Saturday, September 6, 2014

Vacation Day!

I took the day off yesterday, the first day off in a long while, so we could go to Marie Selby Botanical Garden in Sarasota.  It was a wonderful day.

The greenhouse full of orchids, gingers, bromeliads and other epiphytes is my favorite part of this garden.

Here was an amazing "bat plant":

The greenhouse is just packed with vegetation and water features.  There's a lot of vision overload and you really need to walk through the greenhouse slowly in order to take it all in.

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Here's an amazing Hoya growing in one of the garden paths, in bloom!

They have a neat little tea room and the cafe sells the freshly brewed iced tea. We enjoyed watching the Koi and drinking some excellent iced tea called Little Monkey.

The house on the grounds, the Christy Payne Mansion, is beautiful.

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If I ever build a house again, this is the floor plan I would use, on a much smaller scale of course!  The staircase is amazing. You'll have to go check it out!

On our way home we had dinner at The Ice House Pub in Punta Gorda. Love that place!

Our next stop was Leaf Asian Market where we bought quail eggs, a 6 pack of frozen quail and some jujube fruit.  I've never tried jujube fruit.  It was "okay". I'm not keen on growing plants with thorns, and since I wasn't gaga over the fruit I'll probably pass on growing it in the yard.  Although, I will chuck the pits over the fence and if it grows out there, then that's fine with me!

I'm looking forward to trying the quail eggs tomorrow. Since we're on a quail kick, I figured we'd eat some birds for dinner next week and give the eggs a try.

It was a very relaxing day.


  1. OH MY GOODNESS! Would you believe me if I told you my Mom's friend who lives on the west coast just sent me a Bat Plant in memory of my Mom??!! Aren't they cool?

    Sounds like you have a wonderful vacation day. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Sheila, can I borrow your Bat Plant photo for my blog? My new plant is just leaves. . . .

    1. Absolutely! There might be better stock photos out there, but the picture I took came out fairly well. What an excellent gift! Have you been to Marie Selby Garden? You would be in heaven in the greenhouse (which they call the conservatory). But it's pricey now - $19 per person. We bought a membership at Mote Marine last year and their reciprocity membership at Marie Selby got us in free for the month of September. I want to go back in two weeks I had such a nice time! The membership at Mote was well worth it. We've used it at Spanish Point for free admission as well!

  3. Wow. Really cool. I never would've guessed that crazy Bat Plant was in the yam family.