Remember what I said about South Florida being a place you can just stick exotic plants just about anywhere and they’ll grow?
Walking around Fairchild Gardens taking pictures, and trust me I have quite a few of them, I happened to spot this little display.
Mind you, Fairchild is well planned and a large exhibit of tropical exotic beauty. The thing is that to my New Jersey born and bred mind, the idea of having a cluster of Dendrobium Orchids tucked in the ground next to some sort of Philodendron plant is amazing to me.
Here, lets just put these plants in the ground in an unassuming spot and let them grow. They’re common enough that they’ll do well here. Oh those plants? They’re just a cluster of orchids that would cost a couple hundred dollars in the stores.
That’s just one more thing to love about South Florida. Nothing’s particularly subtle here. When you have an “Exotic” it’s going to be properly exotic. Beauty is all around us, all you need to do is look.
I suspect that is a metaphor for anywhere, after all. Sun coming up over the tundra on the North Slope can be beautiful, if a bit forbidding to me personally. Amber Waves of Grain in the Midwest. Sand dunes in the Desert. Moonrise over the lake, which ever lake you choose, can be spectacular.
Just stop and look. Nature’s beauty is all around you.