Friday, April 30, 2010

Jaboticaba And Ready To Eat

This is the third heavy crop this year. On January 6, 2010 we had the first heavy crop. The cold winter didn't harm the jaboticaba trees.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Orchids Are One Month Late

I'm happy that they didn't die in the cold winter, they were just late.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Old Time Amaryllis

These are not the Dutch strain that you see in winter. This is one of Theodore L. Mead type. They are stronger then the new amaryllis and they will live for ever.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010

It's Not The Jungle

It's in our garden.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park

This park is in the middle of a major street.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Just Built

I think that I would like some grass in the front yard.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day

The palm makes the house look small. Green is winning.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

This Orchid Looked Dead For Three Months

The 5 flowers will last for one day. With out the cold weather this plant should have at lease 100 flowers. I have a picture taken at better times.

This is the pigeon dendrobium (Dendrobium crumenatum). The plant has been leafless for two and a half months. The flowers surprised me. Now I we start looking for some green.

Monday, April 19, 2010

A Phalaenopsis That Lived Through The Long Cold Winter

Only 30% of my phalaenopsis lived through the cold weather. Most of the ones that are left are badly damaged.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

'Today’s generation of young people holds more power than any generation before it to make a positive impact on the world.' Bill Clinton

The CGIU 2010 came to the University of Miami this April 16 to 18. We went to the open program Friday night. President Clinton spoke with four people who found ways to make a positive impact. All four were fantastic, but this student moved me the most. He founded,
He found a way to help the enemy in a way that might help in the Middle East.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The C. G. I. University Visited Coral GablesThis Week

This is the basketball gym that was filled with students from all over the world, and the rest of us sat in the bleachers around the floor.

We were an hour early and we watched the students coming in to the building. We talked to many of the students. All but one was at ease with English. I felt bad that I am only at ease with English.
The C. G. I. University (Clinton Global Initiative University) is President Bill Clinton at his best. Read about the university, it will make you feel good what young people from the entire world are doing now.

Friday, April 16, 2010

It Can't Get More Red Then This

This Broughtonia sanguinea is an orchid species native in Jamaica and it grows in our garden like it was at home. Not all of them are this red.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Front Of Yesterdays Building

I walked along and didn't see anything in there that was interesting enough to open any door.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Built 25 Years Ago And It Was The Future

Most of the new buildings built relate to the old Spanish values that started with the city in the 20's and 30's.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

You Grow Tulips, I Grow Orchids

C. skinneri '66th St', you saw this before but this is the pinkest.

C skinneri 'David Jordon' has a dark purple spot at the bottom of the lip and when the flower is older it shows some pink around the fringes. This has not been judged, nor has '66th St'.

C skinneri ' Lizzie' AM/AOS was given the AM as a alba and at the time it was pure white. This color only came up when I put it in very high light. All three of these albas will be pure in a greenhouse. If you want them pink you need a tropical sun light.

C. skinneri 'Cherokee' is in the market, and the other three are one of a kind that I have in my garden.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Three Relatively Rare Tropical Vines

The cold winter was hard on most of our tropical plants. Take a look at the three vines last year.

Jade vine Strongylodon macrobotrys This flower was the first page on this blog. Last year it started to bloom in January and it bloomed to April. Last year we had 100 stems of flowers. This week we have 3 stems.

Tecomanthe hilli This is the time for the main flowering. I will be lucky if we much more then this. I should be happy that the vine is alive.

Clerodendrum x speciosum - Java Glory Vine This vine started to bloom in January. It was late, but it had a normal amount of flowers.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Ae Ae Banana Starting Fruit

The cold winter killed most of the leaves on this banana plant and the leaves are too few to grow a good crop of fruit. I cut the flower stem off and now the plant will try to make new pups. It takes 12 to 18 months for a good pup to produce fruit.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

And The Father Mastered The Front Yard.

This is in the Florida Keys and that's what you front yard looks like, if your lucky.

Friday, April 9, 2010

13 Months Old

Our grandson looks like he has mastered the back yard.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A New Condo

It reminds me of buildings in England.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A New Office Building With A Spanish Style

The Old Spanish Village is an area on the south side of the business section of Coral Gables.

Monday, April 5, 2010

C skinneri '66th St.'

This is a another C, skinneri clone and one of the best ones that I have ever seen.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

C. skinneri 'Carpenteria' FCC/AOS

C. skinneri is a Cattleya specie that is very popular in south Florida. I have a collection of them.