Florida characteristically endures a very dry spring and our rainy season coincides with the onset of summer. This season started out kind of slow in June and July with irregular, hit and miss afternoon thunderstorms.
Agastache 'black adder' has been blooming since early spring in the front garden. Since it prefers the soil dry and the sun shining the blooms are not quite as perky in late summer.
August rolled around and the heavens no longer held back. We started the month out with six inches in one day.
As long as caladiums don't sit in soggy soil they are most appreciative of our humid rainy summer. These are on a slight slope next to the street in the front garden where it drains quickly.
It's a good pattern for Florida gardens to get so much rain in summer and one we count on for establishing our spring plantings. Regular readers may remember the front lawn renovation with the removal of the turf grass coming out in stages. The last of it being removed just this past spring. You can review the initial posts with before photos here.
These two views (above) of the northerly view looking across the driveway reveal the rapid growth just one summer of sunshine and rain can bring.
I have to say I don't miss the grass one tiny bit. The combination of new plants mixed with the established plants seems to have made a comfortable blend.
The maintenance is practically care free now that everything is all settled in and cozy.
Florida-Friendly plants mixed with natives turns out to be a very good fit for taking the place of grass. It suits me and it suits the environment we are working to develop in our garden.
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