Showing posts with label Garden journal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Garden journal. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

August in Myrtle Glen


It is just as hot and humid as in July and going out in the yard is not my favorite thing to do right now.

Early morning is still the best time to see the backyard. The sun is waking up and it looks like a spotlight is shining on my beloved elephant ears


Monday, July 2, 2018

Time flies!

Yikes! The last post I wrote in May while in Germany. Time sure flies by fast.


Dragonfly worn for Steampunk themed dance studio event

Monday, January 29, 2018

January - The month of dislike



January with a few nights where the temperature drops below 40F ruins my tropical landscape. The garden looks toasted.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Year's End


Thinking back, my thoughts tend to lean towards being critical, this should have been done better, that was a failure and so on. I have to remind myself to look at the positive as well. It was a busy year for us, but overall a good and happy 2017.

Alocasia Macrorrhiza 'Black Stem'
Alocasia Macrorrhiza 'Black Stem'

So there is no positive in losing plants. Some just refuse to grow in Myrtle Glen. I know the first principle for a Florida-Friendly Yard is Right plant - right place. With some plants, such as my beloved elephant ears (Alocasias and Colocasias), I just keep trying to convince them that Myrtle Glen is the right place but all I can do to keep them alive is grow them in pots.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Powerful Irma


September10/11 Irma arrived. 
Irma was a catastrophic hurricane (her Wikipedia page) and we were worried, especially since we recently had solar panels installed. The day before Irma was to arrive we secured the property, taking down the weather vane and outside fans, tying up the porch swing and rockers, and bringing in potted plants and yard art.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Darn Kitchen project



old kitchen

I did like my kitchen of 14 years, oak cabinets, white tile floor, no-nonsense. Sadly we had a bad water leak under the house foundation and part of the kitchen had to be destroyed to get to it. That was Christmas 2016.  Fixing the kitchen turned into the 'darn kitchen project' dragging out until September 2017.

Monday, August 7, 2017

A beautiful moment



Just a beautiful moment a couple evenings ago

 With the daily summer rains, we do see a lot of rainbows in Florida, but this rainbow was exceptionally bright and large and visible for longer than most rainbows. 


Monday, May 1, 2017

This morning...

We have a drought, it is extremely hot, but thankfully the sprinkler water gives some relief. I snapped a few pictures with my phone:


Cheerful in the heat, the little petunias

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

I miss Sam




Today I had to say goodbye to my dog, Sam.
I know he loved me with all his heart, and I loved him with all my heart.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Leu Gardens Plant Sale

Past weekend was the 2-day Annual Plant Sale at Leu Gardens.
This year I missed out, I was not able to be there on the first day as usual, but got there just before lunch on the second day. What a difference! Some vendors were completely sold out packing up their stalls. Others had just their flowering specimen plants left saying I can order a plant like this from their website. All I wanted was one vanda orchid but I was too late. I still found a few plants to bring home, though.





I will never have enough ferns, so I brought home a Maidenhair and an interesting Nest Fern named 'Christie', with very wavy fronds. 
And I can never pass by caladiums without buying a few bulbs, a bag full to be exact. 
In the front of the picture, you see 3 tillandsias, those will be added to the Tree Branch along with the small oncidium orchid sitting to the right of them.
In the center back is a white flowering Anthurium, had to buy it since I cannot say no to white flowers, and in the large black pot is a balloon milkweed seedling from Biosphere
Three swamp plants, sundew, pitcher plant and venus fly trap will be added to the pond area.
And last but not least a new Phaius variety ‘George’s Gold’ (Phaius microburst). A young plant, but that's all that was left and it will grow.

Good haul for not wanting to buy anything but one Vanda :-)



Friday, February 17, 2017

Ruby

It is a year ago that Ruby, our Beagle girl died. She was 16, she reached a good age. Always a happy dog, sweet and loving, mischievous and so smart.

I miss her terribly!









Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Morning


I love Florida! February, sunshine, blue sky, snowbirds singing, flowers here and there sprinkled throughout the 'winter garden', what more should I want ;-)


A sunny Sunday Morning in February

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Feather cloud



I am always amazed when I see shapes in the clouds. This one is a feather. Just one single cloud in the entire sky!

The correct name is  Cirrus cloud ( feather cloud or mare's tail) and made of ice crystals. Cirrus clouds are thin and wispy clouds very high up, 20,000 ft or higher.

Read more on Wikipedia


Friday, January 6, 2017

new year - some changes


I have decided to stay with Blogger.
In May I started transferring my blog content from WordPress to Blogger and after giving it a try for several months, I am still happy with the blog and the ease of posting text and images.
All content of my website MyrtleGlen.com is transferred to this blog and its pages and today I have set up the domain name to point to this blog.

So the official blog's address is now www.myrtleglen.com (or simply myrtleglen.com) and the old address www.myrtleglen.blogspot.com will be redirected. What bothers me is this sentence:

This blog is not hosted by Blogger and has not been checked for spam, viruses and other forms of malware.

Wth? my blog is still a Blogger blog, even if I have a domain name for it. Not sure what to think of this :-/

Hopefully, it will all work correctly, no broken links, etc.  We will see!


And one more decision, my old website had an extensive gallery section, it was mainly my source of plant name reference. I decided to transfer all pictures to my MyrtleGlenFL Pinterest page. The albums show pictures of the plants through the years, all of them are or were at some time growing in my garden.

Please happy readers, update your bookmark for this blog to 'www.MyrtleGlen.com' 

Happy 2017! 





Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Picture gallery?


For many years I used an image gallery program connected to my website Myrtle Glen, where I added the pictures with names of my plants in my garden. But since I moved to blogging, I am planning on closing the site and this gallery program will no longer be available.
This gallery is my catalog of the plants that I have and had in Myrtle Glen.

I am experimenting with the different options for collecting pictures but did not find the one I am truly happy with.
There are the album websites, of course, some load too slow, others are overloaded with advertisements. And Google-Photos would be the obvious option. But I shy away from having to search through many years of photos to find the ones I had in my gallery program.

So, I want to give Pinterest a try. With a few clicks I am able to save the photos to the Pinterest board and it even transfers the picture caption. It almost seems too easy.




I wonder how other gardeners keep track of their plants?


Monday, October 3, 2016

Tasting the Miracle Fruit berry






Update on the Miracle fruit berries, our AD&D group got together last Sunday and everyone wanted to try the Miracle berries. None of the group had even heard of them before. So, after a quick explanation, everyone started chewing a berry :-)

Starting with lemon wedges, two people said they did not taste a big difference, the lemon still was sour to them, all others were amazed at the sweet and lemony flavor, yes, just like lemonade. 
Iced tea tasted very sweet, the fruit flavored iced tea ended up being too sweet. 
Dr. Pepper was noticeable sweeter.
Marshmallow peeps were a disappointment, tasting bland. 
No different taste with Chex Mix. 
Comments from stale to yucky and disgusted sputtering happened after trying M&Ms. Definitely staying away from chocolate after a Miracle Berry!

The harvest wasn't much, the bush is rather small, 2 handfuls was all, but I still had some berries left to stick in the freezer for future curious guests.