Category Archives: Florida weather

Be careful what you wish for….

Okay,okay.I cry uncle.
After wishing for rain,all Spring,I have had enough of the rain.
This current rain ‘event’ has taken rainy season to a new level.
We had over 17” of the wet stuff the end of July,and even more in August.Just 2” last nite and another 2” today.I know,I checked the rain gauge.
Water is lying everywhere…

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This is the veggie garden.It’s time to start planting the Fall garden,but it is so mucky I can’t even think about that.
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The only thing happy with this weather is the weeds.And those weeds have taken total control of the garden,but the ground is so mucky there is no chance of weeding.I am not looking forward to the weeding that is ahead for me.
But the saddest thing is I lost this guy…
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I have had this Barrel Cactus for almost 20 years.It has survived other rainy seasons and winter freezes.Whatever was thrown at it.It had become my stand-by.My friend.
But this year was just too much.
So,I shall wear the leather gloves and give it a proper burial throw it in the trash.

RIP Barrel Cactus……

These days,I’m not very happy………..

After all the rain we had the last rain event we had just over a week ago(17” over 3 days!)
and another 4” sits in my rain gauge,today,
we are due for another round of rain,starting Thursday,
The sump pump on the septic system was over loaded with the last rain go-round and burned out.
(I doubt I need to tell you what that means),
Septic people are overloaded and I’m “on the schedule.”

Even after 3 days of sun and heat,the front and back yards are like swamps,
Seriously,it is.Your feet sink and squish when you walk anywhere.

So I’m left with this….

IMG_2038Yep-that’s a trench.
To drain water from the front yard.
After the past few days,it
still has water running through it.
Eventually
(whenever the weather changes and cools off,if it should ever do that)
it will be enlarged to become a dry rock bed bed to meet up with this one…
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…which does work,but it is totally overloaded with the amount of rain we’ve had.I think hope it just needs more rock added to it.The problem is the ground is so saturated,there is no where for the water to go.
Our lake has over come it’s banks,too,so the water just sits,until either the sun dries it up,or it can sink into the ground.

But there are some bright spots….
An orchid has put out a scape…
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Blira.Marfitch
It will be a deep purple.

…and the Pine Cone Gingers have been troopers…
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And I finally gave in,and joined Instagram.I take so many photos with my cell phone,I needed to do something.I added a widget in the upper right,if you’d care to follow along.

Now,it’s time for a glass of wine,and time to ponder all the digging that lies ahead…..

 

…fer the love of Gawd….

…please stop raining!….

It seems like it has rained for over two straight weeks here at TheGreatWall….
I’ve quit emptying the rain gauge….
I know it’s rainy season in Florida,
and we need the rain,
but seriously?
Two straight weeks?
And today,took the cake..
A true gully washer!
It started raining about 10AM,
and the Heavens opened up!
Thunder,
lightning,
the whole sha-bang!
We even lost power for three hours.
What? no Internet?!No AC?!
#firstworld problems

It’s a drizzle now,so time to assess what’s going on….

some flooding….
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a wet flamingo…. IMG_2033

….a pool that needs to be pumped out for the third time….

….not to mention the size of the mosquitoes…..

California feel free to run a pipe line from TheGreatWall out to you….

Raindrops……….

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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Raindrops on a Fan Palm frond.

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

…..more than enough rain for awhile……

 

 

Not tonight…..

I won’t allow it!
…..it’s predicted to get down to 27* at TheGreatWall.
A hard freeze for hours
Yep,the news people are out in the strawberry fields.
We haven’t seen these temps,in Florida,at this time of year,in four or five years.We’ve been spoiled.But I guess Mother Nature decided to send us a flash back….
not funny,Mother Nature.
Cuttings have been taken of Ti plants,Devil’s Backbone,and the only old-fashioned Impatiens(which for some reason didn’t succumb to the fungus) that is growing on the lanai.
So……
the dining room looks like this….
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Too many orchids are in bloom.
These are the ones that are in bloom.
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Lc.Gold Digger ‘Orglades Mandarin’

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Jewel Orchid Variegated Ludisia-a very cold sensitive ground orchid,but easily propagated

IMG_1839a I bought this one years ago on the promise it would be a red.But it came with no ID.

Thankfully,my dad’s orchids are done blooming,so they’re being kept warm on the lanai.Right up next to house under cover and covered with Christmas lights.Along with some other cold tender tropicals ,ferns and broms.
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All of the orchids have inflos on them,so they are hanging on the PVC towel holder and all covered up.

IMG_1851 Yes,those are beach towels-don’t judge…
The only other things I covered covered were the Meyer Lemon,which is covered with fruit,and is way to big to be moved.It’s down by the water,so I’m hoping that there’s a micro climate there to keep it safe,and the Jamaican Wild  Coffee shrub,which is very cold sensitive.Even though it’s in a container,it is also too big to move.So covered it got.
The rest of the garden is on it’s own.
I expect to see plenty of brown,tomorrow…
…sob….

 

A day for the birds…..

A beautiful,Florida day,today.
70’s,sunny,low humidity,and a clear blue sky.
Perfect for gardening.
I,usually,don’t take the camera with me,but,today,I did.
I wanted to see if the tomatoes….
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and the Meyer Lemons
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were close to being ripe.But nope.Not quite ready.Another day or two….

But it’s been a great day for bird watching at TheGreatWall.
IMG_1820 Female Cardinal

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I believe this is a Pine Warbler.But I’m not sure…..
Carolina Wrens were in abundance.
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Two female Cardinals having a gossip session….IMG_1815 (2)
…. about this guy….

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IMG_1811 Red Bellied Woodpecker

This guy was more than pleased to pose….
IMG_1807He/she stood on my neighbor’s old dock for more than an hour before flying off.
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How’s the weather,today,in your garden?
Sunny and warm?
Or cold and snowy?

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……..