"Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity. " ~Lindley Karstens

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February Update on the Leap Day

Today is the leap day, thought it would be great to give an update of my February garden, just make this post a little special :)

There are so many colors and flowers bursting in my February South Florida garden due to the mild winter we had this year.

In the past, I only tried pink snapdragons, and this is my first time to grow yellow and white ones, and I find myself loving them so much in the winter garden, warm and bright.

This is the time for Golden shrimp plant(Pachystachys lutea) to bloom.

Giant Apostle's Iris (Neomarica Caerulea 'Regina') started blooming, much earlier than last year.

This Lobelia plant is one of the rare blue flowers I have ever seen.  They make the great trailing (spiller) plants for the container.

This Purple Verbenas is also great for container, either as the filler or the spiller.

The following two are the new plants I am trying this year, Cuphea llavea Vienco™.  I love them in a more compacted size, suitable for my small garden.

This year I am trying to grow Mona lavender (Plectranthus) in the ground instead of in the container.  It is in a partial shade area, and they seem quite happy there. Best of all, it doesn't require frequent watering compare to growing in the container.

These two Begonias had their blooming peak this month.

Begonia Odorata Var. Alba

Rex Begonia

Even caladium bulbs are shooting out of the ground here and there much earlier than last year.

Dipladenia pink just started blooming again after a hard trim I did late last year. Now they came back fresh and strong.  I expect they will be on their peak time in March.  

Dipladenia pink

Bulbine plants look the best when they are blooming in a mass. Bees just love them.

This Chorus Line daylily has not finished blooming yet, neither has Pandoras box daylily.


Wow, I found I am having quite some blues in my garden.  I guess that doesn't happen by accident considering blue if one of my favorite colors in the garden. Could not help snap some pictures of this blue butterfly flower every time I pass it by.

Blue Butterfly
Clerodendrum ugandense

February is also the month when many orchids bloom.  One of most impressive orchids bloomed this month is Epidendrum Orchid, or go with the common names such as Crucifix Orchid, Reed-stem Epidendrum, Sun Orchid,and etc.

 I bought one in April of 2010.  After the initial blooming, it only had a few flowers last year.  After I put them into the ground (this orchid is terrestrial type) in a more sunny location, this year they just bloomed like crazy.  If you are trying to find an easy growing orchid, this is the one that you should try!  They are also so easy to propagate by division of pseudobulbous stems or offsets, or by removing and planting those pups on old stems or flower spikes. From one 5 gallon container, now I have three clumps of this orchid spread in my garden.

You also can spot Epidendrum Orchid in the below flower bed.

Now the rest are different orchids blooming currently in my garden. I put them mostly in my front porch since my back porch has too many suns.  I really need more space for more orchids!

For those of you living in the cold weather area, hope you enjoyed the flowers in my Tropical garden, and remember Spring is coming!

Happy Gardening!


  1. Your garden is looking lovely Ami. so many flowers! I love that white begonia - I only have the coral colored one. I remember that butterfly bush from Florida - I don't think you get them here. thanks for sharing all your beautiful flowers.

    1. africanaussie: Do you mean the first begonia? I love that one very much! Especially it has wonderful scent in the morning, make my morning garden walk more pleasant. That butterfly bush could become huge, probably not best for my small garden. I have to keep trimming it to control the size.

  2. Wonderful photos Ami. I love all of your blooms. Your post makes me want to get out into my gardens to make them better.

    Enjoy all that loveliness surrounding you.


    1. FlowerLady: Thanks! Your garden is beautiful already, I especially envy all those roses you are growing.

  3. So many gorgeous flowers in your garden right now! I just adore that blue Clerodendrum. I've been waiting one of those for ages. Your Orchids are stunning and my favourite is most definitely the white and purple one. It's just so lovely. I'm also trying Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender' in the ground this year. So far, so good!

    1. Are those blue flowers on Clerodendrum facinating? If you live nearby, you can easily get a cutting from me since they are very easy to grow from cuttings :) That white and purple orchid is actually light green and purple, the light made it looks like white. I love that orchid too. I think Mona Lavender will go better in the ground as long as they are in a partial shade area. When in the container, I had to water almost every day.

  4. Your garden is always so incredibly beautiful. I love everything but especially all the oranges and browns.

    1. Thank you, Wendy! Your garden will soon be very beautiful too now the spring is coming. I enjoys those flowers in your area that could not survive here.

  5. Your garden is looking great now. So many colours and the blooms are gorgeous. I love those blue flowes.

  6. Your orchids are thriving and beautiful. I have that epidendrum orchid in my garden and it is just now putting out some spikes. Just purchased last year so I hope to see flowers like yours soon. I'll have to try dividing it.


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