It has been a rainy and windy week in South Florida, Christmas is over and I am looking forward to a new decade in my tropical paradise. Winter brings changes to the flora and is the most enjoyable time of the year to be outdoors. We live on our screen porch, my next task is to plant some containers for the porch.
Above is a Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet), I cut these frequently in the winter; they have a light, gingery scent and are very reliable in the garden. Other Gingers suffer in silence in my garden.
Below is a Hong Kong Orchid Tree (Bauhinia purpurea) These are common parking lot trees and produce a lot of seeds and seedlings.
The Dombeya (Dombeya wallichii) finally opened on Christmas Day, a wonderful gift. It is so windy it makes pictures difficult to take as the flowers swing in the wind.
Zinnia of unknown origin. In December.
I have three types of Mango trees in my garden, all are flowering, it is a bit early. Here is the flower of the Glenn Mango. These are panicle flowers, if pollinated produce numerous small Mangoes.
And finally, my first homegrown Papaya breakfast – with honey vanilla yogurt and granola. A very satisfying end to my gardening year.
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Happy New Year!!