Sunshine For All My Northern Friends

A Florida Sunflower Radiating Sunshine

I lived in the north long enough to know that as March nears, nerves begin to get prickly and souls are yearning for signs of spring. It could be guilt that I am in a sub-tropical local with flowers everywhere, but more likely just compassion that motivated me to search for just the perfect yellows for all of you who are currently color deprived in your environments.

What a beautiful yellow bouquet with a touch of red and deep blue on a ground of green. Makes my heart sing.
A sure sign of spring.

I was also motivated by Jude’s posting of beautiful lemons for this month’s Life in Colour: Yellow.

A Little Splash of Vanilla, Please

V. planifolia – Photo copied from Wikipedia

I had spent close to two hours, taking almost 200 photos in the orchid garden of the Naples Botanical Garden (Florida), but my real excitement was focused in the Caribbean Garden. I had learned that the garden had erected trellises and had planted vanilla orchid plants (V. planifolia) with plans to plant another variety, V. x tahitensis, in the near future.

Now I will wait and watch for the orchids to bloom and produce vanilla seed pods. From reading the Garden’s blog I have learned that it is a long and work intensive process to get from new plant to vanilla extract. According to the blog, the Horticulture Team hopes to eventually supply Garden’s Fogg Cafe with Garden-grown vanilla. But it seems that it will be well over a year before that will happen. Stay tuned.

I couldn’t decide which challenge this post should be linked to – so I’ll do both. Now you can check out both and join in.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Something New

Life in Colour: Yellow

Life in Color: Yellow Orchids

Last week I spent a lot of time in the Orchid Garden at Naples Botanical Garden. It was 8 in the morning and in most places there wasn’t strong sunlight so I had lots of fun and ended up with lots of photos to filter through, delete or keep, and process. And I found lots of yellow orchids to post in response to Jude’s monthly challenge “Life in Colour: Yellow.” Use the link to join in the fun as many times as you like during the month of February.