When we lived in Texas, we had a Sago Palm in our front garden. I loved it! When we visited Houston last year, we drove by our old house just so I could see how big it had gotten.
When we bought the beach house 4 years ago, we went to the local plant nursery and I bought a potted Sago. I wanted it to grow big enough that we could put it in our front yard there.
Sagos are not actually palm trees. They are really like conifers, pine trees. They will live in all kinds of weather, so I know it will grow fine at the beach.
It didn’t work out as I had planned. The plant died. I shouldn’t have been surprised. I do have a hard time keeping plants alive. My momma called it a brown thumb and I inherited it from her.
Last year, when I was grocery shopping, I saw a Sago on sale in the flower department. It was reduced in price, so I picked it up on a whim. It has sat on our mantel here in Richmond ever since.
It has been there for more than a year and the leaves are turning a bit brown. I thought they were dying off and that I would have another dead plant.
This afternoon as I was watering my plants, I saw that my Sago had grown 3 new leaves! I was so excited! For me, this is big!
By the end of summer, the leaves will have turned hard and the palm will be that much more sturdy. It’s just a matter of years before it’s big enough to replant at our home at the beach.
It’s just one of those simple things that makes me happy.