Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
In our climate the orchids grow on the trees. Some of the orchids that I have are natives of Florida, but most are of foreign blood. This flower is a cross of two spices from Brazil. With some genetic fiddling we have a plant that is easy to grow. The parents of this orchid are difficult to grow in south Florida.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
You saw this picture early in the month and it's back for a reason. This flowering Mussaenda starts blooming in May and continues to bloom until the first cool spell in December. But not this year. For more Mussaenda pictures from my garden, click here.
While we were on vacation in June/July it rained and all looked good when we returned home.. But for the last two weeks we have had no rain and we are prohibited in general garden watering. I still water the orchids and some pot plants. The Mussaenda is an established bush and should not need water. It was damaged by the heat, seven days of it. I have grown this plant for at least 30 years and have never seen this kind of damage. The planet is changing and I can see it, as well as feel it. I could show many other plants that have damage from the extreme heat. Thankfully it has started to rain in the last two days.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
This plant grows in my lily pond. It has little yellow flowers at the edge of the circle. It looks like a mathematician designed this plant. As a jigsaw puzzle it could make a few puzzlers go crazy. I have tried to grow this plant for 20 years. And just this year I seem to be able to keep it alive.
I posted a yellow form of Poinciana last June 16th. Today's picture is the common color form with a perfect silhouette. In June they were flowering all over the city. Then in the last week of June and the first of July we had torrential rains and the Poinciana trees lost many flowers and buds. The show was cut down to a whimper. Now after two weeks of very little rain the Poincianas are starting to bloom vigorously again. The Poinciana is truly the signature flowering tree of Coral Gabbles.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
A friend of mine, Lan who posts miamieverydayphoto stopped by my garden yesterday. He took a few pictures and sent this one back to me. The picture is a lotus bud and many people cherish it more then the open flower. In the afternoon I will post the flower when it opens. Stop by again in the evening and see it in its full glory. Click here to see the flower 24 hours later.
I thought it would open more than it did, your will just have to come back when it is 48 hours later.
If your in a hurry, go to my Lotus album.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Here's the answer.
And here it is on a normal day.
Monday, July 9, 2007
Scadoxus used to be included in the genus Haemanthus. Some common names for these bulbs include Blood Lily, African Blood Lily, Paintbrush Lily, Football Lily, Torch Lily, and Fireball Lily. We have it at our front door where it makes a nice Dutch spring flower bed. I can't grow tulips, but these will do.