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Saturday, July 31, 2010
Saturday's Garden Views
It seems like it's been forever since I had the opportunity to be in the garden for an entire day.
With the kiddos returned to their respective parents and a whole day to myself it was an early start in the garden with a very long to-do list. Every gardener knows that list never really diminishes much. But it does shift around here and there.
It also seems like forever since I spent some time alone ~~with just me and the camera~~ walking around the garden taking photos for fun. I soon realized that here we are right in the middle of summer and the caladiums are happy as can be for the warm weather.
Turn any corner or look out to any view and you will see them winding through a planting bed or popping out of a container. It's no secret I use them in great numbers to add color and pizzazz in these hottest months of the year.
It's a little early for the cassia to be blooming but we don't mind and neither do the butterflies.
Connecting several planted out borders the circle garden has turned out to be just as I envisioned. From every direction it is a focal point and has created a centering place where all pathways converge.
The front side-garden has taken on a bit of a tropicalesque appeal with a mixture of Florida natives and Florida-Friendly plants under towering oak trees.
One of my favorite container plants located in the pathway to the edible garden.
Just about the only plants producing food in the edible garden are the pepper plants.
The rest of it is pretty much a mess. Getting it ready for fall planting is still on the to-do list. I suppose it's a good thing the dead vines are still hanging around to provide a landing spot for the butterflies.
Coleus, caladiums, zinnias, and gaillardia are vying for attention along with the weeds in the edible garden.
All the container plants on the back patio are void of flowers. In their stead bromeliads, sedums, coleus, caladiums, cordylines, cannas, purple queen, lemon-lime dracaena, and other variegated foliage fill up the pots.
There is still lots of color and it helps keeps the pool deck a bit tidier without all the flower petal mess.
If you are in the mood for more photos from the garden today click here to see the rest.
Turns out I had so much fun I took too many to post so I've uploaded them to my Picasa account and made it public for you to view.
Try to stay cool and happy summer gardening,