Thursday, October 29, 2009

Friday’s Blooms

The South Florida Fall season is here, is difficult to tell by looking at the thermostat. The mornings are a little cooler but by midday the temperatures are in the high eighties. A sure sign that fall is here, is no more rainy days. It has been more than a week since the last time it rained.
There are certain plants that thrive during our dry season; the bougainvilleas are a perfect example.

I have a love hate relationship with bougainvilleas, love the flowers hate the maintenance, my solution “containers”

Also thriving in the dry season is the Mexican flame vine.

This is a transition time for some plants, it’s the beginning of the blooming season for some, and others are done for the year.

My wild orchids don’t like the cooler mornings so these flowers should be the last for this year.

The plumeria is another hot weather plant that is usually done by this time.

That’s it for this week, I am not working in the garden this weekend, it’s my wife’s birthday on Saturday and she expects my undivided attention the entire weekend, which will include some dining out, some entertainment and gifts.

I hope you all have a FUN and SAFE Halloween.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Fall Edible Garden Festival at Fairchild Garden

Today my family I attended the first annual Fall Edible Garden festival at Fairchild Tropical Garden. The festival is a celebration of the fruits, vegetables and the herbs we grow in South Florida, plus Scarecrows Contest and wonderful Halloween decorations through out the garden.

The weather did not cooperate with the festival, it rained most of the day but that didn’t dampen our spirits, we all had a lot of fun.

There were gardening lectures, cooking demonstrations, gardening demonstrations, vegetable vendors and plenty of food; and all among the beauty of Fairchild garden.

The Scarecrow contest was hit with the kids, all scarecrows were ecologically friendly and created by members of the community. Proceeds from the contest entry fees will support the conservation of native fish in our local lakes.

Halloween decorations through out the garden all made from garden materials.

The ghosts were made from palm fronds.

I also attended a photography class early in the morning, taught by a world famous nature photographer from Fairchild. See some of the photos I took on my other blog My Viewfinder.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Preparing the vegetable garden

The weather was in the mid 90’s this morning, but cooler weather is on the way tonight. We are heading into the mid 60’s tonight and high in the 70’s tomorrow (finally fall weather)

Today I added home made compost to my vegetable bed, after four months of slow cooking in the backyard, it was finally ready for the garden. This is the first time I’m using home made compost and I am excited to see the results.

I should be ready to plant in a couple of weeks, I am waiting for my local nursery to bring in the tomato and pepper seedlings, in the mean time I am covering the bed to prevent weeds.

Today I harvested the other banana tree, the last bunch of bananas were such a success that these are all spoken for.

See the pictures I took this morning of a hawk in my backyard – My Viewfinder Blog

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Looking for fall weather

Halloween is almost here and the temperature outside is in the mid nineties, this is the longest summer I can remember in recent history. By mid October the weather in South Florida should be cooler and is time to plant our winter vegetable gardens, not this year.

Today I did some work in the front garden and decorated our house for Halloween. In the old days when my girls were little, the Halloween decorations were a big deal around my house, now I mostly do it for the other kids in the neighborhood. It doesn’t seem to be much enthusiasm for this holiday any more, and that’s a shame for the kids today. Trick-o-treat in a shopping mall is not the same.

I did some weeding and trimmed back my Starburst Pentas, I’m hopping for another blooming season this winter.

The Red Crown of Thorns mixes well with this Neoregelia bromeliad.

I found this palm growing in the front garden, I am not sure if it is a Sabal Palm or a Chinese Fan palm, whatever it is, I am going to try growing it in a container.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Moving furniture around

This weekend the CEO of the DragonFly garden (my wife, I am only the gardener) decided to buy new furniture for our patio. It was a good decision, since our patio was furnished with an old wicker patio set that we purchased in a garage sale several years ago, we also had a large hammock that was too big for the patio.

In keeping with our recycling life style, nothing is wasted in our garden.

The hammock is in the garage and will be sold in our next garage sale. The old wicker set is now in my meditation corner.

I painted the old bench that occupied the meditation corner and it's now the home of our guardian dog Rufus.

Rufus old bench and is now the centerpiece of my new container garden.

I will be traveling on business all next week; I hope the CEO remembers to water my plants.