Saturday, August 14, 2010

Flower of the week

My Brassavola Nodosa or Lady of the night orchid is in full bloom.

Today I performed tree surgery on my powderpuff tree. The main branch split in half early this week during a rainstorm.


It has become a weekly routine to cut this invasive vine coming over the fence from my neighbors yard.

Why would anyone let this monster get this way? Does anyone know the name of this vine? What is it’s purpose in the plant world?

Bromeliad meets plumeria.


Rainforest Gardener said...

I'm not sure what that vine is... some of the divided leaves remind me of passionflower, which would explain its invasive tendencies.
I love that plumeria meets bromeliad pic! What a great friendship.

Floridagirl said...

You're preachin' to the choir! I fear vines for this very reason. Too many bad experiences! Don't know what that is, though.

That is one beauty of an orchid! Love it! And the plumeria in bromeliad is a perfect pairing. Don't you love when nature paints such pretty picture?

Ami said...

Love the orchid flower, never saw this before. Just gorgeous!

Hope your tree surgery on your powderpuff tree will success.

Don't know what is that vine. Too bad you have to deal with other people's mistake.

meemsnyc said...

I love bromeliads! Cool!

My Little Family: said...

Is it a sky vine? If so, it's trouble because it grows so quickly. We planted one and had to remove it. The neightbor actross the street planted one and when they removed it, the root system went as far as two yards away!

ChrisC said...

It almost looks like Stink Vine.My neighbor lets it grow because it has white flowers.Round-up won't kill it either.
Love the orchid!

The Florida Blogger said...

Wow! I don't think I've seen surgery on a tree of this magnitude.

Susan said...

That orchid is gorgeous. I definitely have never seen a powderpuff BUSH (at least they are here) that large. I have the same problem with my candlestick plant. It gets so large to fast and then when it rains it splits in two. I hope your bromeliad and plumeria are very happy together! :-)

islandgal246 said...

I am 95% sure that is a passion vine, perhaps it will fruit and you will benefit. Look at the flowers and that should confirm it.