|For those of you who are familiar with old|
Florida, you may remember our local attraction
Parrot Jungle. In 2007 PJ moved out to
Miami Beach (now called Jungle Island).
|Luckily the Village of Pinecrest knew the priceless|
value of what PJ left behind...gorgeous gardens!
|The cichilid pond at the main entrance.|
|A rainbow of colors in the water lilies & black taro.|
|This banyan tree must be over 80 ft high, the |
roots stretch from the ground to the canopy
with lots of variegated philodendron's growing all over.
|This is another amazing plant that is in the shrimp|
It's the Pachystachy coccinea
|I have never seen this plant before but it's a |
spectacular tropical shrub about 5 ft high with a gorgeous cardinal red & white plume of flowers. Anyone know what this is? :)
|Absolutely stunning rain forest type plant,|
again a no-nameer. Just a suggestion here Pinecrest
Gardens...plant tags! :)
|So many layers of texture & color...the|
original old Oak trees & the new tropical
|So much going on here, it is hard to gain a sense of the depth to this view but boy its stunning!|
|Bromeliads on a fallen tree trunk.|
|When Strangler Fig's attack...LOL!|
|Beautiful koi fish in one of their tropical lagoons|
|A composition of texture & color, lol|
|It's such a shame that you can't see all of the|
depth and size in these pics. This goes straight
back for about 30 feet but it looks so 2-d here :(
|Here again the tree is about 70 ft high|
& the foliage goes back about 40 ft to the
areca palm line. Massive!
|Kind of an eerie reminder of how we cage animals|
|Some of the coolest sculptural Banyan|
tree roots ever!
|Remember these trees have been here |
since the 1930's..YEOWZER!
This is one of the most spectacular places in South Florida! If you haven't gone yet...here's your personal invitation from me! As you are walking through a covered dark pathway, wondering where it's taking you.....all of a sudden it opens up to this breath taking vista of classic Old Florida. Linda & I just sat here for about a half hour enjoying the moment.
|Talk about vintage! These are the original tables|
& umbrellas for the picnic area, tres chic!
|Another Banyan covered pathway|
|The plant on the left is actually the purple|
bouganvilla covering this seating area in the
top of the picture above.
|Covered seating with terra cotta tiles and|
our indigenous coral rock for the grotto.
A great place to cool down on a hot Florida
afternoon. What a view over looking the grassy knoll.
|A croton in bloom|
|Next to the firey red croton is this amazingly spectaculare|
cool blue shrub. I would LOVE to know what this is!
Again no identifying plant tags...whaaa! The color just pops
out at you!
|Original sconces on the coral rock wall|
& yes the green corrugated plastic is
original too. A very ingenious lighting effect.
|As we were leaving the light was streaming|
in and illuminated this otherwise plain
|Let there be light!|
|A study of purple :)|
And that my friends is our afternoon at Pinecrest Gardens....what are you doing, are you still here....GO GET out there & enjoy yourselves!