Thursday, March 31, 2011

I am back

For the last couple of weeks I have been on the road traveling for my employer. Is good to be home again, pulling weeds in the garden. Traveling is hassle these days, between airport security, flight delays and bad food. Who needs it!!! My last stop was the city of New Orleans. I have visited the city many times before, but this was my first time since Katrina. Downtown is as normal as any other city, but if you drive a few blocks out you can tell that nothing normal. The number of empty lots, boarded up houses and the lack of people are striking. I can relate, that was the way it was in the Southern part of Miami for many years after Andrew. Spring has arrived to New Orleans; the mansions in the St. Charles Ave area are as beautiful as I remembered. The pictures were taken with my new I phone (my new toy)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Daylight Savings Time

I am loving daylight savings time, now I can garden everyday instead of cramming it all on the weekend. I get home from work around 6pm, which gives me two hours of daylight. It also has the added benefit of been a stress reliever after a long day at work.

Today I trimmed back my banana trees.
And had enough time to take some pictures of what’s blooming around the garden

Sunday, March 06, 2011

The winds of March

The winds of March or in Spanish “Los vientos de cuaresma” (the winds of lent) are here. For the last week we have been experiencing strong windy days, strong enough to cause damage to trees. (None in my garden)

Saturday was sprinkler day, one of two days I get to water my plants every week. It has not rained for a couple of weeks and the dry season is in full swing.

These Monarch caterpillars are having breakfast in my Milkweed.

By afternoon is all gone.

I planted Milkweed in five different areas of the garden. Monarch caterpillars go through plants like this in one day.

This morning my wife and I went to a farmer’s market to buy veggies, and look what I came home with.

I had the perfect place to plant this ground orchid (Phaius Rabins Raven)