Skip to content
December 11, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Now that’s holiday trim.

Two women. Actresses in vintage cocktail dresses on stage (Screenshot of Hanes sisters' act in White Christmas movie. Source: YouTube)

Our girls were shaking with anger.

Call the authorities. Evidence of negligence.

EVERYONE ELSE already had their trims and makeovers for the holidays.

SOME even shaved their leg. Before Halloween.

SO embarrassed – still forced to stand around in layers of petticoats as it they were orphans lining the freeway desperately waving for attention and care.

One blamed the other for the delay. “Must you adopt and shelter every stray animal that shows up? I thought the squirrels would never leave.”

The squirrel triplets finally did leave. We did worry that Molly Malamute’s grab of one in mid leap to the fence was making the other two hesitate to make a run for it.

The palm tree hair cuts finally happened. (And only one occupant left homeless: a bat.)

It really isn’t necessary to de-frock palms.

Done by some landscapers for aesthetics.

Or done to shut up neighbors who are certain the palm skirts harbor all sorts of varmints up there. Snakes winding up the trunk generally discourage the furry ones. Oh, OK. So roaches do adore palm resorts, but if they find no lodgings there, then they tend to look elsewhere…especially if it snows. Garage and attic lofts anyone?

Thought you might be interested in the process.

We do not have the girls trimmed up to a pineapple hairstyle on top. Fan fronds grow in a circular pattern around the trunk. The frond bases are interlocked creating a firm girdle holding the newer branches above them securely to the trunk. Cut too much before strong winds and the tree’s few remaining top frond branches can be ripped off which ends up killing the palm. Best not to trim palms before hurricanes.

Many people pull off or skin the trunks. We prefer to leave the crisscrossed palm frond buttresses even after the branches fall off. The yoke-shaped pieces catch and hold additional water for the tree. And squirrels love to use those a balconies and sprawl out on them.

Nature designs things carefully for survival.

After snowy weekend, it’s sunny and close to 70F today before the next front tonight.

Our pleased palm gals can’t wait to rattle with pride and style.

Perfectly trimmed holiday trees

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Fan palm being trimmed. "Oh, that tickles. I'll just help by tossing down the oldest bottom layer. Look out below. Barbed stalks ready to spear."(Image all rights reserved, copyrighted , no permissions granted)

“Oh, that tickles. I’ll just help by tossing down the oldest bottom layer. Look out below. Barbed stalks ready to spear ground huggers. Probably the inspiration for early swords.” (Image ©)

MAn trimming fan palm (Image ©All rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

“Oh, I do love a man with skilled hands. Those Hollywood girls don’t have all the fun.” You can’t imagine how big the pile of old fronds was. Not destined for local trendy palapas (talk about roach havens), all these trimmings are going to a recycling center and will be added into mulch. So it looks like we pay to have the branches trimmed, the go to Home Depot and buy them back in bags. Sigh. Doing our share. (Image ©)

Pretty Fan Palms. (Image: ©all rights reserved, no permissions granted, copyrighted)

“Fanny, quit trying to photobomb my glamour shot!  (Image:©)

Two fan palms (Image © copyrighted, no permissions granted, all rights reserved)

“All right, Mr. DeMille, ready for our closeup. Cue music!” (Image: ©)



  1. RAB / Dec 11 2017 12:26 pm

    Typical of you, Phil–informative, pretty, and witty! Enjoy the holidays with these beauties on parade!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 11 2017 5:05 pm

      Fans of all sorts are my friends. Thanks for waving a comment over to this collection. (Hope things are going well and holiday break is very merry for you!)


  2. Kate Crimmins / Dec 11 2017 1:14 pm

    They look gorgeous with their holiday makeovers! Now what to do with homeless insects….


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 11 2017 5:03 pm

      And the bat. Wonder where they all decided to go during the snow a few days later. Everything has to be somewhere…maybe in that nice warm pool heater shed next door?
      Thanks for hula-ing over with a comment

      Liked by 1 person

  3. 1bl0gr3ad3r / Dec 11 2017 1:20 pm

    Caution: midwestern ignorance follows. Had no idea the palms need haircuts. So this much accumulates in one growing season — about what is it in additional height? Also no idea about being high rise roach resorts! Will think twice about enjoying shade under shaggies from now on. Are yours date or coconut or a secret type? Last question, really– does Bob approve of these trim jobs?? 🎄🌴


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 11 2017 5:02 pm

      Palms do not require trimming. People here do it to make them grow taller faster, or they hate the messy sight of the brown hanging fronds, or they are tired of picking the large fronds (over 6 feet long with nasty barbed stems) when the trees are either ornery or ready to discard them like old clothes. Hurricane winds blew a few off our trees, but not all that many. These two have been self trimming for a couple of years now. Squirrel nest in them each year – convenient with the tasty fruit/nuts/date right there.
      Bob loves the palm rattles in the wind – says it makes him feel at home. Reminds him of old classic “Road to…” films with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Dorothy Lamour. As long as their palm sway isn’t disturbed, he’s cool with slight trims once in a while.
      Thanks for trimming up a comment to leave


  4. LordBeariOfBow / Dec 11 2017 4:19 pm

    Palm trees are great; so long as they’re not growing in my garden.

    All those damned nuts/seeds/thingys/whatever, and if you don’t sweep them up and toss them out they stink to high heaven.

    Otherwise they are quite nice 🐻 😛 O_o o_O


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 11 2017 4:41 pm

      That’s how I feel about pine trees. This is the variety of fans that grows without care along highways and seems to survive just about anything. Squirrels and birds eat the fruit on these fans and never leave a crumb for anyone – works for me. Now the Queen palm and Mediterranean Pygmy Date Palms are another thing all together…Tossing those date down like they feel it’s their destiny….the dog loves to bury and juggle them in her teeth…on occasion hide one in the couch cushions for boring days…
      Palms always conjure up images of the glamorous Hollywood era of the 50’s. They do photograph well!
      Thanks for climbing over here with a comment


      • LordBeariOfBow / Dec 11 2017 5:01 pm

        Didn’t climb over.I fell out of my tree 😛 😀 🐻 Always a pleasure to drop in 😀

        Liked by 1 person

  5. Amy / Dec 11 2017 5:58 pm

    Lived in FL for a while. Not a fan of palms. Happy to wave goodbye when I moved away.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 13 2017 4:32 pm

      Florida – always worry about that sinking feeling. (Could palm trunks function as a ladder if necessary? Apparently they do work quite well as torches in San Diego, CA. )
      Oaks and some palms such as Fan palms grow easily here. Kinda like the old rhyme Jack Spratt and his wife?
      I knew someone who relocated up near Washington DC and planted a palm in their front yard…and each winter built a wood structure wrapped in plastic around it – with heaters inside – the last time I saw it the palm was 2 stories tall…the yard was lit up like an airport runway from the heaters/lights trying to keep it warm. They finally moved…guess it got to be too much
      Thanks for fanning a comment this way

      Liked by 1 person

      • Amy / Dec 14 2017 12:57 pm

        Wow. I am not such a fan of plants to do that. I’m a dog person, palms down.


  6. sustainabilitea / Dec 11 2017 6:51 pm

    I love “White Christmas!!” Sisters, sisters. Can’t wait to see it again. Happy Monday.


    Liked by 1 person

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 13 2017 4:38 pm

      That and “Holiday Inn” – grew up watching them with my dad each year. What a movie, music, and memory legacy for so many. Thanks for fanning the flames for warm comment

      Liked by 1 person

  7. easyweimaraner / Dec 12 2017 1:02 am

    I have to admit that I never saw such giant palm trees… wow …and I like the new haircut, much better than the one the mama did while watching a youtube tutorial ;o)))

    Liked by 1 person

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 13 2017 4:40 pm

      The tree guys say these 2 palms have some growing to do – another 10 feet or so? Resident squirrels better start wearing parachutes. Thanks for wandering over. (Will be by to catch up shortly over your way!)


  8. Curt Mekemson / Dec 12 2017 11:39 am

    Fine looking girls, Phil. My wife has a palm tree/critter story she likes to tell. BC, which was a long time ago and doubles for Before Curt in our family, Peggy lived for a couple of years in Panama where the iguanas like to climb and live in palm trees, which is fine, except they get really big (like 3-5 feet long) and have a tendency to fall out. Kerplump and watch out below! Anyway, Peggy had placed a wading pool in the shade under a palm tree for her one-year-old Natasha, when one chose to come crashing down. Fortunately, it missed Tasha by a foot. The wading pool was moved. –Curt

    Liked by 1 person

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 13 2017 4:44 pm

      No that would be an unauthorized splashdown! Whew. With the last cold front the gals are waving as happily as cheerleaders with pom poms. They do look quite nice against a clear blue sky (I think we’ll have one of those shortly – chilly and grey today – hope you’re enjoying some sun. Will sander over to catch up soon. Thanks for stopping in)

      Liked by 1 person

  9. cat9984 / Jan 17 2018 2:10 pm

    I love the image of a squirrel relaxing beneath a palm tree


Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: