Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Curcuma alismatifolia 'Pink'
Rain is one of those treasured natural supplies providing nourishment to all living things that is unmatched by any other resource.
We try never to complain once the rains start on a regular basis in Florida as we are most grateful for them in summertime.
Afternoon thunderstorms or morning thunderstorms can blow through in short order or they can hang around for longer.
Day to day we hardly ever know for sure if they will come or how long they will last when they do. Heck. The weather forecasters hardly can predict accurately.
If the last many days is any indication that we've finally hit the rainy season with regularity then it is here.
Late. But it is here.
Miss Muffet Caladium
Beautiful, liquid irrigation from the heavens is keeping us well-watered each day. No need for supplements. No dragging hoses around to container plants and baby seedlings.
Too bad it doesn't cool us down as well. Still. It is a welcomed refresher for the garden and the gardener.
One of the certain indicators that moisture has fallen adequately is when the native Resurrection Fern 'Polypodium polypodioides' perks up.
The small ( 4"-12") leaved epiphyte is otherwise shriveled up with the appearance of brown, dying fronds clambering up the sides of live oak trees in this garden. (The ferns can also be found on other large trees such as cypresses.)
It is known for surviving very long periods of drought.
With adequate rainfall it immediately wakes up, turning green and resurrecting almost instantly.
It is one of my favorite natives. But don't look for it in garden centers as it can't be purchased (as far as I've ever known). It simply finds its own way to tree trunks by spores and decides just where it will make its happy home.