Saturday, June 30, 2012

Eclectic- Experimental Garden

I was asked the other day, what was my gardening style.  My answer was “Eclectic-Experimental.” I don’t pay much attention to mix and matching or color coordination, if I like the plant and there is an open space, it goes in the ground.  Sometimes the experiment works, but most of the times I have to move the same plant several times until I find the perfect spot.  There is not much order or many rules in my garden, I only have two, no weeds or snails allow.

Today, I took out several banana plants that were doing poorly and cleaned the area of old trunks.

 I planted this Persian Shield plant in a pot a while back and unknow to me there were several Caladium tubers in the pot. I kind a like the combination.

Blooming in the garden this week.

Rain lilies

Dragon Fruit flowers
 Help!!! Senior moment I can remember the name of these flowers.

I will be taking a week off from the garden. My oldest daughter is getting married next week and we are all very excited. I hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Rain Maker

No gardening this weekend, tropical storm Debby formed in the Gulf of Mexico and it has become a rain maker for South Florida.  It has been raining since Thursday night, this morning I was able to go out and take some pictures before the rain came back.
The butterflies were out in full force, I counted five Zebras, (they don’t mind having their picture taken) there were a couple of Julias and one Giant Swallowtail. (too fast for my camera)   Is satisfying to see that all the labor I put in making the garden butterfly friendly is paying off.

This cactus bloomed last night (Crest of Myrtillocactus) and I missed it, I will be on the lookout for the next flower.
All the rain is doing a number on the Plumeria tree; it has dropped most of the flowers. 

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Going back in time

This week I purchased hand push lawn mower.  No I haven’t gone crazy, and yes I have a lawn maintenance guy that comes every other week to cut and maintain the grass.  The way I see it, the more I expand the garden the smaller the grass area gets.  At some point in the near future the grass will be so small that I will be able to handle it with this push mower.  For now all I need it is for trimming in between cuts. 
This is the future folks, environmentally friendly gardening (unless you have half an acre of lawn) 
Yesterday I weeded the garden in the front of the house, after all the rain we had the last couple of weeks, the weeds and lawn are growing at warp speed.
My powder puff tree is recovering nicely after it was attacked by a fungus last year.  Not too many flowers so far.
 This area of the garden gets full sun most of the day, but the ground orchids don't seem to mind.

 Flowers of the week: White bougainvillea are not as common as the pink but they are as beautiful.
This Canna Lily was dormant in my back garden for a couple of years and this summer it decided to make an appearance.  I thought they were gone for good (Aren't plants great!!!)


Saturday, June 09, 2012

Summer gardening in South Florida

Today was a typical summer day, it was hot and humid, I was able to put in a couple of hours this morning but by 10am it was time to come in.
Orchids in bloom today 
 Lady of the night bloomed this week
 The first mango of the season, only 4 left in the tree.
 My dog Rosie out in the sun (5 minutes was all she could take)
 This Cloudless Sulphur butterfly visited the garden today
 Today I organised my garden shed

Saturday, June 02, 2012

New Rain Barrel

Today I replaced one of my leaking rain barrels; the new wood grain barrel from RTS Home is made with sturdier materials.  The 50 gallons barrel plus the 35 gallons additional tank, gives me 85 gallons reservoir on each side of the house.  I’m thinking of adding another one in the front garden, I can’t stand seen all that water going to waste. 
The South Florida water crisis during the winter dry season is getting worst every year.  The water management people are adding more restrictions and the first to go is garden use. 

If you are considering buying a rain barrel, stay away from these cheap square plastic containers.  I purchased 2 a couple of years ago and both licked in less than 2 years.

This week I noticed that my Orange Geiger tree has flowers.  I got this tree in a county tree give away last year.  In one year it has more than double in size.

The Orange Geiger tree is native of the Florida Keys; the bright orange flowers are a favorite food for hummingbirds.   

See my favorite pictures from the garden this week on my other blog The Viewfinder