A Week of Flowers – Day One

I am joining Cathy at Words and Herbs for this year’s Week of Flowers sharing images from our gardens. I am adding some tropical warmth from my South Florida garden. Below are Cattleya orchids that live outside year round. These are deliciously fragrant and faithfully flower every September; they are mounted on a piece of wood and perch on a terracotta container.

Below, in my opinion, are the ultimate tropical flower, the Lobsterclaw Heliconia. These have lush, large, coarse textured tropical foliage and require a great deal of water. They live under the edge of my gutterless roof. There are many varieties of this plant, some with chains of flowers two feet long.

Hopefully these images warm up gardeners living in more northern climes. To see more flowery images from around the world visit Cathy at wordsandherbs.wordpress.com.


13 comments on “A Week of Flowers – Day One

  1. susurrus says:

    It is nice to see your flowers and very different from what we have outside at the moment in northern Lancashire.

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  2. So nice to be swept away to warmer climes!

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Lovely tropicals! I remember the first time I saw a lobster-claw heliconia (in Jamaica)… after the astonishment, it was pure love!

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  4. Rosie Amber says:

    Two great choices, thank you for helping to warm my day.

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  5. Cathy says:

    Hi Amelia! A gorgeous white orchid, almost unreal in its perfection. The Heliconia are amazing, growing so long. I love the dark glossy leaves too. I can definitely feel some of your warm tropical air, or maybe its just our floor heating! I am wearing warm slipper boots and have a blanket on my knees as I write. Only a chilly 4°C today!

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  6. Cathy says:

    I love your choices, especially the Lobsterclaw Heliconia

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  7. I couldn’t get my act together to do this, but my flowers would be right in between yours and our northern friends.

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