Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Butterfly! ... Orchid That Is
It is entirely fitting that the Florida native Butterfly Orchids bloom each year right around Father's Day.
The Butterfly Orchid (Encyclia tampensis;also Epidendrum tampense)is an epiphyte. For all the other weeks of the year they simply hang on the old oak trees acting and looking quite non-descript.
My own father gave me these unique Florida plants a few years ago. When he separated his I was the lucky recipient to transplant some to my garden.
Every celebration of Father's Day that Dad is still with us, even though not well and vibrant as the man who raised me, I am thankful. These perky little flowers that bloom this same time each year, have become a treasure not only to my garden but to my heart.
The follow-up post to Naturalistic Minus Chaotic, "tips for implementing a naturalistic garden" is forthcoming, I promise. I haven't forgotten ... just distracted with what's going on in the garden right now.