Monthly Archives: April 2015

A day of firsts….

FIRST off,we here,in West Central Florida,Zone 9B,went straight from Winter to Summer.At least it feels like it.Every day this month has seen above average temperatures.Not to mention that the AC has been running…..alot!  And any weeding I didn’t get done….Well,those weeds are now life-sized and threatening to take over my life,not to mention the garden…..My own Little Shop of Horrors….

But the FIRST Plumeria inflo has emerged! You know that has me doing the happy dance,right?
IMG_1923This is the cream/yellow one that I got as a cutting from my Dad.And it’s always the first to put out an inflo.But the red also has inflo’s on it.They’re still small,and numerous.So I didn’t bother taking a photo of them. Sorry….Get over it.You know there will be plenty of photos to come.

The FIRST blooms on the Bird-of-Paradise…
IMG_1924 This one has been in the ground since the new pool went in (3 years ago?),and it’s the FIRST it has bloomed.

The FIRST inflo on the orange Plumeria has emerged!

IMG_1925 Now,you know you are gonna be overwhelmed with photos of this baby when it blooms.So get used to it,okay?

The FIRST time this yellow African Iris Dietes Bicolor has bloomed.


It’s been in the ground also about 3 years,and just when I was ready to rip it out,it bloomed. #toughlove.

And my most favoritest FIRST…


My FIRST Indigo Bunting!

IMG_1920 That I’ve ever noticed,anyways…But it took me forever  -they don’t like to pose,I guess- ….like all morning….to get a decent photo of this guy.He seemed to be feeding on the seeds of the Lemongrass that I let to go seed.I’ve been meaning to whack it back,but now I’m glad I didn’t.He never went near the feeders.He’s just been there all day. #hoorayforlaziness

Any FIRSTS in your garden?

Jasmine and Honeysuckle vines.Oh my….

A sure sign of Spring in Florida-outside of the heat-is the blooming of the Confederate Jasmine Trachelospermun jasmiodes and the Coral Honeysuckle Lonicera sempervirens.

IMG_1899 The aroma is overwhelming….
This vine is growing on a series of trellises surrounding the vegetable garden.
When I’m in the vegetable gardening,the scent is so incredible! As a double bonus, it brings the pollinators in as well.

Also,blooming is the Coral Honeysuckle.


This one is growing on a trellis hiding the propane tanks and the recycle containers.The hummingbirds love it!
Now,if only I could capture a photo of them feeding on it…..

The Simpson’s Stopper Myrcianthes fragrans is also blooming.


The tiny sputnik-type flowers,on this Florida native,will soon be followed by red berries,which the birds will devour in a day.
The irises are putting on their Spring show….


And the hibiscus have started their Spring bloom….


But the surest sign of the return of warm weather is the return of the Caladiums….


This is “Miss Muffet.”

Any signs of Spring in your garden?