Saturday, October 31, 2009

It's All About Pumpkins Today

And tomorrow it's about doors.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Holywood Lignum-Vitae

Guajacum sanctum
Common Names: holywood lignum-vitae, lignum-vitae, tree-of-life
Family: Zygophyllaceae (caltrop Family)
I planted this 4o years ago when it was 6 inches tall. Now it's 10 feet tall. We had a lot of rain this summer and the tree gave us a large crop of seed. The seed will not normally sprout under the tree because the seed needs to be eaten by a bird.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Looks Like It's New

This orchid blooms every other month, through the year. And it's been doing that for 60 years.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Kitty Corner From Yesterdays Picture

I painted this street corner, while sitting on the grass across the street, sixty years ago. My oil painting was on a piece of card board. Twenty years later we bought a house that was in my childhood picture. At least once a year the university sends out there art students to paint in our area. Many times I see them painting the same corner that I painted those years ago.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Old Trees On The Prado

Many of the roots on this old oak are above the ground. They can ruin the sidewalk and the drive ways.

The city trims the roots and repairs the sidewalk for free if the tree is on city property.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Breadfruit Tree In Coral Gables

This tree is on its third year.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Small Flower But It Looks Just Like The Big Ones

The flower is two inches across.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

That's For Halloween

Santa Claus for Christmas and a bunny for Easter, but this is a bet much. I like most of the Halloween decoration but I'm not sure about this one.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

No Grass Here

We see more and more gardens that have no grass or very little grass.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

An Older House With A New Color

This house reminds me of the painted ladies of San Fransisco. First I saw the color then I looked at the house.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Once A Haunted House

In the 40's this was a haunted house. The couple that owned this house were put in an asylum and there son was lost in the war. At time the city could nothing. I remember walking by the house as it started to decay. Their Packard convertible just sat out in front of the garage, just rusting away. The over grown trees and shrubs really made it look scary. When I was twelve years old I walked into the open house. The house had been visited by most of the young boys (and most likely by a lot of adults). The best part was no one took anything out of the house. When things stared to disappearthe police stopped the visiting. In the 60's the owners passed away and the house was sold. I wounder were the ghosts are now.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Art In The Garden

I wounder if there is another tired tin man in the back yard of this house. They caught my eye and they made me smile.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

More Of The Prado Entrance

Built in the 20's, refurbished 08 to 09.

All 3 of the pools within the Prado entrance had cracks but not any more. It's nice to know that the city keeps up with our fountains and pools.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Prado Entrance To Coral Gables

The city has just finished a repair of this entrance. It was closed for a year.

Now the brides can come back and take there pictures.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Coral Gables Doesn't Have Fall Colors In The Fall

We have a few trees that will have bright colors after a night the 40's. This is as close to fall colors that I can find. This croton looks this way 365 days a year.

Monday, October 12, 2009

October And The Leaves Are Falling

But these are green and they have been falling for the last 3 months.

Two years ago I spotted the white flies on the leaves of this tree. At that time I knew that the white flies would kill the tree.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Old House / Young Family

The basketball hoop makes me think that there is a young boy living in that house.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009

This Fern Needs Space

The fern can't grow on the sidewalk nor can it thrive in the road. This one can crawl up a tree.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Electric Lines vs Trees

Coral Gables is filled with mature trees. It's beautiful, but it makes a problem. The tree huggers want the lines put underground. The city thinks that would be too expensive. Installing a underground grid would kill many trees. Then when a hurricane blows down some of the big old trees, underground lines will fail. Repair would be long and more expensive.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Bc. Binosa

This orchid grows on a palm in our garden. The plant is forgotten most of the time, but when it blooms all eyes are on it.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Poinciana Place

The first time I showed Poinciana Place was on March 11, 2007. Take a look at the porch, it's so nice you might call it a veranda.

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Lion Is Watching You

We have walked by this house for years without seeing the lion.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

No Grass Here

Living a 'green' house with out green grass.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Mussaenda philippica 'Queen Sirikit'

This mussaenda starting blooming in May and it will continue to December. Today it looks like spring.

Friday, October 2, 2009

More Contrast

This orchid flower lasts for one day. Yesterday the plants had 56 blooms. The orchid is a Sobralia and it blooms off and on for 3 months every fall.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Contrast Is The Theme

This orchid lives in a tree with other orchids. With a little bit of contrast you know what you should see.
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