The cold snap in Florida over the past few months pretty much killed everything I had outside. I neglected to bring them inside because I have 2 curious kittens that will munch on anything. It seemed like we were finally out of the woods so a trip to Renniger’s in Mt. Dora was necessary to replenish what I lost. The man with the overgrown little greenhouse in the back never disappoints. His prices are insane and he knows everything about all his plants. He gives great care tips and sells a mysterious ziplock bag of fertilizer that you can “put on anything.” I scored an amazing (and tall) Dwarf Fiddle Leaf Fig tree for $15. That alone was worth the drive.
Florida Cactus Inc.
Florida Cactus Inc.
I’m a teacher so I can never get to Florida Cactus Inc. except when it’s a break or holiday, because of their hours. I was able to restock my succulent collection this President’s Day.
The weather has been outstanding lately and I found this amazing spot in my backyard under the orange tree for a blanket and knitting/painting/writing/reading/just laying. Also attended to Camellia Show at Mead Gardens and have been knitting everything COTTON. I love COTTON YARN!
Last week, I thought I saw a picture on Instagram of this place but forgot what it was called and where it was. I drove up and down Park Ave looking for it and couldn’t find it. I tried googling it but was searching “General Store” and came up with nothing. I gave up and thought maybe I imagined it or something but then my cousin texted me about it and told me where it actually was. It’s right down from Luma next to Colonial Drugs. I can’t remember what the building used to be. It’s so cool, it’s almost too cool for Winter Park, but is Winter Park becoming dare-I-say ‘that’ cool? It has everything we love right now; cacti, neutral colors, ridiculously high priced leather goods, canvas, clogs, and tiny wooden bowls. Oh and coffee. The cold brew was delicious, very strong. I only tasted it since I’m off coffee right now and my cold brew heart belongs to Gratitude Coffee.
I hesitated whether or not I should share this secret… a hidden gem in Apopka, FL. Down a dirt road lies 750,000 square feet of green treasures, ready for you to take home and care for as your own. First, you go to the office where you pick up a shopping basket and price guide with a map. When I walked into the first greenhouse, I felt like I stepped into something I shouldn’t know about. Like it was the last season of the X-Files, I felt like fucking Samantha was going to appear and I’d get stabbed with something into my neck.
Row upon rown upon row of healthy little babies, looking up at you crying for their mamas.
I felt like Dorothy, with my shopping basket, skipping through Emerald City.
Then you have to decide who gets to go home with you. The prices are great, calculated by the size of the pot. There’s even a little ruler in the price guide to help you. And they give you a cardboard box to take them home. Fun for the whole family, and they play great music, which includes Belinda Carlisle. Just when you thought there was nothing great in Florida…I want to believe.