Sunday, March 21, 2021

Spring at the DragonFly garden

Spring has arrived at the garden, the days are longer and the temperatures are rising a few degrees every day.  Our weather does not change much all year year-round, but the plants have an internal clock that is telling them is "show time".  In the last couple of weeks many plants in the garden are breaking out with beautiful blooms, like this Amaryllis.  
This is the second year that I get flowers from this plant and she is not done yet.  There are two more shoots coming up.   This plant came from my father's garden, she was sharing a container with a hibiscus and not doing very well.  I separated both plants and it made all the difference. This was so typical of the way my father garden, he  probably found the dead plant in someone's garbage can, took the  bulbs out and planted them in the first container he found in his garden.    


This has also been an excellent year for orchids and they all are flowering at the same time.   I don't have much luck with orchids in pots but this year is turning out to be a good year (maybe it has to do with Covid-19 and the amount of time that I'm spending in the garden). 






The bromeliads are keeping up with the flowering theme.  My favorite tinny bromeliad changed color from green to pink in a couple of days and shortly after the purple flowers come out. 




This past week was dedicated to the front garden, I took out this impatiens that were planted before Christmas.  I will try to get a couple of more months out of these flowers by putting them in containers under the shade of my back garden.





 

Sunday, March 14, 2021

New makeover for the front garden

I decided to give my front garden a more traditional look and less of the organized chaos that I have in my back garden.  This will mean reducing the variety of plants and adding more color.  Is going to be a challenge, due to the sun exposure in my western expose home. 

I started this past January with this area under the powderpuff tree.  I added plants in containers to fill it up, but I was not happy with the way it looked.  This week I headed to my favorite local nursery and purchased a couple of Irises to compliment the ones already there.  I also got a Lily-of-the-Nile plant, a couple of Flax and Cardyline plants, plus some ferns from my back garden. 

I trimmed hard the Brazilian Red this past fall, and now it's showing the colors.  This plant is an aggressive grower and it needs to be prune a couple of times a year.  She will flower again in the summer.

The giant white Begonias are starting to show. 

Coleuses in the mix green jungle.


This little fellow almost ended up in the garbage can.  I'm glad, I notice him before I pulled out the bromeliad he was using as his home.

This is the trellis where I had my Rangoon Creeper.  I took it out last month, now I'am looking for a replacement vine.  What do you thinking of Bleeding Heart?

 

Monday, March 08, 2021

A day in the garden

Yesterday my wife and I decided to get out of the house and spend the afternoon in the garden, at Fairchild Tropical garden that is.  The weather was perfect for a stroll in the garden, this place never gets old for me, there is always something new to see. 

The rainforest section of the garden is one of my favorite.




A great place to put down a blanket on the grass and have a picnic.

The cannonball tree is one of my favorite, and one of the most unusual trees in the garden



A gorgeous bromeliad flower.

Several Egyptian Goose make the garden home.


 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Mango trees in bloom

Is that time of the year, when all the mango trees in South Florida are in full bloom.  It looks like we are going to have a good mango season this summer, both my trees are cover with flowers.  The top branches are already showing fruits.  Mangos needs both a good dry and wet season, too much of either and it could be a disaster at harvest time.

My neighbor's mango tree 

This week at the DragonFly Garden

This week I repotted must of my collection of cactuses.  These plants have a hard time thriving in this sub-tropical weather, at some point I will need to decide if is worth the trouble.

My herb and tomato garden is doing great, producing a good amount of cherry tomatoes.  My new lunch obsession is cheese and tomato sandwiches with olive oil and and fresh basil.


This female painted bunting was one of the few bunting that visited the garden this year, it has not been a good year for birding.

I took out my Rangoon Creeper plant that has been in this corner of the garden from the very beginning.   The Creepers are aggressive plants that need pruning several times a year.  The shade from full grown trees affected the production of flowers this past summer.  I have not decided what's next for this corner of the garden.


 

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Let the water flow

It has been a while since my sprinkler system stopped working, repairing the entire network has been on my to do list for a while.  The reason, I was not too keen on the idea was, that I knew it was going to be a messy job.  The original system was install almost 30 years ago, when my garden was 80% grass.  Over the years I did must of the repairs and changes to the system.  This time I needed it a license professional. 


The cost and the mess was more than I expected.  The system need it a new pomp, a timer and all new sprinkler heads.  The unexpected problems were, finding the original well to bring the water up again and fixing the many pipe brakes throughout the old system.


The water well turnout to be under the pavers in the front of the house.  They had to take out must of the pavers and dig a big hole to find it.