June in Bloom

How do I love summer in Florida? Let me count the ways…
It’s mango heaven every day at Fruitscapes in Pine Island.

The 25th annual International Mango Festival is happening at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables this weekend.

MangoMania in Pine Island is July 15 & 16.

Or have them delivered to your door: Eat More Mangos.There weren’t many lychees this year, but you might find some here and there. We ate a few while we watched some crows devour the ones at the top of the tree. Lucky birds.Pink pineapple. This is Franklin, a Great Horned Owl I met at Green Bench Brewing in St. Pete. He lives at The Narrows, a raptor sanctuary at George C. McGough Nature Park in Largo. They care for injured birds of prey that can’t survive in the wild. Orbs of sunshine: Epidendrum radicans, a ground orchid that grows like a weed. I’ll get back to you on the name of that one. 😉That’s a biiiiig rat snake. I’m happy he’s here, but I yelp every time he catches me by surprise.The Pinewood Estate at Bok Tower Gardens is a beautiful Mediterranean villa built in 1930. I find new details every time I visit.FYI: They have coconut ice cream at the cafe.

Happy summer!


8 Comments June in Bloom

  1. Kim DeFalco June 27, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing such wonderful insight and photos!

    1. suwanneerose June 27, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      My pleasure. Thanks for being here, Kim!

  2. john f. moore June 27, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Man what a healthy yellow rat snake! And the orchid is a cymbidium but their are so many different kinds! Love Bok Tower carriage house is sooo! beautifful!

    1. suwanneerose June 27, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks, Uncle Freddie! I think there’s a little tag on that orchid. If it’s still there I’ll find a full name. That rat snake is doing a good job around here. He’s a good lookin’ snake for sure.

  3. Dorothy Malizia June 27, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Gotta LOVE coconut ice cream! Beautiful pictures!

    1. suwanneerose June 27, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      That was the perfect way to end the day! I think we should do that every visit.

  4. Janet June 28, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    I was at Bok Towers early December and have visited the house when decorated for Christmas. Beautiful peaceful place. My sister from VT loved laying on the grass as we listened to the Carillon tower.

    1. suwanneerose June 28, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      I’ve always wanted to go for Christmas. I’ll try to make a point of it this year. That place near the carillon tower is also a great place for a picnic. Beautiful view, beautiful music.


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