When most people go on vacation, they take photos of family and friends on rollercoasters or at the beach or standing in front of some historical monument. Not me, though. I’d rather go for a walk and take photos of plants. For starters, they really don’t fidget or get caught in mid-blink. They also inspire and teach me, captivate and fascinate me.
Here are a few stolen moments with some beauties on a recent stroll around Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Pineapples are cool. I’m amazed that the top can be placed in the soil and there will be a new plant able to bear fruit.
Foliage — bold and brazen — plays a great role in the landscape. I’m always drawn to Croton, especially the thinner-leaf type with its red leaves.
I think this is Purple Queen, and rightly so. Although this photo doesn’t do the plant justice and the flowers are insignificant, in a mass planting it commands attention.
Moses in the Cradle can spread and take over, but the green blades with their purple undersides are striking.
I often wonder what takes the place of Hydrangea in a South Florida garden. Pentas might be an option.
Bromeliads should always have a place in a tropical garden. I’m not even sure of the name for these two, but they were worth a close-up.
I think I’m falling for Hibiscus. They sort of seem like the Mae West of the garden: frilly and flirty and sassy. If you listen carefully, you can hear the temptation.
And on that note, it’s now time to pry Joe’s hand off of a palm tree and assure him that it will be okay as we leave this land of green and bright colors. We are preparing to return north, to a garden in desperate need of raking and pruning and color. I hope spring is doing its thing.