Random stuff…

Summer has truly arrived in West Central Florida.Zone 9B.(or whatever Zone,the powers that be,decide we’re in)
It’s hot and humid.Typical summer weather in Florida.
If I have any intention of gardening,I have to be out there by 7:30AM.And be done by 10AM.
Otherwise,I sweat to death.And we all know that ain’t a pretty sight…or smell….
Moving on…..
This past week,our afternoon rains have started earlier than usual.So,this afternoon,after the rain stopped,I braved the humidity and heat and took some random photos….

The Angel’s Trumpets,Brugmansia, are in full bloom.They seem to love the heat and all the rain of a Florida summer.Bonus points for the fact they smell heavenly in the evening.
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…..a close up of the underside…IMG_1961
The Blackberry Lilies,Iris domestica,are starting to bloom.A little early this year.This is a “freckle-less” one .Some have spots that are reminiscent of freckles.
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Jamaican Wild Coffee shrub is in bud…
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This one is different  from the Florida native Wild Coffee Psychotria nervosa
plant.It is more cold sensitive,so I keep it close to the lanai,where the heat from the pool keeps it protected during the winter.The birds will devour the berries in a day.

Harley,our Chief of Security on TheGreatWall, keeping me company….
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Had to throw that one in….

Lubber damage on one of the Queen Emma Crinums…
IMG_1968Two lubbers totally decimated this one,in one day.And that’s with me checking them every day!
It should look like this one….
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It should be huge! And a deep purple.This one is growing in a planter,on the screened lanai…   @#$%  lubbers!!!!

On a happier note….
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This is Plumeria Rubra “Light Rainbow”
Ain’t she a knock-out?

And the deep red is still in bloom…
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This one comes from a cutting.I don’t know the name of the cultivar.But it’s a keeper! It has been blooming for over two months,and is covered in buds.

This is a planter by the lanai
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Dwarf variegated pandanus,Pandanus baptisti.It’s supposed to take heat and full sun.We shall see.The snails are Apple Snails I found on the shore of the lake.And the sedum is “Florida Friendly Gold”

So,how is your  garden growing?Are you sweating,like we are,in Florida?

6 responses to “Random stuff…

  1. We are lucky that we have so many beautiful plants that thrive in our hot summers. Those darn lubbers can really wreak havoc. What a shame for your Queen Emma. Hopefully, she’ll bounce back quickly. Glad you’re getting rain. It’s been dry up my way.

  2. We’ve had a fair amount of rain up north which is good. I think for the most part it’s been on the cool side. 70’s and 50’s at night. No complaints here. Those lubbers can certainly do a lot of damage.
    Your paths really look nice, and your photos, too.

    • Sue-rain here,at my house,has been hit or miss.We’ll get horrible deluges,with thunder and lightning,or nothing at all.A few times we’ve gotten sprinkles,which just makes the humidity worse.At which point,I refuse to leave the house!

  3. Oh gosh, I am in Florida, and if I’m outside, I’m sweating. Your “Light Rainbow” Plumeria is gorgeous, and aptly named. Happy gardening ~ stay cool.

    • Janice-I garden until 10AM or so.By then,I’m sooo sweaty and I go float in the pool.I’ve learned to wear my bathing suit under my gardening shorts,so it’s easier and faster to get in the pool to cool off.

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