Monday, March 7, 2011

Sunny Florida, Part II

A year ago this week, I was at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida. I'm dreaming about it today and thought I would put up a few pictures in case you could use a Florida dream, too.

The centerpiece of the Garden is this 205 foot Carillon Tower, which is a
National Historic Landmark.  There are daily concerts given here.

The Spanish moss filled Live Oak Grove

Informal woodland gardens are interspersed with ornamentals and expanses of lawn

Staghorn fern is popular in this part of Florida
One of many -- Camellia japonica

The Reflection Pool is just before you reach the Carillon

Fern covered Palm trunks are so enchanting -- amazing.

Outside the Blue Palmetto Cafe, Spring and Summer annuals
 are humming right along already in March

Maybe the coolest thing at the Garden -- A Tillandsia screen!
Doesn't it look as if they're floating in mid-air?

This is the Sunset Overlook.  At 298 feet, it is one of the highest points
 in peninsular Florida. Those are orange groves down below.  

As you leave the Garden, you will drive through the orange groves.
It's hard to resist the tempation to pick a few.  Aren't they enticing?

Sunny Florida, Part I