Monday, January 10, 2011

Going to Sunny Florida in My Mind (sorry, JT)

It is snowing like crazy today.  Some of you will get gorgeous photographs out there and I can't wait to see them.  I will pile on the clothes and boots and see what interesting things I can find later today, too.  But this morning I'm still in my pajamas, resting inside this cozy no school snow day cocoon.  And I'm dreaming about warmer and sunnier places.  Like Florida.

Central Florida...last March... husband took a business trip... I (gleefully!) tagged along.  While he  worked, I visited  nearby gardens.  Hollis Garden in downtown Lakeland was my first stop.

Take a little break from winter and stroll through with me.  It's 78 degrees, sunny, breezy, relaxing and rejuvenating. A cute cafe down the road will serve you blueberry chicken salad with iced tea afterwards.

Start the slideshow with the controls that show up at the bottom of the picture when you hover your mouse over it. Is that instruction overkill? I kept clicking the big arrow in the middle of the photo and it kept taking me to the album instead, so I say that just in case you did that, too! If you're on an iPad here's a  non-flash link to the album -- not quite as engaging, but you can still see the pictures!


  1. Just came in from picture taking and clearing the walkway. We certainly got some snow didn't we?
    Ah to be in Florida!

  2. janet, it is really coming down! it rarely lasts long, but temps are supposed to stay low all week, so who knows when things will get back to normal. i hope youre staying warm and have water!

    mom, thanks - without you i couldnt have gone to florida in fhe first place!

  3. We have sleet with a little snow falling at the moment. No pretty snow for us this time, I'm afraid - mostly dangerous ice. 78 degrees and a beautiful garden in Florida sound very appealing at the moment!

  4. ginny, we are supposed to have ice on top of the snow now -- should make for a big mess in the morning. stay warm and dream some florida dreams!

  5. I guess I shouldn't complain about the cold weather when we don't even get any snow! My succulents are not happy nonetheless.

  6. Thanks for the stroll. You showed my favorite palm, the Bismark. I would move just so I could grow those.

  7. I lived in Florida briefly around age 18 and I occasionally dream that I'm visiting. I always want to go to botanical gardens (even in my sleep). Hollis gardens seems like a wonderful destination!

  8. jenn, i'm not a cold weather fan, but the occasional snow we get keeps it kind of interesting.

    les, thanks for that ID. i know i saw ghost palm as a common name somewhere, but couldn't find it online. i would love to grow those, too.

    eliza, i go to botanical gardens every chance i get! and libraries. i can't resist a local library wherever i am.