Sunday, August 13, 2017

Dragonfruits anyone?

It has been a while since I had time to work in the garden.  Between family vacation, a hectic work schedule and harsh summer weather, there was little time for gardening in the past couple of months.  Today I got up early, before the sun came up and put in a couple of hours in the front garden. There was a need to do some weeding, cutting back some plants and general cleaning up.  The overgrown plants was bothering me every time I walked into the house.   

This week at the DragonFly Garden

These flowers were at peak this week

Every year these orchids put on a show. (I need some help with the name of this white beauties)

The next batch of bananas.

My new garden cat, he was born here and stayed around.   Now I am feeding him, so I guess he is my cat. He doesn't have a name yet and is a little shy.  He doesn't let me touch him, but we are working on it.

When I came home from vacation, I found two Dragonfruits in the Plumeria tree.  We get many flowers every summer but few fruits.  The flower are only open for one night and must be pollinated by moth in the middle of the night. The chances of getting a fruit are not that good.

Summer green everywhere

A new garden resident.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

My new garden man cave

I was complaining the other day, that I needed a working bench for outside my garden. Look what I got for fathers day,  I finally have my own garden man cave.

This week at the DragonFly Garden

The hot July summer is doing a number on many of my plants.  The good news is that we are getting daily rain storms, soaking the ground and keeping the garden green.  The only plants that don't mind the heat and the rain are the Bromeliads.  This is one of my favorite bromeliad flowers. 
Ruellias do well during our hottest months

Every now and then I get one day flowers from my cactus collection.

My garden is full of Blue Porterflower weeds, it is an invasive plant that as some point you have to pull them out or they take over the entire garden.  One positive about this plant, bees love the flowers.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Fathers Day

Happy Fathers Day to all the dads, including my 104-year-old dad, the man who is responsible for all my gardening genes.  I want to thank my talented son-in-law for his gift of this beautiful garden bench he built.  Fernando is a master fine carpenter who does wonders with wood, The fence and the gate were designed and built by him.  If you are in South Florida and have a wood project in mind contact him at FEFCDesigns  The bench will sit in the sun for a couple of weeks for the wood to dry and will then be stained in the same color of the fence.   

This week at the DragonFly Garden

Is that time of the year for the vegetable garden to go into the compost bin.  This year the production was dismal, it's time to rethink the concept of  a future vegetable garden.  I left the eggplant below because is doing well and it has many flowers, but not a single eggplant (what I'm I doing wrong??) 

Is summer and the Fire Dragon bush is on steroids.  I can't keep up with all the plants that need to be trim and the weeds that got to go.

This is a Monk Skipper butterfly, it likes all the flowers.

At sundown the Zebras gather under the Firebush, some times there are twenty to thirty flying around.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The DragonFly garden is at war against a nasty invader.

I am at war with this nasty climbing weed.  My neighbor on the right side of the house has let this weed go wild on his property and now it has jump to my side.  This nasty plant is impossible to stop.  Every week I pull branches jumping on to my garden.  Today I noticed that it was covering the top of my Firebush tree, it only took a few days and it already was covering the top of the tree and moving on to the mango tree.  I don’t know the name of this weed, but I am going to have a talk with my neighbor and see if he let me try to fight it from his side of the yard.

This week at the DragonFly Garden

The summer heat has arrived and is time to pull out all my winter flowers, and plant summer hardy plants like Moss Rose and Purslane.

Periwinkles are another strong summer flower for us; the good news is that they grow wild everywhere.  I let them grow to give color to the summer garden.

Mango season is in full swing; this is my neighbor’s tree.  I did not get a single mango this year from my two trees. I made the mistake last year of over pruning both trees after the last mango was picked.

This Cardinal couple has taken residence in my garden; they like to come to the feeder and the water fountain in the late afternoon after all the other birds are gone.  

Sunday, May 07, 2017

The summer pollinators are back

May has arrived with a bang; our summer feather friends have flown north looking for cooler weather.  Now is time for the summer pollinators to take over the garden.  The Firebush and the Blue Porterweed plants are buzzing with bees.  The butterflies are also back specially the Zebras and Julias.   

The Blue Jays have the garden back to themselves, they are the year around owners and control who gets to eat at the feeder.  During winter there is more activity with many snowbirds visiting the garden, the only birds that challenge the Jays for control are the Cardinals (sounds like a baseball game) but at the end there are more Jays that there are Cardinals.

The week at the DragonFly garden.
The bananas will soon be ready for harvesting.
 It is also time for the Gardenia flowers to spread their aroma all over the garden.
 All my Hibiscus plants are in containers, this year has been a record year with the amount flowers that I'm getting.  I love taking pictures of theses flowers, soon I will be adding more to my collection.

 I transplanted this Kings Mantle bush to a new location last summer, I didn't think the plant was going to make it, but here it is a year later full of flowers.
 Perfect timing for this picture of this Heliconia.