End of Year Yard Happenings, Orchids, Hibiscus and More

It’s the end of 2018 and I have decided to share some recent yard happenings. One of my orchids is blooming. My orchids don’t look too good, so I was surprised to see two blooms on one of my plants.

blooming pink orchid
My orchid is blooming!

The orange hibiscus plant is growing like mad! I have neglected this plant and am frankly amazed it is doing so well. I’m planning a new garden along the front of the house and another hibiscus is in the plans.

Orange hibiscus
The hibiscus is huge now!

One of the plants you must have if you are a true Floridian is a Staghorn fern! And now I have one hanging from the trees out back. I had a Staghorn fern which I gave to my best friend before I left Florida and she still has it hanging in her yard. She offered to give it back, but her yard is much nicer, and if the plant is happy there then I’m happy to leave it with her.  This new one is in a pot but I will re-pot it into that hanging basket eventually.

Staghorn fern
My new little stag horn fern

The rubber plant I propagated  is still growing nicely out front under the oak. If I can keep it from freezing over winter it may grow and live to be tall and beautiful.

rubber plant
New little rubber plant in the yard

Hope you have fond memories of 2018 and the new year brings all good things!

Off Topic Ticked Off, Annoyed and Depressed Today

Now who would want to read this post?  Maybe someone having a day as bad as mine.  I woke up in a depressed mood.  It hasn’t happened lately, but maybe it was my overnight dreams that put me in that frame of mind.  I didn’t sleep well and that contributed no doubt.

Christmas is over – yay.  I dislike the holidays because my tiny bit of family is far away.  One of my sons and I sat here doing the same things we do every day – except we opened a couple presents.

I did some work at Zazzle today and had lots of trouble with uploading designs.  While working on a new Flamingo design, I realized that a track pad is no good when trying to remove a background from an image.  I managed to complete the work, but it was super frustrating.

Then I visited some blogs and had trouble there too.  I can’t seem to “like” them, and leaving comments was easy either.  I did see some very nice photography which people wanted to share as the year comes to a close.  In fact, that cheered me up.  Thanks to the people who share their photos online.  But it is depressing to see snow and winter images because that is where I want to be – back in New Hampshire.  If wishes were horses…..

Now I am blogging on my own site, and I must say that I strongly dislike the new Gutenburg block editor.  Maybe it will just take me a while to adjust to something new, but I can do fine in the old editor.  When using the new one, I get annoyed quickly.  Please, please, please don’t make it the only option for writing.  I will be most unhappy.  Of course, I know they will not listen to me.

2018 is about over and truthfully I have forgotten it already.  I dislike the month of January.  Bad things tend to happen in that month.  When February is here I will let out a sigh of relief.  And my daughter is coming to visit, so that will be a happy time.

To continue with my sorrowful mood, I will share photos that make me miss my home.   Beautiful Queen Anne’s Lace, which doesn’t grown here in Florida.  Snow!  Yes, I miss the snow.  Wide open spaces, fields of grass that are not full of bugs and snakes, normal trees, and my old yard with interesting things to see everywhere, like pretty hydrangeas.

Tomorrow I will feel better.  I always do.

Queen anne's lace flowers
Queen Anne’s lace

stone arch


my hydrangeas
Of course I miss my hydrangeas

Pictures of Bromeliads

Pictures of bromeliads, which grow in the tropics. All photos are courtesy of the photographers of Pixabay, the home of free, public domain images.

Please scroll down for links to sites with information about growing bromeliads.

Places to find good information about growing bromeliads. Remember they are tropical plants which means they like sunlight (not necessarily sunshine), heat and humidity.

JoyUsGarden – Growing bromeliads indoors.

Home Guides – What to do after the flower has died.

Growing Bromeliads in the Yard – For those who live where temperatures rarely fall below freezing.

pineapple bromeliad
Pineapples are bromeliads

I’ve grown pineapples in my yard here in Florida, but it was many years ago. I remember that I simply planted the cut tops and after a couple of YEARS I got little pineapples.

Here is more information about Growing Pineapple Plants from The Spruce website.

Walking in Fall and Finding a Tree Tunnel

When I visited New Hampshire recently, one of the first things I wanted to do was get outside and take a walk.

Fortunately my daughter lives in a rural, wooded location with a walking trail nearby. We could have walked down the road to reach this trail, but we decided to take the (nonexistent) path through the woods instead.

We only got lost once, but at least we were headed in the right direction! The section of the trail we walked is only a small part of the 6.5 mile long path. No motor vehicles are allowed, but walking, biking, cross-country skiing, skating and fishing (it follows a river at places) are allowed.

There wasn’t much foliage to view, but this cool “tree tunnel” was interesting.

walking trail among tall pine trees
Walking Trail

walking path
Tunnel of Trees

Moose have been seen in this area and I would love to see one. On the other hand, I have heard about how they can be aggressive. It could be scary to come face to face with such a huge animal and have nowhere to hide but behind a tree!

covered bridge
Covered Bridge

This is the river that the trail runs parallel to. My daughter’s boyfriend was nice enough to take us out on his boat and we cruised up and down this section of the river. The water was icy cold!