Did you notice the tropical greenery in yesterday’s post on Ernest Hemingway’s Key West House?
The palms blowing in the wind droop down over everything, cascading into your eyesight. As I sat on a bench in the side yard, the rustling palm branches were very soothing as they filtered sounds from the street. It didn’t feel like a city street. Everything was so calm.
I snapped several pictures outside as I meandered around, one of which was this African Tulip Tree I’d seen all over the island.
I was so happy when our tour guide gave the name of this beauty.
Ahem…finally, I wiggled my way through the crowd for a shot from the balcony – as close as I could get.
I wonder if each brown pod is another tulip cup preparing to open.
While waiting in line to go up to Hemingway’s writing studio, I passed by a flowering potted plant. I love the color! It looks like a begonia of some sort, but the petals are much more dense.
I noticed all the greenery there is hardy, healthy, and thick.
The trunk of this tree looks like a palm. But, the greenery part isn’t like a palm. What interesting leaves!
A small flowering tree in front of the house caught my eye. Or, maybe it’s a large bush.
Behind the house, near the swimming pool, there’s a water feature with a story. Hemingway was quite a
drinker character, and one night he brought home a concrete urinal from a nearby bar. He placed it right here in this spot and instructed Pauline not to move it. Horrified, she added the olive jar to a stone platform and turned it into a fountain.
She decorated the urinal front with some of her imported tiles, so now you don’t realize a urinal catches the trailing fountain water. Genius!
Weren’t they funny? Both of them! I imagine they were a lot of entertainment for the townspeople.
Oh, and about the cats. A sailor gave a 6-toed cat to Hemingway, and it started a large 6-toed cat population in the entire town of Key West. I noticed paw prints in the concrete outside, so I snapped a picture.
Hemingway’s personal cat population grew to number 40-50 during his stay. He loved animals, and the side yard was a nice play yard for them all. He named them after famous people, and the staff continues the tradition today.
Have you ever seen a 6-toed cat? They have what looks like a thumb, and they can grasp things like we do with our hand.
Our tour guide said some are quite talented at grabbing treats from the guides’ pockets. Handy!
We ate delicious sandwiches at the 6-Toed Cat Cafe, only a few doors down from Hemingway’s house. There are many business names in Key West that use the 6-Toed Cat reference.
We had such a great time in Key West. There’s more to share about our trip – more Florida flowers to show you soon. 🙂