Six on Saturday – The Pits

This Saturday we are in the midst of the peak of hurricane season in South Florida. The cicadas are singing, the temperature and humidity are soaring, the plants are wilting and so am I. Oddly, the hurricanes are in New England and Mexico. Last weekend, Tropical Storm Fred dropped eight inches of rain at my house. The garden was happy for a while, but is thirsty once again. We are definitely in the pits.

The pit above is much more interesting and from the garden. I finally got one Nam Doc Mai mango from my tree. This is a Thai mango bred to eat for dessert, featuring a small pit, fiberless flesh and a coconut mango flavor. The pit is nearly as long as the mango (6 inches) and about 1/4 inch thick. Here is the mango with a cherry tomato. My husband and I ate most of it for dessert last night. Yummy.

Another interesting observation in my steamy jungle this week – the formation of new shoots on the Hard Cane Orchid I installed in my Gumbo Limbo tree this winter.

Another view:

The Orchid is putting out roots and hopefully will grow into the tree trunk and flower this winter. The sprays of flowers are supposed to be five feet long. Hopefully. I mounted the Orchid by tying it onto the tree with old pantyhose. There is a bit of Orchid soil mix in the hose that has supported the plant while it grows in. I was about to remove it when a swarm of large ants came bursting out..the hose are still in the tree, ants and all.

Another new shoot.

A new butterfly in my garden this week. This is a Mallow Scrub Hairstreak on a Sweet Almond Bush (Aloysia virgata) flower. A tiny butterfly, maybe an inch wingspan. Picture taken while crossing my fingers. The Sweet Almond is very popular with bees and butterflies.

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Happy Gardening..


37 comments on “Six on Saturday – The Pits

  1. The orchid sounds amazing! Can’t wait to see it bloom. The little butterfly is wonderful, good capture. I don’t envy you your weather, it sounds exhausting and terrifying (huricanes) but I do envy you your mango, I can almost taste it …… Stay safe and well.

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  2. fredgardener says:

    I hope Grace doesn’t create more damage and flooding in your area! This mango looks tasty (I’m jealous of course…) Take care.

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Ooh, that mango looked good, I love the smooth texture of Thai mangoes. Hope your orchid flowers exuberantly and butterflies continue to dance in your garden!
    Say a prayer for us up here in New England, it isn’t looking good for all our trees and I expect my garden is going to be flattened. Wah!

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  4. I love your posts – always so exotic! Hope the storm has blown over.

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  5. Fairy Queen says:

    I’ve never seen an orchid with roots in a tree. Very strange plant. 😍😍😍

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    • Hi FQ, it is common here for orchids, bromeliads and ferns to root into and grow up trees. This particular orchid is bigger than usual and new to me. They are from Southeast Asia and Australia, not sure what it is..could be phalenopsis or Dendrobium mix, waiting for flowers.

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  6. janesmudgeegarden says:

    At first glance I thought the piece of stocking holding the orchid up was some kind of lizard!

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  7. pbmgarden says:

    Congrats on the orchid…it’s looking good. Also a nice find on the Mallow Scrub Hairstreak. I haven’t had a Thai mango 🥭 but bet it’s wonderful.

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  8. tonytomeo says:

    Oh, . . . pantyhose in a tree. That is not a good look. . . . Yes, I know from experience . . . with other people’s pantyhose.

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  9. Florida is so exotic. I am looking forward to seeing how your orchid does.

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