May in Bloom

Our plants are loving all this rain. The mangos are ripening up and these blood lilies are putting on quite a show.This month has been one long road trip, from Tampa to Key West to St. James City to Ft. Pierce, listening to A Land Remembered, catching brief glimpses of the Florida my ancestors knew on Alligator Alley and Route 60.
On the way back from the Keys we stopped at R.F. Orchids.
If you’re an orchid lover, make the pilgrimage. It’s endless greenhouses filled with orchids set in tropical splendor. They’ve got parrots and kitties and koi. They’re also known for the very tasty juice they pass around while you browse. A friend from Miami revealed it’s a mix of lemonade and passionfruit juice. I’ll be recreating that this summer for sure.Last weekend the light was low thanks to Subtropical Storm Alberto, and we saw so much wildlife. Besides the endless herds of cattle and horses, there were alligators swimming and basking on the roadside, sandhill cranes, every shade of heron, roseate spoonbills, cara caras, bald eagles, wild turkeys, wood storks, and one lone deer. We spent Memorial Day weekend in Ft. Pierce for the Summerlin Family Reunion. The Mullet Mafia gathered on the Indian River for barbecue and bluegrass.Here’s a few of my favorite old photos:
I got a birthday surprise from The Cake Lady in Ft. Pierce: lavender cupcakes filled with lemon curd, topped with kitty confection. Holy moly.I made a terrarium with my friends at Parkesdale in Plant City. We also broke out the kayaks for a day and paddled around Pine Island Sound. The water was so clear we could see all the fish and crabs.

What a fine day.…and that’s why May is the best month of the year.

See you back here soon.

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5 Comments May in Bloom

  1. Julie May 30, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Your photos are always amazing! I wish I could get my Lobster Claw heliconia to bloom like that!

    1. suwanneerose May 30, 2018 at 6:02 pm

      Thanks, Julie! I can’t take credit for the lobster claw heliconia. They were at R.F. Orchids. But my neighbors in Pine Island have good luck with them. My friend Cheryl says pour your leftover pickle juice on heliconia. Ha. Might be worth a shot. Great to see you and Phil at the reunion! Your grandsons were very entertaining.

      1. Julie May 31, 2018 at 2:24 pm

        Thanks for that tip! We don’t eat a lot of pickles, but maybe we should start, haha! It was good to see you guys too.

  2. Misti May 31, 2018 at 9:44 am

    So glorious! What a month for you!

    We’re going to be in FL for 10 days here very shortly but spending most of it at The Mouse (much to my disappointment but it is an extended family trip so it wasn’t my choice!) but we’ll get some Real Florida in there too. Can’t wait!

    1. suwanneerose May 31, 2018 at 1:34 pm

      Yay! Is it a road trip? We’re having an epic mango season so keep a look out for roadside fruit stands. Good luck at The Mouse (ha) and don’t forget your rain jackets! Enjoy!


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