Wordless Wednesday: More Photos from Key West

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Plants of the Conch Republic

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My first visit to Key West happened in late July, in the peak of summer. Even though we are days away from welcoming autumn, I can’t stop raving about the southernmost city of the continental USA. I did the typical touristy things like the sunset celebration on Mallory Square; I strolled down Duval Street, and even waited in line to take a group photo by the Southernmost Point (most touristy thing ever). Snorkeling and a sunset “cruise” off the coast of Key West was the weekend’s main event, a moment with friends I will remember forever. On a personal level, though, the highlights of my trip to the Conch Republic mostly belonged to its flora. In between visiting high-profile attractions and partaking in other activities, I made sure to pause and enjoy the plant life.


If you really want to get to know a city, you need to walk its streets. That’s why I wandered about the key in a brief late afternoon garden walk, right after checking in to the guest house my friends and I were staying in. Key West is known for its relaxed way of life and I was pleased to sense it for myself on the very first day. You see it in the city’s motto (One Human Family) and flags of the Conch Republic proudly displayed everywhere. You feel it from the residents of Key West, welcoming guests from all walks of life. But the laidback lifestyle is truly personified in the private and public garden spaces visible from the streets. Each of the garden spaces were unique in one way—from its whimsical elements displaying the gardener’s personality to the use of specimen plants—but were all unified in the same types of plants used and how each garden contributes to Key West’s carefree state of mind.


Plants gone solo

In regards to Key West’s flora, I knew the basic stuff; like its hardiness zone number is 11 and the climate is subtropical. Chances were very possible that I would find the same types of plants I’m used to seeing in Miami. My assumption proved to be true by the following plants:


Roystonea regia – Royal Palm: Royal Palms are just more regal in Key West. They love it here and I can’t blame them, I fell in love with Key West as well.

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