First of all, this has nothing to do with American college basketball. March Madness is a college basketball tournament, I would rather read about invasive weeds than watch basketball. College football is a different story. That I will watch.
South Florida seemingly lacks seasons. Spring is subtle, but here. Almost everything takes a few months off, not growing. Just resting for the inevitable plunge into March Madness. The Oak trees, grasses and obscure weeds no one ever heard of are flowering and the pollen is dreadful – the native butterflies and insects are enjoying all of this and literally making hay while the sun is shining. I am seeing butterflies and insects I have never seen before. My bush and pole bean leaves have been folded by butterflies to create chrysalis and while I still have beans, the butterflies emerging are just starting to amaze me.
This is a Longtail Skipper larvae from a couple of weeks ago, I saw the first butterfly today (it got away from me). I will post a picture another day if I catch one.
Back to the vase. The actual vase is a old florist vase from the 80s I found by the side of the road. It holds up some heavy cut flowers. Heavy is what I have.
The pink flowers are Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet). They flower off and on year round; not reliably but at some point there they are. And too pretty to ignore, like some teenage girls from high school. The ferns are my old stand by, Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) and the white flowers, Dracaena reflexa. Yes, it grows in my garden and the flowers have a wonderful scent. Close ups of the flowers:
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