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Friday, April 9, 2010
Sunny Florida is Sunny Again
Not that the sunshine ever really left us. It's just that it was so much colder and rainier this winter that everything in the garden is noticeably behind schedule.
March was February and April is March.
In other words everything in the garden is about a month late or behind its typical spring schedule. Which is very unusual for this Florida girl to experience.
But April days have warmed us up rapidly and the non-stop sunshine Florida is infamous for has urged plantlife into the growth usually seen in late February and March.
All of a sudden one leaf after the other has emerged from many of the tropicals. Those large red leaves on the Ensete Ventricosum 'Maurelii' banana trees surely help to make the tropical pathway feel alive again.
Adding to the effect are the flower stalks on the Hardy star, heracleifolia begonia towering high above the foliage.
While we continue to wait for the late arrival of caladiums and Lousiana Irises it's nice to have the tropical garden beginning to look tropical again.
The poor Crinum augustum 'Queen Emma' lilies were so sad with all their deep magenta foliage gone only a few weeks ago. As each broad leaf unfurls they are beginning to take on some semblance of their former beauty. It won't be long and all their stately majesty will have returned. Ahhh... spring!
The Sisyrinchium angustifolium blue-eyed grass that usually blooms in March has only recently burst out into their tiny, dainty but consistent flush. These have been divided and spread to many places in the garden this spring. So easily adapted they certainly make themselves at home quickly without much effort on the gardener's part.
The Tropic Snow peach tree has the cutest little fuzzy orbs in place of the pretty blooms of February. Sited on the new berm I wouldn't know if they are late or on time since it is new to the garden.
Having a peach tree that even acts like it might produce peaches is a thrill beyond description.
Even the vegetable garden is changing quickly. Now that the soil is warming up it's remarkable how things there progress from one morning to the same evening. Almost in time-lapse vision.
Life in the garden seems 'back to normal' with the return of our usual higher temps. I've heard so many Florida gardeners say they 'hope spring doesn't pass us by and go straight to summer'.
I'm really hoping the same thing. I'm all for cool mornings and evenings for as long as they will last.
I can tell you the garden is happy to have the daytime heat back and it is responding with gentle applause!
Happy April! Meems