Sky Watch Thursday With Flowers

One of my favorite linky parties is Sky Watch Thursday. The skies shared cover the range from sunrise to sundown and lots of beauty in between. Today my post is my view of the Florida blue skies over flowers. First is the view from the front yard over my frangipani tree. It was late afternoon and my front yard was in shade. (My house faces east and the sun crosses my house mid day.)

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Early Plumeria Flowers

Plumeria is a genus of flowering plants in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae. Most species are deciduous shrubs or small trees. The tropical species are indigenous to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, and as far south as Brazil, but are grown as cosmopolitan ornamentals in warm regions. Common names for plants in the genus vary widely but Frangipani or variations on that theme are the most common.

April is still the dry season here in Central Florida with few rainy days and lots of blue skies.

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Tropical Anthurium

Anthuriums are herbaceous epiphytes native to tropical America, a genus of more than 800 species found in the New World tropics from Mexico to northern Argentina and Uruguay. 

 

 

Spectacular red spathes make Anthurium andreanum a popular houseplant. Most winters I have one to bring a bright spot of tropical beauty to my home.  Today I’m sharing just a few photos of the pretty red spathes or “flowers”.  The spathes can last more than a month.

 

 

 

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Fairchild Tropical Gardens

This post was orginally posted on 3/7/2019. I’m re-sharing it today as I love the beautiful Fairchild Botanic Tropical Garden in South Florida.

Fairchild Botanic Tropical Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables, FL 33156 

Fairchild is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. We are one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. Currently Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries including support to protected areas in Madagascar and Africa and botanic garden development and renovation projects in South and Central America, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

 

For many years I lived in South Florida. I moved to greater Miami back 40 years ago.  Later I moved slightly north to the greater Ft. Lauderdale area.  I have many friends in Dade County, Broward County and even just north to Palm Beach County and love visiting my favorite spots when I come back. Read More

January Flowers

The weather here in central Florida was mild at the beginning of the month. Then when that big snow storm blew over the southeast, it brought a cold front down to us. Here in my area we had our lowest temperature so far this winter. Our low Tuesday night was 39 degrees F. Above us the counties had freezing temperatures.  Below us it was a little warmer. Unfortunately the south west side of Florida had multiple tornadoes and some areas had extensive damage.  No damage in my area just a wild cold rain with high wind gusts.  After 2 days of cooler temperatures, our highs and lows went back up.  I still have flowers growing and I’m happy.

 

 

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January Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, known colloquially as Chinese hibiscus, China rose, Hawaiian hibiscus, rose mallow and shoeblackplant, is a species of tropical hibiscus, a flowering plant in the Hibisceae group of the family Malvaceae.  The biggest difference between tropical and hardy hibiscus is that tropical hibiscus is not hardy in zones lower than zone 9. Tropical hibiscus does not tolerate freezing temperatures and cannot survive more than brief periods of cold.

 

The other morning I went outside shortly after sunrise.  My two yellow tropical hibiscus had multiple flowers.  Hibiscus are made to flower, and mine always try when they have sun and water.  We have a mild winter with only occasional freezes. It’s been over 5 years since I lost tropical plants to frost.

 

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Red Hibiscus & White Periwinkle

Today I’m sharing a few flowers from my yard I put in my crystal bowl.  It had been a beautiful day with a low of 62 F and a high of 82 F. We had several weeks with higher than normal temperatures. I love the blue skies and low humidity in the winter here in central Florida. Our weather is semi-tropical. We usually have mild winter weather with fronts from the north periodically in December and January.  My two single red hibiscus were blooming big, beautiful flowers.  I picked 2 for a bowl with several little white periwinkle flowers.  I placed the red hibiscus and dropped periwinkle around the red flowers.

 

 

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