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At long last, spring has arrived -- HURRAY! I don't know about you, but I'm totally delighted to feel the warmth of the sun on my face and see the return of colorful flowers to my garden. Now, the fun begins!
Let's see...some of my favorite (mostly blooming) plants for March are.....
Well, the first photo (top left) is not actually a blooming plant, but its shape reminds me of a HUGE flower. As you can see our collard greens thrived during the long, cold winter. They're such good comfort food on chilly nights. Next, are some beautiful purple (a color I'm beginning to like very much) tulips. Now, I know you're thinking tulips in Florida...right? Just because we can't grow them doesn't mean we can't have tulips. Every spring I purchase a pot of them to enjoy and then compost the bulbs. These tulips looked especially pretty parked next to a green and purple foliage plant. And, they too enjoyed the below normal cooler temps. I'm going to jump down to the Johnny Jump-ups :-) or little violas, if you will. You can't beat the vibrant color combinations of these darling, pint-sized flowers.
The azaleas are a little late this year, but gladly appreciated. They are the epitome of spring in the south, and everyone should plant more. This purple formosa variety is one of my favorites...such a deep, rich jewel-tone color. Another flower that yells spring in Florida is the orange blossom. Each year I eagerly await the arrival of these simple, yet delectably fragrant blossoms. I'm constantly sticking my nose up to the blossoms...not that I need to because the air is heavy with their intoxicating scent. Guess, I better watch out for bees because they appear to be drunk with delight.
And, last but not least, the African bush daisy's are breaking out into a riot of bold yellow color. Their first buds were burned by the frost, but they have rebounded spectacularly and seem to be as pleased about spring as I am.
If you'd like to join me in posting your favorites for the month, please do...they don't have to be in collage form...but do leave a comment, so I can drop by and see your favorites.