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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday SOOC

A visit to the Fruit and Spice Park in Homestead, FL was a real treat.  There are so many tropical fruits and nuts and spices - and we were fortunate enough to arrive just as a guided tour was starting.  Unfortunately, they have no literature telling you all the trees that are there, and I had no way to take notes - just photos!    The fruit and nuts will wait for another day, but I wanted to share some of the gorgeous blooms.  If there is anyone who knows what these are, I welcome the help!  I do know that the red bloom is a type of ginger.



Even a visit to their website yields no identification - just photos.  Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, and I was really wishing I had brought something to take notes to go with the photos!  We were able to taste several fruits, and smell many leaves - including the leaf that is used in the making of Chanel No. 5 for the ladies and the one that makes Bay Rum for the men!  There is a leaf that is used as sandpaper, and we were all handed citronella leaves to wave around to keep the bugs off.  If you are ever in southern Florida, you can't go wrong with a visit to this park!

 Linking to Floral Friday FotosSOOC, and Your Sunday Best.

14 comments:

joy said...

Really beautiful: I wish I could visit this park one day. Anyway, thanks for showing the pictures and sorry I don't know their names too.

Danielle said...

I actually was at Lowe's the other day and took a photo of the flower you have shown on the bottom...can't remember the name so I am of no help ;).... I wonder how far this park is from me? Off to Google it...thanks.

Nancy Claeys said...

A treat for the eyes and the nose -- sounds like alot of fun, Linda.

Thank you for sharing at YSB this week.

Connie said...

Hello Linda, These photos are amazing. Just another look into the awesome hand of God. Thank you for the compliment on my dragonfly photo. He is a beauty, isn't he? Have a lovely day, Connie :)

NatureFootstep said...

nice to show so many different flowers.

bailey-road.com said...

It sounds like an interesting place to visit. Lovely shots.

Judy said...

Hi Linda,

Nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I especially like the last two photos.

Blessings,
Judy

LadyD said...

So many new, beautiful and unusual flowers. I'm a new follower. Nice to meet you!

NixBlog said...

Lovely photos, Linda!
The last two flowers are of the ginger family. The second last one is Red Torch Ginger (Etlingera elatior) and the las tone is Pink Cone Gnger (Alpinia purpurata).

Thank you for participating in Floral Friday Fotos!

heyBJK said...

Beautiful shots, Linda! You take some great photos. Love the colors!

Pamela said...

How awesome! Some of these are new to me. God's creativity always amazes me.

Jenn Jilks said...

I have fun photos like this, as well. And no time or energy to figure out what they are!

Rita said...

Sorry, I can't help ID any of these. I'm just shocked to learn that they are all edible. I guess I have never stopped to wonder where ginger and all my other spices come from.

Some of these seem to pretty to have put into a spice bottle.

Deborah said...

fantastic photos!