June in Bloom


These hot humid days are dragging me down, but I’m rewarded with flowers and fruit.I love the brushstrokes on this frangipani.
Valencia Pride beauties.I love a mango dimple!bird of paradise
Rain lilies popping.I’m filling more beds with this African blue basil -it’s a perennial with sterile seeds, and only propagated by cuttings.
My cat says this anole’s days are numbered. Peacock crossing, Ft. Pierce.Flat calm mornings. Perfect for swimming. With mullet.… and stingrays. See the starfish stamp at the bottom?Look how verdant the Hillsborough River hike is now. If you look close maybe you can see all the mosquitoes. We always admire this big orchid, Encyclia tampensis, that hangs on a branch over the river.Here it is a little closer. And here’s one in my backyard. A rainy day photoshoot for Edible Nature Coast.Art by Grandma Polly. Found it won a blue ribbon after we took it off the wall. My cousin Sara read this poem as we sent them out to sea together. It was perfect.
Hope you all have a Happy 4th! 

10 Comments June in Bloom

  1. Dale June 30, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    Beautiful. I was truly moved by the poem and sacred experience it must have been sending Aunt Polly Ann & Uncle Donald to sea. 🌺💕

    1. suwanneerose June 30, 2022 at 5:15 pm

      Off they went on an outgoing tide. I’m so glad we made it happen.

  2. Julie June 30, 2022 at 4:45 pm

    How beautiful to send off Polly Ann and Donald together at sea, and I love the chosen poem.

    1. suwanneerose June 30, 2022 at 5:09 pm

      It was exactly what they wanted. ❤️

  3. Misti June 30, 2022 at 5:04 pm

    How cool to have found that art by your grandmother won a ribbon! My condolences for your losses.

    Looks like summer is being gorgeous in Florida as per usual!

    1. suwanneerose June 30, 2022 at 5:29 pm

      It was so funny to find the blue ribbon! She named it “Sticky Fingers.” She never thought her art was any good (so many of us can relate to that), but thankfully she still made lots of it and thoroughly enjoyed it.

  4. Mary Ann July 2, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Beautiful pics, it was a very special morning.

    1. suwanneerose July 8, 2022 at 12:04 pm

      It really was beautiful and exactly what they wanted.

  5. Cindi July 8, 2022 at 10:11 am

    What a beautiful tribute to your grandparents. I love Sticky Fingers, and I’m not even a fan of frog. Your appreciation of your Florida roots show through and through, and I thank you for that, especially during the heat of the summer!

    1. suwanneerose July 8, 2022 at 12:02 pm

      Thank you, Cindi! I hope you guys are making the best of summer despite the heat. I am so thankful for a/c right now!

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