Sunday, March 18, 2018

Retiring to the garden after 50 years of employment

Last week I notified my employer that I plan to retire this summer.  After fifty years of continues employment and the last 23 years with my current employer, It's time to make my garden my full-time job.  I going to miss my work-family and the great company I work for.  I am not going to miss the early morning waking-up and the two hours of daily commute.  My plans are to fill my days with activities and the garden will take much of that time. But I also plan to do the things I've always wanted to do but never had the time for it.  Stay tune and find out.

This week at the DragonFly Garden

I did not have much time this past month to work outside.  The weather was perfect for gardening, but the timing was never right.  This weekend was dedicated to my side garden, weeding and moving plants around. These beds were originally my vegetable garden but the location was never right for growing vegetables.  Now these beds are all about bromeliads and any other plant that can take the Florida sun in the summer and shade in the winter.

Many tasty mangos on the way for the summer

The orange giger tree was knocked down by Irma, but is coming back.

 Giant white begonias
My favorite bougainvillea

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Micro photos from the garden

This weekend I was under Dr's order to stay at home and relax, no gardening, no exercise.  The weather outside was perfect for picture taking, it seemed like a total waste to stay inside.
I am a total novice at micro photography, so today was a perfect time to put on the micro lens on my camera and practice.

Cactus flowers


Mango flowers


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Conquering the beast

This weekend I tried to conquer the beast, my Aechmea Blanchetiana bromeliad.  Those of you that follow this blog know that I have a obsession with bromeliads, this one has gotten away from me.  The container where I planted the original plant is cracking from the number of pups growing from the bottom.  I been thinking about dividing the beast, but the spines on the leaves are lethal, they take no prisoners, I have the scrapes on my arms to prove it.  I was able saved several pops to be planted some where else in the garden, 

This was a good time to clean up the other bromeliads in my front yard.

The front yard is recovering nicely after it was destroy by hurricane Irma

The powterpuff tree is blooming again, not as strong as before but I had to cut it back after the hurricane.

The blue daze flowers are a favorite of bees and they look great early in the morning

Other blooms from the garden.

We are in the middle of our dry season, a perfect time for all my bougainvilleas in containers to bloom. 

Cup of Gold flowers

I never get tired of of taking their pictures of my Hibiscus flowers (my favorite)

Angel's of trumpets flowers

Bees are pollinating my mango flowers, looks like is going to be a good mango season.

Only two mango survived from the early December blooms 

This knight anole was photographed in my brunfelsia bush.  These lizards are not native and can be aggressive to our native and smaller lizards. 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

The changing garden, time to move the containers

I don't know how many plants in containers I have, but I can tell you there are many.  My favorite task in the garden, is moving the containers around, it gives the garden a new and fresh perspective.    Sometimes all a plant that is not doing well needs is a new location with a different view.   Yesterday, I fertilized and added fresh soil to many of my large containers and move some to different locations.  

My Key Lime tree is full of flowers, this is the second time this year, last time none of the flowers survived.

More mango flowers, this time both trees have flowers.  One of the trees have a few small mangoes from the blooms in December.

This is the Dragon-fruit plant growing in my Plumeria tree, is getting so big but there is nothing I can do about it.. 

 The end of the season for the Brunfelsia flowers (today, yesterday and tomorrow flowers)

I almost missed the flowers from my Starburst tree.  This tree was hit hard by hurricane Irma, the only surviving branches on the tree face my neighbor's yard.

New fountain, new look.  The bricks on this court yard need a good pressure clean at least, twice a year.   

I end my post with a picture of Prairie Warbler, a regular winter visitor to my garden.