Friday, April 12, 2013

Plants and Trees In and Around FL Home

I have bought a few plants for the deck and it is a risk because I am rarely here and my daughter who lives next door does not have a green thumb. But I could not resist. I will just keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best and maybe rely on my son in law more. He has been doing a pretty good job on the lawn and plants outside.
I love this hanging basket. I think it is a bromeliad. Please correct me if I am wrong. I love plants and flowers but I am not so good in remembering names.

 I love how it looks on the column.

 You can't live in Florida without a citrus tree so I bought a calamondin, my favorite cause I use it a lot on food. I will keep it in the pot for a while but will eventually plant it in the ground. They do well here in ground unlike my Mississippi ones that stay in big pots.
 Look at all the little blooms and there are tiny fruits already too.
 Orchids are my favorite flowers and plants. I have a hard time growing them but I never give up.
 A cattleya orchid (the yellow orange flower just fell off), basil and aloe vera.
  Another orchid with yellow green flower.

Reddish pink oleanders lining one side of the pool screen outside.

 A banana tree behind the family room. A peek of my daughter's house. See how close we are?
Red double Hibiscus on the other side of the pool screen.
 Some palm trees and a giant white bird of paradise in the front yard.
 This palm tree is in the corner of the front yard. Do you know what that straw colored thing hanging from the tree is? The bees really like it so it must be sweet.
This bouganville is interesting. It has both pink and orange flowers in the same bush.
 White oleanders in the front yard.
 These are on each side of the driveway. I can't rememer what they are called.
 Also in the front yard.
 I see a lot of birds flying around so I bought and hang a bird feed in the backyard.
 This is a fig tree. You can see the leaves are just starting to come back. I did not know they lose their leaves even in mild Florida winter.
 I love seeing the outdoors so this is my favorite blogging area.

I hope you all have a nice weekend. Thanks for stopping by and a special thanks to all the hostesses! I am flying home this Sunday and I know I will miss this home but I miss our MS home now too.

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The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, Christine... bromeliades don't like a lot of water. They are one plant that can stay inside and live for a long while. Someone at Whole Foods told me not to overwater my orchid plants. I have two inside, and one has lasted over a year. The other has lasted since Valentine's Day, but it appears to be thriving. She said the trick was to only put a little water in it once a week and put that in the soil. I leave mine in a sunny spot. I am really surprised because I can kill a plant faster than you can say, "Jack Robinson", but these have managed to stay healthy and alive. LOL

Loved seeing your pretty yard and plants and your pretty new home. Have a safe trip back to Mississippi.

Love you,


Traci said...

Very pretty! I lvoe the hanging basket!

Tami @ Creative girl Vintage said...

Hi Christine..your FL home is so lovely! It is 40 degrees and pouring rain today here in NJ and I loved my visit to your sunny garden.
Happy Pink Saturday..xo Tami

Debra at HOMESPUN: said...

It was very enjoyable to see all the lovely flowers and plants ( not native to my western PA )

And then just the home period!

And all the SUN ...I warmed up for awhile on my visit! :)

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

You have such a beautiful spot to blog from...what a view! HPS and a safe trip

Unknown said...

Very Nice! What a beautiful Florida home...I love the pool area. Lovely flowers...I hope your son-in-law can keep them healthy for you. Have a sake trip! XO

Diane said...

Christine - you are definitely making your new house a second "home". The flowers are all lovely and I think your new blogging area is fantastic. Thanks for all of the tours!

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your Fla. home is Gorgeous!! Thanks so much for posting your lovely Garden wow Beautiful!!! You are so lucky to have a home in Fla. with a pool.. I had one in Vero Beach, Fla. and sold it eight years ago with a pool also. Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my new table. Hoping you and your family have a wonderful and bless weekend.
XXOO Diane

Vel Criste said...

Gorgeous Christine! I love the plants! i too don't have a green thumb, but the plants still make me want to buy! happy weekend! :-)

LadyD Piano said...

Lovely blog and beautiful series of photos, especially your view. I love to be outdoors, surrounded by plants, flowers and gardens. New follower; nice to meet you, Christine!


Lovely flowers and the garden is looking great, already! I love that image with the pretty hanging basket. Your house is so pretty Chris! Enjoy your weekend.

Marigene said...

What a beautiful yard and patio, Christine. You have added so many special touches since you have bought your home.

RobinfromCA said...

So much beautiful flora and fauna in your yard. The plant you didn't know the name of is a Bird of Paradise I believe. Without seeing an open bloom it's a little hard to tell. I would never want to leave if I had a place like that to sit in an blog!
Have a lovely weekend,

Chubby Chieque said...

Good Day Ate Xine,

Wow! I can't wait to visit you in your beautiful and warm FL home. Naku-naku. Excited din ako ma-stroll ang backyard mo and the swimming pool is awesome.

Dreaming of your sunny days. BTW, yes, to your question regarding the Lissabon. It is Lisbon in English. Lisboa in Spanish and Lissabon in Swedish. Naku-multi lingual talaga.

Have a great w/end po and hope you are having a great time playing you mansionette.

Hugs from D´Box,

Dolores said...

Your plants, flowers and bushes are beautiful!!
I had an orchid for 2 years and it finally bit the dust and died last week. I think I over watered it.

Have a safe trip home to MS.

Laura Quaglia (Fun With This and That) said...

Your garden is wonderful
Wish I could grow a few plants.
I kill almost everything,When it gets warm I get lazy.
Your home looks lovely what can see.
Have a HPS

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Beautiful photos from your garden! Autumn greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

Chubskulit Rose said...

I always love to see in and out views of your home, so lovely!

My Shadow Shots
Your comment is always appreciated, have a blessed Sunday!

Katherines Corner said...

I love the plant on the column. What a lovely place to sit and blog too. Thank you for sharing your lovely blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

NatureFootstep said...

great post. thanks for sharing.

Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

Christine, I hope your plants do well! Beautiful home. I saw this this evening and thought of you :)


MaiThreeBoyz said...

You have a very lovely Florida home. I love plants and flowers so it's really was a pleasure going through each photo. I'm visiting from Color Connection.

Andrea said...

If you really like plants, it is high time to know them, starting from the name, hehe! You have lovely growths, so you wont be disappointed with them. Bananas are not trees so they are always called banana plants. That one you refer to as big birds of paradise might be a travelers' palm or madagascar palm. It it looks like a big fan, then it is that. Enjoy your gardening.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Christine, your yard is lovely. I love all the plants and flowers. so tropical and pretty. Hanging baskets are delight to any space.

SmilingSally said...

The large white bloom is a hibiscus, not an oleander, I think. The mystery plant on both sides is called a Ti plant. It loves the sun.

Please link in to Blue Monday. (you forgot)

LV said...

Loved seeing your pretty yard filled with so many flowers. If I lived nearby, I would take care of them for you. I love flowers and being outside with them.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful flowers around your Florida home Christine! I love all the colors and different foliage.

Sarah said...

Lovely, Christine. Safe travels back home.

Fashion Momma said...

Your Florida home is beautiful. I love the hanging plants and I love your blogging area! I played too. Mine are here and here.

Barbara Rosenzweig said...

Beautiful gardens!
Thanks for stopping by and enjoying my painting of the Red Eyed Frog!

Anonymous said...

Lots of beautiful photos from your outdoor garden for ODW ~ ^_^

Kathleen said...

Hello from Outdoor Wednesday. Your garden and flowers are gorgeous. Orchids and hibiscus are both favourites of mine. I do well with the orchids but we don't get many hibiscus over here.

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Love all of your blooms! Thank you for sharing this at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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