When I (with my first husband) first moved to Florida,back in the early 70’s,my Dad warned us that gardening in Florida was not like gardening up North.
“It’s not the same.You’ll learn.”
We were young.
It was the 70’s.
We didn’t listen.
He was of that generation,after all.
I grew Baby’s Breath,Carnations,Shasta Daisies.He grew 8 foot tomato plants.
What did Dad know?
He really was of that generation…
Ahhhh….but how quickly
we I learned….
Move to a semi rural area.
Get a divorce.
Try gardening again.
It’s a whole new world!
That northern schitt really doesn’t work down here!
The plants aren’t behaving like they should.
….I’ll try Florida natives….
Dad always told me gardening in Florida was just one big experiment.
“Give anything a try.”
”What do you have to lose?”
So,with that in mind,this year I have been gardening by the seat of my pants.
A year ago,at this time,TheTree went down.
Leaving the semi-shaded garden in total sun.
Then the old,cracked pool was taken out and rebuilt.
A screened lanai was added,for the most tender of tropicals and orchids.
But the garden itself was still left in total sun.
What will happen to the shade loving plants?
A banana,that was bought for it’s foliage…
Was never,ever supposed to produce anything,but beautiful foliage….
is now doing this….
Camellias (both are natives) now have buds….
YellowTop,Flaveria linearis,another Florida native,became a bully in the garden.
So,contrary to popular opinion,in July,I whacked it back.
It was overgrowing everything.
It was even over taking,and choking out,the Jasmine…
Now,look at it….
The azaleas are blooming again….
But,already,there are signs of Autumn in the garden….
Bat Faced Cuphea is blooming.
I’ve had this one for over two years.I love it!
A little early,but in time for Halloween…
and Stoke’s Aster…
Hostas are still blooming…
I just figure,for once,I’ll listen to my Dad…
“The garden is going to go where it wants to go.
Just listen to it.
You don’t own it.
It owns you.”
and besides the garden,Miss Emma just turned two!
“I’m a big girl,now,Gramma!”
I know,Emma.I know……
Please stop growing up so fast…