Sunday, December 13, 2015

Starting over again

These last two weeks in South Florida have been the third rainiest December, since they kept records.  Last weekend we had one day where my neighborhood received nine inches of rain in a six hour period.  As you can imagine too much rain is no good for a garden, and it is devastating to a newly planted vegetable garden.  Most of the small seedlings in my vegetable patch were destroyed; I also had to pull out several tomato plants and most of the red lettuces.  The Kale was the only plants that made it through without much damage.  Today I replanted spinach seeds that were left over from the first planting and in the next couple of weeks I will shop for more seedlings.  The weather forecaster is predicting a wet winter due to “EL Nino” good news for the water needs of the area, not so good for us gardener if it continues to rain at this rate.   The good news is that the winter vegetable season is early and is not too late to start over.

This week at the DragonFly Garden.

The Brunfelsia tree is in full bloom, I call this tree my outdoor natural Christmas tree.  The Lantana and Crown of Thorns flowers are also doing well.

This small hawk has been hanging around my garden, trying to hunt birds from my birdfeeders.  Yesterday she finally got one, according to my book she is a Sharp-shinned hawk.  

Today I found this young Monarch butterfly and an open pupa nearby 


janiceflorida said...

Oh, how I wish you could share some of that rain with us in Central Florida. I'm having to water my veggie patch. Your flowers all look like they're enjoying the extra moisture, just beautiful.

Susan said...

Wow, that's a lot of water. We've been expecting rain but not getting much. I'm glad you can still start over with your veggies. Your hawk is a beauty. Amazing how they are adapting to neighborhoods. Have a Merry Christmas.