I brought home some poinsettia plants over Thanksgiving weekend to brighten up the house for holidays.
When I was watering them before placing them in the living room, I noticed these guys on the leaves. They were smaller than by pinky fingernail. I carefully removed them and put them outside on a bush, but not before grabbing my camera and taking pictures of them.
Little critters creeping or buzzing around the butterfly garden at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo.
A few of the blooming things.
The waterfall at the nature center. Years ago I would see green tree frogs hanging around this area but I haven’t seen any in a long while.
Something growing around a tree stump. Looks like icing (of course, I have sugar on my brain).
A tiny oasis in the heat.
From my trip to the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo in mid-June.
I just realized they have a rainbow eucalyptus tree here. I have never noticed it before. Maybe it just recently started showing it’s colors. As the bark peels off, different shades come through.They are not native here but grow well in rain forests.
Blooming things at the Naples Botanical Gardens.
In the butterfly house, we got to see some butterflies emerging before they had started flying.
Zooming in across the street from the gardens, it looked like someone was clearing a field.Probably another subdivision going up.
We spent a hot morning walking around the Naples Botanical Gardens during our trip in late April. So many bright colors.
The flowers were in full bloom in mid-March here in central Florida. Although this year it felt like spring all winter.
Reflections on the pond in the early morning.
The pathway in the children’s garden is fun with all of the colored stones. I usually don’t walk over to that part of the gardens but was following some birds flying around.
The vegetable garden is near the children’s garden. I usually walk through there to see if there are any birds stealing the food.
Above is a short video of the bell tower when the bells were ringing. You can hear them ringing throughout the gardens but it’s pretty loud in front of the pond. The gardens are in Lake Wales and about an hour and 20 minutes from my home in Tampa without traffic. I would probably come here all of the time if it were closer but usually try to come in spring and fall.
Even in January there is lots of color in central Florida. Found the above at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo.
The usual birds. Carolina wrens have been singing away for weeks now.
This little squirrel was too cute, chowing on these pink seed pods over my head.