Immediately after writing my last blog post, I came down with a vicious headache, bodyaches and fever that lasted a good 2.5 days. Yesterday, I was back to my old self again and tried to blog, but WordPress would NOT cooperate! Every uploaded picture refused to appear…paragraphs weren’t aligning…nothing was working! Whether the issue was WP related or due to my decrepit PC, another day ended sans update! So frustrating when technology thwarts us!!!…..I threw in the towel and watched some DVR’d eps of Ice Pilots NWT instead! 😉
Anyhow, I’m back to try again: here’s the news and it’s BIG!!
Maggie got engaged on her trip to Ireland!! Her fiancé has dual citizenship and while they were visiting his family there, he proposed marriage (ring from Boodles!) Exciting, yeah?!? On Sunday, we celebrated at one of our fave spots for Champagne Brunch, the Disney Vero Beach Resort. I almost begged off because I still wasn’t feeling great, but in retrospect am glad I didn’t ➡ it was the first real food I’d had since early Friday and I felt MUCH better afterwards! Apparently the old adage of “starving a fever” isn’t the wisest choice and the Farmer’s Almanac agrees. 😉
I had no expectations for these flowers because the packaging offered ONLY an artist’s rendering of the flowerhead; no mention of type of foliage or expected germination/growing times, either! 🙄 You get what you pay for? Nevertheless, I’m pleasantly surprised by how fast they appeared and how strong they seem. I scattered the seeds (with the wildest abandon!) throughout the yard and they’re doing well in both sun and shade beds with very little care required!
In the Ranchero, an unknown, lone gladiolus appeared late in the season, and began opening on July 20. I’d love to identify this beautiful, purple-tinged hybrid!
The next shot is a twofer: Beach Sunflower behind a pot of Dendrobium orchids:
The Beach Sunflower is a new addition to my vine wall. In March, I received 2 tiny pots with cuttings from a gardening classmate and what you see is growth from a single tiny container! (The other pot, planted in front of the house, has also spread liberally.) The Dendrobium is a different story entirely: I’ve had it more than 18mos. but have yet to see it flower. I’m extremely new to orchid growing and just discovered I’ve kept it waaayyyy too shaded. I’m currently acclimating it to small amounts of sun each day to avoid burning the leaves. By next week it should be ready for day-long filtered sun under the Hong Kong Orchid Tree alongside brassias that are spiking nicely. Maybe “Denny” will pick up the hint! 😉
Mexican Petunias are workhorses in Southern gardens; they grow and bloom prolifically. I’m not wild about these wildflowers but they DO lend color on days when fancier, catalog-ordered cousins give up the ghost. Although on the list of Florida Invasive Species, I’ve recently seen this perennial for sale at big-box and other nursery outlets..Go figure!
I’ve raved about this next vine even before it bloomed! Now that it’s flowering, I’m positively smitten:
So that’s the news from this end: if it uploads when I click “Publish,” you might even get to read it! Keeping my fingers crossed!
Until next time…..
- WordPress Wednesday – 8 Plugins To Help Make Your WordPress Site Responsive (creativeproject.wordpress.com)
- Friday Feast: The Green Cabin Room at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort (runningatdisney.com)
- Tropism: Purple Dendrobium Orchid (ahschoolapbio2013.wordpress.com)
- Taiwan unveils new orchid species for use as Chinese medicine (wantchinatimes.com)
- Tree tomatoes and blooms (gardeningcanuck.wordpress.com)