Monthly Archives: October 2014

Florida Fall Foliage………….

The weather is a tad cooler,here in Florida.
8o’s,not 90’s.
But the humidity has dropped.And for that we Florida gardeners rejoice.We can get out into the garden without sweating our asses pants off.
Having grown up  in Western New York,and then living in New England for four years before relocating to Florida for the past 40 years,I must admit this is the time of year I miss Fall in the northeast.

Here in Florida,our tank tops have been replaced with t-shirts,and we are still gardening in shorts and flip-flops.
But for all you Northern gardeners who are having fun filling up Facebook and Pinterest with all your photos of your foliage,we in Florida have Fall foliage,too!

It’s just different.

Coleus….IMG_1602

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Crotons…
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Duranta Gold Mound Duranta repens
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Some trim this into a hedge form,but I prefer to let it grow  naturally.I just like like it that way.
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To be honest,I’m not sure what the purple plant is(I got the original cutting from Meems at Hoe and Shovel),but it is prolific,and roots quite easily.More Duranta Gold Mound,croton and a bit of the Jatropha in the background.

Alternanthera

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Firebush Hamelia patens
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a butterfly and hummingbird attractor

Simpson’s Stopper Myrcianthes fragrans  (a true Florida native)is blooming with it’s sputnik flowers….soon to be replaced by red berries the birds will be feasting on.
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Marigolds,in the veggie garden,blooming amongst tomatoes and Cilantro….

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But the best color of Fall is…..IMG_1622

……Happy Fall ……

Florida’s change of seasons…..

The temperature has dropped.To the low 80’s during the day.60’s at night.
But most of all,the humidity has dropped.In Florida,that is a sign that Autumn is finally here!
The veggie garden is in full swing.

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Yep,those are wine bottles in the raised bed.I’m going to use them to raise the beds up.Don’t judge….
Already,a few salads have been harvested.And there are baby squash to be found.
Thyrallis  Galphimia glauca is in full bloom.

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Love that Autumn-like color!
The Lemon Grass is ready to harvest.

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Meyer Lemon is in full bloom….

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and with babies….

lemons

I have always heard that citrus have 3 year cycles,so I’m hoping this is the good year for production,as it’s had 2 slow years.And,already,it has 3 lemons on it.

Sadly,the plumeria are starting to go dormant.
The last of the blooms….
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Bananas are still growing…
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And Buddha is still happy….IMG_1593

….but the mosquitoes are still here……..