You may be asking what this has to do with Nativities, Spanish or otherwise: basically, nothing. I'm trying out a new software for blog posts, hoping to make it faster and easier to get my posts up.
For those among you who blog, I'm trying out Word 2007's blog document, one of the built-in templates that you can select when you create a document. You can publish it directly from Word once you have entered the identifying information about your blog. Or so it says…
To entertain the eye, however, I have put up a couple of photos of one of our beautiful Florida flowers, the Angel Trumpet (brugmansia x). It's a native of South America and is related to the datura and a member of the Solanaceae family. The latter includes things ranging from nightshade to potatoes to eggplants, tobacco and chili peppers! However, the Angel Trumpet produces nothing but beautiful flowers, and even those are toxic.
But it has long been a favorite of Florida gardeners and now virtually constitutes an heirloom plant. The varieties grown around here are usually pink or yellow, although it evidently occurs in other colors in its native areas. The plant can get to be about 8 feet high and is spectacular for most of the summer. This one is growing over the fence from my neighbor's backyard. Enjoy!