Showing posts with label Plants in Myrtle Glen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Plants in Myrtle Glen. Show all posts

Friday, May 24, 2019

So I am meandering through Myrtle Glen, and I keep hearing the coaxing cheep-cheep (or peep-peep?) of the Red Cardinals. I know their kids are out and about, and since they are known to be curious and not at all shy, I keep looking around to find them.

Friday, May 17, 2019

This Passionvine is a volunteer. Where I had planted it originally, on the opposite side of the yard, it did not want to grow. I guess the roots just keep wandering, looking for that perfect spot.

Passiflora Incense

So now it grows where it not really should grow. There is a Bougainvillea planted to grow over the back porch, and a Dutchman's Pipe vine covers the pergola supplying much-needed shade for the orchids, but who am I to tell the plants where they can or cannot grow.

Thursday, February 22, 2018


My bromeliads sure make me happy. 

This Billbergia clump could not look prettier. It grows between gingers and ferns in light shade. 

Billbergia windii

Saturday, February 10, 2018

The garden is waking up

One year ago in February the bananas started to flower, my azalea was in full bloom, I had roses.... This year, not so much.
But in the midst of raking and cleaning up and cutting back the frost damage, I do find my garden is waking up

Tuesday, December 26, 2017


My favorite Winter flower, the huge pink and very fragrant flowers of the Dombeya wallichii

pink flowers clustered into a large pink flower ball
Also known as Pinkball or tropical Hydrangea 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

December in Orlando

I love living in Florida, I do not miss the snow, not one bit! 

Farfugium giganteum, Gloxinia sylvatica, Aechmea 'Little Harv', Scorpion's Tail, Toad Lily 'Sinonome'

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The front yard

Florida summer days are oh so hot! I do not go out much, but the front yard needed some attention, a bit weeding, cutting back long branches and dead leaves, pulling out old bromeliads...

Lots of different colored caladiums in this flower bed brighten the shady front yard.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

After the rain

Plumeria 'Aztec Gold' with Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Snow Queen'

Finally, we had a thunderstorm, not enough rain by far, but at least the plants got a much-needed shower. All are sparkly clean :-)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Stapelia Leendertziae

Stapelia Leendertziae

I love stapelias, and this one especially. It is just as showy as the Stapelia gigantea, flowering on and off throughout the year, but thankfully it is not as stinky.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

My one and only Azalea

My one and only!
I love Azaleas, but my garden is not right for them. Azaleas want partial shade, well-drained and slightly acidic soil, I have the shade but not the soil.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Morning

I love Florida! February, sunshine, blue sky, snowbirds singing, flowers here and there sprinkled throughout the 'winter garden', what more should I want ;-)

A sunny Sunday Morning in February

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Nong Nooch Vine

Looking through my photos from 2016 I came across the ones from this vine with glossy dark green leaves and over a foot long bright sunny yellow flowers.  The long sprays of yellow flowers are actually the bracts while the flowers are small and white. They start at the tips of the branches and grow longer and longer throughout the summer.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Snowballs in Florida

Ok, not really snowballs, but the flowers of the white powder puff remind me of snowballs. 

This evergreen shrub flowers here in Central Florida during the winter months and every time I look out the window snowballs come to mind.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Bridal Veil Clerodendrum in bloom

Just a quick stop in my garden again, the Clerodendrum wallachii, Bridal Veil, is flowering.  This Clerodendum does sucker, make no mistake, but by far not as vigorous as other Cleros.
This plant here is from an escaped root piece, I did not catch it early enough and by now it is an established plant. I figure I let it fend for itself in my jungle.

Beautiful clusters of white flowers, light green buds, and redish sepals

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Rhipsalis - an itsy bitsy flower gem

Before I keep on posting pictures from my trip, I want to show you one of my smallest flowers in Myrtle Glen.
One needs perfect eyesight for the tiny Rhipsalis flowers. I have to rely on my camera's macro setting ;-) 

This Rhipsalis has yellow flowers. I received a cutting way back when and over time I lost its tag. It may be elliptica, occidentalis, oblonga, robusta or some other variety. No matter, I love it all the same.

Delicate lemon butter colored petals are topped with a snow-white tuft of numerous stamens.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Miracle berries

You can see a flower bud to the left of the red berry

A few years ago a south Florida gardener brought a few handfuls of red berries to a garden forum get-together, telling us to eat one and then bite into a lemon wedge. The lemon was not sour but tasted sweet like lemonade. So, of course, the Miracle fruit was all the rage in the local (Florida) gardening forum and we all scrambled to get our hands on this, back then, rare plant.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Bat flower

Tacca integrifolia, the white flowering tacca

The 'Bat'

Why bat plant? the large white 'ears' maybe? or white wings? not sure what the long filaments have to do with a bat, but as usual, talk to people about a tacca and they look at your with a blank stare. Say, "uh,I meant bat plant", and they knowingly nod thinking there was a momentary lapse into insanity.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Dragon in the garden?

Yes, please, but make it the harmless kind :-) 

The Pitaya cactus produces fruit looking like dragon eggs (or so I imagine them to look).
The fruits are a real treat! Attractive, large and egg-shaped, either red, pink or yellow, with distinguished dragon scales.