Joe, also known as “Joey Coconuts,” and I are spending Christmas week in South Florida. When I tell that to people, their reactions usually fall into one of two categories. First, there are those who would like to jump into my luggage. Sure! Then, there are those who wonder if a South Florida Christmas can even feel like Christmas. It does, only it’s warmer.
The only moment when both groups are in agreement is when they stare, speechless, after I explain that Joe and I are going to Florida to do yard work. Yes, that’s the perfect vacation — and since there isn’t too much time to write, I thought I would share some photos.
A smiling snowman — smiling, no doubt, because he’s not melting in the Florida heat.
The rust-colored “fur” on the sheath of a Teddy Bear Palm.
A close-up of Poinsettia — Christmas red growing outside.
Here we have an Ibis — a brazen Ibis who had no fear of a human with a camera.
Cordyline, or Ti plant, is not one of my favorites because it tends to get leggy and woody —
but the colorful foliage can’t be beat.
Some Florida Christmas humor.
Our neighbor’s Sanseveria trifasciata sent shoots into our yard. If left unchecked, the plant can take over.
By the way, the more common names are Mother-in-Law’s Tongue Plant or Snake Plant.
The eyes of a Bougainvillea.
A simple and elegant entryway.
We arrived in time to see the Adonidia Palm, also known as the Christmas Palm, produce seeds.
Joey Coconuts’ work paid off — behold the fruits of his labor.
It’s amazing to see a blade of green slice through the tough coconut shell as if it were soft butter.
Christmas lights reflected in a canal.
Our neighbor’s front yard is like a blank slate.
What better way to spend Christmas than sharing some of our sprouts with the neighbor.
The babies — two Coconut Palms and one Sunshine Palm — just need to be watered.
Have a wonderful New Year, one that’s filled with peace and prosperity, health and happiness, bounty and blooms.