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

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Hibiscus and Monarch butterflies

This is my first video with my new iPad, I'll be better next time.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Maintenance time for the Creeper.

This weekend I started a two weekend project, pruning and rebuilding the trellis for the Rangoon Creeper bush.   The strong winds last week knocked down the trellis that was holding my creeper bush. For the first time since it was planted years ago, I pruned it down to the trunk (it took five full garbage cans to hold all the clippings).  This bush is aggressive, so I expect that it will be fully grown with flowers by summer.  Next weekend, I plan to rebuild a new and stronger trellis to hold the plant for years to come. 

Around the DragonFly garden this week

All my tropical hibiscus are in pots and doing well, this is one of my favorite.

Two for the price of one, nice surprise this week 

 Spring must be around the corner, my plumeria tree is beginning to show some flowers

This is a pink Angelwind Begonia. I had trouble with this plant in the past, this year I planted it in a pot and put it in the shade.

White Begonia 

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Chihuly art at Fairchild Tropical Garden

Today I’m taking you on a field trip to my favorite garden in Miami, Fairchild Tropical Garden.  This winter the garden is exhibiting the work of Dale Chihuly, the famous glass artist from Seattle.  

Walking through the rain forest section of the garden was magical.  The glass art blended so well into the tropical plants.

If you are in the area, I strongly recommend that you visit Fairchild garden, you won’t be disappointed. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The dry season is here; time to turn on the sprinklers.

This past year was an unusually wet season in South Florida, and the dry season arrived late this month.  My sprinklers have been silent up to now, but today I noticed my grass was looking a little droopy.  Before setting the sprinkler’s timer back on, is always a good idea to do walk through, check all the sprinkler heads, and replace those that are clog.  Our local government permits the use of sprinklers only twice a week, my days are Wednesday and Saturday.

 This morning I was at my local Home Depot buying parts for the sprinklers and naturally I came home with a few other things for the garden.  I was not planning on buying a couple of junipers and a citrus tree, but you know the story, the garden is always in need of another plant.

 The two bougainvillea’s plants by the front gate were not doing well in our afternoon sun.  I got these two junipers to replace the bougainvillea’s, they should be tall and ready for the next Christmas decorations.  I transplanted the bougainvillea’s to a couple of pots and they are now in my back garden, no plant is ever wasted.

They had a two for one sale, a Meyers Lemon and Key Lime tree in the same container; I could not resist the deal.

Photos from around the DragonFly garden this week.

We are hosting a Super Bowl party tomorrow, and the barbecue is ready.  This household is rooting for the Seattle Seahawks.  The only reason is because as Dolphin fans we don’t like the Patriots.    

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Azaleas and the sub-tropical garden.

I have come to the sad conclusion that azaleas and my 10B zone garden don’t mix.  Throughout the years I have purchased many azalea shrubs, all around this time of the year.  All full of buds and flowers, and after the season ends I usually plant them in areas of the garden where they won’t be expose to our killer summer afternoon sun or I plant them in pots.  By the second year I get the flowers you see in the pictures, I know that these beautiful plants need cooler weather, but I’m a gardener I can grow anything with some extra TLC (Not these babies)  

I often travel to Atlanta on business and I envy all those gardens full of blooming azaleas especially in the spring, I have giving up on the idea that I would have shrubs looking like those in southern gardens.  I should enjoy the few flowers I’m getting now, with the acceleration of global warming it won’t be long before they will disappear altogether from southern Florida gardens.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Time for the Brunfelsia grandiflora

The Brunfelsia, also known as the Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow tree, is my favorite winter flowering shrub.  This time of year, these plants are full with three colors of flowers, they are not native of South Florida, but they do well in our climate.  A few years ago these plants were rare in local gardens, but now they are everywhere.  They look like lighted Christmas trees, this year my tree is full of flowers once again and I have a great view from my patio.   The flowers have three different shades of purple; they bloom with a deep purple color and three days later drop from the tree almost white.

It looks like we are going to have a great mango season this year.  One of my mango trees already has fruits and this week it bloomed for a second time this season.

Pictures from the garden this morning

I rescued this bromeliad from a garbage dumpster last year, and look at her now.