Six on Saturday – Holiday Surprises

I am joining The Propagator’s gang this Saturday after Christmas to share some surprises the garden has granted me. Not all six are from my garden. These are Christmas Palms (Adonidia merrilli) doing their thing by the side of a nearby road.

Next, we have some Spanish Moss, a native Tillandsia Bromeliad. Although common in Florida, I rarely see it in my garden. I pruned it out of a Firebush by accident.

Another stringy surprise, a native Ageratum, Blue Mist Flower (Conoclinum coelestinum). It seems most native wildflowers in Florida like “moist meadows” – I have a desert like sandy soil, so this was a real surprise. Growing by the air conditioning condensor..

Yet another stringy surprise, the once solid leaves on the Traveler’s Palm, shredded by the wind.

I am delighted by this surprise, despite cold weather, we are freezing with temperatures in the 40s – the Tropical Hydrangea (Dombeya wallachii) has started its show.

Another nice surprise from my neighbor, I found a basket of Rangpur Limes on my front porch Christmas morning.

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14 comments on “Six on Saturday – Holiday Surprises

  1. Jim Stephens says:

    I read yesterday you were getting unusually low temperatures, hope it doesn’t last long or do damage. I’d love to be able to grow Dombeya, it’s a beauty.

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  2. fredgardener says:

    This Dombeya is amazing ! And I’m in love with palm trees in general but these are great. I have been growing them from seeds ( only 50cm tall today…) and I will never see them so tall in France. You are lucky to live there, by some points. Have a merry Christmas !

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  3. I like those Christmas Palms. It is terrible to complain about 40 degrees being cold, but it is the same here. I have to say, being from the North, it took me years before I thought it was ever cold here. One day when the temps were to be in the high 50’s, I got in trouble for sending my kiddo to preschool without a coat. Up North, we would be sunbathing at that temperature.

    I keep forgetting to tell you that my neighbor’s papaya tree went down on our first freeze of 30 degrees. I think many gardeners experiment and take a chance to extend our zone.

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    • I have a couple of the Christmas Palms, though they are never that pretty with the fruit. Same here with the temperature, though true Floridians break out the flannel at 70 degrees. I am not surprised about the Papaya – the one here is getting burned foliage from the 15 mph wind out of the north..

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  4. tonytomeo says:

    Rangpur limes! That is rad! When I grew citrus, I thought that Rangpur lime was one of the prettiest while fruited. It is slightly popular here only because of the Indian Community. Otherwise, others do not know what to do with the fruit. I prefer it to ‘Meyer’ lemon.
    Dombeya . . . tee hee. Doesn’t it look like a double flowered pink bougainvillea truss?

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  5. Key lime thinking was more along the lines of boozy tropical beverages!

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