Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A House From The 30's

The design of a house tells you when it was built. The balcony style and the coral rock surround of the front door were common in the thirties. Some of the new houses now use some bits of the old style here and there so they don't look like new comers.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Fall And Spring in One Day For a Mamey Tree

Before all of the old leaves are shed, the new leaves are popping out. The leaves shed quickly on mature trees. It gives me a chance to see were all of the fruit's hiding. This mamey is a grafted tree from a tree in Key West and it in tern was from Havana. The large fruit will be ripe in late summer. The small fruit will take another year before it's ripe.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Pink Cassia

Spring is still alive in south Florida. This tree will not give use any apples or plums, but it surely gives us beauty.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

My Florida Forthysia

Your plant is Forsythia x intermedia (the x means that it is natural hybrid and not made by man). My forsythia is Oncidium sphacelatum. The orchid looks like a large bush with yellow flowers. Since the forsythia will not grow here I will use the orchid to give me a big yellow bush in the spring.

Here is a close up of the orchids. I started this plant in a four inch pot, but it took 40+ years to get it this big.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden

The gardens palm collection is rated as one of the three major collections in the world. We have two very rare talipot palms in our front yard that I posted last year.

Friday, April 25, 2008

The Red Costus In Bloom

I posted this Costus on March 2, 08 when it was just starting to bloom. In that picture you can't even see a bud.
Now yellow flowers are starting to open. The red cone will keep growing all summer.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Another Green House

The front door doesn't look like it gets used used any more.

The side door is the one that invites you in. The house is covered with Ficus vine. The vine is mature and needs clipping almost as often as the grass. The mature leaves of the vine are course. But when it's trimmed the leaves stay immature and it looks much better.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Seedling Daylily

The daylily thrives in temperate areas. We can grow some of them that have been selected for Florida. But very few people bother to grow them in our area. They need extra water to get through the dry winter. This is the darkest one in our garden.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day April 22 2008

This greenhouse is just starting. The vine on the house is a type of ficus (yes Ficus as in a large tree). If not trained, the vine could cover the house in 10 years. With careful trimming this house will have green walls that never need painting. It's good for the environment but very hard on the pocketbook.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Ground Cover

We have rules, oh do we have rules. Now if you use a landscape architect you must have a specific percentage of trees and shrubs in your yard. The owners can have as much grass in the landscape as they please. The city is trying to minimize grass. We have rules on the times that grass can be watered.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Dealing With The Roots

This big Ficus tree is a beauty, but the roots are an ongoing problem. A few years ago the sidewalk was repaired due to the roots of the tree.

This water pipe is pushed up from the roots that are under ground. Now some roots look like that they are tyring to shove the pipe back into the ground.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Anhinga or Cormorant, Warming Up and Drying Out

The Anhinga tends to prefer salt water and the Cormorant likes fresh water. These three birds are drying out in a branch above a brackish pond in the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

Friday, April 18, 2008

The City Golf Course

The course has nine holes. But it has trees that will make you remember your day on the greens.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

This Waterlily Blooms All Year Around

For two nights we had temperatures in the 50's. While the waterlilies thrive, the lotus are having a hard time.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A Coconut With Problems

A coconut palm has only one point of growth. That's why a coconut palm will never branch. If something damages that growth point the palm will die. This palm is trying to recover from damage. If it grows much more, the weight will cause a brake of the new growth from the old trunk.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Give Me a Name

Sure I know what it is, but do you? It is normally seen as a house plant. But I grow it in my trees.

Monday, April 14, 2008

In The Neighborhood

Friends of ours lived in this house for 35 years. It was just a house, but the people inside were special. Now that they moved away, I realize that the house is pretty nice.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Avocado and Mango

I have never had an avocado from our trees this late in the season nor a mango so early. The avocado is a 'Monroe' and it is a late maturing clone. It's normally ripe from October to early December. The mango is a Carrie and it ripens early, but early is meant to be mid May. I am not complaining.

Saturday, April 12, 2008


These iguanas are not natives and they are taking over the warm parts of our state. This picture was captured at Fairchild Garden. The iguanas are vegetarian's and the garden has plenty food. My yard has not been invaded yet, but the day is coming.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Venetian Pool

This public pool has an entrance area for people in wheel chairs - note the fence on the right. Behind that is a shallow area for toddlers. When I was young that area was not shallow. I know, because that's where I took Red Cross swimming classes and I am still a lap swimmer.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

A Pond at Fairchild

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has many ponds and they are all brackish. The water has more salinity than fresh water, but not as much as seawater.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Cattleya skinneri 'Pastel'

This orchid is not the regular jungle species. I have a collection of improved Cattleya shinneri orchids. They bloom from February to April.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

As Seen in Google Earth

Google Earth has taken movies of some cities and greater Miami is one of those cities. So naturally I tried to find my street. This is the only house on our street that I could recognize on Google Earth. Google Earth looked great, but not when I used it. I'm sure it will improve quickly. My biggest problem is that it will not work in Linux.

Monday, April 7, 2008

One Spooky Night

Last night about 11PM a squall hit us. I heard the sound of a large branch beginning to brake, not a pretty sound. And then the thud as it fell to the grown. Was it the large poinciana or one of the avocados? This morning I found this large branch from our old oak. At first it looked like a healthy branch.

Here you can see that it was rotting inside of the branch. Than termites that eat only wet and decomposing wood started to eat the center of the trunk. Most of the old oaks have some termites. Not to worry, this termite does not come into homes.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Ficus On The Road

This large branch fell on the road in the middle of last night. The timber blocked the road, and someone wrapped a yellow ribbon around the broken branch(the kind that has a warning 'do not enter'). But when I came back by at 9:30AM the trunk was sawed up and off the road. At 10:30 someone was having a party across from that tree. If you look closely at the trunk you will notice the rotted areas. The party giver is lucky that it didn't fall during the party.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

More Water

This button wood tree is shedding last years leaves and next week it will be green with new growth. We totally skipped winter. This pond at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is brackish. That means half salt water and half fresh water.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Red bromeliad

I guess that you could call it a perennial. It's in the same genus as the pineapple.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Same Bird But Now Vicious

At Fairchild he is a thing of beauty. But in the neighbors pond he is a vicious killer. In one week he ate all of there koi and gold fish. Now he's looking for the little ones. When the neighbors scare the bird away, it comes to our lily pond. I have a water sprinkler that waters any thing that moves around my pond and is good for scarring the bird away. So far I still have most of my fish.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

This Water Contains Fish

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is near the bay and has many brackish ponds. The bird is majestic and he is here for a meal.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The Gulf of Mexico Side of Key Largo

Water Theme
For 30+ years we watched the sunset on week ends. Every thing would stop and we all gathered at the water side and watched the colors change. This is now for the next generation. They are really lucky, they live there full time. We still visit them and the best part is that I don't have to cut the lawn. And I can play with the our grandson.

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