I am considering removing my Plumeria tree, but that will require a tree cutting service, for now I cut some of the lower branches. This tree blocks must of the sun during our winter months when the sun is high in the souther hemisphere.This week I scored three croton plants that my neighbor was putting in the garbage. These croton plants are gorgeous and I will find a place in my garden for them.
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Saturday, August 22, 2020
August and September are the peak of the hurricane season in South Florida, we spend more time keeping an eye on the tropics and storm preparation than anything else. As I write this post there is tropical storm Laura moving in our direction, the projections are that she will pass south of us, but with these storms you never know.
Starting new garden projects during this time of the year is not advisable. The last couple of weeks my gardening has been limited to cleaning and upgrading some corners of the garden.
My organized work bench
Sunday, August 09, 2020
I came back this week from a two weeks summer vacation to the beaches of Southwest Florida. This vacation was different like everything is these days, but it was good to get out of the city and enjoy a relaxing time on a semi secluded beach. For the first time the garden was left unattended for the two weeks I was away, the person that usually comes to check on the house was not able to do it this year, and making things worse, my sprinkler system is not working (no problem it rained everyday) To the end of my holiday, tropical storm Isaias decided to pass nearby the Florida coast bringing tropical storm winds to the city. I worried what I would find when I came back to Miami, but I was lucky the garden fare well, a little messy and overgrown but no damage from the storm. I lost a few potted plants from the excessive amount of rain, but that was to be expected.
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Sunday, June 28, 2020
June is one of those months that you must get through when you live in a sub-tropical climate like South Florida. Between the constant rain, the hot humid weather, and the armada of new mosquitos. There is not much to like about this month if you are a gardener. The month is not a total washout, there are a few bright spots. The water lilies blooming all over the garden like wildflowers and the large number of butterflies visiting the garden, especially the zebras.
Mexican petunias are also popular in June.
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Over the years the number of winter and summer annuals planted in my garden has decreased due to constrain in space and time. My gardening style has changed, I now concentrate on year-around plants like bromeliads, ferns and others. I do have small areas in the garden that I like to keep some color all year, so in spring and fall, I change the plants that are more appropriate with the South Florida weather conditions.
May is usually the time to plant the summer annuals, this year I am a little late with my planting, Covid-19 has thrown all the schedules out the window. I took out all the Inpatiens last month and today I replaced them with Mexican Heather. These flowers are great for the hot Florida summer and attract butterflies and bees. The Purslane is supposed to be summer annuals, but these were planted a year ago and are doing as good as new.
The ground orchids were planted in this corner of garden several years ago, they produce flowers all year, but summer is their peak.