Thursday, November 27, 2014

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

On this day I am thankful for family, friends and this beautiful garden that I’m able to share with all of you.  Thank you for your visits and comments.

Thanksgiving Day, blooms from the DragonFly Garden.
 This hibiscus is the latest addition to my collection, I could not resist bringing her home from Home Depot (I was there buying light bulbs)

This orchid was a surprised this week; this is the first time it blooms







Happy Thanksgiving  

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Hummingbirds are back

The hummingbirds are back for the winter, this year we have more hummers than any other winter.   The combination of the powderpuff tree and the firebush has created a smorgasbord for hummingbirds.  Taking pictures of these little guys is not easy, but they are fascinating birds to watch.





THIS AND THAT

Hummingbirds are not the only ones that like the firebush tree.


















More pictures from my yellow Cassia tree.


















This weekend I cleaned this corner of the garden and cut all the old Heliconias.  This is my favorite corner; I get a full view of the garden.


Saturday, November 01, 2014

Color for the winter garden


This weekend I visited my local garden department at Home Depot.  I was looking for annual flowers to put some color in my winter garden.  There were not too many choices; I come home with New Guinea impatiens, pentas, marigolds and lantanas.  






 Don’t you hate when the plant you purchased is mislabeled?  This Hibiscus was supposed to have a peach color flowers.


I divided my African Iris today, after getting some tips from YouTube.  I hope it works. 



What’s blooming in the garden this week?

My yellow Cassia tree is in full bloom this week.  This tree is one of the most aggressive growing trees in my garden and it requires a lot of maintenance, but it’s worth it.   







Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fall is in the air.

Finally this weekend fall arrived in South Florida, and with it came, cooler temperatures, low humidity and the beginning of the dry season.  Yesterday I headed to the garden, Fairchild Tropical Garden that is, ready to take some pictures, do some bird watching and exercise.

I arrived at the garden at opening time (7:30 am) with my camera and tripod in hand; the perfect early morning light waits for no one.  There were no special events at the garden, so I had the place all to myself.






The garden is getting ready for Halloween festivities; the statue is of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, the famous environmentalist and author of the River of Grass book about the Everglades.

The spider is not a Halloween prop, but one of many real spiders throughout the garden.

This cat bird was very gracious, and let me take his picture.




Sunday, October 12, 2014

Winter vegetable gardening begins.

Yesterday I took a trip to my favorite nursery in the Homestead FL; I was looking for seedlings to start my winter vegetable garden.  I come home with arugula, butterscotch lettuce, broccoli, eggplant, tomatoes and peppers.    The tomatoes and pepper are going in containers; in the next few weeks I will be adding more seedlings and sowing seeds as the temperatures get cooler.

Last year when I started these vegetable beds with construction blocks, I used the squares inside the blocks for planting, but soon found that they were not ideal for growing vegetables.  This year I planted a combination of bromeliads, succulents and drought resistant plants.  I like the way it looks.
















This is my garden work station; I call it the garden’s garage.  Like everyone’s garage it needs cleaning every couple of months.  The beach umbrella you see in the picture, I found in my neighbor’s garbage can, now it shelters me from the sun and at the same time it makes this corner of the garden standout.