There are two lasting bequests we can give our children:
one is roots. The other is wings.
- Hodding Carter, Jr.
In my last post,I mentioned that I wanted to start on Emma’s Garden.
Right by the pool.Our family is all about the water.Swimming,body surfing,boogie boarding (love ya-Kyle), fishing,boating,shelling….anything to do with the water…..Where else could her garden go?
After trips to three different native plant nurseries,Home Depot,and Lowe’s,I was ready to start.First,I removed all of the old freeze-killed plants.Then,in equal parts,I added new soil,compost,cow manure,and peat moss.Because this area gets full sun all day,and gets quite hot,I felt I should add the peat moss to help the soil retain moisture.In the summer,this area bakes….
The cherub was bought here,when Emma arrived.
The rest had to be easy to care for,Florida friendly,Zone 9 friendly,and could withstand the abuse of being next to a swimming pool.
Clockwise,l-r:Caliente’ Geranium(in a container),Coontie Palm,Calibrachoa,variegated Asiatic Jasmine.
The Caliente’ Geranium is for a touch of contrast.And the Caliente’ part brings just a touch of sauciness,don’t you think?
The Calibrachoa is a perennial that blooms from fall through spring,plus I love the dark pink color. Hopefully,it will bring Fall and Winter color to the garden.
The variegated Asiatic Jasmine is for variety,from all the dark green.
The Coontie Palm needs no explanation,does it?
I,also,used Giant Liriope,Mondo Grass,Euphorbia,and Variegated Flax Lily for fillers.Below this garden,are the Angel’s Trumpets (which are returning from the December freezes),which will grow,to overhang this garden.
It is my hope that this little garden shall grow,just as Emma will.