Sunday, July 31, 2011

They Well Soon Bloom

The yellow part is the flower.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

Florida Daphne / Phaleria phalerata

This small tree blooms off and on for the whole year. Some time you don't look up to see the flowers, but you stop to enjoy the fragrance. It smells just like Narcissus papyraceus, the paper white narcissus. The seed pods look like a bunch of red radishes when ripe.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

My Public Library

This wing of the Coral Gables Women's Club was the public library for our city until the late 50's. When the county built a public library in the middle of the city, the Women's Club gave the space to a dental clinic for needing children.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

In The 30's This Was A Fine House

In the 40's it became an apartment. Now it's back to being a house.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Rainlily, Zephyranthes

And we have had a lot of water.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The City Cut Down Another Ficus Tree

The tree behind is full of white fly and will be dead in 2 or 3 years.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Handsome Church

This church is across the street from the city hall. The congregation owns 30% of the block. Now developers want to buy the property and build a high rise building. Progress is not necessarily good for the city. It would be like lousing a friend.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Talipot Palm (Corypha umbraculifera)

This specie is one of the rarest among palms. It is so, because the plant needs around 50 or 60 years for its flowers to bloom. And then it dies.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Silky Floss Tree

This is the Silky Floss Tree / Chorisia speciosa and it is just started to bloom. This particular tree is always early and then there are other trees that are always late. That gives us a long time to enjoy this beautiful tree.

Friday, July 15, 2011


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Avocado Out Of The Garden

We will eat very well, but the squirrels well eat more.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Saturday, July 9, 2011

It Was Once a Church

The space used by this high rise building in the middle was first the city post office then the Coral Gables Presbyterian Church bought the post office. I loved that old building. But the Presbyterians needed a more useful and modern church. While I didn't particularly like the new church it was much nicer then the high rise that we have now. The church had stain windows that were in memory of my grandparents. I wanted to buy the windows to give them to another church. The new owners refused to sell and they used the windows in the new building.

Friday, July 8, 2011

A Pocket Park

This park is the only park in the north part of our city. This part of the city was developed before pocket parks became important. When the city bought this land, the local Rotary Club paid for the landscape. The city then named the park in honor of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables. The plants in this park are all natives to our area. It sort of looks like the open land in the city of my youth (with out the grass).

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Some More Green

Yes, it's an orchid.

Friday, July 1, 2011