In most parts of the country this has NOT been a good winter, and that is putting it mildly. Florida has been very cold, which is a little unusual, but we did not have to cope with snow, ice, shoveling, dead batteries, and all that good "stuff". I remember Mr Dude and Son had shoveled our driveway in New Jersey and just as they finished, the plow came along and piled it right over the end again. Whew, certainly glad I wasn't within hearing distance of that conversation! We decided then that we would not ever want to deal with that much bad weather again, so here we are on the West Coast of Florida, where it was in the high 70s today.
We were able to save most of our plants by covering everything and moving some to more protected areas. I have had a plant for about 3 or 4 years that I thought was a form of lily, but never even knew where I had found it. Initially, I thought it was an orchid. I re-potted it in the fall, and then ignored it. Just before the cold weather arrived, I noticed that this plant suddenly had two potential flowers. What a surprise that was!
We had stopped, on our way to the garden, at our local Mickey D's for a Quarter Pounder with cheese. A treat for us. We rarely eat these, and of course if you are going to "Sin" you might as well go all the way--processed cheese and all, pickles and more! It was such a beautiful day, just warm enough, and sitting in the beach chairs, which are located all through out the area, we relaxed and watched the birds in front of one of the water ponds. Winter does come here and most things are still in hibernation. I could see all the buds coming on the Japanese Iris, and I know that the pond lilies will soon be in massive bloom. There were quite a few winter visitors walking through out the park, we met a couple from St. Louis and another from Mass. It was fun to share what we knew about the gardens. We all agreed this weather was better than snow and ice!
Our focus became the Bromeliad gardens, which up to now, we hadn't paid much attention to--here are a few views, remembering that at this time of year, most things are not in bloom.
Thanks for looking--see you next time--bring your lunch and we can have a chat!