Saturday, May 26, 2018

The garden from the inside

On this rainy Saturday all I can do is admire the garden from inside the house, there is something beautiful and different in a wet garden.  I have so many projects on the drawing board with summer around the corner, but the rain has been relentless for the last week and a half.  I took this past week off from work to get my garden summer projects started, but a head-cold and the rain put a stop on all the plans.  Alberto the first tropical storm of the season (way too early, hurricane season starts next week) has been seating in the Gulf of Mexico dumping rain on all us and is getting old.  We needed the rain, the dry season was long and unusually dry but after 10 days of the same, we are ready for the sun. 

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Who is eating my Hibiscus plants?

I noticed that some of my Hibiscus plants have been attacked by a ferocious eater.  So far I have not been able to catch the offender.

Is your job to guard my garden and eat plant eating bugs. 

Today at the DragonFly garden

This morning we had a rainy day in South Florida.  All the plans to work outside had to be postpone, not been one to seat around with nothing to do, I decided to clear and clean my enclosed back patio.  Lots of clutter had accumulated since hurricane Irma.

 The yellow chair was on its way to the garbage bin, but I decided to use my last yellow spray paint can.  Now looks like new

 My morning view while I sit with a cup of coffee ready to take on the day.
New flowers this week

The first flowers from the Rangoon Creeper,  soon it will be cover with flowers.

It only took a couple of weeks for the Plumeria tree to be full of leaves and flowers

One of my favorite bromeliad flowers 

Saturday, April 28, 2018

The butterflies are back for the summer

As the snow birds fly north for the summer, the butterflies are move in.  Today I photographed several Zebras and a mating pair of Gulf Fritillaries in my garden.  The Fritillaries are not very common around here, so this was an exciting find.

This week at the DragonFly garden

One of my neighbors put this container in the garbage bin, after a new cote of paint it is now hosting one of my hibiscus plants.

This is what is left of my winter kitchen garden, the heat has kill most of the plants.  Today I moved what was left to shady area away from the hot sun.

This Sticks on Fire plant has grown almost to the roof of the house.  I have many of these plants around the garden, but none get that reddish color they are famous for. 

 New flowers this week are these beautiful Hibiscus and the blue King's Mantle.

New to the garden are these pinwheels, it turns out they are my two year old grandson favorite thing in the garden. 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day to all, no work in the garden this weekend.  Time to relax and enjoy the wonders of nature.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

First Mango of the season

Today I picked the first mango of the season, this year the harvest will be plentiful as you can see by the pictures below.   One of the trees is so heavy with fruits, that I had to put stakes on some of the branches.

 The Painted buntings continue to make my garden their home.  I have counted up to six in the feeders, two males and four females.  Today I spotted a Black and White Warbler in one of my birdbaths, a cute little bird, probably on the way north from his or her summer home in the Caribbean.   

More Hibiscus flowers in the garden.  I am a big fan of these flowers, I have ten different plants all in containers.  They are the perfect flower for my garden's subtropical theme.