White Bat Flower (Tacca integrifolia)

White Bat Flower (Tacca integrifolia)

Is there a more jaw-dropping flower than the White Bat Flower (Tacca integrifolia)? I came across this plant and just about died!  How cool are these flowers? Each of these flowers that you see is about 4″ across and the long “whiskers” are more than 12″ in length. These crazy flowers are held high above large glossy green leaves, very similar to that of a peace lily. The White Bat Flower (Tacca integrifolia) will grow best in conditions similar to a peace lily. As you can see here, dappled sunlight but primarily shade is preferred. These plants get regular irrigation, but stay a little bit on the dry side. They handle the wet and humid Florida summers like a champ and even without flowers are a nice addition to a tropical landscape.… Read Full Post
5 Houseplants You Won’t Kill

5 Houseplants You Won’t Kill

Think you have a black thumb?  Growing plants in your home is not impossible, it just takes selecting the best plants for these tough conditions.  These are 5 houseplants you won’t kill, I promise. Read on to learn what you should try: ZZ Plant.  This is my go-to houseplant.  It does well without much sunlight and prefers that you forget to water it most of the time.  This is a relative new comer to the houseplant category, but it’s glossy leaves and easy care make it a winner for me.  For best results let it stay in a small pot and water once every 2-3 weeks.  It is a plant that grows very slowly, so don’t expect to see much happening other than a nice green houseplant that will look great year round.… Read Full Post
Visiting New Orleans Botanical Garden

Visiting New Orleans Botanical Garden

Full of crawfish po’boys, Abita beers and beignets, our recent trip to New Orleans gave us the opportunity to visit New Orleans Botanic Garden. Just four miles away from the French Quarter and Bourbon Street, this garden is an easy cab or Uber ride. Located in the heart of New Orlean’s City Park, this garden is an absolute treasure. Don’t be deceived by the unassuming entrance; this garden is worth a visit and at least two hours. Let’s start with New Orleans City Park. Go there!  It’s awesome. As their website reads, “The 1,300-acre outdoor oasis has enchanted New Orleanians since 1854, making it one of the nation’s oldest urban parks.” In addition to the botanical garden there is the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, a golf course, carousel, many lakes, trails and biking paths.… Read Full Post
Best Succulents for Florida

Best Succulents for Florida

I love succulents. My passion for these plants means that I have bought, begged, and even “borrowed” many different varieties along they way. I embrace my plant dorkiness and don’t even try to hide my enthusiasm when I see something new. (I have been told not to gasp with excitement when I see a great plant as Mike is driving though.)   That being said, I’ve also killed WAY more than my share of plants too! I think you can consider yourself a true plant person when you no longer feel bad about having a dead plant and instead think of it as an opportunity to plant something new. Okay, back to succulents. There are some succulents that grow beautifully in California and on the West coast and yet, even with the best care, will wither away to nothing after a summer in Florida.… Read Full Post
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