This year has been unusually warm from winter onward and as a result we are nearly tropical in nature this year and plants are loving it. We have always had elephant ear plants in the Williams House gardens, but this year they have grown to over six feet tall and the leaves are almost three feet long. They have also been blooming with about four or five blossoms on each plant. We had a six foot lily in the spring and it’s as though all the plants are on steroids this year. It’s also been a wetter than normal summer with two early tropical systems bringing week long rains and more recently fairly regular afternoon showers. Locals who have lived here 20+ years say it is how Florida was historically and that recent years have been the exception. At any rate below is a sample of our large elephant ears this year.
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Spring has come early to Amelia Island and it seems everything is at least a month ahead of schedule. As of March 14, Azaleas are nearly bloomed out and all spring flowers are entering the rotation at a fast pace. Many of the flowers we often lose when winters are colder have survived and are growing again. Attached are a few photos of flowers in and around the Williams House.
Springtime comes early most years on Amelia Island and this year is no exception. With temps in the mid eighties the past week everything seems to be blooming. The gardens around Williams House and all up and down city streets are letting mother nature appear in her full glory. Regardless of your color preference, you can find something to your taste. Of course along with the beautiful flowers comes loads of pollen and the leaf change over for our large live oaks. I’m not sure why they shed leaves in the spring instead of the fall like most other oaks, but they are in full leaf replacement mode and Byron has already done one large leaf sweep with more to come. Keeping the Koi pond clear is an hourly battle. We will be getting back to high 70 temps later this week and into next week, which is great since we aren’t quite ready for summer to begin this early. It’s a great time to visit on Amelia Island!