Before we begin our workday (it’s take-down-the-mast day on Thyme Hyssop & Wry), I want to quickly share more of the photos I took of my walk around LaBelle.
I wish I knew enough to tell you the names of what I’ve pictured. I have never visited Florida this time of year–my visits have always been in the winter–and the flowering of all these plants amazed me.
I saw a staghorn fern during my first visit to Florida when I was around 20 years old and I’ve adored them ever since. Our sailing friends, Mike and Irina, have a huge staghorn fern hanging from a tree in the front yard of their home in Fort Myers. This fern was even larger. Amazing!
Plants I’ve always known as “house plants,” but this peace lily was waist-tall!
The LaBelle Nature Park was wild and shaded and beautiful. It wasn’t until I had entered the park, all alone on the trail and hearing skittering away from me further into the interior, that I began wondering what wildlife I might be “disturbing.” I began listening a bit more carefully and watching for snakes!
Slash pine is prevalent in this area of Florida.
LaBelle even has stands of bamboo!
LaBelle is so lush, so beautiful…