Six on Saturday – Florida Style Fall

I am enjoying the cool, sunny weather in the garden. This time of year in South Florida is perfect gardening weather, temperatures in the 70s and low humidity. I have redone my front porch containers with Bromeliads, succulents, annuals, and herbs.

Below is a new plant to me, Dwarf Chenille Plant, it is draped over a tall pot with a striped Bromeliad behind it.

 

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This container has herbs, Dill,  Columnar Greek Basil, and Genovese Basil. I grew the Basils from seed and have Blue Spice Basil for butterflies.

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The succulents in the Strawberry pot are just getting going. They are Flapjack Kalanchoes, a Graptosedum and Gold Sedum. A real pain to water, I found this pot by the side of the road and the plants are cuttings from my garden.

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A Guzmania Bromeliad produced a seed head in another container, I  have not had this happen before and can’t quite tell where the seeds are.

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My neighbor’s Rangpur Lime tree is loaded with fruit, the basket of limes is from her garden. A  pie may be in my future.

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This is a Mangrove tree growing on a riverbank down the street from my house. The roots help hold the soil on the banks of the Indian River and prevent erosion.

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Happy Gardening

 

 

11 comments on “Six on Saturday – Florida Style Fall

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Your weather sounds perfect! (It isn’t really all that bad here, but we all know what’s coming… ice and snow tonight. 😦 )

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  2. Chloris says:

    I envy you your weather and lovely tropical plants. And all those limes.

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  3. There’s a reason you found the strawberry pot at the side of the road…and yes, it has something to do with watering! 🙂

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  4. tonytomeo says:

    I have not heard anyone mention a ‘Rangpur’ lime in a very long time. They are probably more popular here now than they used to be because of all the Indian people here now. I used to grow quite a few in the early 1990s, and I now wonder where they are now. You know, it is not really a lime, but an acid (or sour) Mandarin orange. It is related to Mandarins and tangerines.

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    • I have a tree my neighbor grew from seed. Not quite old enough to bear fruit. We had a Rangpur Lime pie for Thanksgiving, it was divine.

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      • tonytomeo says:

        Rangpur lime is one of the very few citrus that is reasonably true to type from seed. However, I never hear of anyone growing it from seed. I sometimes tell clients who end up with one when they move into a home where it is already established, that it can be used like a lemon, but I know I am not taken seriously. ‘Meyer’ lemon, which makes exquisite pie, is actually hybridized with sweet orange, but no one seems to mind.

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      • I think Rangpur is just too weird, nobody gets it – the leaves can be used like Kaffir lime, but I haven’t tried it. I have a Cuban Avocado and Papaya tree grown from seed.

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      • tonytomeo says:

        People I work with (in nursery production) sometimes grow papaya in unused corners of the greenhouses. They are like big perennials, so new seedlings are grown before the older plants die. Avocados do quite well here, but growing one from seed takes some patience. They grow upward so vigorously while young, and take a few years to mature and produce fruit. Some are not true to type. Do Cuban avocados stay more compact and mature faster? I believe they are better options for growing from seed because they are not so genetically variable. I do not know because I have never grown one.

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      • Oh, interesting. I just planted Papaya seeds for new trees from the existing one. The Cuban Avocado, to the best of my knowledge is the only one that is true to seed. My tree is 3 years from seed and about 8 feet tall, they are compact and I am hoping for fruit in two years. A friend got the original seed from a Cuban neighbor who brought it from Cuba.

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      • tonytomeo says:

        That would explain why those who avocados from seed (and know better) want the Cuban avocado specifically. I have seen some very tall but fruitless avocado trees that people grew from random seeds.

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      • Yes I will let you know in a few years 😊

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