I’m writing this on Anzac Day.
Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served”. Wikipedia
I find it interesting that palm trees were often planted after WW1 by local communities to honour the fallen. This was especially the case if they had served in one of the desert areas. It also seems to be the case that lots of old farm houses in Australia have at least one tall palm tree in their garden, usually right out the front.
Date palms, (one variety of palm trees) are one of the world’s oldest cultivated fruits. They are also particularly hardy. I often wonder whether they were planted as a food source or as a decoration.
I have one in front of my house, but only one. To produce fruit it needs a mate. The tree was there before I bought the place. It could be very old. Sadly, these amazing orange clusters have produced no fruit.