Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Getting away for a little break from routine is always a treat. It's restful, refreshing, and good for the soul.
But no matter where we go or for how long there's nothing like returning home.
As is the way with most gardeners, I suspect, the garden is the first place we go to have a look around. Make sure all is well. Do a little picking and pruning. You know the drill.
Blue plumbago is a perennial shrub I'm quite sure I take for granted. I expect it to perform well and I hardly notice it most days. But with fresh eyes, after being gone, it looks particularly blue and particularly appealing in September's morning rays.
My favorite caladiums, Miss Muffet, with her limey green leaf and adorable magenta freckles rests at the feet of plumbago in the raised bed bordering the tropical pathway.
It's good to see the White Queen caladiums still perky and livening up the back gardens in so many places.
Oh, and that wonderfully fresh fragrance from the butterfly gingers draws me to her. So glad I haven't missed her blooming.
The rains we were enjoying regularly have stopped for the past couple of weeks making it necessary to run the irrigation system for the first time in ages. Musa acuminata 'Sumatrana' (Rojo) banana leaves hold onto some left-over drops.
Easily charmed by insignificant details the papery brown petals of fading oakleaf hydrangea make me smile and remind me of simple pleasures.
In the way-back naturalized part of the garden plump beautyberries are weighing down elongated limbs.
Looking so bright and cheery and ready to be devoured by the wildlife that will soon discover them.
Red pentas fill out many places in this garden. My only complaint is they get too tall. Otherwise they are an all-time favorite.
Oh, and there is one of those containers of Christia Obcordata 'swallowtail' looking ever so light and airy this early morning. A big hug and thanks to my dear neighbor for hand-watering some of the thirstiest containers while we were gone.
Large leaves. No, extra large leaves. So very fun mixed into the tropical pathway.
The blackberries have all started to pop out on the blackberry lilies since we were gone. What a wonderful plant. First the prolific flowers bloom for months, then turning to seed pods that a few weeks later burst open revealing the blackberries.
What a nice addition the polly alocasia turned out to be in the tropical pathway this summer. On returning to the garden they are looking especially appealing to me.
Such a nice surprise. Finally. Bud stalks on the Queen Emmas.
Until now Lubbers have literally eaten every single one. Here's hoping the new ones will survive to bloom.
Mona lavender is blooming its head off these late summer days. An entire bed of them sits at the feet of the cassia senna. A sun lover, the cassia is, while it protects and shades the mona lavender.
In the sunnier, more exposed side of the same bed the goldenrod has burst into bloom while I was away.
It is what I deem the wildflower garden. Although I must admit I'm a hopeless failure at growing wildflowers. It's a good thing I've evolved toward a more naturalistic garden. This back side of the south gardens is looking pretty wild.
Not just this day, but everyday, the pretty blend of foliage that makes Stromanthe tri-color a great Florida-Friendly plant lures my lens to capture the sunlight streaming through once again.
It's nice to see black and blue salvia return her blooms after being severely trimmed only a few weeks ago.
Mr. Meems and I had a wonderful vacation but truly there's nothing to compare with being home and back in the garden.