Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day at home

Today was a quite day at home, reflecting on the meaning of the day and thinking of all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice
Next week back to gardening, I have several projects in mind.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Photo day

The last couple of days we had torrential rains in South Florida, this morning the wet garden was not conducive for any gardening activity. 
A good day to photograph all the blooms brought on by all the rain.  The clear morning didn't last long by noon the schedule daily rains were back.

The purple allmanda is blooming again, after a severe pruning this past winter
 The heliconia or lobster claw, this plant is a pest but I love the flowers.

Someone told me that this is prayer plant, every year around this time it comes out of the ground and I get these beautiful purple flowers and by September or October they die.

Neoregelia (Fireball) this bromeliad loves full sun and rain

The Periwinkles are growing wild everywhere in my garden.
Monarch butterfly in the Mexican flame vine. (excuse my obsession with butterflies pictures)

Pink angel's trumpet, I also have a white plant and I'm looking for the yellow hybrid
The Plumeria tree is not naked any more

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Chasing butterflies

Today I spent most of my gardening Saturday chasing butterflies. There was an unusable number of butterflies visiting the garden this morning, there were Zebras, Monarchs, Julia, Gulf Fritillaries and even a rare Giant Swallowtail.  You will have to take my word for it because most of the shots I took with my fancy camera were blurred.

In between butterflies, I did got some work done, I cut a couple of dead banana trees, and planted a papaya and a mandarin tree near the fence. 
My bougainvilleas are doing well in the containers
Rose Moss are great for hanging baskets and can take our summer heat
The succulents love the May sun
This picture is the path in the back of the garden

Thursday, May 03, 2012

May is garden for wildlife month


The DragoFly Garden is now certified as wildlife habitat.  Is your garden certified?
See how you can do it, from the National Wildlife Federation