There were nine stately palms that formed a dramatic backdrop to my house. They stood century over the bare lot for near to 30 years. When we finished the construction of our home we turned our eyes to the landscaping.
The palms had been painted once a long time ago and the trunks were discolored. So we painted them white from the ground up about 45 inches.
They looked fresh and crisp and old-timey tropical resort-like. A few weeks later we had a hurricane that blasted away the white paint! Not to be deterred, we asked our gardener to paint them again. And they stayed nice and white for a few years. When they started to fade again, we decided to wait till after Hurricane season.
Well we had no hurricanes, and the season had safely passed and our maid wanted extra work. She is a single mother supporting her 5 year-old son and her grandfather who raised her. She is about to complete her teaching degree. We want to support her efforts any way we can and she said she likes to paint.
So the trees are crisp and white, but their numbers are only 7.
Our most dramatic two trees are really a double trunk both rising some 20 plus feet and both slightly slanted like the perfect tropical trees you see in travel posters.
A palm blight hit our neighborhood, and the magnificent double palm died.
Fearing that it would come down on our house or the neighbor’s we asked our gardener to take them down. He hired someone to cut them down to about the top edge of the white paint.
Then he and his son hacked, and chopped and dug at the roots and only exhausted themselves, they could not budge the critters.
So he found two guys with a pick-up and more nerves than brains and more cerveza in their veins than blood. They assessed the situation, and went off to find a chain.
After hacking, chopping, digging, and then yanking the palms with the chain and the truck, they actually in a fit of frustration smashed their truck into the palm to dislodge it. And they broke their tail light!
So here is the video: