February 17, 2015
I'm following the advice of the Ithaca, N.Y., Convention and Visitors Bureau, spending the end of winter in Florida. (The fishman and the kids will join me later for a family vacation week.) Actually, this trip was planned months ago, but it certainly makes sense with all the crazy weather the northern U.S. has experienced lately.
My parents live along the Gulf Coast of the Sunshine State during the winter, and they're kind enough to host me for a few weeks. So I'm living and working here until spring. Yay. I'm just getting my bearings these first few days, but I'm planning to post a few highlights of my stay.
Mom and Dad have a nifty, comfortable little place with some fun plants of note:
Nothing says the South like Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides) hanging from the trees.
And the views in most directions around here are lush and fertile.
Including the neighbors' Lemon (or Grapefruit?) trees. Yum!
The folks recently planted their own Citrus tree--a small Tangerine (Citrus reticulata), which has several buds just about to bloom.
Mom also planted a lovely Hibiscus.
And a Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum).
She's training the Jasmine up a lattice behind the Hibiscus.
Her Moses-in-the-Cradle (Rhoeo spathacea) has really filled in since the last time I was here.
The Umbrella plants (Schefflera arboricola) in the raised planters are lovely at this point.
Beautiful scarlet, orange, and yellow berries, with variegated foliage.
In addition to the plants, there are many other fun discoveries.
Since we're near the coast, there are seashells scattered here and there.
I always enjoy the lizards! I'm not sure if this is an anole or some other type of lizard.
Another one tried to get into the house--between the window panes. No luck, but he's so cute!
So much to see here, and I'm excited for the adventures to come during the next few weeks!