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Monday, April 19, 2010

Blossoms, Pollen and Still Needs Help Bento

Springtime is different here in Florida. We do get some flowers that bloom in the spring and not at other times, but we get flowers all year here. So here are a few that are in bloom in my yard right now. The Hibiscus is a double bloom.
My bougainvillea really took a beating this year with the cold winter we had. It's still bloomed though, can't complain, but some years my neighbor tells me I should take a picture because it was so full.
This cactus bloom is not that impressive. Our San Pedro Cactus is the one that has huge white blooms all summer and only at night!

I think they call these Johnny Jump Up they came up all on their own in my Plumeria's pot.

After it rained all this came out of the Live Oak trees. This is where all our pollen is coming from now. You should see our lanai furniture and my car!
Okay, here my car! The back window, this is after we got caught in a rain on the way to church on Sunday! All that pollen...yuck! Now wonder my allergies are killing me!

We have Star Jasmine blooming outside our bedroom window. Our Confederate Jasmine is not in bloom yet! But the citrus is and it smells wonderful! Both the the Jasmine and the Citrus blossoms smell so good! It so nice when sitting out on the lanai!
I got this shot a little late, the bloom is too far open. I do have another photo of my Passion Flower that is open just right! Stunning flowers!

Even our Elephant Ear Plant is is bloom!

Okay here is where I need help. A quick look at one of hubby's bento lunch. He had quinoa salad in another box, this is one of those Fit and Fresh lunch boxes that have frozen piece that sets on top of this before the lid goes on. I am still learning so much from my fellow bento packers and am having fun doing it. I just won a give away for some bento items....I found out this morning. I am so excited, and will let you know what I get and how I will put them to use. So bear with me, I'm still learning to BENTO!!!!


  1. the pollen....oh the pollen! It is sooo bad..I am here in Tampa..HI Neighbor!
    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  2. Yeap, this is SPRING alright! Must be lots of work! I'm going to get headache once I saw this in my house.... Btw, that hibicus is my national flower! *wink* And that bougainvillea, we called it 'paper flower' over here! hehe...

  3. The flowers are one of the reason I love traveling to some place tropical. How wonderful to live amongst those flowers. Looks like a great, healthy lunch to me!

  4. Beautiful spring flowers...shame about the pollen though, I get really bad allergy so I know how awful that must have been.
    Your bento looks great too!

  5. Love all these beautiful flowers in the pictures. Really beautiful to look at.
    Love your bento, simple and healthy. Hope I can start to make bento soon.

  6. c'est le printemps magnifiques photos j'aime beaucoup
    bonne journée

  7. Wonderfull spring flowers!!!!!

  8. Dude, that is some serious pollen! But if it results in flowers like that, I think it might be worth it.

  9. Lyndsey, the photos of the flowers are just gorgeous. It's a shame we can't have the flowers without the pollen. Your bento box looks delicious. I'd let you make me one anyday. I hope you are well and having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  10. I love looking at bento boxes, but have no idea about how to construct them. Your box looks so bright and colourful, just like the flowers.
    *kisses* HH

  11. Lovely pictures..Have to wait till I go to India to see some Bougenvillas..Haven't seen them here in Colorado..maybe it's way too cold for them :-)

  12. The flowers are gorgeous. I love love bougainvillea but it would never make it here with all this cold weather. Love the passion flower also, they're all pretty and I'm so ready for some flowers in the garden here!

  13. Leslie,
    Thanks for visiting back, nice to have you here. I mean we always have a lot of pollen, but this year has been so heavy and late...

    So the pollen bothers you too? I think I would rather call the bougainvillea, paper flower...I like that, that's what I'll call it from now on. Just like my Plumeria, a lot of people call it frangipani. I still call it plumeria.

    Barbara, Thank you. I do like the tropical blooms, it's nice that something is always in bloom.

    Michelle, thanks.

    I know the tree pollen is what gets to me and it's pretty late this year. Next comes the grasses! Thank you, I'm still working on getting a pretty bento. My 15 y/o won't let me do anything cutsie for her bento!

    Anncoo, Thanks, When I make them for lunch, sometimes you just don't think to get a picture that early in the morning. I'll be looking for your bento!

    Fimère, Thank you, I do like looking at the flowers in my yard.

    Zia Elle, Thanks!

    Tell me about it...I'm on my way to pick up some more allergy meds now. It really gets to the kids at school too, everyone thinks they have a cold in the clinic!

    Mary, Thank you that is kind of you to say. I'd make one for you, come on over! (If you can stand the pollen)

    HH, Thanks, I'm working on it. My husband is getting comments from co-workers that they wouldn't buy their lunch next door if they had a lunch like his to eat!

    Gulmohar, I haven't seen them too far north either. But you don't have to go all the way to India to see them! Just come south here!

    Pam, I know you get a lot of pretty blossoms there too. I miss the tulips, daffodils, and lilacs.

  14. Very spring flowers. It just brings so much cheer. Love your fruit and vegetable bento healthy!

  15. your garden looks amazing with all these flowers in bloom! hope you recover from your allergies soon. Bento lunches sound so healthy and delicious.

  16. You have a wonderful garden and a spring bloom going on over there! So colorful and refreshing. Hope you recover from your allergies soon. bento lunches sound very healthy and delicious.. so keep them coming!

  17. agree with everyone above -- your flowers are amazing, and the bento reflects the colors and freshness of your surroundings!

  18. Lyndsey your flowers are awesome and georgeous, I love them, I have bugambillia too are lovely but I dont have hibiscus, I love yours, lovely post, gloria

  19. First things first - gorgeous flowers! I especially love the Passion Flower.
    Regarding your Bento Box, I'm with Megan and MaryMoh, vibrant and healthy!

  20. The hibiscus and bougainvillea blooms are so pretty! I just planted 2 different colors of the latter and I can't wait for them to grow and bloom.

  21. Your flowers are looking gorgeous! I can certainly relate about the pollen and allergies, it's been awful lately! Love the Bento Box. I really should get into that myself.


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