Friday, July 31, 2009

Bloom Friday

This last Friday in July finds the DragonFly garden in the regular summer doldrums. The grass is growing at record speed, it's raining everyday, and the heat is stifling (so, what else is new in South Florida in the middle of the summer?). It takes a lot of willpower to go outside and do some basic gardening.
Here are pictures from the garden this morning.

Spider lily

Chenille plant

Rain lilies. There are many different types of rain lilies and this one is my favorite.

Coleus. This is the only coleus I let flower because the bees love it.
Buttercups

Two different types of Ruellia or Mexican Petunia.

Tomorrow, I will be going on vacation for two weeks. My family and I are going on our annual trip to Sanibel Island on the southwest coast of Florida. I am taking my laptop and will be updating both my blogs from this island paradise. I promise to take lots of pictures of the amazing wild life and the beautiful flora of both Sanibel and its sister island, Captiva (in between biking, swimming, and just generally relaxing!). I’ll see you all soon!

11 comments:

Florida Sue said...

Everything looks beautiful. I agree, it is way too hot to do much other than putter.

Sylvia said...

Hi, I just got back from a trip in Jamaica and their chenille plants are big like trees, just beautiful like yours. I am now on the hunt for one.
Sylvia

GardenJoy4Me said...

Rusty your garden is goregous as usual. Is that plants also called "love-lies-bleeding" if it is .. an amarenthus ? I have grown it years ago and was totally amazed by it : )
Have a great time !
Joy

Darla said...

Simply stunning color in this heat. We are having our afternoon thunderboomers here in North Florida..

Jake said...

Your Rain Lillies are beautiful and very showy.

Jake

ChrisC said...

Yes-I'm having the same problems with the heat and rain as you.Guess that's the price we pay for the wonderful weather the rest of the year.
We visit Sanibel quite often during the year.We're blessed to have friends who live there.I love the tropical landscape there.Be sure to visit SCCF.

Cheryl said...

Hi Rusty.....you have some beautiful blooms there, I especially like the spider lilly...

Have a wonderful vacation....my family and I are visiting Florida in September....sanibel is one place we will definately we visiting, I love it.....

Susan said...

Your garden seems to be taking the summer heat in stride. You're right about needing willpower to go outside and get some gardening done. I need to do soooo many things but keep putting them off. Enjoy your vacation.

Becky said...

Summer has smiled on your garden for sure.
LOVELY

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

All the blooms are lovely, and I LOVE the third picture!

Chris said...

You have a very nice garden. I just go petunia's myself. Any tips on their care? The buttercups look good too.