Saturday, April 22, 2017

There is no Planet B

On this Earth Day, I am feeling a little under the weather so I am content to celebrate the day from inside the house looking at my garden.  I have tradition at the DragonFly garden to plant a new tree every year on Earth Day.  This year it will be a few days late, but I promise it will be done.

This year we also have the March for Science, an event that I fully endorse and support.  All of us gardener are experiencing climate change on a daily basis, especially those of us in the sub tropic.  The trees are blooming at the wrong time of the year, many species of birds no longer come to our gardens and weather patterns changes are occurring in short time periods.  There is no question that our planet is changing and we humans are responsible for that change.  It is our responsibility to sound the alarm and take our political leaders to task, especially those that are climate change deniers.  I also make sure that companies getting my dollars are on board with my views on climate change and are doing something to support the cause to help our planet. It’s important to support those corporations and expose those that are causing damage to our environment.   

Today I am posting pictures from my last visit to Everglades National Park, one of the most endanger ecosystems in our planet and one that is so important to the survival of my community.     

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Caterpillars in my parsley

Who is eating my parsley?? Several Black Swallowtail caterpillars have taken residence in my parsley plants and they are enjoying the buffet.  Bon Appetit 

This morning I went to work in the garden with no particular task in mind. The morning was cooler; probably the last cool weekend of the season.  The weather conditions were perfect for some physical work and this corner in the garden was looking a little empty.  (Container plants to the rescue!!!)  Moving a big bird of paradise and a bougainvillea planter was not easy, but it gave some color to this corner of the garden.  The flexibility of containers makes gardening fun, especially for a neat freak like me.

Next were my Bromeliads in containers, this is not one of my favorite task in the garden.  These plants fight back and no matter what protective gloves I use, they always get me.  Bromeliads pops need breathing room, when planted in containers.  Twice a year I take out the adults and let the pops breathe and grow.

Winter is our best time to have hanging baskets in our gardens.  Time is running out, soon the weather will become too extreme for these delicate flowers.  Some of these plants are self-seeding and will come back next year, like the Gerbera and Dahlberg daisies and the others come from the Home Depot garden department.