Monthly Archives: July 2015


It’s rained all day,here,at TheGreatWall.
Serious rain.
The first real rain we’ve had in quite a while.
And we really needed the rain.So,I’m not complaining.
As my mother used to say,a real gully washer.
The day started off with a steady rain,progressed to thunderstorms,slowed down to a steady rain in the afternoon,and,now,thunderstorms again.
So,between the raindrops I ventured out,camera in hand,to snap a few photos.

IMG_2009 Pink and white plumeria.
It starts out like this and will mature to pink and white.

IMG_2010”Light Rainbow” plumeria

Yellow plumeria.
This one is from a cutting from my Dad’s original plumeria that he brought back from Hawaii.

Banana Shrub.For some reason it’s blooming again.

One of the many Buddha’s,at TheGreatWall.
I love them! They bring such a calming sense to the garden.It feels so peaceful to come upon one of them,when I walk through the garden.

Raindrops on the Jatropha.
The Zebra Longwings love this plant.Just not in the rain….

Love this as an accent plant.Does well in containers or directly in the ground.

Raindrops on a Fan Palm frond.

The rain is forecast to continue for another two days…..

…..more than enough rain for awhile……




It’s been cloudy all day.
Threatening rain.
In other words,a great day for photos.
So,here ya go….
Where TheGreatWall is at the almost mid-point of July…

Musical Notes Clerodendrum Clerodendrum incisum
So named because the open flowers resemble musical notes.
A close up of the flower…
Another view….


The white plumeria has burst into bloom….
If you only knew what it took to get a photo of this.
It is over twelve feet tall…
and yes,it involved a ladder,me grabbing a leaf and pulling the branch down….see my finger in the lower left?


After being decimated by the Lubbers the yellow plumeria is blooming…..
IMG_1994 This one comes from a cutting that I got from my Dad’s plumeria,that he brought back from Hawaii….
….and I gave a cutting from mine to Erich,the Younger,and it’s growing in his garden.
I love that gardening can connect generations.
A new pathway is going in….IMG_2003 Why I attempt these things in the heat of summer I have no idea….I still have some cleaning out to do…..
In the back ground you might be able to see the wild Cassava…
Behind the Cassava,you can see the Bay Oak that died from Laurel Wilt.It’s spread by the Ambrosia Beetle,which is an invasive species.I found out it can not just be taken down by just anyone.To keep the disease from spreading there are guidelines as to how it’s taken down and disposed of.

The Beauty Berry is starting to bloom…

…and for some reason the Carolina Jasmine is blooming again…..
I have no idea why,as it’s been so stinking hot,lately.But,I love the scent,in the evening,so I’ll not complain.

The Meyer Lemons are slowly ripening….
This should be its banner year (over 20 lemons on this small tree),so I’m anxious for all of these lemons to ripen.I have plans and recipes…..

That’s TheGreatWall is at the almost mid-point of July.How is your garden growing?

I’m happy………..

This year the plumeria are having a banner year.
and I’m a happy gardener!
The red is still going great guns…
This is the full tree.
Actually,they’re not a pretty tree,so I try to plant palms,etc. around them for them to grow up through.Plus,the palms hide them ,in the winter,when they are defoliated.

The yellow….
This is the one attacked by @#$% lubbers.It seems they have developed a taste for the flower buds.So,I have to check it every day.A lemony scent.

The newest one to flower is the pink and yellow…
Love,love,love this one.A slight rosy scent.Not too overwhelming.

Still blooming,the pink and white,”Light Rainbow”…
This one is covered with scapes,so I think it will be blooming for awhile.Which makes me very happy.It seems to have developed a cinnamony scent.

And that’s why I’m happy………..

The Books of Summer…

I do a lot of reading in the summer.
What else can you do,in the afternoons,in Florida,when it’s over 90+ degrees in the shade,and humidity to match?
So,most afternoons,I can be found,sitting by the pool,reading a good book.
….yes,the the glass of wine is usually close by….
…..very close…..
Except from 2-3PM,when I’m watching General Hospital.
I’ve been watching it since day one,fer Gawd’s sake,and I’m not quitting now!When I was working,I taped it,but now I can watch it,every afternoon.Except when I have to be away ,in which case I DVR it.And now Anthony Geary is leaving forever….what will I do without Luke?…..Laura and Holly are back,Lucky and Ethan have been kidnapped….O.M.G. I have to be there for them……
But I have digressed…..
okay,I’m over that. Whew…
Other than that one hour of weakness,in the heat of our steamy afternoons,I can be found reading……
In anticipation of Harper Lee’s new novel,”Go Set A Watchman,” which I already have on order,at Amazon,I read/re-read “To Kill A Mockingbird.”
Come on July 14,when it should be here.
And loved it as much as the first time I read it.
And I just finished  reading “The True Story of Hansel and Gretel” by Louise Murphy.

contentIt’s a novel about two children surviving WWII,in Poland.Kind of strong,but a great read.I see Angelina Jolie producing a movie of this novel.
Spoiler alert-it does have a happy ending….sort of…

Currently,I’m reading “In The Unlikely Event” by Judy Blume.

 judy blume
I know she usually writes for teens,but this was written for adults,and,based on actual events, is about three planes that crashed in New Jersey in the early 50’s.So far,it reminds me of “The Bridge of San Luis Rey.” How did these people all come together to be involved in such a tragedy?

now that I’ve made my confession of how I spend a steamy,summer afternoon,what do you do on a hot,steamy afternoon?
Laze by the pool with a good book?
If so,what are you reading?
I love seeing other’s reading lists.
So share away…..