Tonight I'm going to share some of my favorite photos from the first year of The Rainforest Garden! Maybe I'm lazy, or maybe its just because I can't take any photos because the sun is down by the time I'm off from work. Mostly its those two reasons, but I still want to share a mashup of some of my favorite gardening moments this year. Photos with black borders are from the beginning of the year. .
Neoregelia 'tequila' in front of a nandina 'firepower'... in my front garden.
"Sago Palm" (cycas revoluta) in my front yard.
One of the toughest bromeliads in a cold winter, neoregelia spectabilis.
The "rosy predator snail" prowling about my alocasia. Check out Garden Adventures for more on this awesome snail!
Agapanthus (lily of the nile) on the verge of opening its flowers. I like it more before they open, how about you?
This green anole is a florida native, and I love it so.
The palm arboretum at Florida State College is a great place to check out if you're in the Jacksonville area!
Another green anole! I'm a sucker for these inquisitive and gentle creatures.
An agapanthus bloom bursting open!
Neoregelia 'red bands' has jaw dropping foliage, so the flowers are just a bonus.
Curcuma (hidden ginger) leaves are pleated and lush, like huge tropical hostas!
My alocasia 'california' is one of my favorite plants, and its so resilient in my zone 9a climate
It makes a great home for treefrogs too!
There were lots of great moments with tropical plants for me this year, but the best time was spent sitting under this pink tabebuia tree, craning our necks up at a Norfolk Island pine while eating French pastries with my fiance in Winter Park. Oh yeah, and we went to Ikea and Anthropologie that day too... best day ever. .