Winter in Florida

8 Dec

The sun suddenly appeared today as though conjured from a hat and I rushed outside to feel its rays upon my face, shoulders and arms.  It was glorious!  I felt as though I couldn’t remember when I’d last seen the sun.  Everything in the garden look foreign; shinning and verdant, bright and alive.  I ran back inside to get my camera, which I had a bit of trouble reprogramming to view reality not in the context of a light box but through the warm glow of the Sun God!

The azaleas on the south side of the yard are still bravely hanging on:

As the skeletal arms of the crepe myrtles dance on the stucco of the house:


The ferns are gallantly growing in the crotch of the purple orchid tree:

The areca palm, smitten during last year’s winter, didn’t die, but it will be years before it attains it former 15 feet of glory:

And a volunteer Chinese tallow’s leaves are just now turning the colors of fall:


The philodendron are still wandering through the mondo grass that edge the planting beds:

While the hibiscus (which happily did not die from last year’s harsh winter) did not attain their full glory of towering higher than the fence, there are quite a few flowers the buds of which are responding amazingly fast to the sudden increase in temperature (yesterday it was 58°F, today it is 82°F!) and the burst of light, but only one is actually open:



A bird of paradise, past her prime, remains a bright spot:

And the azaleas on the north side of the garden are in riot:


Only one lonely elephant ear remains and only one leaf reached a meager 12 inches:

Majestically standing guard over her small offspring and the rest of the garden that is my backyard is this tall Lady, a Queen Palm, swaying in the gentle breeze and soaking up the rays:

Send me your links to beautiful snowy wastes, for I truly do love to LOOK at snow (and even briefly visit it), but this is why I love to LIVE in Florida – its winters.

8 Responses to “Winter in Florida”

  1. gt281 December 8, 2009 at 8:50 PM #

    You are just mean,, I hope you get attacked by gyrating green nano-gnats…
    Only 14 inches of the faery poo here———-and counting…

    ppplllllttttthhhhhhh

    • Faerie♥Kat December 9, 2009 at 10:56 AM #

      Prove it! Post pictures. I dares ya.

  2. Marvin December 8, 2009 at 9:21 PM #

    Lovely!

  3. gt281 December 9, 2009 at 4:38 PM #

    Dares are for dancing bears
    Encaged in ivory towers
    Who while away the hours
    Wishing they were a top hatted hare
    Hopping from here to there
    With nary a care
    Scurrying this way and that
    Like a rat in lead of a cat
    Always ready to bound down the hole
    You know,, the one Alice stole…..

  4. hidingplainsight December 9, 2009 at 9:04 PM #

    what part if the world do you live in anyway??

    • Faerie♥Kat December 9, 2009 at 9:42 PM #

      I live in a little town called Oviedo, a little north and east of Orlando. I’m about 45 minutes away from The Mouse. We call this area Central Florida ‘cuz we’re smack in the middle of the state.

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