This Florida girl can take the heat of summer better than most. Truly though, I revel in the change winter promises with brisk coolness and low humidity! This time of year has always been a favorite season for me.
|Front garden seating|
|Trumpet tree (Brugmansia) blooming repeatedly this winter|
|Striking foliage of Stromanthe Trio-star|
|A portion of the back garden Tropical Pathway Garden|
|Saw Palmetto (Serenoa Repens) Florida native for fabulous winter structure and year round evergreen beauty!|
|Love this winter blooming Star begonia (Begonia heracleifolia) just beginning to bud.|
|I've done this before. I know what it involves to rid my driveway of mounded mulch by loading so many wheelbarrows full of glorious organic matter.|
|Unloading on the driveway|
I think you know the end to this story. Of course I couldn't resist. I asked. The tree company was happy to share. It saves them a trip to the dump.
Needless to say, I've been working as often as possible every chance since that day to distribute the 10+ yards of yummy free mulch. I don't regret it for one second. Mulch is an essential element in a healthy garden. It helps hold moisture, keeps the weeds at bay, regulates cold and heat and when it breaks down it slowly adds organic matter to my sandy soil. So much for a January-rest from gardening. So much for cleaning out some closets and catching up on indoor projects.
|A portion of the back side of the north-side privacy berm/screen (created in Jan/Feb 2010) |
between my yard and my neighbor's.
After I complete that project ... I'm really going to see what it's like to just maintain my garden for a while.
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