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

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.