Royal Poinciana....from seed.
August 2016: 3 years old and almost a shade tree.
July 2015: Two years of growth.
Royal Poinciana is endangered in the wild of it's native-land, Madagascar. It is alive because of people like me; people who love it. Delonix regia, also known as Flame tree and Flamboyant, is a member of the Fabaceae family, (aka Legumes) related to beautiful flowering trees–and beans. The history of legumes is tightly connected to human civilization. We plant the seeds and nurture them cultivating beauty and food from superficial nothingness in a kind of, soul-meets-ego, act of love– or need.
Royal Poinciana's seeds are locked up in an unsightly monster pod. In the wild, those pods fall at the peak of rainy season, float and soak in flood water. Rodents gnaw at the woody husks and unwittingly liberate the seeds. Mine fell into a twenty four hour, hot water soak and then I planted them in rich compost and kept them moist with rainwater. In May 2013, three sprouted.
A year later I put the saplings in our sandy, loamy and nutritionally-depleted, front yard. I lost one to an unfortunate lawn mowing incident. Then we had two. Every six months I feed them rich compost. Planting seeds of trees in the Fabaceae family is a wonderful way to add nutrients to a depleted area and bring shade to a yard. They are so fast growing. It's been only three years and mine are overhead now. They aren't flowering yet and that could take a few more years but I'm still happy to see the progress pictured here:)
May 2013: One month of growth.
Someday they'll look like this– elevated and fulfilled:)