Earth Day was last week did you plant a tree? Here are some of the reasons you should. 1 - Trees combat climate change. 2 – Trees clean the air. 3 – Trees provide oxygen. 4 – Trees cool the
streets in the cities. 5 – Trees conserve
energy in our homes. 6 – Trees help prevent
soil erosion. 7 – Trees provide
food. 8 – Trees mark the seasons. 9 – Trees increase property values. 10 – Trees provide canopy and habitat for
I know I’m preaching to the choir, but I feel very strongly
about the need to plant trees in our gardens specially those of us living in
big cities. I remembered 1992 when
hurricane Andrew destroyed the tree canopy in Miami, I hope I never see that
again. So far my small plot of land has nineteen
fruit, flowering and palm trees. And I
am not done yet.
A Tap, Powderpuff trees and a Date palm in the front of the house
Lychee and Longan trees
Two Mango and Orange Geiger trees
Plumeria tree and three palms
The lattes tree to the collection, a Caranbola or Star fruit tree.
Several years ago, this section of the garden started out as
winter vegetable garden. The first
couple of years were productive and the harvest was plentiful, back then this area
got the right amount of winter sunlight.
These days, all the fruit trees I planted in the backyard, block most of
the morning sunlight and the area in under shade most of the day. Over
the years, I have learned the hard way, what plants do well under these
conditions. I find that cherry tomatoes
grow almost everywhere, lettuces also do well and most herbs too. This year I planted kale for the first time
and it did great, the only problem is that no one in my family likes kale in
their salads. I am trying to find a good
receipt to cook it.
This garden has evolved into a potpourri of bromeliads, cactuses,
herbs and vegi plants. I like what it
has become, it fits my style. Today I spent
the day fencing the garden; it seems like our neighborhood cats like to do their
private business here. I know what you
are thinking, “that little fence is going to stop any cat”?? Well I am hoping that they will move on
somewhere else or I might need to get a new dog.
A new location for the lemon tree.
I planted Arugula seeds here, I usually don’t plant seeds
this late in the season, but I had some left and let's see what happens.
Today I am starting a new midweek post for the summer
months. I call it “The garden up-close
and personal” This time of the year; I have a few extra hours of daylight after
coming home from work. This is the time that
I can water my all my containers, do some weeding and take pictures of the
daily changes in my garden.
Delicious Cherry Tomatoes
The Zebras are back for the summer
A picture of the DragonFly garden resident catbird
spent the day at Fairchild Tropical Garden enjoying the annual spring garden
festival. The weather cooperated; the temperature was in the mid-seventies,
with a nice breeze coming from the ocean and not a cloud in the skies. There were
plenty of plants to buy and good food to eat.
Every time I
visit the garden I discover a new plant that I have never seen before. This beautiful bush is from French Guiana,
the scientific name is “Combretum Rotundifolium” If it was up to me, I would
name it, the centipede plant.
I came home with a new plant for the garden.
I have been looking for a star fruit tree for a while; I found this one
at the plant sale section of the festival.
week I took a vacation from my 9 to 5 job.
My plans were, to have no plans, go with the flow as they say. As I approach my retirement years, I think a
lot of what the next chapter would look like.
I have enjoyed my career in the airline industry, but as the magic
number approaches is time to turn the page and start a new career (the job of
seven days were a preview of coming attractions. I tried to open a window to what
my life would look like. First I didn’t miss the commuting and the Miami
traffic, having no set schedule is liberating.
The concept of having extra time to do what I wanted was surreal. I did not sleep-in, I like getting up early
and retirement will not change that, I did take short naps in the afternoons
(that was awesome) It will take some
time for me to break the work email addiction, I have to admit that I checked
those emails on a daily basis. I work
with a great bunch of people and I will miss them, but I will not miss the
So here is
what I did this week. First I took care
of Uncle Sam (never pleasant), I fixed my garden’s sprinklers, I rode my bike, my wife and I took a day-vacation in the middle of the week and
visited places in our town that we never go. I visited with my new grandson, I
worked in the garden every day for short periods of times (no need to do it all on Saturdays),
I started organizing the thousands of photos in my computer and I
started reading a book. I know this was
only a week, but I am sure it will not be a problem for me to adjust to this
This week at
the DragonFly garden.
It’s time to
harvest the cherry tomatoes.
The orange Geiger
tree lost all the leaves two weeks ago and one week later it has a new cover and flowers.
refresh the bromeliads, every year I cut out the mother plants and replant the babies.This job is big and it will take me weeks to
I trimmed the
Brazilian Red bush this week. This plant
is gorgeous in full bloom, but it is aggressive.
Now that I fixed
the sprinklers, I started working on my front garden, trimming, weeding and