- It's just an old fashioned Day Lily. One I've had for over 30 years. And every year it keeps keeping on. Sometimes older is better..... #floridaliving #floridagardening #floridafriendly #floridagardening #olderisbetterPerfect broccoli quiche.... #whatsfordinner #becauseiliketocook #quicheWhen it's over 90° and you worked in the garden all day, this is your current view.... #floridaliving #springinflorida #poolside #pooltime #floridalife #LoveFl #chilling #winetimeBloomin' Hoya.....#hoya #succulents #floridagardening #floridaliving #floridalife #mygardenMother's Day dinner cooked by my son. Sautéed pork chops with sautéed spiced apples served over rice. #mothersday #family #whatsfordinner #becausehelikestocook #mothersday2019Just another Saturday in Florida.... #floridaliving #springinflorida #poolside #pooltime #floridalife #LoveFl #chilling
Gardens I Follow
- June 2016
- May 2016
- April 2016
- December 2015
- November 2015
- October 2015
- September 2015
- August 2015
- July 2015
- June 2015
- May 2015
- April 2015
- February 2015
- January 2015
- December 2014
- November 2014
- October 2014
- September 2014
- August 2014
- July 2014
- June 2014
- May 2014
- April 2014
- March 2014
- February 2014
- January 2014
- December 2013
- November 2013
- Christmas cactus
- Confederate Jasmine
- Coral Honeysuckle
- Florida anise,gardening
- Florida birds
- Florida gardening
- Florida native plants
- Florida weather
- garden reno
- grow your own
- Holiday plants
- Jamaica Caper
- Kitchen reno
- Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
- Pagoda flower
- Pine Cone Ginger
- Queen Emma Crinum
- Sanibel Island
- Simpson's Stopper
- Sunken Gardens
- vegetable gardening
- Wax Mrytle
- Wax Myrtle
- Wild Cassava
- yard art
- butterflies Christmas Confederate Jasmine Decor DIY family Florida birds Florida gardening Florida native plants Florida weather gardening garden reno irises Jatropha kitchen Kitchen reno Marie Selby Botanical Gardens orchids photography Pine Cone Ginger plumeria Queen Emma Crinum recipes Sanibel Island Simpson's Stopper Sunken Gardens TheTree Uncategorized vegetable gardening yard art
Monthly Archives: January 2015
It’s kind of in between time,at TheGreatWall.It can be close to 80* one day.And then a cool/cold front rolls through,and the temperature drops to highs of the 60’s,during the day,and 30’s at night.
But the garden rolls on….
And things keep blooming….
Everyone of the orchids have scapes.
And,besides my Dad’s,two more have bloomed.
Wendy’s Wish Salvia is blooming,and attracting hummingbirds.Why cannot I get a decent photo of them?
Same with the Red Salvia…
After TheTree went down,I planted the Sweet Gum tree.
Close to it,I planted a Wax Myrtle shrub Myrica cerifera.
Just because I wanted to introduce more Florida native shrubbery to the garden.
I don’t know if this is normal,or the warm winters we’ve had the past few years,but it seems to be an early bloomer.
….which I was not,but that’s for a whole other post….
It’s growing next to a Jamaica Caper Capparis cynophallophora
a Simpson’s Stopper Myrcianthes,and a Beauty Berry Callicarpa..
All growing by the water’s edge.
I’m aiming for a natural type hedge,by the water,which will provide cover and food for the birds,butterflies and bees.
…..they just do it better than me…..
But mine are blooming…..
…..albeit a little late,this year…..
……Thought I’d share…..
Can Spring be far behind?
As long as I can remember,my Dad raised orchids.Cattleya’s mostly.The corsage orchid.Remember those?
Growing up,in Western New York,I remember hanging out with him,in the greenhouse,that he built himself.While he tended his orchids.That greenhouse had all the bells and whistles.An automatic timer that would open the windows when the temperature got too hot.Automatic misters that he created himself.He was an engineer,but I think he was a frustrated architect.
In the winter,if you wanted to find him,you just went to his greenhouse.There he’d be.I’d be messing around.Getting in his way,but he’d tell me all about his orchids.
In the summer,he moved the orchids out to the screened patio(that he also built himself-the man never sat still!).They would be covered in blooms.He had 2 secretaries,so they were always getting orchid corsages.My mother would make these beautiful bows for them.I don’t think that gene was passed on to me me.I’m not that crafty.
When my parents moved to St.Petersburg,in 1973,the orchids made the trip.In the Plymouth station wagon.
Along with my mother’s Hummel figurine collection,but that’s a whole other story.Everything else went in the moving van,except for a few clothes and the orchids and the Hummels.
In Florida,his orchids flourished.He left them outside all year long.Underneath pine trees.The only time he would bring them up to the house was if a freeze was in the forecast.He never fertilized them.They were totally on their own.
After my mother passed away,and we moved Dad to an ALF,I got the orchids.The Hummels went to my sister-in-law.He told me to just put them under the large oak,and just leave them alone.Which I did.And they flourished.
Too well.The largest one had so out grown it’s pot,it was falling over.I asked him if it was time to do something with it.
He adamantly told me,”No! Leave it alone.”
” But Dad,it’s falling over.”
”Leave it alone!It will be fine.”
But then TheTree went down,taking the pool with it.When the new pool went in,he suggested putting them in a shady spot in the new lanai.But with orders to leave them alone.Which I did(I’m really great at leaving plants alone….),and they flourished.
After he passed away,I finally took it upon my self to divide the largest one.I kept 3 plants and gave one to Erich,the Younger,who now has own garden.
But they didn’t flourish……
They looked like they were dying.
All I could think was that I had killed them.What had I done?
They grew,but they didn’t bloom.
Until this year,and I saw this….
And another cutting is doing this…..
And Erich,the Younger,has a scape on his,too.
So,maybe I did a good thing.I hope he’s proud…..
After all,he’s the man who taught me that gardening is one big experiment.