Scarlet Milkweed- host plant for the munching caterpillar
like everyone else these days, i am busily shopping, crafting, cooking and decorating for Christmas but i wanted to take a few minutes to share some sights from the garden i've managed to capture over the past few days.
the drought conditions in florida remain. no rain along with our near record-high temps lately translates to, at the very least, extensive hand-watering demanding my attention regularly. this can actually be a rewarding & fulfilling experience. positioned over my beds and potted containers gives me the perfect opportunity to examine the foliage & flowers with scrutiny i might pass up if not for this chore. of course i always have pruning shears handy in my back pocket for random dead heading and manicuring as the needs arise and they most often do.
then there are the butterflies that flit about freely through the air-- alluding to a life without a care in the world. i get a kick out of watching them and if i can keep from dropping the hose and running to get my camera, my plants actually get the water they deserve. the birds seem to come fearlessly closer when there’s water flowing. hearing them singing in the breeze is most assuredly a peaceful, calming factor.