Six on Saturday – Natives and Friends

It is finally raining here, and in typical gardener fashion, I am going to complain – just a little too much. The weeds are going crazy and it is supposed to rain for the next several days. Fiona, the hurricane, not the greyhound. is supposed to meander by next week, undoubtedly bringing more rain. Fiona the greyhound is not terribly worried.

Back to plants and SOS. I am joining the SOS meme, hosted by Jon at To see more posts, follow the link.

This is a native Poinsettia (Euphorbia cynathophora). These pop up here and there and do not reseed much, so I enjoy the little pop of red in the garden.

Native Dayflower (Commelina erecta). Another one that just pops up in the garden and behaves nicely.

Native Bidens alba. One of the many common names is Spanish Needles, which leaves me wondering if the Spanish explorers of the Florida peninsula used the seeds for sewing. Not sure how, they are sharp, but maybe a half inch long. The one I love to hate. Reseeds madly, but so cute and the pollinators love it.

Another great native for pollinators, the Beach Daisy (Helianthus debilis). I am not sure what that bug is. These go mad during a rainy summer and once you have them in the garden (I planted them) they never go away.

The fruits of a native Spicewood (Calyptranthes pallens) Something about this is supposed to have a spice fragrance. I have yet to find it and have had this in the garden for seven years or so. Birds like the berries.

A nice, and not native to Florida, Saturday morning surprise. This is an unnamed Cattleya orchid that regularly flowers in early September. I thought it wouldn’t flower because of the dry summer – but here it is after getting some rain and a little fertilizer.

That’s my Six for this Saturday….Happy Gardening!!!!!


20 comments on “Six on Saturday – Natives and Friends

  1. Those are some nice natives. I have tried the poinsettia with no luck. How nice to grow such a lovely orchid.

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  2. Glorious natives, but as gorgeous as Fiona the greyhound! Stay safe from the other Fiona x

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  3. fredgardener says:

    So you have a lot of rain like me… And this hurricane is arriving in the French West Indies: I have a friend there and it’s a downpour ! Regarding Fiona’s name, it’s funny that it’s the same as your dog. It’s original this euphorbia and it’s the first time I see one like that.
    Another very nice thing is the Cattleya that you presented because we only have and grow this variety in pots, indoors…

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  4. tonytomeo says:

    We will be getting rain also. It should arrive about midnight, and will be the first significant storm of the season. It is not named after anyone I know though.

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  5. Rosie Amber says:

    I do enjoy seeing native plants in gardens. How lovely to see the poinsettia, I’m just putting my poinsettia seedlings into the dark / light routine to turn the leaves red.

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  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Cute little Euphorbia, never seen one like it. Is it short and compact, or does it sprawl like some do? Lovely cattleya!

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  7. Cathy says:

    The native poinsettia is pretty. (And so is Fiona!) Hope it has stopped raining.


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