Six on Saturday – F Words

First, we have flowers. I focused on flowers this Saturday as there is a possibility of another f word – frost, in frostfree areas of Florida. That’s seven f words – though I will probably think of some more as I am covering orchids and tomato plants for our overnight low. The low is predicted at 37 degrees F., with 35 mph gusty winds. I am not thinking about the wind chill. Not doing it. I had to search for shoes this morning as I always wear sandals; astonished to find some currently fashionable Chuck Taylor style sneakers that must be ten years old!

I’ll admit the shoes looked better in the dark corner of my closet. Maybe I saved them for gardening prior to discovering plastic Birkenstocks, the mysteries continue.

On to January flowers, that will hopefully be here in February.

‘Miss Alice’ Bougainvillea is in full bloom.

I started some Balsam Impatiens from seed and transplanted them into the garden last week. They are just starting to flower.

Another Balsam Impatiens. I think these will be hardy if the temps stay above freezing. They look like big Snapdragons to me.

Dwarf Chenille Plant (Acalypha pendula) this is underplanting a Malaysian Orchid. These two are spending the night in the bathtub.

‘Little Harv’ Aechmea Bromeliad flowers; one of my winter favorites. It seems all the Bromeliads should be fine. It is recommended to fill their cups with water prior to cold weather. This seems counterintuitive to me but I did it anyway.

I hope everyone has a fabulous Saturday!

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31 comments on “Six on Saturday – F Words

  1. Frost, eek! I’m going to have to rethink things. Sounds like you have things under control though. I must say though, wowy to the impatiens, just incredible! ps stay warm, do you own jumpers or should I say sweaters?

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  2. fredgardener says:

    Lovely Acalypha pendula! I didn’t know that plant… I hope you’re not going to lose anything because of the cold snap that’s hitting your area… ( I smiled when I saw that you looked for shoes… here are the sandals we are looking for at the beginning of summer…😂)

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  3. Roguegarden says:

    Sorry to hear about your plummeting temperatures – I hope the garden emerges unscathed. This week’s selection of flowers is gorgeous. I particularly like the comical chenille, and the balsam impatiens are quite striking. I, too, am surprised by the bromeliad advice re cold weather. The only bromeliad I have here is a dyckia, which mercifully seems to shrug off temperature extremes.


  4. tonytomeo says:

    I sometimes think that a bit more chill would be nice here. It would make some plants happier. Nonetheless, it is what is delaying the processing of some of the seed that I mentioned in my six. (Oh, I as still SO ashamed!) Anyway, it will all work out.

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  5. Chloris says:

    I am surprised to hear you can get frost there. I love your Bougainvillea.

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  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Extreme weather over the entire east coast! Hope your garden fares well. Stay warm. 🙂

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  7. Rosie Amber says:

    I love all the colours that are in your garden.

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  8. Your Bougainvillea is gorgeous and must provide a great foil to the more vibrant colours in your garden. Fingers crossed you (and the Florida orange groves…) avoid a damaging frost!

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  9. Noelle says:

    It is like walking through a tropical hot house in the UK. The Balsam is magnificent.

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  10. I was wondering if you would get the cold weather. We keep jumping from 70’s to 30’s. The Balsams look very exotic in a close-up.

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  11. Cathy says:

    Hope there was no frost after all and the tomatoes etc are coping. It must be such a shock to you and your garden when it turns so cold. What lovely colour you have in your January garden. 😃

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