Swamp native…

Close up of Swamp Lily (crinum americanum) blossom in the Bonnett House parking lot. Living in wetland, near a creek that flows through the property the Swamp Lily was flourishing. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

This native Floridan loves wet feet. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Shocking brilliance…

Ixora Nora Grant (Ixora coccinea) is one of the most popular shrubs in southern Florida. These balls remind me of the northern Snowball bush; but this plant’s balls burst out in bright tropical color. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Compact, dense blooms found at the Morikami Japanese Garden, but prominent all over Southern Florida.. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Playful Asian…

This delicate Asian native, Pinwheel Jasmine (tabernaemontana divaricata) quietly commanded attention at the Morikami Japanese Garden in Del Ray, Florida. The leaves are evergreen with the most prolific bloom time being spring. Enjoy.

For history of it’s medicinal use: https://ww anw.naturalremedies.org/jasmin/

Berry bounty…

Unsure of the specific Palm variety here, but the berries were prolific and in all stages of ripening. Also unsure if these are edible. They were part of the foilage in the Bonnett House Courtyard, Ft. Lauderdale Florida.

Palm Tree rich with hanging clusters of berries.Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

‘Tis the season for berries. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Taking a break…

Blue Dasher Dragonfly resting. It’s vorasious appetite keeps it hunting by any water. This bright blue beauty consumes it’s weight in insects daily, helping control mosquito population. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Does it appear to have four eyes? Macro image. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

For more information check out: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_dasher.

American royalty…

Queen’s Wreath (Petrea volubilis) is an American native found in tropical climates. This vine decorated a wall at Ft. Lauderdale’s famed Bonnett House. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The flowers have dropped leaving what seems at first to be flowers, but are actually five-pointed, star-shaped calyxes. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg