Sunday, November 18, 2007

NIX the White Picket Fence

After comments from many of my gardening blogging friends about my post last Sunday, I have come to the conclusion that you are correct--a white picket fence is not a good idea for a stucco home like mine. An iron fence might look good but is going to be expensive and the wife is not too crazy about it. Maybe a hedge, we'll see.
This weekend I took a break from heavy gardening. On Saturday morning the weather was excellent so I did some pruning and weeding and cleaned the pond. I don’t know about you, but I love pruning and weeding because I can be out in the garden, close and personal with my plants; no worries, no hassles.

Saturday afternoon I attended the homecoming football game of my college alma matter. Unfortunately and amazingly, it's been two years and no wins! I was hopping this was the game that we would pull out a win but my team did not fail to disappoint us. Guess they're taking after our Miami pro team, the Dolphins, which are so far winless this year as well.

Today, my wife and I attended the “ The Ramble Garden Festival” at Fairchild Tropical Garden. This is an annual event to benefit the Gardens and known as the largest plant sale in South Florida. There is also an antique and collectible show/flea market and lots of other activities in one of the most beautiful setting in all of Florida.
The weather was great and so was the turn out. Fairchild Gardens is considered one of the largest tropical botanical gardens in the world, totally dedicated to the study and conservation of tropical plants. This is a must-see if you ever visit our fair city.

Plants are the main reason I go and I always find something to bring home.

Here I am with my finds this year--a tri-orange color angel’s trumpet and a yellow devil’s trumpet (called "devil" because the flower points upwards)

This is a “White Bat”. Dying to buy one for the house but, unfortunately, I was too late and they sold out early. This one was the display. I got the phone number and address of the nursery and I am planning to go and get one. Striking and unusual flower and gorgeous giant leaves.


Yolanda Elizabet said...

A hedge will look good with almost any kind of property.

That looks like a very nice garden fair Rusty and I love the plants you bought. Devil's trumpet eh, I hadn't heard of that one before.

I hope you will be able to buy the bat plant soon!

Jeanette said...

Hi Rusty, Wow that Garden fair looks great I could wonder around there for hrs. ohh i love that white bat bush very unusual ive never seen one, hope your able to get one, and then we can all watch it grow...

Wicked Gardener said...

Rusty! I feel like I killed your dream of a white picket fence!!! I'm a dream killer!!!!! I'm sorry!! Perhaps I can provide some inspiration? Bamboo? I even found a DIY site that looked cool:

Does this free me of the dream killer karma? I hope so!!

How neat it must be to live so close to Fairchild. I've always wanted to go there.

Wicked Gardener said...

Oh! And that bat is SOOOOO cool! I love it!