Saturday, April 5, 2008

More blooms


This post is dedicated to Tog of Coral Gables for 2 reasons:

1. He keeps me on my toes. Every so often he emails me privately and basically points out "YOU IGNORANT GIRL, YOU GOT THE WRONG PLANT NAME AGAIN", but in a very nice way ;-)

I've lived in SW Florida for only a few years and am still learning about its fauna and flora, so his guidance is very appreciated.

2. He saved the life of the orchid above. Last year, after it bloomed and reverted to its dead stick stage, Tog advised me to tie it up to a tree and forget it. Well, guess what - six months later the orchid is on my patio, happy and thankful for a second chance...



And this showy Spider Lily is blooming in my garden...at least I think it's a Spider Lily. Tog?

14 comments:

Sally said...

lol@dead stick comment. That's what my husband said about the JApanese maple I brought home one winter! It's now a beautiful, beautiful 3 metre high tree!

Kate said...

Tog, the treasure. Or is that too sappy? Tog??

Kate said...

PS. The orchid is gorgeous!!

Rambling Round said...

Orchids always look so exotic! You are fortunate to be able to grow one! Thanks to Tog!

Ex-Shammickite said...

Gorgeous! And even more so when I look out of my window and see dirty grey snow piles... and no green in sight!

Nikon said...

Both plants are beautifully photographed.
I like the definition on both of them.

ptowngirl said...

Spider lily sure seems like it would be the right name as it really fits the photo -- also, the orchid is simply beautiful! Thanks for your kind words on my blog as well. I can definitely relate to being pooped and have to admit it is a challenge to work on so many blogs, but I really enjoy it and comments like yours make it even more worthwhile! :-)

alice said...

I always have the same problem with orchids...but I don't think to let them tied up to a tree could be a solution...Tog?;-)

Carraol said...

Beautiful macros with these gorgeous colors!

oldmanlincoln said...

Very nice photography. The colors are stunning.

I managed to post about my hospitalization adventures. Hope you get to read it.

Abraham Lincoln in Brookville, Ohio

GMG said...

Hey, this orchid is coming from Madeira Island, so it should be dedicated to me... :((
Se non è vero, è ben trovato!

Jilly said...

Tog's corrected me too - on Monte Carlo DP - and most grateful I've been too. He's a wonder with the names of plants. Love these photographs, Isabella. Both just stunning and beautifully photographed. how I love the exotic plants that grow in our climates. Lucky, wot?! Are we not?

TOG said...

My buttonwood is Conocarpus erectus. check it out. In Key Largo we had a lot of them as major trees. You can google it. The flower looks like a little button.
GMG the orchid may grow on Madeira but its origin is in Queensland. The Cooktown Orchid has a scientific name, Dendrobium phalaenopsis. Isabella has a hybrid of this species and the hybrid could come form any place. I'm pleased that it is doing well for you. Now when you see orchids for sale in the big box stores (Home Depot) they are meant to be tossed out after the blooms are finished. But the lucky ones in a warm areas can bloom them again by just hanging them in a tree but in temperate areas you have to do all sorts of things to keep them alive.

annulla said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I don't know anything about the names of the flowers, but your photos are simply stunning!

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