Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We enjoyed our traditional gathering here around a spread of yummy food and treasured family time.
Sharing our hearts of thankfulness as we sat outside in an after-dinner pow-wow of sorts we played board games into the night. We have so many blessings to count.
It is difficult to comprehend another year is ending and it is already December. Where does the time go?
The garden is still going strong and for that I am grateful. I'm pretty sure I've managed to fortify it for winter should we have an occasional frost.
Foundations have been laid that ensure cold hardy plants are left standing while tender ones enjoyed most months out of the year could be lost. Winterproof plants such as irises and agapanthus that actually perk up once the weather cools look great in this season. Of course we would have to say goodbye to coleus in case of frost until spring.
This is the time of year when we can be outdoors and truly drink in the splendor of our Florida fall. There are scads of butterflies and pollinators dancing about in the bright sunlight under a ceiling of clear blue skies.
Mild temperatures and occasionally briskly cool days beckon for us to join the excitement that is celebrating relief from the heat we thought might never end just a few short weeks ago.
Skippers are out in record numbers... dozens of them flitting to and fro to every available nectar source.
This must be their season. I've never seen so many at one time.
The last of the White Wonder Caladiums remain... sparsely scattered now but living up to their name have proven to be of great value to the front garden since before summer.
Crimson pentas are providing ample nourishment for the butterflies and buzzing critters.
Those volunteer impatiens just keep popping up under the filtered light of the oak trees. December is a favorable growing time for them as they drop their seeds so readily.
So far most of the tropical plants are still flourishing among the natives which adds some variety of foliage color and texture to the side garden.
And yes, those are really Miss Muffett caladiums looking spunky and bright in a container mixed with starts of alyssum. Just for fun I planted them in late September. It was a personal experiment of sorts. I'm going to be very curious to see how long they last.
I hope you are ready for December. I'm anticipating another beautiful month. Happy gardening friends. Meems