Thursday, March 16, 2017

Leu Gardens Plant Sale

Past weekend was the 2-day Annual Plant Sale at Leu Gardens.
This year I missed out, I was not able to be there on the first day as usual, but got there just before lunch on the second day. What a difference! Some vendors were completely sold out packing up their stalls. Others had just their flowering specimen plants left saying I can order a plant like this from their website. All I wanted was one vanda orchid but I was too late. I still found a few plants to bring home, though.





I will never have enough ferns, so I brought home a Maidenhair and an interesting Nest Fern named 'Christie', with very wavy fronds. 
And I can never pass by caladiums without buying a few bulbs, a bag full to be exact. 
In the front of the picture, you see 3 tillandsias, those will be added to the Tree Branch along with the small oncidium orchid sitting to the right of them.
In the center back is a white flowering Anthurium, had to buy it since I cannot say no to white flowers, and in the large black pot is a balloon milkweed seedling from Biosphere
Three swamp plants, sundew, pitcher plant and venus fly trap will be added to the pond area.
And last but not least a new Phaius variety ‘George’s Gold’ (Phaius microburst). A young plant, but that's all that was left and it will grow.

Good haul for not wanting to buy anything but one Vanda :-)



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

When it's cold....


.... I am craving comfort food, such as chocolate :-) And yes, this terrible cold front is lashing out into Florida, we had a chilling low of 46F early this morning.

These mini brownie bites are ready to eat in less than 15 minutes using pantry staple ingredients.  



Saturday, February 25, 2017

New Koi

A generous neighbor shared some of his koi babies with me. His koi pond is most beautiful, with lots of river rock and a large waterfall on one end. The other end of his pond is covered by a wooden bridge, and the pond sides have large overhangs for the koi to hide under.



Gator, Fred and Goldfinger and the new koi