I uploaded a blog post earlier this week as I was leaving my Florida vacation and heading home to Oklahoma. Brad and I spent a week on the Florida coast. He was craving some heat and sunshine, and quite frankly, I just went along for the ride. I didn’t really realize how much I needed the chance to relax and restore myself. We had slow days of nothingness. We ate. We drank. We read. We slept. We talked. We soaked up the sun. And we walked on the beach. For the vast majority of time, we were disconnected from the internet and television. In reality, it was just what I needed.
From the gardening perspective, I’m craving spring. I didn’t post a Six on Saturday in all of February – mainly because I was thinking about spring and not taking the time to notice what’s happening in my yard right now. Florida’s landscape gave me just the motivational push I needed. Flowers everywhere. Palm trees, of course. And a few unique plants you don’t readily find in Oklahoma. Please note that I am not even close to being a plant expert. I’m proud of myself for attempting to identify these items. If I got something wrong, I will graciously accept your corrections. And if you have a phone app that you recommend for plant identification – please share!
With that introduction, here are my Six on Saturday. Six things. In a garden. On a Saturday. Courtesy of Cocoa Beach, Florida.
1 – Seagrape. This plant stretches for yards and yards at a time. It provides a barrier to separate the beach from the road. And I would also imagine that it is helping prevent erosion by stabilizing the sand dunes.
2 – Beach Sunflower. It was difficult to get a photo of these flowers because of their location within the middle of a sand dune. I wanted to be respectful of the native environment, so I remained on the worn beach path and did the best I could to capture a photo.
3 – Mexican Petunia. I am always a sucker for purple flowers.
4 – Bougainvillea. We had these in red in our backyard in Arizona. I think the purple are nice as well.
5 – Crown of Thorns. I loved these miniature flowers and waxy leaves. But those thorny stems are definitely dangerous.
6 – Buttercup. I’m really least sure about this identification. Don’t those leaves look like they could be in the mint family?
Birds of Paradise. Always a fan favorite.
Hibiscus. I couldn’t get a great shot as most were viewed as we were driving. I saw lots of beautiful colors. Red. Pink. Yellow. Orange. Gorgeous!
Cardboard Palm. This was basically growing as a shrub. I was surprised to see it identified as a palm.
Palm. I’m not sure what type, but it was standing at the hotel entrance in all its glory and I felt the need to include it here.
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Enjoy your Saturday!
4 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – 3-9-2019”
That palm is the common Canary Island date palm, Phoenix canariensis. Before the queen palm became too popular, it was probably the second or third most common palm in Southern California, and maybe in San Jose. Only the Mexican fan palm is more common, although the windmill palm may be more common too. Unfortunately, it is too big for most home gardens. If you remember the old sitcom ‘Beverly Hillbillies’, this palm alternates with Mexican fan palm on Bedoford Drive where the Clampets drive into town in the beginning of the show. Not many of those historic palms remain. Those that are still there are very old and succumbing to pink rot.
I’m sure you had a great time there. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures. Palms are always my favorite
Sounds like you had a wonderful break, just the tonic. Hopefully you will be emerging from winter back home soon. Very much spring here!
I am so happy you guys had a mostly-disconnected reprieve. Those pictures are gorgeous!