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Our Adoptees August 7, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Nature, Sustainable Living.

Every Spring, when the snowbirds leave for parts North, we are offered plants from their gardens, which we happily adopt.

Case in point:  this century plant with sharp spear-like points ~> a lethal beauty.

This colorful bromeliad enjoys hanging around our shady palm tree and teeny tiny tree frogs like splashing around in its mini swimming pools of water.

Our newest addition ~ this Norfolk Pine.  Norfolk Pines are tropical plants and (like me) cannot tolerate temperatures below 35 degrees F. (1 C.).

Although it’s not an actual pine, we may decorate it with twinkling lights for the holidays.

Aah . . . that’s de-light-full!


1. Kate Crimmins - August 7, 2021

Last year when our snowbird neighbor departed for Florida I inherited her porch plants. They were delightful until the frost came. I got a good 2-1/2 months of enjoyment out of them.

nrhatch - August 7, 2021

Excellent! It works both ways ~ North & South. 😀

2. Rivergirl - August 7, 2021

How fabulous! Long live the snowbirds…

nrhatch - August 7, 2021

We also get lots of annuals, but I prefer perennials . . . especially plants that tend to fend for themselves. 😀

3. mybeautfulthings - August 7, 2021

I’m intrigued – what is a snowbird neighbour? Nice plants to inherit. 🙂

nrhatch - August 7, 2021

“Snowbirds” are what we call folks from “up north” who head south for the winter, to destinations like Florida. When they return north in the spring, they often have to give away plants that won’t survive until the fall . . . like these ones.

mybeautfulthings - August 15, 2021

Good name! I’m glad you can benefit from the plants! 🙂

nrhatch - August 15, 2021

Me too! And I’m glad that you got your spot in the allotment. That’s been a fine focus (and source of food) for you.

4. anotherday2paradise - August 7, 2021

Lovely plant donations, Nancy. Do they have to be returned when your snowbird friends come down again?

nrhatch - August 7, 2021

Nope. They were gifted to us for keeps!

5. Behind the Story - August 8, 2021

Those are all beautiful plants. What’s the colorful one in the middle photo?

nrhatch - August 8, 2021

It’s a bromeliad . . . beyond that, I can’t give you a name. Various organisms take advantage of the pools of water trapped by bromeliads, like our little tree frogs. Pineapples are a type of bromeliad.


6. Debra - August 8, 2021

Wow! I love the beauties you’ve been gifted. I think it’s fantastic that people enjoy plants while they’re visiting, and then pass them along.

nrhatch - August 8, 2021

It is a terrific practice.

What do you think? Should I make a tiny Elf Garden around the Norfolk Pine . . . with Elves on ladders stringing Christmas Lights and hanging ornaments and stockings and candy canes . . . with a sign that reads “North Pole.” 😀

7. Ally Bean - August 9, 2021

I’ve always liked Norfolk Pines and of course they don’t grow outside here. Occasionally I’ve gotten one to grow inside the house, but not for too long. They want to be free– and I can’t blame them.

nrhatch - August 9, 2021

So far, this Norfolk Pine seems to be enjoying the accommodations that we’ve provided and isn’t minding the summer sun. Fingers crossed that trend continues.

8. L. Marie - August 9, 2021

Oh how lovely! How wonderful that you get to adopt these beautiful plants.

nrhatch - August 9, 2021

We feel the same, LM. We adopt annuals and perennials and plant them wherever they seem to fit. The plants give our garden some variety and replace any plants that couldn’t take the heat. 😛

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