Here's a peek-a-boo as to what our place looks like today...
|One of our 'lost tag' miniature orchids in our bay rum tree|
|The pale pink flower is about 2" wide.|
|This magenta flower is about an 1 1/4" wide|
|Another one of our 'lost tag' miniature orchids in our |
bay rum tree. I was concerned that orchid roots
wouldn't attach to the naturally peeling bark
but they seem to have done just fine.
|Two of our beautiful bromeliads under our guava tree.|
The very large apple green one has pink tips on the
end of it's leaves and the smaller pink one has the
apple green in it's leaves.
|A close up of the stunning pink & green bromeliad|
|This spectacular palm is called a Watermelon|
palm, chambeyronia macrocarpa.
|It's a very slow growing subtropical understory palm that|
can grow up to 10-20 ft high. It's native to New Caledonia east of Australia. When I bought mine from Tropical Gardens of Maui it was in a 3"pot & only about 14" high. The new fronds are a bright pinkish red then fan out to the solid green above.
|As the Watermelon palm gets older the trunk|
becomes more of a dappled light & dark green,
looking just like the outside of a watermelon.
|The newly opened bright reddish pink frond will|
slowly start to turn a muddy color red then
eventually a solid green like the rest of the fronds.
|This close up shows you how intense the|
reddish pink color of the new frond is.
|This is the other side of the frond without the|
sunlight illuminating the back side of the frond.
|To my surprise, the lilies in our front island|
are blooming! First time in a long time! I think
they may be the 'Ellen Bosanquet' variety.
|Here is another view of the magenta lilies.|
Their floppy leaves have a frilly curl to side of them.
The flowers look like a daylily & smell divine!
|Not sure what species of lily it is but I relocated|
a whole mess of them from our Miami house
before my Dad sold it a year ago. Good thing I
did since the new owner ripped everything out!
|I believe they are a type of crinum lily but I haven't seen them anywhere else here in South Florida. I can't even remember where I got them from back in the 1990's. Oh well, at least they self propagate lol!|
|Does anyone know what this ground cover is? |
Well, it's a ornamental peanut, arachis glabrata.
Never again do I have to mow my lawn, YEA!
|Our front yard with the phoenix sylvestris palm in the middle|
|I just love this native flowering plant, called|
blanket flower, gaillarida pulchella, grows
best in sunny coastal and dry conditions.
|My lovely alcantarea imperialis, the giant of all bromeliads.|
My best friend gave me these two many years ago. It
took a while but they are really starting to take off.
It has purplish-maroon edges and underbelly with a silvery green leaf & the tips of the leaves curl under. It's about 42" across & 26" high.
An absolutely beautiful bromeliad!
Well that is what's happening in our neck of the woods today...how about you?
Wishing you happy gardening and best wishes,