Which will drop the temperature a few degrees,but most importantly,it will drop the humidity!
And we can return to our Florida gardens,in earnest.
In the meantime,it's time to take stock of the highs and lows of this year's Springtime garden......
Let's get the lows out of the way first.
The fact that one fourth of our yard is fallow,due to Hillsborough County......Don't get me started!
The on going drought,here in Florida.The summer rains have just not materialized the way they should have.They have been very spotty .Sort of a hit or miss situation.
The damn Bufo toads!!!They have decimated the native toad and frog population.During the day,they bury themselves in the garden,the planters,the bromeliads,whatever they can find.And at night,they are everywhere!!!
The vegetable garden.
We did all right,but not as good as if it had been raised beds.We so look forward to next year's Spring garden.
For now,we are planting winter vegetables amongst the flower beds,which may turn out to be a good thing.We'll see....... Gardeners always have hope.....
The palms by the pool.Two years of freezes have really hurt them.Two of them have come back,but if the other two don't look any better next spring,they will be removed.
Half of our Cordylines just up and died.For the life of me,I cannot figure that one out.All were planted the same way,etc.No rhyme or reason.The frustration of gardening!
On to the highlights.......
Number one of my list,is getting to meet and know Meems.Seeing her garden was such a joy.The woman is a star!Her blog does not do her garden justice,I pinky swear!
After this past winter's freezes,I was filled with trepidation as to what we would be left with.But in all actuality,it would seem that the freezes may have helped alot of the plants.
The bromeliads are the best they have been in years,and are still blooming.
I found a new favorite plant.A mini Red Iris.It is just beautiful.I only wish I had had the foresight to buy more than one.But not knowing how it would do,I only bought the one,but was able to divide it into two plants.Both of which have already grown,and should be divisible again.
The orchids,this year,were absolutely stunning!We did baby them(some were in bloom)during the freezes,by turning one of our patios into a pseudo greenhouse,but they all have bloomed magnificently!And are getting ready to bloom again.Yowzer!
My plumeria grove.You all must know by now,how much I love these gems!They are such troopers.They all bounced right back,and are blooming(or in bud),their little hearts out.I just love them to death!
The birds and butterflies.This year has been a banner year for both.Especially the cardinals.I have never seen so many cardinals at the feeders,as this year.
We have identified three different hawks that frequent the yard.We have DarthVader,just because he looks like DarthVader when he puffs up.We also have one that Jon calls the BitchyFemale,just because she screams all the time,until it sounds like she has laryngitis.Jon says he feels sorry for whoever her mate is.
And this one is my GardeningBuddy.We think it's a female,because she's smaller than DarthVader(who we think is her mate-just because he's always around when she is).She's quite curious as to what we do in the garden.She seems to like watching us silly humans.She will just sit on a branch of our oak tree and just watch with fascination.She also has a penchant for looking in our bedroom window,especially whenever Jon is getting dressed.Could she have a crush on him?We love it!
We have more Ibises,Egrets,Great Blue Herons and this Little Blue Heron this year,also.But no SandHill Cranes.We used to have a pair that came in the yard,but not this year.
And we both were lucky enough to capture a Hummingbird.Talk about doing the happy dance when I caught this shot!
But most of all,we have enjoyed the butterflies........
Every morning and late afternoon,the yard is filled with them.
We have been lucky enough to see two generations of Swallowtails come into this world.A most incredible experience,I must say.
Our Monarchs----not so good.Note to self-buy more Milkweed.
-Getting the rest of the garden done and finished,whenever the County decides to honor us with their presence.Which includes a proper vegetable garden.In raised beds.
-Only do major renovations to the garden in cool weather(yeah-right!),which includes expanding the shade garden that is down by the water.
-I need and want a proper garden/potting shed.A greenhouse would be nice,in case we have another winter like these past two,but I shall be reasonable.
-Introducing more native,or Florida friendly,plants into the garden.Including more Milkweed.
-Taking my 90 year old Dad to meet Meems.That should be a true meeting of the minds.
-Look forward to next Spring.
what's on your agenda?