Thursday, September 15, 2011

10 indoor plants you can't kill

iVillage has this neat slideshow of 10 ultra-low maintenance plants for inside your home.

I always love articles like this because it's good way to ease into gardening, or if you live somewhere without a yard it's a way for you to participate and add 'living art' to your home.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

End of an Era

This orchid bloomed on April 22. Today (August 27) it is finally dropping it's blooms. I find it absolutely amazing that orchids can have a flower for so long. Goodbye blooms, until next time...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


I thought this was a spider lily, but now that it has bloomed... I don't know. Whatever type of lily it sure is stunning

Saturday, May 7, 2011

My perfect orchid

This is an orchid from my friend, Chris. It was spectacular when she bought it from her friend who grows them in Miami. Then she gave it to me for Christmas 2 years ago and it has not let me down. It just keeps thriving. I guess that's what happens when you buy plants from people who really care for them, instead of the clearance rack at a big box store.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Fun happenings in the Garden.

I didn't expect this to be happen.  My Canna that I bought last year sprung into bloom today:

I also saw this neat feature on the catus in my brother's backyard.

And of coarse, my orchid is now in full bloom

Friday, April 1, 2011

My orchid is blooming again!

I'm so excited about this... Soon to come: my white dendrobium will open!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Too Late For Tulips?

Well I finally got the tulips that my mom brought home from California. I was waiting to plant them after I moved to my brother's house. And then I was waiting for one more cold front, so that I didn't shock them after being in my fridge for three months. (Yes, I said fridge! Tulips need temps around 40-45 to start their growing process) Well, I've come to realize that cold front is never coming. We've had temps in the 80's for over a month now. So, I planted them in front of my brother's house and now I can do is wait...and water.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring has sprung

What Floridians thought was going to be a harsh and long winter turned out to be just an early winter that also ended early. The one thing I love about a cold winter is what it does to the bougainvilleas. The cold weather stresses the plants more and when spring arrives every bougainvillea around town bursts into full color. Some plants bloom so profusely that they have no green visible.
This is a hedge in front of the building next door to work. 
And the pictures below are of the bougainvilleas in my brother's backyard:

My brother's yard is a new project that I have been tasked with.  He has no turf left, and the plants that are in the yard have been allowed to grow uncontrolled for some time now.  He has some neat plants already in the yard, but definitive borders and mulch need to be placed to control the weed growth.  And turf is a must because every time it rains, the sand around his house keeps washing away.  And if anyone has seen my parent's yard, they know I don't know anything about caring for new turf!
Another plant blooming in my brother's backyard is a cactus.  I can't wait to see what this bloom looks like:
 Well, I'll have more photos to come soon.  And I'll be able to post more often since I can upload posts with photos from my iPhone now.  Take care!