Monday, November 30, 2009

A Rare And Strange Fern

In a another year or two the fronds will touch the ground . It is spectacular.

I had one that did just that. After 20 years the plant was root bound and I had to take it apart. I wound up with 20 plants. Now I need to find some homes for the new ferns.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

A Rare Palm

Sorry, I don't know the name. This small palm is about 5 feet tall and it looks great. But I'm not sure what it will look like when it's 30 years old, on a tall pole like trunk.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Humpty Dumpty Has Been Put Together

The accident was on Sept 29 09. This last week the specialists finally got here and humpty-dumpty has been put together

Friday, November 27, 2009

The MBG Grows Talipots

The Talipot (Corypha umbraculifera) no longer can be found in the wild. The Montgomery Botanical Garden has at least 10 of them. And I have 2 in our front yard.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

We Are Going To The Childrens House For Thanksgiving

With a pecan/apple pie.

And a pumpkin.


3/4 cup brown sugar
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1//2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 ginger
Use of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger are optional
3 egg yolks
3/4 cup milk
1 1/4 cup cooked pumpkin
1/3 cup rum
3 eggs whites
1/3 cup sugar

1/2 pint whipped cream

1 baked pie crust

In a saucepan mix together brown sugar, unflavored gelatin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

In a bowl beat 3 egg yolks with 3/4 cup milk and stir it into the sugar mixture. Bring the mixture to boil and simmer for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in pumpkin and rum until the mixture is well blended. Chill the mixture until it begins to thicken slightly.

Beat 3 egg whites beaten with 1/3 cup sugar until they hold definite points. Fold into chilled mixture. Spoon the pumpkin mixture into the baked pie shell and chill until firm.

Whip cream with sugar and vanilla to taste. Spread mixture over pie and pipe rosettes over to decorate. Serve chilled.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

First Flower Of A Seedling Waterlily

In the spring a friend gave me a lotus plant and I planted it in a small pool. It grew for three months and then a baby waterlily popped up. A waterlily seed must have hidden in the roots in the lotus. Its 5 to 6 months old and the flowers should now only get bigger and better. Oh, the lotus didn't bloom the season.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

One Palm Frond

Some people miss the beauty of a single palm frond and they see only the green ball on top of a big pole.

Monday, November 23, 2009

I Saw This At The Ramble

I made a movie clip of the Ramble. Take a look.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

It's Still

And that's all it needs to be.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Ramble At F.T.B.G.

The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has a Ramble every November. It started yesterday and it will go to Sunday. This is the time to buy that rare plant. It's a high end garage sale.

Friday, November 20, 2009

One Of The Fishtail Palms

This Caryota gigas and often called the Thai mountain giant palm or black trunk fishtail palm.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A Collection Of Cyclads

The average house doesn't have room to have more the one or two. It's nice to see a Cyclad collection that has the space that it needs.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

How Would You Like This For Your Back Yard?

The Director of the Montgomery Botanical Garden lives on the property and this is his view.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Chrysophyllum msolo

I spent some time with Google trying to get information about this tree. I found no images and very little information. It's a slow grower and has eatable fruit. It has some common names and they are stranger then the botanical name. This beautiful tree has a trunk like nothing that I have ever seen.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sunset In The Making

Yes, the clouds did turn pink. But I liked this picture the best.

For people who need color in a sunset, here it is. I put some color in the picture. I still think I like the white clouds the best.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Breadfruit Growing In Coral Gables

Three summers and we have a tree. Now if we have a warm winter maybe we will have fruit next year. The first year was covered in the cold nights, but now it's too big to protect it.

Friday, November 13, 2009

A New Landscape

A few years ago the new owners removed the mature landscape for something rather plain (take a look). This past year the house was enlarged and now the professionals striped the shrubs and grass so they can sell their perfect landscape. It looks like the same old garden just a little smaller.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

One Tree Down. One Tree Up

Last week the city removed the stump and all of the visible roots. This 50 by 50 foot area was cleared of all of the dead Ficus. This will show what they had to remove. It was one of our trees.

Monday, November 9, 2009

What Do I Have?

This is a wheelbarrow full of a palms beard.

Coccothrinax crinita (guano barbudo, guano petate, old man palm, palma petate) is a palm which is endemic to Cuba. I planted this palm 40 years ago when it was 8 inches tall. The beard was perfect for 30 years and then the beard started to fall away. This week the last of the beard dropped.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Patio Of The Biltmore

All of the food tastes very good when your in such a beautiful patio.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Diving Platform Is Now A Waterfall

Olympic divers often used this pool in the 30's. Now most of the diving boards have been removed because of damage and litigation.
This is the far end of the beautiful pool at the Biltmore.
Enlarge the waterfall.

Friday, November 6, 2009

For Sale

Fortunately we don't have too many houses for sale in our area. The turnover is rather slow. Once you'r here you want to stay.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Blooming Again And A Again

This Adenium blooms in spurts all year around. I have 5 different Adeniums and usually at least one of them will have some flowers.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Silky Floss Tree / Chorisia Speciosa

The Chorisia trees started to flower in June and now they are flowering all over the city.

Some are dark pink (almost red) to very light pink.

Then you might find a white one. This one is three blocks from our house and as clear white as they come. Unfortunately I have never seen this one in full bloom.

Monday, November 2, 2009

One By One The Ficus Trees Are Coming Down

Now the city has to remove the stump and all of the large roots that are above the ground. So far it has taken 4 days of hard work. It lost it's last leaves 3 months ago.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Theme Day Topic: Doorways

The door to the basement is a rarity in Coral Gables because we don't have basements. You can strike water within 10 feet down. The owners of this house have a sump pump that keeps the water out. Can you see a problem in this picture?

The back patio is next to that door. Notice the the sign. It gives use a smile.

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