Saturday, January 21, 2017

Rambunctious Garden

I finished reading a book this week named Rambunctious Garden by Emma Marris, this book is about the footprint humanity has put on our planet and how it has changed what we today call nature.  Going back to pristine ecosystems, the ways things were before humans put their fingerprints on the land, is not only costly, but it is also impossible to replicate.  The author tells us that we should see nature in our surroundings, from our personal gardens, to the landscape in our highways and the weeds growing in abandon buildings. 
Rambunctious is the perfect word to describe my garden; there is no order to it.  I believe in mixing plants, trees and creating habitat for wild life.  So at the end of the day, you can call my garden a rambunctious contribution to nature in Miami.    

My former vegetable garden

This week at the DragonFly garden.
This weekend I worked on the patio next to the house, the Mexican flame vine was getting old and tired, it need it a hair cut, I also pressured cleaned the pavers and straight it out my storage shed.   

My shed before and after

Monday, January 16, 2017

Hiking in the River of Grass

Every year around this time, I spend a day hiking the trails at Everglades National Park.  Yesterday was a perfect day for hiking; the temperature was in the mid seventies, sunny and no mosquitoes.  This year the water levels seem higher and there was plentiful wildlife out.  I took my Nikon camera and got some nice pictures. 

 Gators are kings around here, they are everywhere where there is water
 This is an American Crocodile, the Everglades is the only place in North America where gators and crocs live side by side.  This big guys looked fearsome.
 Birding is quickly becoming one of my favorite past time.

 These are American Coot ducks, there were thousands in this lake, all swimming in different pods.

The Everglades has been in the news recently, as our politicians continue to discuss funding for the restoration of the natural water flow to the park.   The river of grass is drying up, due to man made mistakes made years ago and now is the time to fix it.  If you care for this national treasure, I urge you to write to your politicians, we owe it to future generations.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year

Today I spent the last day of 2016 walking the garden and taking it all in.  We had a beautiful sunny day and the temperature was in the mid sixties, something rare for us these days.
 This little guy is a regular winter visitor to the garden.  According to my bird guide this is a Northern Watherthrush Warbler.  He is an experience traveler, spending summers in Canada and winters down in South Florida, the Caribbean and Central America.

 Yellow Sulphurs butterfly, they are fast flyers and difficult to photograph.
 This is my lunch room crowd

I like to end the year with this quote from Gabriel Garcia Marquez
"It is not true that people stop pursuing their dreams because they are getting older.  They grow old because they stop pursuing their dreams"
I hope all your dreams come true in 2017.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah

From our family to yours we wish you all a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah and a healthy 
New Year

Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Back to the garden after a long layover

I been away from the garden for too long, between a hectic schedule at my 9 to 5 job, the holidays, family demands and weather it has been almost a month since I had any work done in the garden.  Today the weather was perfect and the garden had my undivided attention.
There is always something that needs to be done, and my back garden was in a desperate need for an uplift.  No need to go to the local nursery, I had everything needed from the mulch and the gravel and a few plants that needed to be replanted.

This is my hide away, where I do some of the planting and where all the garden leftovers end up.  Today I cleaned it up and threw away things I will never use and added this low entry frame.  I did it this way so it can hold the branches from my Lychee tree. 

Today at the DragonFly Garden

The brunfelsia tree is in full bloom. Excellent timing, it is at peak for the holidays

 Other blooms from the garden today

 Mourning Doves are the most popular birds in my feeder, I love this picture
UPDATE - My vegetable garden was hit with a week long of rain and is not looking too good, I might have to replant some of the tomato plants.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

The new winter vegetable garden

Today I finished the vegetable / kitchen garden, this year is all on containers and in a new location in the back of the house.  This new location is the only place in the garden where I get four to five hours of sunshine in the morning.  I planted tomatoes, herbs, arugula, spinach, swiss chard and three strawberry plants.  We will see if the new location will be productive, I keep you posted.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Ramble at Fairchild Garden

This weekend was the annual Ramble plant sale at Fairchild Garden.  This yearly event is a must for South Florida gardeners, I make sure to attend every year.  This year I didn't come home with any exotic plants but I did bring home some herbs and tomato plants for my new kitchen garden.  I also purchased a few strawberry plants to plant in hanging baskets.  
The weather has been great in South Florida lately, perfect for gardening, unfortunate my nine to five job has been demanding with my time.  I am a little late with my winter planting, usually vegetable gardens should be all done by the end of October.