Today I found the first winter visitor, a Prairie Warbler. These birds spend the summer in southern US and winter in south Florida and the Caribbean. They forage for insects in trees and bushes. I am glad to see this little guy in my garden, the tree cover in Miami was reduced considerably by the hurricane and that affect their habitat.
Saturday, October 07, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
I took a couple of days off from work this week to spend in the garden, I'm tryimg to make it presentable again. Three days later, I am exhausted and in need of a brake. The DragonFly is a small garden but when everything is upside down, it takes a while to get it back to normal.
The pile in the front of the house continues to grow and the news from the county is not very promising. The job is so big all over Florida, officials are telling homeowners to expect several months before it's picked up.
Friday, September 15, 2017
This is what it greeted me Monday morning after Irma left us, the garden was totally trashed. It could have been worse and our friends in the Florida Keys and Florida's west coast were not so lucky.
We were hit with a category 1 winds and possibly cat. 2 gusts, must of the houses and buildings in the area did well, not so much for the trees and people's fences. I lost my favorite flower tree, the yellow Tap tree in front of the house and my date palm. I have a couple of trees to straighten up and a lot of clean up. The good news is that all my feces held and so did my tool shed.
Is going to take a long time to get the garden back to normal, this might be a good time to reevaluate the entire concept for the future. My back yard went overnight from a shade garden to a sunny garden. Thanks to my wife, daughters and son-in-law for starting the clean up while I had to go back to work.
This is my orange Geiger tree, I want to save it but is not budging.
Let's not forget the people of the lower keys, they are suffering so much. Is going to take a long time for their recovery and to bring life back normal again.
Saturday, September 09, 2017
We are ready and waiting for Irma, nothing to do but sit at home and wait. It has been a very stressful last few days, lots of work preparing our homes and in my case the garden. The news this morning is a little positive for us on the east coast, unfortunate not so good for our friends in the keys and the west coast of Florida. I took the pictures below yesterday while the weather was good, this morning we are already getting the out of bands from Irma and it has been raining on and off.
I hoping for the best for all our fellow Floridians, please stay safe, inside and hunker down.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
It has been a while since I had time to work in the garden. Between family vacation, a hectic work schedule and harsh summer weather, there was little time for gardening in the past couple of months. Today I got up early, before the sun came up and put in a couple of hours in the front garden. There was a need to do some weeding, cutting back some plants and general cleaning up. The overgrown plants was bothering me every time I walked into the house.
This week at the DragonFly Garden
Every year these orchids put on a show. (I need some help with the name of this white beauties)
The next batch of bananas.
My new garden cat, he was born here and stayed around. Now I am feeding him, so I guess he is my cat. He doesn't have a name yet and is a little shy. He doesn't let me touch him, but we are working on it.
When I came home from vacation, I found two Dragonfruits in the Plumeria tree. We get many flowers every summer but few fruits. The flower are only open for one night and must be pollinated by moth in the middle of the night. The chances of getting a fruit are not that good.
Summer green everywhere
A new garden resident.