For my northern, small space gardeners, today’s post is more about flower eye-candy than something you’d actually grow in your yard. I’m looking out my large studio window and all I can see is….white. What does it look like by you? White, too? If so, then you might really enjoy today’s post.
Bauhinia Blakeana Orchid Tree
I spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s on Anna Marie Island in Florida. It was sunny, 82° F and fabulous. I’m now completely ruined for a Minnesota winter. (First world problems, I know.) Thankfully, I took a ton of great photos that I’ll be referring to until spring! Winter be gentle, please!
The backyard of the condo we rented for the week had two gorgeous Bauhinia Blakeana Orchid Trees, also known as Hong Kong Orchid Trees. These are beautiful winter blooming trees with interesting gray-green butterfly-shaped wings. The blooms are 6-8 inches across and attract both bees and butterflies. The buds seem to open up overnight so during my stay there were always fresh blooms. However, they probably aren’t a tree for the meticulous gardener because they do drop a lot of leaves and spent petals. I read they also have a brown stage later on in the year, but for the winter traveler, they are lovely. I completely enjoyed them and spent several mornings photographing their enticing blooms.
These are a few of my favorite captures….
Hang in there my northern gardener friends. Spring will be back!