We have returned from our semi-annual vacation to Sanibel Island.We had eight glorious days of fishing,shelling,relaxing on the beach and meeting up with dear,dear friends.
Even though Erich,the Younger,did his best(he ate the green beans,lettuce and radishes),the garden is never quite the same as you left it,is it?
I always find it amazing how fast the weeds take over.I guess it’s the price we gardeners pay for taking time off to have a little rest and relaxation.
So grab yourself a glass of sweet tea and try to enjoy the photos.
(at least try to act like you’re enjoying them……)
YardBoy caught lots of fish,which are now in our freezer,to be enjoyed later on
…..(final count: 1 speckled sea trout,8 whiting----all keepers!!!We’re not counting the numerous catfish or non-sized keepers….or the fish tales!)
and that’s why I keep him….
that’s a Whiting,by the way..
We were blessed to have an active osprey nest right outside our cottage.With a very attentive set of parents,I must say.
very attentive momma,too…. “Hey,lady!Don’t mess with my kids!”
We’ve all seen tropical foliage before.
And Sanibel Island has all the usual tropicals.
(though this past winter’s freezes did have an impact there,too.The freeze damage was till visible)
But,for some reason,this time,I was focused more on the Florida friendly plants.
We all think that a barrier island,in the Gulf of Mexico,will be covered in what we assume are tropical foliage plants.But the fact that it’s a windswept island means something else.No,the plantings are as lush and full as one would assume,but it is a barrier island after all.With the strong sea breezes….much more so than inland.And that constant wind has its effect.
Yes,there are the usual Impatiens and Vincas….
But there are beach morning glories…
and beach sunflowers……
I have never seen so many Yuccas in bloom at one time,either…..
I have no idea what the names of these plants are,but I find them stunning…..
If anyone know the of these plants,I would certainly love to know.
I love the combination of the orange hibiscus with the yellow flowered shrub…..and the bees seemed to love it,too,as they were all over both .
and the combination of the Sea Grape with the Ti plant and Variegated Schefflera is outstanding…..
But I have the saved the best for last.
We are blessed to have very dear friends who live on the Island.
Friends who,very recently,lost a daughter to breast cancer.
To honor her memory,a group of us bought a Weeping Hibiscus.
and this is Becky’s Garden……
When the Pink Vincas fill in,I think it will be outstanding!
Alas,with the sandy soil on Sanibel,it takes an incredible amount of amending(manure,compost,etc.)
You can read more about this amazing woman here….
make sure you have hankies ready.You’re gonna need ‘em…..
Sooo,now,it’s back to reality,and cleaning out those weeds that have over-taken the garden,mowing,blah-blah-blah……..