Six on Saturday – Prelude to Summer

I am joining Jim and the gang yet again for a Saturday garden update. South Florida is slowly working its way to summer and some plants are a little early this year. This makes me worry a bit about what the weather gods are planning for the rainy season. For a world tour of gardens on Saturday, follow this link to Jim’s blog. htpp://

Torch Bromeliad (Billbergia pyramidalis) blooming very early. These are sometimes called Hurricane Lilies as they usually flower at the peak of hurricane season, the first week of September.

Mangoes are mostly a summer fruit. These are Nam Doc Mai, Thai dessert mangoes. I bought the tree in 2016 because it can produce up to four crops a year and is coconut flavored with no fiber. This is the most fruit I have had and it has always been this time of year. They are almost ready, turning a solid apricot color when ripe.

This is a Red Jaboticaba. A tropical fruit from Brazil. This one is a shrub, reported to grow five feet tall. These are usually trees that take forever to produce fruit. Interesting fruit. The flowers are borne on the trunk and the fruit is like a Muscadine grape on the trunk. The tree looks like the trunk is covered in swirls of purple grapes. Tasty. It took a long time for this to establish, four or five years. Maybe some fruit, someday. The Red Jaboticaba is supposed to set fruit earlier than the trees. There is some cold damage I need to prune out.

The Sweet Almond Bush (Aloysia virgata) blooming its heart out. This smells wonderful and is bouncing back from a severe prune.

Tree spinach (Cnidoscolus aconitifolius) flowering for the first time this year. This is a subsistence vegetable for tropical climates, growing without supplemental water and providing nutrition to those who know how to cook it. Poisonous to those who don’t. I don’t eat the stuff and planted this for its flowers – they provide a nectar source for many tropical butterflies.

Frightened frog hiding from Fiona. I walked out with Fiona the greyhound the other night and found this native tree frog sitting on an ottoman on the porch. Fiona started barking and the startled frog hopped under a pillow.

That is all from SoFla. Happy Spring to everyone further north.


21 comments on “Six on Saturday – Prelude to Summer

  1. It does not seem like a good omen to have a hurricane plant bloom early.T he Joboticada is a crazy looking plant. I often wonder who was the first human to try to eat some of these plants.

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  2. Rosie Amber says:

    Cute, frog and a wow at those Mangoes.

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Hilarious that Fiona felt she had to bark at a tiny frog, lol! Hope the critters leave your mangoes alone, they look splendid.

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  4. tonytomeo says:

    Mango is RAD! I have not seen one in many years. They are uncommon in Southern California. I do not remember ever seeing one in a nursery. They do not live here, . . . although I am not totally convinced.

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  5. fredgardener says:

    Envious of your mangoes… 🥹.
    I also grow an Aloysia but the A polystachya. A wonderful scent in the greenhouse and ideal for herbal tea.

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  6. Ooooo yummy…those mangos! So jealous…wish we could grow them here in Northern California. Neat to see your Aloysia virgata too… I planted one last year but I think it died overwinter. I enjoy seeing what you can grow there. ~lisa

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  7. Your garden looks amazing and sounds like it smells delicious too! Love your photo of the early mango crop. Coconut and mango, yum! Enjoy!

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  8. Cathy says:

    I do like the sound of that Jaboticaba fruit. And the mangoes sound delicious too. Hope you get a good harvest! 😃

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