Sunday, January 28, 2018

The changing garden, time to move the containers

I don't know how many plants in containers I have, but I can tell you there are many.  My favorite task in the garden, is moving the containers around, it gives the garden a new and fresh perspective.    Sometimes all a plant that is not doing well needs is a new location with a different view.   Yesterday, I fertilized and added fresh soil to many of my large containers and move some to different locations.  

My Key Lime tree is full of flowers, this is the second time this year, last time none of the flowers survived.

More mango flowers, this time both trees have flowers.  One of the trees have a few small mangoes from the blooms in December.

This is the Dragon-fruit plant growing in my Plumeria tree, is getting so big but there is nothing I can do about it.. 

 The end of the season for the Brunfelsia flowers (today, yesterday and tomorrow flowers)

I almost missed the flowers from my Starburst tree.  This tree was hit hard by hurricane Irma, the only surviving branches on the tree face my neighbor's yard.

New fountain, new look.  The bricks on this court yard need a good pressure clean at least, twice a year.   

I end my post with a picture of Prairie Warbler, a regular winter visitor to my garden.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

2018 a year of change

2017 was not an easy year for me, consequently the garden was not a priority for my time.  One of my New Year's resolution is to spend more time cultivating my little piece of paradise.  I started this week, I hope to make many changes that I will share with all of you.   

In my previous post I wrote that I was taking a time off from my vegetable garden.  The lady of the house (and cook) asked me to reconsider.  This weekend I planted a small kitchen garden, we have rosemary. oregano, basil, cilantro, cherry tomatoes, Swiss chard and chives.

This was a good time to rearrange all my containers behind the house.  

My collection of cactus and succulents did not fair well last year.  Too much rain was not a good formula for these plants. Yesterday I took out the ones that didn't make it.

This new water fountain was a Christmas gift.  It now seats in my patio in full view from inside my house.

Stag horn plants were one of my Dad's favorite plants, he had them allover his garden, this one in my backyard came from his garden.  My father passed away on December 27, after 104 years of a life well lived. He was a gentle soul, a plant whisper, a nature lover, a good husband, a great father and an even better grandfather.  I will never be able to look at theses plants again without thinking of him.