|September 2015; Part of the back garden from the pergola|
|The Birdhouse Garden. All the foreground plants were planted last summer. You can read about it and view more pics here.|
|The pathway that leads to the rest of the backyard beyond the Birdhouse Garden.|
I admit, as far as gardening goes, I used to loathe summers in Florida. Go ahead. Put your hands in the air if you do or ever did dislike Florida gardening in summer. My garden suffered because I dreaded the humid conditions that greet you like a wet, warm blanket (yuck) when you walk outdoors in summer.
|Summer glories. Rudbekia from seed flowering in large galvanized pots mixed with salvia and Caladiums.|
|So many inches of rain this July and August.|
|Deep pink Pentas surround my blue bottle tree. 'Tapestry' and 'Radiance' Caladiums keep them company adding color all summer long.|
|The back corner of the NE side grew up to be full size plants this year. Last summer this entire area was planted from cuttings and divisions.|
|Caladiums thrive in hot and humid conditions. 'Debutante' in the front garden.|
Since we built the pergola at the end of last winter, that is where you'll find me most mornings at the break of day and as often as possible at the end of day, too. Every season. Florida's summer no longer dictates to me when or if I garden. We've become friends. We get along much better now that I accept summer's conditions and I've learned to work around them.
What about you? Do you loathe summer or have you tried to make friends with it?
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