April in Bloom

I love April for the open windows, flowers, and the first wave of tropical fruit. 

Purple Petrea Volubilis, also known as Queen’s Wreath.  I love watching these flowers drop and spin like pinwheels.Toby captured this beautiful sunset on Egmont Key. That’s the only place I’ve ever seen the green flash. Yes, it’s a real thing.
We ate that papaya yesterday and it was sweet, so we’ll keep this new tree.Roseate spoonbills flying by at sunset over Pine Island Sound. Their hot pink didn’t show up so you’ll have to take my word for it.
One of our prized dancing lady orchids, gifted to us by our friend Jeep. We have three hanging around the porch and each one is massive and covered in sprays of tiny yellow flowers right now. There was a possum living in this one last year and it didn’t bloom much. Thankfully he moved out.My beautiful green anole friend camouflaged on a palm frond. I ask this egret to please spare the green anoles.
We stopped at Soroa Orchids in Homestead. Reasonable prices and a kitty named Lucky will give you a tour. This one smelled intensely like Juicy Fruit gum.  I’m swan-diving into May, my favorite month of the year. We’re heading back to Big Pine Key to celebrate Toby’s birthday, which happily coincides with the opening of grouper season. 

Come back soon to read about our favorite Florida road trip and some Keys-inspired recipes. 



5 Comments April in Bloom

  1. Misti April 30, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    I love Soroa! And greenhouse/garden center kitties are the best!

    Looking forward to your May post(s)!

    1. suwanneerose April 30, 2019 at 4:38 pm

      Thanks, Misti! Send me any other recommendations for my next road trip that way. I always think of you when I see the sign for Fakahatchee Strand.

  2. Julie April 30, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Beautiful all! May is my favorite month too. I’ve tried unsuccessfully twice to get some Petrea to grow in my yard. Boohoo! They have an amazing one at Heathcote Botanical Gardens.

    1. suwanneerose May 1, 2019 at 7:08 am

      Well that’s a bummer. I wonder what the deal is? Ours is in the backyard in Tampa where it’s pretty shady, but I’ve seen them out in full sun, too. I’ll keep a look out for the one at Heathcote.

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