Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hibiscus explosion

We are midway through our summer season and the garden is lacking in color.  I think most flowers are taking a break, is too hot to bloom.  Except for the hibiscus, all three of my potted plants are in full bloom.

 Other blooms in the garden.

Today I pressure cleaned all the tiles and garden borders in my back yard.  This is a most job, once a year especially during the summer.  The mold turns everything black, and it looks terrible.

My neighbor’s avocados are ready for picking.

He won’t be picking many; this is what happens when you don’t prune your trees.  Most of the avocados are too high to pick and will break up when they hit the ground. 
I am taking a few weeks off from the blog and the garden (Way too hot for gardening)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Gateway to Key West

This weekend my wife and I, joined friends on a short gateway to the funky town of Key West, or as is known around here the “Conch Republic”.  The Island of Key West is only a two and half hour drive from Miami but the atmosphere of this town is as far remove from South Florida as you can get.   I love the keys, if it was up to me I would pick up and move there tomorrow (Not possible now $$$$)

The southernmost town has something for everyone.   
Unique architecture and beautiful gardens not touched by modern development.   

Surrounded by the sea, water sports is the thing to do.  Beaches I am sorry to say, are not so great.

There is lots of drinking at all times of the day.

Interested historical figures called Key West home. 

The mystical chickens of Key West, they below to no one, but they have become part of the fabric of city.

The not so welcome part time tourists (Cruise ship passengers)  They come out of their ships in the morning and leave by 3pm.  (I am sorry to say I was one of them two months ago)

On the way to Key West, you see the remnant of bridges from the old Henry Flagler Railroad that once connected Miami with Key West.    I am fascinated with these bridges, many are use as fishing piers and bike path, others are closed and in terrible disrepair.  If it was up to me I would save them all.

And then there is this Iguana that scared the dickens out of me.  I was standing next to it and didn’t see it.  Not a native creature of these parts, but one that adds to the mystic of the place. 

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Happy Independence Day

From the DragonFly Garden, I wish you all a happy and safe 4th of July.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Is mango harvest time

Is that time of the year in South Florida, mangos are available for sale in every street corner.   This year my only mature tree did not produce any fruits, but my neighbor’s did.  I hope next year with the addition two more trees I should be able to enjoy plenty of mangos, to keep me going all summer. 

This week at the DragonFly Garden! 
Today, I planted more bee and butterfly friendly plants in the front of the house.

The puwerpuff tree is in bloom for a second time this year.  Bees love these flowers, is incredible to me how they get inside the flowers.

I finally got the Lychee tree I wanted for the garden. (You haven’t lived until you had a Lychee martini)  I got tired waiting for one of these trees to be available from the county free tree give away, so today I purchased one from a tropical fruit tree nursery.

My succulents are not having an easy time with all the daily rain; I lost a few so far this summer.

This morning I followed this male Julia butterfly around the garden with my Nikon telephoto camera.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Happy summer solstice from Miami

Today is the first day of summer or as is better known as the Summer Solstice.  For those of us from the land of never ending summer is another hot and humid day, only a little bit longer.
 The longest day of the year started this morning sunny and beautiful, perfect for photo time.  By midday the thunderstorms came rolling in from the west over the Everglades and the skies opened up.  I lost count of how many days in row we had rain this month, typical summer weather   

Many bees in the garden this morning, do you think the knew the importance of the day?

 By the time I noticed this dragonfruit flower it was too late

Summer solstice day was a perfect day for spring cleaning.  Before it rained I had time to clean my garden shed and my outdoor working area. Good times!!!