It’s time for Six on Saturday, a post about six items of interest in the garden, anything at all, shared with gardeners around the world.
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One of my father’s favorite summertime sayings “It is hot as blue blazes”. I have no idea where that came from. Maybe New England where he was from. I can confirm it is hot as blue blazes in South Florida in July, though there is a nice breeze coming off the ocean currently.
Above is one of my favorite summer flowers, the Parrotflower (Heliconia psittacorum)
Another Heliconia is flowering in my garden, the Lobsterclaw Heliconia (Heliconia rostrata)
I have been harvesting fruit. My first pineapple, cute and ripening on the counter along with Purple Possum Passionfruit. Say that 10 times fast..
The Bromeliads are doing their thing, some just looking great in summer colors and some flowers. This is an unknown Neoregelia.
The Blanchetiana Aechmea Bromeliads are shooting up buds, these are about five feet tall now and will get a little bigger and fully open in November. The flowers usually last until May.
Another Aechmea Bromeliad, the Miniata. These are very reliable July bloomers, many Bromeliads have a mind of their own when deciding to flower – the Blanchetiana above took about six years to decide to bloom…the Miniata start out red and then get cobalt blue tips. Interesting to watch and they last a long time as cut flowers. The foliage is a bit scorched from two weeks without rain and some wind.
That is my six. Happy Gardening and stay cool…