The order for the shade tree – “Terminalia catappa” so integral to the landscaping of MyWeku Restaurant was put in today. It cost 50 GH cedis (10 dollars) and we anticipate should be one of the natural ways of providing shade next to the cafe bit of the restaurant. The two exotic and exclusive Golden cane palm trees (Dypsis lutescens), however, came up to 1200 GH cedis (300 dollars).
Golden cane palms at the garden centre
Golden cane palms in the family house in Nmai Dzorn, Accra
The Golden cane palms looked great and was definitely one of the favourite palm trees in the family home. It adorned the breakfast seating area. The Golden cane palm grows 6–12 m (20–39 ft) in height and has multiple stems that emerge from its base.
Another common name of the Golden cane palm is the “butterfly palm” as the foliage for its leaves curved upwards in multiple stems to create a butterfly look. The idea was to use this plant to screen off the boundary wall from the area where deliveries would normally be made. It was also a purely decorational ploy as well as to provide some shade under its “butterfly” wings.
Curiously these were ordered at a plants and flower centre opposite one of Accra’s popular restaurants – Star Bites – in East Legon on the Boundary road.
Next to Star Bites were also two kitchens I hadn’t noticed or heard off – Seljoy and Mum’s kitchen.