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Flowers on Friday

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FINALLY…new flowers for the blog!DSCN3482 Florida’s version of Bleeding heart is a beautiful vine.  I’m sure I don’t have to mention that Kitty would LOVE this plant.DSCN3479Another new bloom, this Lily of the Nile came from Pat. DSCN3472 I love the color of these crinium lilies that came from Judy and Mike’s garden.DSCN3475 I couldn’t resist adding a picture of my gorgeous alamanda bush that is COVERED with yellow flowers.DSCN3478Hope you are having a good Memorial Day weekend.

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May 25, 2014 at 11:06 pm

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Flowers & Funny on Friday

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Have you ever seen these before???  Ice Cream Tulips.  My new favorite flower!

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And funny . . . I’m sorry, but I can’t wait to see this.

Happy Friday!

 

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May 2, 2014 at 2:46 pm

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Flowers on Friday

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I think our love of the beauty of flowers came from my Grandmother.  Marion lived in the Philadelphia row house next door to the house she was born in.  Her yard was a small patch of grass, surrounded by the most beautiful roses.  Her yard was always immaculate.  She used a push mower to keep her grass the perfect length.  We used to sit next to each other and pluck weeds.  (I really think weeds were afraid to show their faces in her  presence.)

Dara, like me, Grams would be so proud of your outstanding orchid!!!!!

Spring is the time for bulbs to bloom, here are the Florida spring bulbs…AmaryllisDSCN3386The white ones bloom first,
DSCN3385 Then the red and white striped ones.  Next week I should have a picture of the red blooms opened.DSCN3387 We some rain, so this lily bloomed.  The beautiful flower only appears when the plant is watered by actual water from the sky.DSCN3389Even though I forget the name of this plant include it because the picture turned out soooo perfect!DSCN3390 One of my favorites, spider wort.  Beryl and I spent money buying this in blue, pink and white in PA.  In Florida it grows like a weed on the side of the road.DSCN3388 My alamanda bushes usually die back in the winter, have to be trimmed, and don’t bloom until the end of May.  This year the bushes are already COVERED with gorgeous yellow flowers.DSCN3391Hope you have a great weekend, I’ll be digging in the dirt!

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April 25, 2014 at 9:42 pm

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Flowers on Friday: 6 Months In the Making

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I bought an insanely expensive orchid from Sprout right before our “Baby BBQ” in early September.  I enjoyed its beautiful white blossoms even after Julian was born . . . but just like all orchids, the flowers decided to quit one day and I was left with a twiggy green plant.  I decided to try to regrow it and nurtured the darn thing for 6 MONTHS and look at this . . . two new “arms” full of buds and two flowers have already bloomed.

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I also have two more orchids that are adding new “arms” as well!  Turns out I MAY have a green thumb after all!

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April 11, 2014 at 1:42 pm

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Spring is coming

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The first flowers of spring, so bright and colorful are blooming in Florida.  The first is a spectacular tree, my favorite color.  What surprises me is that the flower appears before a single leaf. DSCN3066 If a tree blooming in my favorite color is wonderful, picture a pink tree doing the almost the same thing. (Leaves are actually starting to sprout on this.) DSCN3072In full disclosure, none of these pictures are from my garden.  In fact, I don’t know what they are, and I forgot to ask my native friends the names of the above trees.

And…on my way to Judy’s to sew today, I HAD to stop to take a picture of this Angel Trumpet. I’ve successfully grown yellow Angels, but not pink. While taking the picture, Rusty, the owner of the house waved me over.  He introduced himself, and asked if I would like a piece of the plant.  Aren’t gardeners special?  DSCN3069Rusty had the first Amaryllis I’ve seen blooming this year.
DSCN3070There is hope for the frozen North.

PS I’m glad The Voice looks (sounds) to be good this season.  Neil and I accidentally saw part of American Idol and were not impressed.

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February 25, 2014 at 9:12 pm

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“New” Flowers on Friday

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After writing the blog for several years(?) and over 700 posts I thought I had shared pictures of all the flowers in my yard.  Last week I shared a close up of the orchid tree flower. I had a request for a picture of the plant.   It is actually a bush in my yard. Although it looks a little worse for wear,  it survived the freeze.DSCN2970 The leaves on this plant open in the morning and close in the evening.  The brown leaves all over the ground are from the bamboo, which HATES the cold, especially when it is windy.  2-Putt enjoyed our Garden Tour today.DSCN2971I don’t think I ever posted a picture of these flowers.  Below is a plant I know as a Florida Live Forever.   I have no idea what its correct name is.  We had some of them growing up in Pennsylvania. A huge clump of them planted themselves and bloomed.  I don’t like the way when one of them blooms, so I usually cut them when the flower stalk springs up.  I’m so glad these escaped my pruning, because they look so pretty.DSCN2962 A close up of the flowers…DSCN2963 and the reason they are called live forevers.  Tiny plants grow along the edge of the leaves, eventually drop off, and grow into a new plant.DSCN2969 I couldn’t resist this picture…roses blooming in January!DSCN2957I love the pictures of the dogs and babies.  (Cats are cute, too.  Have you seen the viral video of the cat licking the baby’s hair?) I also wish I could take better pictures, instead I usually take lots and lots and hope that a few turn out. Hope you feel better, have a fun weekend with Ellen and Lauren!

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January 17, 2014 at 9:43 pm

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Flowers on Friday and Vacation Recap

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Vacation is over.  Neil and I were able to spend the last few weeks of 2013 with family.  Neil endured the rigors of a “Bev visits the North” tour with grace.  He was motivated by this:
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We flew into Philly, spent a few nights at The Eden Resort.  Christmas dinner at Mom and Dad’s included Cathy and your cousins Andrew, Joel, and Josh.  It was Julian’s first Christmas, Santa left so many presents that everyone helped him open them.  Bentley was his Mennonite self, so he and Chester actually got along well.  “Lil Bro looked content in GMM’s arms.DSCN2938We woke up the day after Christmas  to several inches of snow!  Neil and I spent the next few nights sleeping in twin beds at the “Big House.”  ( A guest room at M & D’s retirement community.) Mom, Dad, Neil and I ventured to Millers for a great lunch and Burkholders for some great fabric shopping.  Cathy picked us up and chauffeured us to Barb’s.  We spent a lovely evening with Barb, George, assorted dogs and kids.  The Lyngarkos house was still beautifully decorated for Christmas. ( If you are counting, this was bed number 3.) We took a train to NYC, another chauffeur, Mike, picked us up at Grand Central Station.  It was wonderful to spend time with Dara, Mike, Julian and Chetty. Thanks to Katya allowing us to enjoy a few nights in her very, very comfortable bed.  As you know we spent a night babysitting Julian while you and Mike celebrated your 4th wedding anniversary.  (Since we stayed at your house, we slept in very comfortable bed number five!)DSCN2945

We said goodbye to the Williamsburg Bridge, the snow, and cold.  I enjoyed every minute of this special vacation.  I was happy to return in time to see my orchid tree bloom, before the polar vortex descended.DSCN2947

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January 10, 2014 at 9:58 pm