It might be cruel to remind readers in the grip of ice and snow that there are places where it’s still sunny and warm, but here are a couple of photos of what I have growing around my house in South Florida.
I have several hibiscus around the house, and they are putting out blooms year-round. They are maintenance-free, although I had a friend suggest I up the iron content in the soil because some of the blossoms look a little pale. I have a black thumb when it comes to gardening – I can kill a geranium – so I have been passive about doing anything that might harm innocent foliage. In my defense I do have two potted philodendron, including one I got for my thirtieth birthday, so it is now 32 years old and still going.
I have some orchids, too. They grow wild here in this part of Florida, and the best thing I do for them is hang them in the branches of the hibiscus where they get the right amount of sun and rain. I have two vanda; one with purple flowers and one that is called a “chili pepper” because the blooms resemble the red peppers. I also have a dendrobium that I won at a car show at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden last spring that is working on its second bloom and one that is called a butterfly orchid because of the shape of its bloom. I am sure there are Latin names for them, but I have no idea what they are. I just really like them.
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