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It’s Spring time in Florida!
Which means that yesterday it was perfect weather for throwing open the windows.
Not a cloud in the sky,breezy,just loving life.
And the garden.
It also means,if you’re an allergy sufferer,which I am –the makers of ZyrtecD loves me-,you probably are having problems.
But today,…..turn on the freakin’ AC, ‘cause,crap,it’s hot!
Time to start watering the veggie garden every evening…..
But while watering,it’s time to start noticing the scents of the Florida Spring time garden!
….yep,I took my ZyrtecD this morning…
And the scents are awesome at this time of year.
Especially in the evening….

IMG_1033Coral Honeysuckle

Banana Shrub Magnolia figo
My banana popsicle plant!

Confederate Jasmine –the scent is glorious at this time of year.

IMG_1038Sweet Almond  Aloysia virgata –
I’ve trained this into a tree,and it is now over 9 foot tall.

Angel’s Trumpet Brugmansia
I have two of these,that I have trained into trees,with a pathway in between.Both are over 10 feet tall.Their scent is most overwhelming in the evening.When I walk between these two ,in the evening,the scent is beyond words.

IMG_1050The first plumeria  buds have arrived!

So,now,I have Honeysuckle,almond,jasmine,banana popsicles,and soon-to-be Hawaii in my garden.

And not a sneeze in sight…..


Not the Woody Allen movie…

Nor these…..


Though this is the first of  hands of bananas that have been picked.And there are two more to go…

…..Smoothies,cereal,banana bread,etc……

But this….


My Banana Shrub...Michelia figo

Even with all the cool weather we’ve had,TheGreatWall has taken on the scent of a banana popsicle.Everywhere I walk in the garden,I smell bananas….


Hardy to Zone 7-10,this one grows in full sun…..


No extra irrigation,but what the Heavens provide…

And,this year it is covered in blooms…..


It can be used as a hedge,if you choose,but I have mine growing with a Dwarf Bottlebrush.-Callistemon citrinus.Why I made that choice,I have no idea…..Serendipity? But whatever…it works.

Though the bottlebrush is a touch cold tinged,the Banana Shrub seems quite content.

To learn more about Banana Shrub,check here….