Is that a beauty? We dug the hole the first month we arrived and even chose the one we wanted - but the digger at the garden centre was out of action. We ended up dithering about spending so much money on one plant and hesitated all summer...(when there was more chance for the plant to establish itself )....until last week, when FR had a brainstorm and went out and bought it. (Actually, it took several days and numerous phone calls before he could convince himself that he'd found the best deal.)
The hole we'd dug was ambitious to say the least - Ruy and Romy used it as a muddy paddling pool in the early months - but after much shovelling and balancing, we got the palm and almost all the earth back in. Then we trekked (OK, it was mainly FR) back and forth to our piece of land and made this lovely surround for it from the stones we had spent ages 'extracting' yesterday.
I absolutely adore it. I keep looking out of the window, or going out of the door sneakily - and am surprised and amazed every time to see it there. A palm tree, Phoenix Canariensis, to give it it's proper name - in my garden! Whatever next?
(Fingers crossed it survives the winter.....any tips?)