Saturday, January 31, 2015

The dry season is here; time to turn on the sprinklers.

This past year was an unusually wet season in South Florida, and the dry season arrived late this month.  My sprinklers have been silent up to now, but today I noticed my grass was looking a little droopy.  Before setting the sprinkler’s timer back on, is always a good idea to do walk through, check all the sprinkler heads, and replace those that are clog.  Our local government permits the use of sprinklers only twice a week, my days are Wednesday and Saturday.

 This morning I was at my local Home Depot buying parts for the sprinklers and naturally I came home with a few other things for the garden.  I was not planning on buying a couple of junipers and a citrus tree, but you know the story, the garden is always in need of another plant.

 The two bougainvillea’s plants by the front gate were not doing well in our afternoon sun.  I got these two junipers to replace the bougainvillea’s, they should be tall and ready for the next Christmas decorations.  I transplanted the bougainvillea’s to a couple of pots and they are now in my back garden, no plant is ever wasted.

They had a two for one sale, a Meyers Lemon and Key Lime tree in the same container; I could not resist the deal.

Photos from around the DragonFly garden this week.

We are hosting a Super Bowl party tomorrow, and the barbecue is ready.  This household is rooting for the Seattle Seahawks.  The only reason is because as Dolphin fans we don’t like the Patriots.    

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Azaleas and the sub-tropical garden.

I have come to the sad conclusion that azaleas and my 10B zone garden don’t mix.  Throughout the years I have purchased many azalea shrubs, all around this time of the year.  All full of buds and flowers, and after the season ends I usually plant them in areas of the garden where they won’t be expose to our killer summer afternoon sun or I plant them in pots.  By the second year I get the flowers you see in the pictures, I know that these beautiful plants need cooler weather, but I’m a gardener I can grow anything with some extra TLC (Not these babies)  

I often travel to Atlanta on business and I envy all those gardens full of blooming azaleas especially in the spring, I have giving up on the idea that I would have shrubs looking like those in southern gardens.  I should enjoy the few flowers I’m getting now, with the acceleration of global warming it won’t be long before they will disappear altogether from southern Florida gardens.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Time for the Brunfelsia grandiflora

The Brunfelsia, also known as the Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow tree, is my favorite winter flowering shrub.  This time of year, these plants are full with three colors of flowers, they are not native of South Florida, but they do well in our climate.  A few years ago these plants were rare in local gardens, but now they are everywhere.  They look like lighted Christmas trees, this year my tree is full of flowers once again and I have a great view from my patio.   The flowers have three different shades of purple; they bloom with a deep purple color and three days later drop from the tree almost white.

It looks like we are going to have a great mango season this year.  One of my mango trees already has fruits and this week it bloomed for a second time this season.

Pictures from the garden this morning

I rescued this bromeliad from a garbage dumpster last year, and look at her now. 

Monday, January 05, 2015

National Bird Day

The DragonFly garden is celebrating National Bird Day

Be kind to wild birds

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Me my camera and 2015

I gave 2014 an exciting sent off last night at club Bed with DJ Pillow. This morning I was up early with my camera capturing the first images of my garden for 2015
This year I'm not making any New Year's resolutions (what's the point) but will try to do all things we say every year we all will do.  This year I'm turning 62 so retirement decisions are around the corner.

I wish you all a peaceful, healthy and happy New Year

PS - This post comes to you from my new IPad Air.