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Beautiful,but——

Why do the most beautiful things in the garden also have a dark side?

I’m talking about Quesnelia testudo…IMG_1857a Also called Turtlehead bromeliad,or Winter Torch.
A semi-cold hardy bromeliad.It can take temperatures down to 25*F,for a few hours.Most gardens in Florida have them,even though they are native to South America.
They tend to grow into large clumps,one on top of the other.IMG_1859a 
This is the time of year for them to bloom.The inflo is almost fluorescent.
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But why do I call them “mean” ?
The ‘leaves’ have these…..
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And if they brush against your bare skin,they burn!
Which makes dividing the clumps next to impossible.For me at least.
So,I just let them grow where they are….
Into huge clumps….
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And enjoy them from a distance….

Pass the machete’….

After just one week away,the garden has gone psycho!
What?!
Weeds have gone wild.
Things up and died in my absence.

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My Bat-Faced Cuphea died and is now surrounded with weeds and grass.
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Cucumbers,cilantro,and tatsoi up and died…
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Carolina Honeysuckle decided to grow like crazy.The hummingbirds are loving it,but me,not so much.

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The Confederate Jasmine decided it wanted to get to know the tomatoes better….
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Time to haul out the vinegar spray….

But on the up side….
The plumeria are blooming….
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As are the Hoyas,Broms,and orchids….
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Guess I need to get out the pruners/machete’…..