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Not the prettiest post….

As bloggers,we all tend to take photos of the best parts of our gardens.The things we want to show off.
But this is a post about the ugly parts of the garden at TheGreatWall.
Those areas that drive you crazy.
The invasive stuff growing in from your neighbors’ yards.The things that they think look lovely.
Like this….IMG_2045 Some weedy tree my neighbor thinks is beautiful,but is now overtaking my garden and leaning on the fence.Along with air potato vines overtaking my jatropha and plumeria.

Speaking of air potato vine
(the bane of all Southern gardeners,along with Kudzu),
last year University of Florida released beetles that are making a headway in the control.
Hopefully,next year the vine won’t be a problem,but in the meantime I’m left with the above.

Tree roots!
This root….
IMG_2049 …is coming from my neighbor’s Elephant EarTree(another invasive species),which no amount of data will convince him that it’s not a Poinciana.This root,among other smaller ones,is blocking the flow of water from the dry creek bed I put in a few years ago.Which,in turn,is causing that side of the yard to flood.Especially with all the rain we’ve had this summer.
I need a chainsaw!
or a new neighbor….

Skunk Vine!
This one is an ongoing battle.It sends out deep rooted underground runners,and everyday I have to check for it.It will quickly overtake anything and everything.The weight of the vine will eventually cause the plant to become top heavy and fall over.I’ve,actually,found it trying to grow through the screen of the pool lanai.

You’ve read here,before,how much I hate them.This year is the worst year ever.Even though I used NOLO Bait,they have been horrible.I’ve been keeping a body count and I know I am over beheading 100(beheading is the only way to kill them).Their only natural predator is the Loggerhead Shrike and their numbers are dwindling,due to loss of habitat.Those lubbers have eaten plumerias,the Hurricane Lilies,the Rain Lilies,all the Amaryllis(even the entire bulb of one),and I have seen them eating the bromeliads and even my Flapjack succulent.But what they have done to the Queen Emma Crinums is beyond words….
IMG_2051 …and this is the best looking one of the four I have growing outside the lanai.I have one growing in a large container inside the lanai.It is beautiful,but I doubt it will ever bloom.
@#$% lubbers!

So,what part of your garden are you unhappy with?






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
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

I believe this is a Pine Warbler.But I’m not sure…..
Carolina Wrens were in abundance.


Two female Cardinals having a gossip session….IMG_1815 (2)
…. about this guy….


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?

Happy Birthday!

Remember when this muchkin was born?


That’s me!Emma!
And I created Miss Emma’s  Garden?


“Gramma! What happened to my garden?”

Ummmmm…..Emma, remember when we went to the beach?


“Oh,yeah.Seashells!I liked collecting seashells.And playing in the sand.

But what’s up with my Queen Emma Crinum?”
Lubbers!That’s what!While I was at the beach,with you and your sister,the stoopid lubbers moved in!Not to worry,though.There are two growing on the lanai,by the pool.



today you are

Happy Birthday!

Gramma loves you!

Never give up……

“No. Don’t give up hope just yet. It’s the last thing to go. When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.”
Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four

When I bought this Florida Anise shrub, Illicium floridanum,

a few years ago at the SCCF plant nursery,I had high hopes.
It would grow.
It would flourish.
It would love living at TheGreatWall.
We’d be the belle of the gardening world!
But most of all,it would love

Alas,it wasn’t to be.
It struggled.
It did nothing.
I felt defeated.
”Why do you hate it here?!”

Even though I read up on it,I guess I wasn’t the best spouse.
I didn’t fulfill it’s needs.
But I tried.
I gave it mulch.Good soil.Shade from the late afternoon sun.Watered it well.Talked sweet things to it.But it wouldn’t adjust….
Just when I thought divorce was inevitable,
and I was going-shovel in hand– to deliver the divorce papers…
I found this!

It loves me!
It really,really loves me,after all.
The relationship is back on….

TheGreatGravelPathway project…

is finally done!

The last photo I shared,in April,showed it like this…….


Why I start massive projects in the heat and humidity of summer,I have no idea.
But,after much sweating,it now looks like this….


and this….


This pathway….


connects to this pathway….


Still to be done…
Stepping stones in this grassy area….

The GreatPlantRelocationandGardeningWeedingProject…..

…where’s the cooler weather?

Pass the machete’….

After just one week away,the garden has gone psycho!
Weeds have gone wild.
Things up and died in my absence.


My Bat-Faced Cuphea died and is now surrounded with weeds and grass.
Cucumbers,cilantro,and tatsoi up and died…
Carolina Honeysuckle decided to grow like crazy.The hummingbirds are loving it,but me,not so much.

The Confederate Jasmine decided it wanted to get to know the tomatoes better….
Time to haul out the vinegar spray….

But on the up side….
The plumeria are blooming….



As are the Hoyas,Broms,and orchids….







Guess I need to get out the pruners/machete’…..

Random thoughts and photos….

My mind wanders.Especially when I wander through the garden in the evening.I solve problems,I figure things out when I wander through the garden.So,bear with me,as my ADHD mind wanders,and my camera takes pictures….

Yellow African Iris dietes bicolorIMG_1072

Since I saw them at Naples Botanical Garden,a few years ago,I have wanted one.About 3 years ago I saw them at HD,and bought two.Just when I thought they were a bust and was ready to rip them out,this year,they have decided to bloom.Guess they heard me….

The Vitex is ready to bloom…

Why do I always start renovations when it’s hot and the AC is running?I repainted the master bedroom-I couldn’t take the paint samples on the wall,anymore-,but now I’m obligated to paint the closet doors and have the carpet replaced with flooring to match the rest of the first floor.What was I thinking?I swear it goes on and on….

I really like the way this container,on the lanai,has come together.It took awhile,but I’m very happy with it.

It has taken a year for it to have gotten to this point…Patience….
The last of the Iris blooms….

Jasmine is almost finished.I’m gonna miss them when they’re done…but I do every year…In the evening,their scent is amazing….

I really need to move the compost pile.But where to?
I wonder who the Bucs will take first in the draft….
The first plumeria buds!

This is a yellow one.The cutting came from my dad,and it’s always the first to bloom,every year.

Gaillardia with Angel’s Tears.Nice combo.Another happy accident.

does your mind wander while you’re strolling through the garden?
Do you use it as time to solve the problems of the world?