe it's because I'm paranoid. But I'm sure you don't care about my license plate numbers. I've already told you way too much useless stuff about me anyway. The only thing you might want to know about my license plate is why is that thing so filthy?
I'd like to know that too.
I could go on and on about on how disappointed I was the day I went to the DMV in Greer (after moving back from unhurried France to the USA,) when the grumpy lady behind the counter handed me a license plate with the word RUN on it. I did not want to run. I still don't.
But I'm getting off subject.
Back to palmetto trees...
I just love their bark.
It reminds me of this.
Not the boots (although they are awfully cute.) It's the hounds tooth pattern.
I like this palm too, but it's not a palmetto. It's probably related.
Like a brother or a sister.
Look at its bark.
That bark reminds me of this...
It's an antique French wine bottle dryer.
Hey, speaking of palm trees being related to each other, look at these that I found on our beach trip.
It's a mommy and daddy palmetto, and a whole litter of babies!
Besides being pretty, the palmetto tree also gives us hearts of palm.
No, not that.
I'm talking about this...
It's those yummy cylinders we put in salads. I was shocked to find out that they come from the leaf bud of a palmetto tree. They are delicious but from what I've read, the harvest apparently destroys the tree. No wonder they're expensive! So I think I'm going to switch to artichoke hearts from now on. They taste very similar and I can still eat my heart out (ha ha) with no palmetto- tree- killer- guilt.
Speaking of saving change...there's another palmetto!
Have a wonder-full Monday! And don't take any wooden quarters. I mean nickels.
(People just don't use that expression anymore and I miss it. So there.)
PS. Thanks for the public flickr photos, paulaniz67, Gare and Kitty, devlyn, and canbeafree1!