Happy New Year!
Today I had some time to leaf through this stunning book, filled with tropical plants that can be grown in your home. I never thought about growing a tahitian orange tree, barbados cherry, or miracle berry in my kitchen. But because I have a great southern exposure along the longest side of my house, it looks like growing one of these delicious and beautiful plants is a definite possibility!
I lived in Florida for approximately two years. In many ways I didn’t feel like I was in the right place, as you can read about here. But one thing that I felt an immediate and heartfelt bond to was the botanical beauty of the plant life in south Florida’s warm, subtropical climate. We’re in the midst of a cold spell here in Seattle, and I am dreaming a bit about the grapefruit tree right outside the Pirate Haus hostel where my sister worked. The orchids I was able to grow on my porch. The little toads that hopped across the sidewalk on their way to the reeds in the lake near our apartment. OK now I’m getting into the crazy wildlife a bit but I think you get the point.
The bit of advice this well-planned book starts off with is this: read about all the plants, but then just pick a few to really think about incorporating into your home. On my first round, I’m enamored with growing a temple orange, australian beech cherry, or starfruit. I think that having just a few tropical plants around the house that provide fresh fruit will cheer me up on any day!