Welcome to my zone 9 garden. My roots are deeply planted in the sandy soil of sub-tropical central Florida, where the summers are long and hot, but the rest of the year is paradise!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Blooms of May

The riot of springtime blooms is now giving way to the returning heat and humdity of summer. There are still plenty of plants tough enough to standup to a Florida summer, and keep on blooming but Spring takes first place for the sheer volume of blooms. Or, perhaps it just seems that way following the winter months.

Blooming in the month of May are:
Fourth of July rose

Peace lily and impatiens Lotus begonia
A close up of the Lotus begonia


The caladiums are back. The peacock ginger in the background will soon be disappearing.
The Dancing Lady orchid
A closeup of the Dancing lady and vanda orchid
And, not quite a flower but a fruit, a lemon boy tomato - yum!


Meems said...

Our wonderful (ha) humidity has returned very soon this year. We can only hope for some spurts of relief here and there over the next few weeks. Oh, I am so NOT looking forward to the next few months of summer humidity... waaa- waaaa

One of these days I'm going to try my hand at roses again although I have absolutely no where to put them now. Yours always tempt me to find a spot.

I WANT THAT BEGONIA! Wow. It is stunning. Where in the world can I find one or two?

Yummy tomato... I am so thrilled with fresh tomatoes from the garden.
Meems @Hoe&Shovel

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Lotus begonia?? Ihave never heard of it. It must be a tropical plant. I love the leaves on it too.

Susan said...

Meems...You would think we would be used to it by now. Lots of trees do help though. I got that begonia from a neighbor and it is really "special." Her's was about 5 feet tall. I just love it. I would be happy to mail you a couple of leaves to see if you can get it started, if you like. If so, send me your address via my email: smyers25 at tampabay.rr.com

Lisa...It is really a neat plant - both the leaf and the flower. That's not often that both are special.

Meems said...

Susan: Do you think it's possible it could survive the mail? That would be so fabulous!

Susan said...

Meems...I will overnight it to you, but we'll need to do it soon.

Katherine said...

Behind your Lotus Begonia is that dark pink stuff Cordyline? It kinda looks like it. I have some and it's not doing too well.

Susan said...

Welcome, Catlover. That pink plant is a Ti plant that belongs to my neighbor. He has a large bed of them.

Katherine said...

Thanks, Ti plant is in the Cordyline family. I thought that's what it was. I have a burgundy one. I have read so many different things about it I can't decide if it does best in the sun or in part shade. I'm in Mississippi, so I relate to ya'lls temperatures. I would love to get some pieces from you sometime, my favorite part of gardeing is propigating leaves and stems.
I love yours and Meem's blogs. I am just getting into blogging and trying to figure out how everything works. Someday when I get the hang of it maybe I'll start a gardening blog like ya'll's.

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