It’s been cloudy all day.
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…
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…..
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…. 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?
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.
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?
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….
Banana Shrub Magnolia figo
My banana popsicle plant!
Confederate Jasmine –the scent is glorious at this time of year.
Sweet 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.
The 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…..