Saturday, August 16, 2014

New this year a kitchen garden

This year I’m doing a winter kitchen garden instead of a vegetable garden.  Last year most of my vegetables did poorly while the salad greens and herbs did well.  I’m tired of growing tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and other vegies and end up getting little in return. 
I’m starting early this year, weeding and turning over the soil, later in September I’ll add more soil and some additives and will start planting in early October.  I need suggestions as to what will do well in the shade; this area of the garden only gets a couple of hours of sun in the winter.


This week at the DragonFly garden.

Blooming this week

August is a good time for butterfly watching; here are a few I was able to photograph this week.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Testing my new Blogger App in my I Phone

Waiting in a Dr. office with nothing to do, why not do a post on my blog.  
I am back from a rested vacation in Sanibel Fl.
It rained in Miami almost everyday so the garden did well during my absent, back to the soil on Saiturday. 

Sunrise at Sanibel beach

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.