Saturday, January 29, 2011

What’s wrong with this picture????

I think my days as gentleman (???) farmer are numbered. Last December I planted my vegetable garden and so far mix results.
I planted several tomatoes plants, broccoli, eggplant, arugula and onions. The broccoli and onions are doing well, but the rest has been a bust.
The harsh winter this year has not helped, but I believe the problem has more to do with the soil. Over the years I added many bags of compost, but every year it gets worse, maybe is time to move the vegetable garden to another location or stop all together.

I am not ready to give up this year yet. Today I went to Home Depot and got 5 tomatoes plants (yellow, red cherry tomatoes and big boys) this time I am planting them all in containers.

All my herbs are in containers and doing well so far.

The key lime tree in the container is full of flowers, if we don’t have another freeze this winter we should have plenty of key limes in the summer.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Chocolate Festival at Fairchild Garden

Today my family and I visited the 5th annual Chocolate Festival at Fairchild Tropical Garden. The weather was perfect for an outdoor festival; the temperature was in the low seventies, sunny and not a cloud in the skies, weather like this is why we love living here.
There was plenty to eat and plenty of chocolates. This festival is one of the most popular for the garden and this year was well attended.

Art at Fairchild
My wife pointing out flowers on a tree
My daughter the school teacher
This year the garden is exhibiting the U.S.’s largest outdoor exhibition of works by French sculptors Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne. The exhibition, features more than twenty sculptures, including works never before publicly exhibited in the U.S., and they are very appropriate for a tropical garden.

The succulent section of the garden has become my favorite; there is always something new to see.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Oxalis weeds are back

The Oxalis weeds are back with a vengeance all over my garden. In past years it would bother me to no end, but now as an older and mellower gardener, I am learning to co-exist with the devilish weed.

There are only two options to eradicate them.
Nuke the bastards with chemicals (I am wiser than that) or get down on all fours and pull them one by one (Not enough hours in the day)

I have come to the conclusion that during the winter they will be part of my garden and there is very little I can do about it. I will continue to pull those that mock me, the one’s growing in containers or next to a favorite plant, and the rest can stay.

Smart Oxalis growing among my spiny bromeliads, I won’t touch that one.

Nice surprise, I found this orchid today. This one is growing in one of my palm trees, it gets very little attention from me, may be that's why I have not managed to kill her yet.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The first 2011 GBBD

These are the blooms at the DragonFly garden on the first 2011 Garden Blogers Bloom Day.

My favorite rose bush is starting the year with nice flowers.

The Powderpuff tree is in full bloom.

I like this picture from inside the tree.

One of my three Hibiscuses in containers.

This is the time of the year for the Brunfelsia tree to bloom. This year the weather damaged some of the blooms.

These Gerbera daisies were pink last year and now I am getting white flowers, go figure!!!

All my Lantanas were killed by the freeze last month except for these purple ones that seem to thrive in cold weather.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Organized chaos

My “organized chaotic garden” has been a little disorganized since the last freeze three weeks ago. Today I spent the day cleaning up, moving potted plants and making some changes.

The beauty of potted plants and garden art is that when you moved them around you end up having a new look.

I have plans for this broken water fountain, but I will need to break one of my New Year’s resolutions (I shall spend less money on plants in the New Year)

I found this broken pot in my neighbor’s garbage can, and now is part of my garden. The bromeliads should do well in this type of container.