Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Florida Gardens and travels

The roses here in Florida are loving life and prove you can grow roses in sandy soil! The one pictured above is Frankly Scarlet from Jackson and Perkins. The gardens left on the tags so we didn't have to guess. A wonderful floribunda that blooms and blooms and the flowers have a rich red color. The nights here are chilly, but it warms up in the day quite nice. I had on my jacket when I took these pictures. (I believe I might be the only one in Florida wearing a down jacket at night.)

Our favorite place to buy vegetables and fruit along the road. The prices are wonderful. The grapefruits are delicious, oranges are dirt cheap and so sweet. They have to load most of the produce back up at night and store it safely away from the frosts.

The bismarck palms are the shabbiest grey color. I love how the threads from the palm leaves stand out in the sunshine. These can take a frost which they've had here the past few nights.

Santa was spotted in a store carrying a surfboard and sunglasses. His shirt said, "Ho, Ho, Ho, Dude." His beard had a frost or two. I'll post more pictures when I can download and resize easily.


Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I like the color and the name of the roses, Candy! I am so glad you are having a nice trip. Thanks for the posting the pictures :D

Ricki Jill

Wyatt said...

Mmmm, fresh grapefruit and oranges. Locally grown produce that is picked ripe, is the best. Love your December roses too!


Secret Garden Cottage said...

Looks like a great place to visit, Candylei! The fresh fruit stand looks amazing, and that Santa is too 'cool'!
~ Jo :)