Saturday, April 18, 2015

Visiting the Epcot flower and garden festival

Today we arrived at EPCOT at WDW for the Flower and Garden Festival
More pictures to come

Thursday, April 16, 2015

White succulent flowers

This morning I found these blooms among my collection of succulents, is a pity that these beautiful flowers only last one day.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

That's a good dog!

Rosie—garden companion, protector of birds, chaser of stray cats, and member of our family passed away today.  She showed up at our doorsteps 14 years ago, a dirty puppy, full of ticks and proceeded to choose us for her family.  We had a bumpy ride during the puppy years, especially when her Australian Cattle Dog genes would surface and she would attempt to herd our family like cattle.  The ride became a long journey of love and appreciation; she became the perfect dog for our family.

Rosie was a fixture at the DragonFly Garden from the very beginning of this adventure.  She took her duties of “Guardian of the Garden” seriously, never allowing stray cats in, protecting all the birds that came to our feeders.  She never caused any damage to the plants and was always by my side as I tended them.  I will miss you, Boo; may you find plenty of cows in Heaven’s Garden to herd!

Saturday, April 04, 2015

The annual Easter garden party

The Easter holiday is our turn to host our family and friends for an outdoor Easter party in the garden.  Last year we had over forty guests, this year we expect to top that number.  I have been a busy gardener getting the place ready for the event.   

This week at the DragonFly garden.

I decided the clean up this palm tree, it turned out to be harder than I expected. (I will never let anything climb up the trunk of any my trees)

My Mexican flame vine is in full bloom.

The mangos are almost ready 

This week I had two painted bunting visit the garden.  This is a rare event for my garden, these birds winter in southern Florida, but cities are not their habitat.  The picture was taken from inside my house.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

A little color never hurts

There is a little more color in my back garden these days.  For the last couple of weeks I worked on a new trellis and did some painting. 
 The creeper has a new home and the outdoor umbrella was replaced.

I always wanted a weathervane in my back garden  One night I shopped on line and ended up with more than I a weathervane. I got this great looking butterfly house and a bird house (in route)

I did some internet research on butterfly houses, and found out that they don’t work.  The few butterflies’ species that use houses to hibernate are not found in South Florida.  Oh well at least baby lizards will have a good hiding place.

 Blooms this week at the Dragonfly Garden

Flowers in my new lemon tree, yea!!!

It is yellow tap tree season in South Florida.  My tree has more color than previous years and is not done yet.  These trees are making my commute to and from work more pleasant.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Tomato wars

The dreaded Hornworm arrived in my vegetable garden, in two days I lost many of my small tomatoes.  I have been on the lookout every morning for signs of damage, but the little buggers waited for me to go on a business trip before they attacked.  When I came home the damage was done, I think I killed them all, but they are very good at hiding.

This has been a good year for the vegetable garden.  The broccoli is starting to produce, I have more arugula that I know what to do with, and all the salad greens I can eat.  

The days are getting longer and the weather hotter, so is a matter of time before all these plants will fry in the afternoon sun.  This year we had a short and hot winter, not ideal for vegetable gardens in South Florida.

This week at the DragonFly garden.

The bromeliads are blooming, the mango tree has flowers again (the third time this year) and the hanging basket is new to my collection of succulents.

PS – I am working on a project to bring more color to my back garden; I hope to be done next week, pictures to come.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Visit from a Painted Bunting

This morning I had a visit from a Painted Bunting, unfortunate I didn't have my camera with me, (you’ll have to take my word for it).  These beautiful birds are rare in this part of Florida; they only get this far south in the winter.  They are very shy birds and difficult to photograph.

This week flowers from the DragonFly garden. 

 Yellow orchids
 Mini bougainvillea flowers
 Red begonias
 White begonias
 Flowering cactus

The latest DragonFly decoration