This genus contains the popular house plants known by a variety of names including Christmas Cactus, Thanksgiving Cactus, Crab Cactus and Holiday Cactus, which are Schlumbergera cultivars, and flower in white, pink, yellow, orange, red or purple.
Due to our very warm temperatures right now I was afraid that our wouldn’t produce any flowers but it proved me wrong. Not quite as abundant yet as last year but the flowers are starting to appear. Merry Christmas week to everyone. via Tumblr http://ift.tt/1OGeBXy
Golden Silk Spiders are consummate web builders. Their webs have a roundish or “orb” shaped center like a fishnet, and since the silk is bright yellow they are very visible. Here in Florida, a single banana spider can place a web across a 12 foot wide trail overnight. The bright yellow web, is usually about 6 – 9 feet above the ground (just in the face of horse and rider) and normally has an area from 8 to 36 square feet.
This web was huge as was the spider and I loved the way the sun was backlighting the intricacy of the web itself which to my eyes was a piece of art. via Tumblr http://bit.ly/1l8ykrW
May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond.
~Irish Blessing via Tumblr http://bit.ly/21qE1lp
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down today.
Nothing gold can stay.”
― Robert Frost via Tumblr http://ift.tt/1SMuBe0
In the elevated limbs, a number of airplants grow upon the Fairchild Oak’s sprawling limb system. One such plant is Spanish moss, Tillandsia usneoides. Spanish moss is not, in fact, a moss. It’s a rootless air plant that dangles from limbs and branches. Another common plant, also seen below, is resurrection fern, Pleopeltis polypodioides, a small evergreen that is also commonly found growing upon the live oak’s branches.
The live oak tree was instrumental in the early days of European settlement as its wood was ideal for hull construction of naval vehicles, specifically with hull planking. The curved nature of the live oak’s enormous, thick, and hard branches lent themselves well to the curved hulls of these ships. It wasn’t until the 20th century, when iron and steel became the dominant hull standard, that the live oak found reprieve.
This particular tree, the Fairchild Oak, survived the live oak industry of yesteryear. It also survived innumerable hurricanes, wildfires, and local battles and was likely growing when the United States Continental Congress published the Declaration of Independence far to its north. Today, it is protected in Bulow Creek State Park and stands as a reminder of Florida’s live oak longevity. via Tumblr http://ift.tt/1l85w29