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Winter & What's in Bloom

Winter seems to have arrived. It has been getting down into the low 50s at night recently. Still in the high 70s, low 80s in the afternoons, though. And the air is very dry for a change.

Lots of plants are blooming--or still blooming, especially the allamandas, begonias, Mexican petunias [also called Florida bluebells], ground orchids, crown of thorns, and various jatrophas. And the poinsettias are beginning to color up.

Most spectacular now, however, is the Turk's cap, Malvaviscus arboreus. There is a house not far from the plantation that has a Turk's cap hedge along the street; must be hundreds, if not thousands, of blooms on it. Really spectacular.

This is also our bedding plant season. The garden centers at Wal-Mart and Home Depot are loaded with petunias, impatiens, marigolds, crossandras, fibrous begonias, dianthus, and so on, as well as vegetable and herb plants.

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