Sunday, May 31, 2020

Adopting more plants that I can handle

This week I put my parent's house up for sale after months of renovations.  During all this time I moved many plants from my dad's old garden to mine,  all these plants were planted and care for by my father.   I am running out of space in my own garden but I feel a connection to all these plants and I can't bare leaving them behind.    

I found a perfect place for this popcorn orchids in the trunk of one of my palms.

I am not sure if this Tricolor plant is going to make it.  The full-grown plant has beautiful foliage. 

This bromeliad also comes from their garden

My father loved ground orchids and there are so many of these plants in his garden.  I have a couple planted in my place, but I am leaving many behind.  I hope the new owner will appreciate them  

Mango season is over.  Next week I will be cutting back my two trees, I'm trying to keep their size manageable.  

The winter Impatiens are done for the season, but the Purslane keeps ongoing. 

My bromeliad Pineapple is growing

 One of my Ginger plants 


Friday, May 22, 2020

The Dragonflies arrived for the summer

Dragonflies love our hot summer weather.  This time of the year you can see many flying around the garden, especially in the afternoon. 

The frequent rain this past week, is turning the grass green,
Mangos everywhere
View from the back of the garden

My new routine during these Covid-19 times.  Seating in my back porch early in the morning with a cup of coffee listening to the birds  

Black Swallowtail butterfly

Planting these baby papaya plants 

African Irises seldom bloom in our South Florida climate, the foliage is relatively attractive, adding interesting texture to this mix island.

Hibiscus is a regular summer flower 

Be safe and stay home

Saturday, May 16, 2020

A change of season

As much as we would like to think that we can experience the four seasons of the year in South Florida, in reality, we only have two, dry and wet season.  This year our dry season lasted longer than we gardeners would like, from last December to the beginning of May the rain totals were way below normal.  In the last couple of weeks, our weather pattern changed, and the storms finally arrived.  The trick is for the wind direction to change and start blowing from the ocean (east to west) the moisture in the air guarantees daily afternoon showers.  Yesterday my garden got over two inches of rain in one day, more than I like but I am not complaining.  

The mango season is almost over, but here come the avocados, and after that the star fruits. 

Change of weather brings summer flowers, Rangoon Creeper, Kings Mantle and the aroma of the Gardenia flowers 

My outdoor cat (Katniss Everdeen) ignores her bowl of water and drinks from the bird fountain