It is no secret that during the hot, rainy and humid South Florida summer months, plants grow like they are on steroids. This week I spent the time cutting back many of the trees, bushes and any plants that were getting out of hand. Seven full garbage containers later, I think I’m done for the next couple of months.
At times like this, I am regretting the number of trees I planted in my small back garden. Last count I have six fruit trees, five flower trees and four palm trees. Over the years my back garden has become a shade garden and it's one of the reasons I cannot grow vegetables anymore. Don’t get me wrong I love my tree canopy, it is a green oasis in the middle of an urban desert, but the work it takes to keep it all under control is not easy, especially for my 65-year-old body. There are other times when it is all worth it. This week I was working outside when several Blue Jays hiding in my trees, started making noises like it was a three-alarm fire. The subject of all that noise was a big hawk perch on top of my house, an alarm system to all the other birds and creatures in the garden.
This week at the DragonFly garden
These bromeliad flowers look like they are part of a coral reef
This young Cardinal bird is spending the summer in the garden.