Monthly Archives: January 2014

Winter in Florida….

Yep,winter has come to TheGreatWall.

A Florida style winter.Cool (40-50’s style) and rainy.Three days of it.I grew up in the snow belt of Western New York,but after living in Florida for 30+ years, this weather has been cold and damp to me.

….I think my blood has thinned out….

This afternoon,between the rain showers,I managed to get these random shots….

Meyer Lemon blossoms….IMG_0742

a female cardinal at one of the feeders….IMG_0749

Camellia blossom….IMG_0753

Tomorrow is to be better weather,so maybe…

…I can give some thought to this mess….

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….and,finally,finish the garden pathway renovation.

…..I kinda/sorta got distracted…..

But….

…..next week I have an appointment with some manatees,

….and kayak lessons,

so that might get pushed back a few days……

Bananas…..

Not the Woody Allen movie…

Nor these…..

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Though this is the first of  hands of bananas that have been picked.And there are two more to go…

…..Smoothies,cereal,banana bread,etc……

But this….

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My Banana Shrub...Michelia figo

Even with all the cool weather we’ve had,TheGreatWall has taken on the scent of a banana popsicle.Everywhere I walk in the garden,I smell bananas….

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Hardy to Zone 7-10,this one grows in full sun…..

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No extra irrigation,but what the Heavens provide…

And,this year it is covered in blooms…..

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It can be used as a hedge,if you choose,but I have mine growing with a Dwarf Bottlebrush.-Callistemon citrinus.Why I made that choice,I have no idea…..Serendipity? But whatever…it works.

Though the bottlebrush is a touch cold tinged,the Banana Shrub seems quite content.

To learn more about Banana Shrub,check here….

While I’ve Been Away…..

….or why I haven’t blogged in a while…

1.The cool weather (I consider when it’s in the 50’s for a high,cold!) got to me

2.Computer/blogging issues got to me

3…..or I’m just lazy and enjoying my retirement

4.all of the above

It’s number 4!!!!

…but anyways….

TheGreatWall has survived without me gone on…

The birds are still here….

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Plants are growing…..

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….and now I’m gonna try to be better about this blogging thing…..