Monday, January 28, 2019

A Chihuly garden is not!!!

My dad was a collector of many things, but he loved to collect interesting glass bottles.  He passed away a year ago and I was giving the task of cleaning his two garden sheds, something I was putting off until last week.  There could be hundreds of glass bottles in the two sheds, cleaning these sheds is like peeling an onion (I am not even halfway done).  I don’t like the idea of throwing away something that my father collected and valued, but keeping his collection was out of the question.  Last week I started taking the bottles out, keeping some to give away to family and friends and recycling the rest.  Both my daughters took a few bottles to decorate their houses and I had an idea to place some of the bottles in my garden.  I like the way the glass brings color to the garden, especially when the sun hits the glass.  My father was the person responsible for my interest in gardening and now part of his collection will be a part of my garden, it will remind me of him every time I am outside.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Avocado tree on death row.

This avocado tree was a gift from a family member five years ago.   In five years, it has grown to what it is today, during that time it has produced no flowers and not one avocado.  As far as an avocado tree go, it seems content with its place in my garden towering over all the other trees taking space and not giving anything in return.   Last year after the avocado season ended, I put this tree on death row.  The only thing that would commute the sentence this year, is the production of at least one avocado.  This week I noticed that my neighbor’s avocado tree is already showing flowers and my tree has nothing.  

This week at the DragonFly garden

My garden working area needed some tidying up this week.

This small corner of the garden is my wild area, hiding behind all these plants is the hollow trunk of an old coconut tree.  My neighbor tells me that there an opossum living in the trunk. 

Hibiscus flower, photo taken with a regular lens,

Same flower, photo taken with my art lens.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

All gardens need a small kitchen garden

Last year I made the decision not to do another winter vegetable garden.  My garden has become a shade garden over the years and my vegetable beds suffered for lack of sun.  This week while I was working on my side garden, I noticed a small spot of the garden getting about three hours of sun at midday.  A perfect place for a small kitchen, herb garden.  My nursery did not have many choices, but I was able to purchased parsley, basil, oregano, dill, swiss chard, spinach and couple of cherry tomatoes plants.  I don’t want to give up on the idea of growing food in my garden, but the only year around sunny area is the west-facing front of the house.  I need to convince my wife and some neighbors that green grass is a thing of the past.

This week at the DragonFly Garden

I took on a project to redo the long strip of garden in between my house and my neighbor.  This area has never gotten much sun all year round, the grass died a long time ago and it has gotten muddy during the rainy season.  It took 20 bags of river pebbles to have it looking like this.  I am using shade loving plants on one side, plants like ferns (more about ferns in future postings) elephant ears, coleuses, banana trees, and others.  The other side is a mix of different plants from all over the garden. 


Begonias are doing well in the containers
 White hibiscus

Sunday, January 06, 2019

The DragonFly Garden has its own weather station

What do you give the man that has everything for Christmas?  His own weather station, of course! My family knows that I have three obsessions in my life, gardening, electronic gadgets, and weather.  This Christmas, they got together and got me this miniature weather station for the garden (I had no idea this was a thing) The station outside transmit wireless to the display inside the house.  The station gives, temperature, humidity, (inside and outside) wind speed/direction, heat index, rainfall amount, barometric pressure, storm alerts and 24 hours weather forecast.  This is a very cool gadget, my wife thinks that it is weather overload, especially for South Florida where the weather doesn't change much, she is probably right but I like my new toy. 

This week at the DragonFly Garden

Two different Hibiscus flowers from the same plant. 

Bonsai Buganviella plant with flowers, one of my few bonsai successes.

Birds in the garden

I finally got a decent picture of the hummingbird

Mucking birds are common year-round residents, this one was watching me while I took pictures of the hummingbird.

This Prairie Warbler has been hanging around the garden this winter, I like the way this picture came out.