Saturday, January 30, 2010

Kalanchoe my new garden BFF

After the freeze we had two weeks ago is hard to find any plant in the garden that was not affected by the cold. Only the Kalanchoe plants are thriving and in bloom.

It seems like the Kalanchoe can tolerate the cold weather with no problems at all.

Ring around the moon

I took this picture last night, folklore has it that a ring around the moon signifies bad weather is coming.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Art at Fairchild Tropical Garden

This winter Fairchild Garden is featuring the art of Yayoi Kusama. Her art is playful and very colorful, perfect for an outdoor garden.

Look kids a playground…… “No, don’t touch” said the guard posted by Fairchild, each piece is worth over $700,000

Is this art?????

Saturday, January 23, 2010

The cleanup continues

Today I dedicated my time to the front garden, as you can see my ground orchids took a hit, I am hoping that they’ll come back.

For those of you new to my blog this is what they looked like in their best days.

The weather today was great for gardening, I managed to finish this section of the garden but I had to stop and go inside my lower back was killing me.

My bromeliads did well in the cold weather, no damage so far.

Tomorrow my entire family is heading to the Fairchild Tropical Garden for their annual chocolate festival. How can you go wrong, plants and chocolate?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The cleanup begins

Pictures from my backyard garden yesterday.

I usually wait for spring before I cut back all my trees; this year Mother Nature started the job early. Next in line are the side and front garden. That will be for next week, there is a limited amount of trash I can put in our garbage containers.

This is what it looks now after all the pruning and cleaning.

I totally forgot about GBBD (Garden Bloger Bloom Day), there are not many flowers in the garden this January 15, what I have is mostly in containers, after I saved them from the freeze in the garage.
The butterfly weed is the only plant on the ground that came through fine. I guess that’s why is weed.

New in the garden this winter the Lobelia.

Finally a picture you don’t see very often in Miami, a frozen birdbath from last week. Today the temperature is 78 degrees. That’s more like it.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

30 degrees and tropical gardens don’t mix.

I am getting tired of writing about cold weather, but what else is there to talk about around here. Last night was the coldest night so far; the temperatures dropped bellow the freezing point, and this morning the garden is showing the effects.

Banana trees are not meant for cold weather, if it’s below 50 it will affect the plant.

The starburst tree is dropping all the leaves, that’s a shame because it was getting ready to bloom next month.

My collection of coleuses are mostly gone, these plants are very sensitive to cold weather and are very difficult to bring back after a freeze.

I covered the vegetable garden and it worked, I had some damage with the basil and eggplants but the tomatoes are ok.
We have one more night of sub freezing temperatures and then back to normal winter weather by the middle of next week.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

The Siberian Express is coming to Miami

Is cold this morning and is getting colder by the minute. This morning we woke up with temperatures in the mid 40’s and the forecast is for the mid 30’s by the afternoon. Is going to be raining and windy all day, perfect for staying inside.

This is longest cold spell I can remember since I been in Florida for the past 30 years. It started after New Years and it has been going back and forth between the 40s and 50s during the day and some nights in the upper 30’s. I know that those you experiencing sub zero temperatures most be laughing at all of us wimpy Floridians, but we are nor prepare for long stretches of low temperatures. Usually our winter patterns are a couple days of mid 40’s and back to the 60’s and 70’s and we rarely get temperatures in the 30’s in South Florida.

The economic effect to the state agriculture is tremendous, there has been many reports of crop damage to the winter vegetable harvest in the south and the orange groves in the center part of the state, so get ready for higher prices at the grocery store this winter.

As far as my garden is concern, so far is coming through ok, except for rats as big as New Jersey moving into my compost bin looking for a warmer place. I know I need to deal with it, but I have no idea how to evict rats from a compost bin. Any ideas???
All my flowerpots are put away in the back porch

Monday, January 04, 2010

Salad anyone?

Yesterday I picked my first full salad from my winter garden, as you can see I got a couple of bush tomatoes, plenty of yellow cherry tomatoes (they are so sweet), arugula and lettuce.
The amount of work I am putting into the vegetable garden this year, does not compensate the production I am getting back, but I don’t care, everything is so tasty and is all organic.

This is the vegetable garden tonight, the temperature is supposed to go down in the mid 30’s. We are in the middle of a cold spell that is going to be around the entire week, definite not typical Florida winter weather.