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

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

All is peachy in Myrtle Glen

Checking on the peaches I am hoping the critters will miss them. we ate all the nectarines and are ready for the peaches :)

plump, and fuzzy, and with its golden glow, doesn't it look just peachy? 

What else is growing...

Friday, May 10, 2019

Front yard color

A few minutes ago I look out the window just to see a kid tearing off a Magnolia flower while on his way home from school. No big deal, there will be more flowers, but after he walked on I went out to see if there is branch damage. All good, he broke the flower nice and clean. So this entry will not have a magnolia flower. Since it is gone. Down the road. And hopefully into a vase with water. To make a mom happy. 

I am posting a Hydrangea flower cluster instead. 

And once outside I might as well snap a few more pictures.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Bromeliads finding new homes

Success! I am glad that plenty of my bromeliad pups found new homes.

Cleaning out the bromeliad beds in the front yard left me with lots of extra plants I usually give away to neighbors. This year, dividing the bromeliad clusters, I had more than enough so I posted 'Free Bromeliads' on the local forum. I honestly did not think I would get many requests but all went to their new homes in a matter of two days. And I am glad I did that, I met 32 happy gardeners all eager to try their hands on bromeliads. I can only hope they will be as smitten with bromeliads as I am. 

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Sunday morning

I can't believe how fast the Crepe Myrtles push out their leaves. Just last weekend we were trimming some branches off the leaf-less Myrtles and a week later we are sitting in the light shade enjoying our Sunday brunch in the sunken terrace. 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Plant Sale finds

Last weekend was the annual Harry P. Leu Gardens Plant Sale and one benefit of being members is one hour shopping time before the general public is allowed to come in. Plenty of time for me to walk around once, see all the sellers and purchase the plants I 'need' ;-)

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Rainy and gray today

It is a rainy and gray day today. Presses on the mood in a not good way, even though I know the rain is good, waking up the plants from the dry winter hibernation here in Central Florida. So I figured, I brave the water and visit the outside world.

Ugh! Just look at the dreary sky! I am spoiled, I miss the blue sky after just a few hours of this ... non-color!
But, the flowers on the Mango tree do a good job of cheering me up.

Friday, October 26, 2018

A hint of Autumn

Summer heat is hopefully over, this year the heat and humidity stayed in Florida way too long, past the middle of October. There were a few days hinting of Autumn, but they were sprinkled thin.

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 :-)