Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Sunshine on a cool winter day urges gardeners and critters alike to bask in the wondrous beauty of nature. A stellar gardening day sandwiched between some cloudy, rainy days yesterday drew me outdoors for more winter clean up. The edible garden is the place where the sun brightly illuminates unhindered for about 6 hours. Less hours during winter but when it shines the entire place is a symphony of humming and buzzing. Two red admiral butterflies adding to the brightly colored blooms flitting from place to place bring a smile to my face. Landing here and there and sipping from their choice of nectar. More sunshine means more flowering plants and since my garden is mostly shady elsewhere I take the liberty to add as many flowers between the edibles as I feel I have room to spare. Mixing them in with the edibles is especially satisfying. To my senses and to the pollinators. Close by, watching me from the perimeter, is a clever and animated mockingbird. Sitting happily atop the sprawling Trachelospermum jasminoides confederate jasmine which covers the ugly chain link fence for the longest minutes. [I'm grateful for the fence these days though as it keeps the edible garden contained and safe from walking critters that might otherwise seek to harm.] I just kept inching my way closer. In between my sly movements leaning down to pull a weed or pluck a dead flower. Probably wasn't fooling my mockingbird in the least. He was just soaking up all that beautiful sunshine and cool air just like me. Don't you love having wildlife make their home in your garden or just deem it worthy to pay a visit while passing through! Are you starting to see the sun or signs of wildlife where you are? There's always something to see in the garden. The life the critters add to the garden is just as important to me as plants and flowers. What critters are making you smile today? *** The northern mockingbird is Florida's state bird. It is also the state bird to Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas, and Mississippi.