Sunday, June 30, 2013

Taking a break from the Garden

I am taking a couple of months off from the DragonFly Garden; I decided to take a break from gardening for the month for July and August.  Gardening this time of the year in South Florida is simply not fun.  I will continue to do some maintenance, like weeding and pruning, to prevent the garden from turning into a jungle in no time at all.  I pledged not to buy new plants or start new projects during these months (Home Depot is off limits).
For the next couple months, I will be working on new ideas for the fall, like a redo of the vegetable garden and making space for more fruit trees.  I am committed to a more sustainable garden and fruit trees are a good start.
I will not walk away from the blog for the next two months, the camera will be with me every morning when I walk the garden and if I see something interesting I will be posting.

Stay cool and have a great summer

Sunday, June 16, 2013

My new Zen garden

I always wanted a Buddha in my garden; this beautiful statue was one of my father’s day gifts.
   This is a perfect place to do some meditation after a long day at work.

Happy Father’s Day

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Summer Blooms

Summer is here, and along with the rain, heat, humidity and mosquitos, the garden is blessed with new blooms.  Today I took my Nikon camera out for an early morning photo-shoot.  

The Gardenia is in bloom and the aroma in this corner of the garden
is magnificent.

 Bromeliads love the summer heat, this is the time for blooms.

 White Plumeria
This little guy is from the prayer plant family, every year around
this time they pop-up all over the garden.
 Mexican Petunias

 Cacti also love the heat of the summer to set blooms.  This flower
lasted all of 12 hours.
Yesterday I jointed my wife and daughter for a garage sale excursion.  I’m always looking for anything I can use in the garden at bargain prices.  The Aqua Globes were a bargain at $5 for all three, the book “Small Container Gardening” $2 (I can’t pass a good gardening book) and the antique horn for $10 was the find of the day.  

In Miami, this time of the year outside gardening is limited.  The harsh summer weather limits our time to early morning or late afternoon.  That’s a shame because the extra rain gives the garden a lush and welcoming look.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Rain Lilies

You know the rainy season has arrived, when rain lilies start popping up all over the garden.  This morning when I went outside to get my Sunday newspaper, I was greeted by this beautiful sight of rain lilies in bloom.

We had constant rain for the last four days, and more is forecast for the coming week.  The grass is high, (wet grass is not ideal for cutting) the garden looks unkempt, the rain-barrels are over flowing and the succulents are not happy.
This Monk Skipper butterfly is taking in the early morning sun.
This week we purchased a new umbrella for the back patio, my frugal wife got a fantastic deal after using many coupons. The total cost including free shipping $40.

I am on Instagram.  Now you can see many pictures taken with my IPhone and posted to the DragonFlyGarden page.  Originally Instagram was only available for phone and IPad users, but now it's available to anyone with a computer.  Instagram is fun, easy to use and popular around the world.  The program is all about sharing pictures with users with common interest.