Friday, May 8, 2009

Second Spring-Part 1 - Ft. Myers FL Garden

This is my second spring this year. In March we spent a week down in Florida.

This set of pictures is from the Edison-Ford Winter Estate in Ft. Myers, Florida. The pictures do not begin to do justice to the gorgeous plant specimens we saw there.

The first two pictures are of a bougainvillea. Definitely not a plant you would ever find outdoors in the Binghamton, NY area. It was so refreshing to see something blooming.

The next picture is of an orchid. I had never seen one growing on a tree trunk. I keep orchids, and one day I will have to write about my, misadventures, trying to keep orchids alive.

Many people do not know that Thomas Edison's second wife, Mina Miller Edison was a devoted gardener. Nor do they know that Thomas Edison himself did a lot of experimentation with plants with an eye toward exploiting their commercial use.

This is the link to the Edison-Ford Winter Estates.

Finally, here is a picture of a banyan tree. It's hard to show the size of this tree but what we saw was actually after a pruning done last year. Here is some information about this wonderful tree-which wouldn't grow here, either.

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