Monday, May 13, 2013

Some little plant lives found!

I was in Lakeland, Florida this past weekend for a funeral.  My Moms last sister passed away. All three of the siblings went to heaven in the same year period. It has been a sad year, for sure.

As we were walking through a bank parking lot back to our hotel, I found these plant growths on these trees. The leaf shot is to attempt to find the name of these trees. I will look for an APP to try and identify.  One of these growths looks like a bit of sphagnum moss, and most look like some form of moss. I wonder if they will all grow up to be sphagnum moss????? Neat to see how they start out.....just a light circular patch of green on the trunk. Pretty cool. I patch was much more wild and had a shredded appearance.  Well, I had to stop for pictures! Exciting stuff, eh?????

The last shot was of a rosé I found there in Lakeland which was nearly the size of my hand!!!!! They sure have gorgeous flowers!  It's just a beautiful city!

The very last shot was the sort of backdrop in front of a lake downtown there, at a gorgeous garden called Hollis Gardens. Unfortunately we only spent 5 minutes before they closed. My cousin says we will return when I get back over there, which I can hardly wait to do!

Take care!


Claude said...

Well, some of your mods appears to be lichens, ans some appears to be tillandsia... hard too say what kind. Florida is full of both... no idea on the tree...

Bobbie Lynn said...

Hello Julie,
I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your Aunt. I share with your sorrow. My Dad passed away this past Thursday. It is sad but he is not suffering anymore. Remember, we will be with them in heaven and that is forever. Blessings to you and your family.
Bobbie Lynn

Teri Casper said...

Sorry to hear about your Aunt. Been quite a year.
You do find the most interesting plants!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Sorry for your loss, Julie.

On a happier note - as I think you know, I live in Lakeland and Hollis Gardens is worth coming back to visit. I have a number of plants (Purple bean vine, double blue pea vine, white pea vine, and a jatropha tree) that I started from seeds collected at Hollis Gardens - the ones on the ground of course. And oh my - the roses there are always beyond gorgeous!

walk2write said...

So sad for you and your family, Julie. I hope you get a break from the bad stuff. I think the trees (if that one shot of the grouping of them is the same kind of tree) may be crape myrtles. They appear to be showing symptoms of crape "murder" committed by many landscape pros--cutting them back so severely that they look like amputees. They can take it for a few years without much of a problem, but eventually they become susceptible to insect and plant pests.

Anonymous said...

Hi Julie,
My most sincere sympathies are with you. When my father passed a few years after his only sister, it felt like the end of an era. Coping with so much loss in one year can be overwhelming; {{{{{hugs}}}} please take good care of yourself.
ps. I don't think I've ever seen a rose as huge as that one!

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shirley said...

Hi Julie, as promised I am here. Sorry to hear of your sad loss.
Your pho5tos are amazing I was glad to see the little purple flowers called periwinkles...when I was young we called them "pee the beds"....dont know why one of those things that just was.

I love your snoozy puppy here is a happy link to some more snoozy and lovely puppies to cheer you up

oops sorry could not find where to do a proper link.

Hope they make your day.