Thursday, November 26, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The oldest plant sale in South Florida

Today I visited the Ramble at Fairchild Tropical Garden. The Ramble is the oldest plant sale in South Florida, and is the event that all us gardeners wait for every year
The plan for today was to bring little cash and be very selective of what I was buying, and when the money ran out, it was time to go.
I did not count on a new technology, wireless credit card authorization machines. This year many of the plant sellers had these machines that made it very easy and tempting for the weak gardeners like me to buy with plastic.

Here is the list of plants that follow me home this year.
1 – Neo Royal Burgundy bromeliad, the color is magnificent I could not resist this one.
2 - Vriesea Zamorensis this sun loving bromeliad is perfect for my front garden.
3 – Elephant Plant (Bonsia Portulacario) I will be trying to do a bonsai with this plant.
4 – Sansevieria Cylinndrica “skyline” – This exotic succulent caught my eye and I had to have it.
5 – Horsetail (Equesetum Hyemale) – Another exotic plant that caught my eye, this one came with a warning from the seller, to keep it in containers and not to put it on the ground, is suppose to be very aggressive.

Next year the credit cards are staying home.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Garage Sale Day

Yesterday the girls decided to do our yearly garage sale; it has become a tradition in my home to do a yearly spring-cleaning garage sale in the fall. The weather was perfect; the temperature was in the mid sixties in the morning, reaching the high seventies in the afternoon, no rain and not a cloud in the sky.
My only participation on garage sale day is helping taking the staff out and picking up at the end of the day. Yesterday was a perfect day to do some maintenance cleaning in the front garden.

It was time to clean up the bromeliads, every year around this time I take out the old plants so the new offshoots have some room to grow.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

My winter herb and vegetable garden is done.

I am finally done with my winter herb and vegetable garden, for the last couple of weeks I been planting the vegetable bed a little at a time. This year I added more than ever, for the first time I’m growing butternut squash, arugula and yummy peppers. Wish me luck with the squash, I don’t know how big is going to get, I am hoping it grows up the trellis.

This is the list of what I planted.

Eggplant – Black Beauty
Red bell peppers
Yummy peppers
Butternut Squash
Four different kinds of tomatoes – Red cherry, Yellow cherry, Celebrity and Better bush


Mix lettuces


Sweet and Italian basil

I’ll keep you posted of the progress, so far in two weeks the tomatoes are growing nicely.