The rain has been a long awaited blessing. Apart from nurturing the parched earth, the strength of the wind and water from the recent weather, delivered gifts of inflorescence as Alexandra Palms discarded their burdens.
Archontophoenix alexandrae is indigenous to northern Queensland and similar to the Bangalow or Piccabeen Palm (archontophoenix cunninghamiana), which is endemic to south-east Qld & northern NSW. It is an easy and graceful palm to grow within these areas. Indigenous Australians have traditionally accessed palm sheathes to design vessels. We’ll explore this further in a future blog!
Today, we celebrate the flower stalks- inflorescence. They are versatile and can be transformed into vessels and art pieces. Like the relaxed technique of a random weave this process is comfortable and beckons the weaver to be led by the characteristics of the palm fibre. There is a joy in partnering with nature, to create a unique shape and life from these resources!
Again, nature reminds us to let go and embrace the opportunities for regeneration. So from one inflorescence blown off it’s anchor- two vessels are born!