Macho Fern (Nephrolepis biserrata) is a Florida native that's big, BIG, BIG and will flourish with very little care. It looks like somebody's dumped a box of Miracle Grow on a Boston fern, but I assure you it's a different species. It can take temperatures up to 104 without wilting. Just make sure you keep it in shade and well-watered.
WIWA(What am I whining about):
Just one thing; it HATES frost. I've killed it because I thought MACHO meant tough. It doesn't. Bring it in during freezes.
This is a strange fern to find here in Texas. I remember when it flooded the market. Then it disappeared. Now you can find it again. You can never find it in a small pot and there's always a gajillion babies popping out of the drainholes. It would be nice for someone to sell a small pot of Macho. I got mine for a dollar on a DEATH ROW area of a garden center. As you can see, it's doing fine with some TLC.
No plant reviews today! Instead, in order to cope with the record 102F degree(38.8C) heat outside, I've decided to post a hot sauce bottle from my son's workplace. Patrons put this stuff on their hamburgers...(I can't imagine). If that's not enough, the owner has about 20 different varieties! Sadly, I'm prepared to show you one each time we hit 100+. But don't wish for more heat just to see fun hot sauce bottles. ;-)
Zinnia angustifolia 'Crystal Orange' (Have it, Love it!)
WHY GIVE THIS ZINNIA A WINK? ;-)
It's a great, compact, cute little plant for the front of your xeric bed, your Cottage Garden, or your path garden. Loves hot weather. The bitoned petals are unique! ;-)
WIWA(What I'm worried about)...I've grown this Zinnia one other time and powdery mildew was a problem in high humidity. Otherwise, it's a great little flower.
Personal Log: This flower glows at night and can be used as an emergency flashlight. Butterflies LOVE little yellow, sunfloweresque flowers.
Category: Zinnas are native to Mexico and come from a dry, low humidity climate. Annual flower.
MY STORY....ONCE UPON A TIME....
we lived out on a very remote farm where I grew cheerful zinnias in all colors. As a boy, I would try to guess the color of the petals the night before they would open. I remember seeing lavender, purple, burgundy, melon, and lemon yellow all at the same time. Our home was surrounded by endless black dirt fields filled with one or two crops. My memories of empty fields is one of the main reasons I fill my jungle garden with tropical plants and flowers.