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Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
There is so much happening in the garden right now. This March reminds me of the Florida I remember well. Spring weather is here and the garden is awakening at a remarkable rate of speed. Everyday there is something else to notice. Yes, here I go again... Singing the praises of the native coral honeysuckle Lonicera Sempervirens. Those tubes are perfectly formed for butterfly proboscis and hummingbird tongues. And they seem to know exactly how to find them. Although it is definitely a vine it isn't a bully like so many in this classification of crawlers and sprawlers. Planted in the berm that divides my yard from my neighbor's it offers non-stop color clambering all over its trellis. There just isn't anything negative to say about the way coral honeysuckle blooms all year, doesn't freeze back, has no pest problems, grows well in high shifting shade, and provides nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies. Did I mention it is a favorite in my garden! Not exactly a drift of Sisyrinchium augustifolia blue-eyed grass. Yet. I'm working on it. This tiny blue flower is in the iris family. The plants are very easily divided by digging up the entire plant, shaking off the dirt, and gently separating the grass and roots by hand to transplant. I started with a small clump of these cuties. They require no maintenance. Tradescontia ohiensis spiderwort plants are just starting to bloom in my garden. Growing in the shady parts of the native garden it is behaving well so far and providing loads of fun for the bees. Rivina humilis Rouge plant is a new addition to the native garden this year. It's flower is sweet but insignificant. Berries will form later for the birds. Florida-Friendly NON-natives that blend well together. Ruellia Squarrosa or Prostrate Petunia is a non-native purchased at the native nursery. :-) Perfect for shady conditions it should spread as a ground cover. Red pentas sure do get lots of attention around here. It's that time of year when many varieties of butterflies are coming out to enjoy the spring flowers. Eranthemum nervosum Blue sage took a beating from winter's harsh temperatures. Battling to flower, after frosting almost to the ground, some of the lower branches persisted and flushed out in their true-blue blooms. Susan from Simply Susan gave me this hard-to-find goody. I've already made several more plants from cuttings. The foliage is even desirable and lush in the summer garden. Violas always say spring when I see their bright, cheery faces. Fortunately they can take some heat, too. Unlike pansies. They won't like our summer humidity but even so, they give it a good try before completely fainting. Happy gardening!