Not-So-Wordless Wednesday: Seed Mustache From Space

Since moving to Florida, there are times when I feel as if I’ve landed on another planet — and it has nothing to do with the news items that have made the Sunshine State the punchline for late-night hosts. For me, the sense of wonder and bewilderment is the result of plants.

Take the desert rose, for example, the one that’s been blooming in a terra cotta pot beside the front door for five years. This plant was my first foray into the world of desert roses, a rose that isn’t a rose but more of a flowering succulent. I’ve loved the plant so much that I’ve even started some from purchased seeds and rooted cuttings. It’s an easy, no-fuss, drought-tolerant plant that even iguanas ignore (mostly).

A short time ago, Joe and I left on a road trip and I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary with my desert rose. One week later, upon our return, it looked as if it had grown a green mustache — either that, or some alien life form had hitched a ride on a meteor and rained down on my yard.

A little research later, I learned this was actually a seedpod — the first time any of my desert roses had produced a pair of seedpods — and that they should remain on the plant until they split. That’s when the seeds can be harvested and planted.

Now, each day — really, each time I walk in and out of the front door — I find myself examining these matching pods for any sign of a split. So far, nothing — just one beautifully groomed seed mustache from outer space — and one very eager gardener.

Wordless Wednesday: Waiting For Matthew

Hurricane Matthew

A few words for this Wordless Wednesday. . .

I’m tired of Matthew and he hasn’t even arrived yet. For a week, the local news in South Florida has kept updated on the storm’s track — and it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride.

Hurricane Matthew is my first hurricane in my new home and garden.

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Wordless Wednesday: Under The Rainbow

Rainbow Eucalyptus

When it was first founded decades ago, Eucalyptus Gardens, a property in Wilton Manors, FL, was a full-scale nursery. The business eventually folded, and the land fell into disuse.

In recent years, though, some enterprising entrepreneurs have attempted to repurpose the space as a neighborly gathering place for dining and coffee and shopping.

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