Saturday, July 31, 2010

Easy Grass Has The Answer

The grass in the driveway was a problem. Easy Grass spent at lest 7 days to get the job done.

They put some sand on the plastic grass to make it look real. The color of the grass is a deep green with a bit of blue. That's the color of our healthy grass in the winter. Now in a hot summer the grass is a lighter yellow green color. People will wounder how they keep the color so nice.

Friday, July 30, 2010

I Can't Grow Tulips, But I Can Grow Lotus

Early in the morning of the first day that it's open, it looks like a tulip. This one came from India. You can eat the flower, leaf, seeds and roots(tubers). Most lotus are eatable, but just a few are as good as this one.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Floss Silk TreeIs Starting To Bloom Again

This Chorisia speciosa is the first to bloom every year. Now for the next 3 months we will see these trees all over Coral Gables. The trees don't bloom at the same time.

This one is blooming in Young Park.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Another Periwinkle Seedling

This one is a deep red and it's one of the best. The new periwinkles are more likely to get aerial phytopthera and if yours start to die off for no reason, this is why. Cool and wet environments make the vinca more susceptible to the phytopthera.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Periwinkle Parent And Children

1. is the original plant. I bought 12 a year ago and they all looked like this. To my surprise the seedlings from these plants are all very different.
2. is a lighter red with an interesting white center.
3. is like the parent and maybe better.
4. has a white center but not enough flowers for the size of the plant.
5. is the best pink.

Monday, July 26, 2010

This Chateaux is Two Blocks Away

While it looks out of place around all the old Spanish homes it is a beauty and well over a million dollars. It's a lot of house on very little land and has been for sale at least since 2006.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Old Rock House

This house has been totally refurbished twice in the last 15 years.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

'Kimo' The Orange Plumeria

The cold weather killed all of the buds in January. It's blooming now, 6 months late.

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Poincianas Are Alive But Broken

This year the Poincianas bloomed better then any year except 1941. Both years had cold winters. This year the smaller branches on many Poinciana trees died. Now they are falling of the trees. You can see trees that were damaged. You can see some that were healthy as can be.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Seagrape (Coccoloba uvifera)Is A Native Of South Flower

The cold weather of this winter killed some of the seagrape trees.

This branch is dead.

The branch in the back is sprouting some new leaves.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Another House In Our Area That Had The Tent

Exterminating termites is a big business in south Florida.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Our Waterlilies Are At There Best

At least the water lilies like this hot weather.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Moss Rose (Portulaca grandiflora)

The flower looks a bite like yesterdays flower, the rose mallow.

Friday, July 16, 2010

The Golden Shower Tree (Cassia fistula)

We have many different species of Cassia, but this is the most popular one.

This tree suffers from the cold winter. It should be filled with yellow flowers.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Coral Gables Congregational Church

When George Merrick was designing Coral Gables he set aside land for parks, the University of Miami and churches. The Congregational Church has a beautiful location across form the Biltmore. The interior of this church gives one a serenity that would move a person, no mater what their faith might be.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Epi. choleatum

I bought this orchid in 1949. It's been blooming every year since that time.

In a good year it will bloom for 11 months in the year. With the cold winter it didn't have any flowers for 4 months.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Miracle Mile In Coral Gables

It's almost a mile of little boutiques, bridal shops, restaurants.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Do I Ever Grow Bananas!

There are 8 large plants in this group.

Another 4 here and on the back side a 3 more (below).

This is the Ae Ae banana and the fruit has the same colors. When the fruit is ripe the green turns turns yellow and the white stays white. It tastes as good as it looks. Look what I do with them:

Friday, July 9, 2010

Orchids On The Street

The orchids are across from were the World Cups Games at Fritz and Franz.

World Cup Games

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

World Cup Games Come To Coral Gables

Finely real football is getting to the people of Coral Gables. This was this afternoon today when most of these people should be working, My wife and I average 50 years older then the average of the people in this group.

Thanks to Fritz and Franz.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Lotus Are Doing Well In Our Hot Weather

Many like the bud more then the open flower.

I like this open flower best of all.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Our Grandson Is Taking The Girl Next Store For A Ride

At this age it's beautiful. The girl is getting a full tan.