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

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. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

What's growing on in August 2016

Hot and humid, with almost daily thunderstorms. The new Rachio sprinkler control works great, it connects to the local weather report and it lets me know via a phone app when it allows the sprinklers to come on or not due to rain in the forecast.

Middle of month I sprinkled Milorganite in all flower beds and potted plants.

We binge ate acai bowls for breakfast, every weekend. Ice cream and fruit are a perfect breakfast to enjoy on a summer weekend morning under the shade of palms in the sunken terrace.

Frozen Acai with Greek Yogurt, Bananas, fresh fruit, granola and honey

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A new template for my blog

I am trying out a lighter, friendlier look for my garden blog. This template is very simple and crisp. How do you, my dear visitors, like it? 
For many years I used the dark theme, my main reason was for the pictures to 'pop out'. 

Hedychium 'Carnival' 

When I started blogging, it seemed all the photo blogs used a dark theme and since I mainly post pictures, I followed suit. But now I wanted to try out the lighter side of things ;-)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Want to trade plants?

I am a plantaholic, I can't say no to plants. I live for plant swaps, plant sales, and nursery hopping with my gardening friends.
Most of all, I love to exchange garden visits where you and I go home with clippings, seeds and plant divisions from each other's gardens.

But if all fails, there is always the trade via priority mail :-)

If  you see a plant in my blog you are interested in, don't hesitate to ask, but don't be offended if I say no. To name a few reasons, the plant is too small, wrong time of year, or the destination.  If you live in a State that does not allow plant material from Florida, I won't be able to trade.

(Sorry, I do not trade outside the US!)

Are the Mangoes ripe yet?

yes they are!!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

A fresh start

When I started my blog in 2011 I loved writing about Myrtle Glen, the plants, flowers, critters; I loved telling about our travels, the recipes using what grows in our garden, the gardening books I cherish. It all came to a stop a couple of years ago when I started having problems with WordPress. The spamming was so annoying, gadgets stopped working, I did not like the template and wasn't able to transfer the content to a new template correctly, it simply was a complete mess.
So I exported everything to Blogger in hopes it all would be easier. My imported posts were an even bigger mess there. The spacing wasn't right, the font sizes totally off, and the worst part, none of my images were imported but simply linked back to the WordPress blog. I was so fed up, I stopped blogging altogether in fall of 2014.
But I do miss blogging, and I am now working on fixing each and every old post, updating the text layouts, links and importing all the images. This will take me a while, I have 224 posts to fix.
My long-term goal is to integrate my website and its image gallery into blog pages and Google Photos, and to eliminate the need for a hosting company.
I also have a lot of catching up to do, I want to blog about some of our trips, recipes and our two kittens Bob and Marley. I will be back dating those future posts to their correct dates, keeping my garden diary as accurate as possible.

Here we go, off to a fresh start! :-)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

walk with me

The back of our yard is well hidden, one has to wander along the garden path to find it.
Bananas, Mango, Papaya, and other fruiting plants grow here.

The Hammock stand soon will be covered by the perennial Morning Glory vine, the perfect spot to relax.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

March Colors

 I am taking a break from gardening this winter, even though it is not a cold winter, I was hesitant to go out and 'work'. I tend to get carried away and before I realize, I trim and cut and chop and do all those things one should not do to plants if there is still a danger of frost.  Of course we did not get frost this season ;)

But the plants are forgiving and did not mind my inactivity and I was able to catch up on my reading.
March is the blooming month of cold loving orchids and Amaryllis, Citrus and Camellia.  The Starburst Clerodendrum is just about done blooming. Soon it will be cut back to grow nice and lush, dark green leaves with maroon colored undersides.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December in Myrtle Glen

Not much going on here in Myrtle Glen this time of year.

The plants are cut back, the Myrtles are bare of leaves and those leaves were shredded and added to the flower beds. The occasional weed popping up gets pulled on my daily morning walk through the garden.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

This year's best celestial event

What can I say, I am drawn by the stars. And this means I got up early this morning to admire this year's nicest conjunction: The Moon, Venus, Jupiter and Aldebaran.

For this special event, the Moon showed itself in its best light

Seeing the image of the Moon cradled in the Moon's crescent  is called Earthshine. Want to know more about it, then read here.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Summer in Myrtle Glen

The flowering plants are holding siesta during the hot summer months, now is showtime for the tropical plants with their stunning foliage

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Jupiter, Venus and Aldebaran

The stars. Always there, unreachable, full of mystery and wonder.

This morning, July 7th, Jupiter, Venus and a red star named Aldebaran formed an almost perfect line.

 Our amateur pictures should just be a little nudge for everyone to wake up early these days to see the stars with their own eyes, bright and beautiful.

And a little later with some morning light:

And here is the link to the NASA Science page about why it is a good reason to wake up at dawn:  To the article

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sunday Morning in Myrtle Glen

As I do every morning, I fill up the feeders with black sunflower seeds, cracked corn, etc. I watch our squirrel happily run off with a whole peanut.  The Cardinals seem to have waited already for their breakfast of black sunflower seeds, and the Mockingbirds are picking the ripe seeds off the Lantana trees.

Friday, June 15, 2012

the Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you to James at Garden Chronicles for passing on the Versatile Blogger Award to me, I am honored!

 It sure makes my day... and who does not love Awards? :)

For my Versatile Blogger Award post please click HERE

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Illuminating Blogger

How nice, I just received my second blogger award!

The Illuminating Blogger Award

by CJ at Food Stories.

Thank you for reading my blog and honoring me with your Award, sure makes my day! :)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Twilight Tea in the Garden - May 6, 2012

I am happy to announce the upcoming Fundraiser held at Myrtle Glen on Sunday, May 6, 2012, 7 - 8:30 P.M.

Twilight Tea in the Garden

A Fundraiser for 'Walk for the Cure'

I am grooming the garden, picking yellow leaves and spent flowers, making Hypertufa pots I plan on offering for sale for an extra fundraiser income, searching for recipes for the nibbles to go with the different teas, sending out invitations...

Of course we are hoping for a great turnout, and if you, dear Reader, live close enough and would like to attend, you are most welcome to do so!  Just send an email to gonetropical at  :-)

Friday, April 6, 2012

Myrtle Glen gets Recognition

I must admit, I sure am proud seeing an article in our local Insight Magazine, in print, about Myrtle Glen. Ms. Jessica had interviewed us a few weeks ago and she wrote the article in such a nice way, I am almost afraid the garden can't live up to it ;-)

Thank you Jessica, and Thank you to all the congratulations we received.

Click to read the article Not Your Average Backyard

Myrtle Glen

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

What's blooming - February 2012

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens

We have an extreme mild winter this year, besides a few frost bitten leaves there is no damage in the garden.

Here is what is blooming in February in Myrtle Glen, Central Florida zone 9b

Bromeliads (Neoregelia McWilliamsii, Billbergia wentii, Quesnelia testudo, Aechmea maculata)

Not pictured: Aechmea Black Jack, Aechmea Del Mar, Aechmea gamosepala 'matchstick'

Monday, February 6, 2012

Filling in....

They'll have to do!

I miss my leopard frogs at the little goldfish pond hopping around, swimming, catching bugs, and quaking at night. But this time of year they are hibernating under rocks and thick layers of mulch, so instead, I watch my small ceramic frogs enjoying the morning sun.  They sure look like they are making plans for a lazy day at the pond...