Plant of the Day
Wednesday 7 December 2016

On a visit to Provender Nursery the masters students and I discovered this cultivar Trachycarpus fortunei ‘Wagnerianus’ (dwarf Chusan palm). It is unknown in the wild, but may have originated in cultivation in Japan. The leaves are smaller and less divided so remain upright and do not turn over at the tips. It was first discovered by the horticulturist Albert Wagner of Leipzig, Germany, in the late 19th century.

Jill Raggett


Talk To The Hand – Literally

Palm reading, otherwise known as palmistry or chiromancy, is practiced all over the world. It has its roots in Indian astrology and Roma fortune-telling.

The objective is to evaluate a person’s character or future by studying the palm of their hand. 

Here’s a sneak peek:

Each hand shape is associated with certain character traits. The basic interpretations are as follows:

Earth - broad, square palms and fingers, thick or coarse skin, and ruddy color; length of the palm equals length of fingers

  • Solid values and energy, sometimes stubborn
  • Practical and responsible, sometimes materialistic
  • Work with their hands, comfortable with the tangible

Air - square or rectangular palms with long fingers and sometimes protruding knuckles, low-set thumbs, and dry skin; length of the palm less than length of fingers

  • Sociable, talkative and witty
  • Can be shallow, spiteful and cold
  • Comfortable with the mental and the intangible
  • Does things in different and radical ways

Water - long, sometimes oval-shaped palm, with long, flexible, conical fingers; length of the palm equals length of fingers but is less than width across the widest part of the palm.

  • Creative, perceptive and sympathetic
  • Can be moody, emotional and inhibited
  • Introverts
  • Do things quietly and intuitively

Fire - square or rectangular palm, flushed or pink skin, and shorter fingers; length of the palm is greater than length of fingers

  • Spontaneous, enthusiastic and optimistic
  • Sometimes egoistic, impulsive and insensitive
  • Extroverts
  • Do things boldly and instinctively.

Learn more here: wikiHow to Read Palms