The Ponytail in full bloom.
The Ponytail in full bloom. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Late bloomer delights

THE old adage of better late than never certainly rings true for one late bloomer.

Warwick woman Daphne Thomas was startled to walk into her backyard a few weeks ago to see a sight she had never seen before.

Despite having been in her garden for more than 20 years, her beautiful Ponytail Palm Tree had flowered only for the first time.

"I came outside with some friends and they were saying what a lovely view of Warwick I had," she said.

"And I looked over and said, 'My ponytail has flowered'.

"I just couldn't believe how beautiful it was."

Mrs Thomas has been recounting the story of her blossoming tree to countless friends and family members and is often met with disbelief.

"I thought it was most unusual because I have never seen one and everyone I talked to didn't even know it flowered," she said.

The former avid gardener was gifted two of the trees two decades ago, and said she didn't know they were capable of blossoming.

Since she noticed the stunning bloom, Mrs Thomas takes time for a daily trip to her garden to admire and check on the tree.

"I go out every morning to see if it's still there and I have been watching the other one to see if it will flower too," she said.

"I thought it might be gone with all the wind we have had but it seems pretty strong."

Mrs Thomas is dumbfounded as to why this was the year her tree bloomed and how long she will be able to enjoy it.

"Maybe it is because of all the wet weather we have had, I don't know," she said. "I'm not sure if you have to wait another 20 years to see it again or what."


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