New Years Day in My Garden

The turning of the year is a time for taking stock of what you have and looking forward to the future of what will be added to the garden. Here is what is currently in bloom in my garden.

This is an Aechmea Bromeliad and outstanding in its interesting flower. I have a feeling I am going to find out that is a bract or something.

Blanchetiana Bromeliad

Blanchetiana Bromeliad

This is an unnamed cultivar of Heliconia, I see it called Parrotflower in the trade. I have yet to see a parrot.

Sweet Begonias are new to me, Begonia odorata, I rarely catch the scent from this, but it has been blooming nearly nonstop since last spring.

Heliconia psittacorus

Heliconia psittacorus

Sweet Begonias

Sweet Begonias

Doesn’t everyone have a Purple Oxalis?

Purple Oxalis

Purple Oxalis

This may be my new favorite plant, a native groundcover used for controlling beach erosion, the Dune Sunflower was planted in the middle of summer in an unirrigated bed by the side of the road. I bought the plants on sale for $1.oo(US) each because they looked bad and the grower wanted to get rid of them. A couple of months later and a little TLC and these are madly blooming with little care. What’s not to like?

Dune Sunflower Helianthus debilis

Dune Sunflower
Helianthus debilis

The Tibouchina is another sporadic bloomer, love the purple though. The Shrimp Plants have been blooming nearly nonstop since last spring on my porch. I have unsuccessfully tried to root them.

The Glory of the Princess Flower


Shrimp Plant Pachystachys lutea

Shrimp Plant
Pachystachys lutea


Some of these plants bloom nearly year round like the Ixora below, I call this the Azalea of South Florida because most people who garden have a few. A reliable plant that comes in several colors and sizes.

Dwarf Red Ixora Ixora taiwanensis
Dwarf Red Ixora
Ixora taiwanensis











I feel as if I have been making steady progress in the garden having started it almost three years ago. I have definitely learned a lot about tropical plant material, and am looking forward to learning more.

My next project is to divide the bromeliads as the cooler weather has them sending up pups:

Burgundy Aechmea Bromeliad

Burgundy Aechmea Bromeliad

Then replant my herb garden, I found Lemon Thyme here last week after a three year quest and am very happy.

Happy New Year and Happy Gardening.


8 comments on “New Years Day in My Garden

  1. mattb325 says:

    The garden is looking great – that bromeliad flower is amazing. They sure must love the florida heat!


  2. Chloris says:

    What wonderful things you have in bloom. I have tried both Tibouchina and Ixora in pots with no success. They clearly don’ t like captivity. What fun to be able to grow tropical plants.
    Happy New Year.


  3. Tibuchina is considered a summer annual further north, there are some spectacular 10′ tree forms in my area. I need to take some pictures when they are in bloom.


  4. I have been looking for Southern gardeners and found you on Matt’s blog. Yes, I have oxalis and my dear favorite Moses plant that has travel with me for 40 years.


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