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"Possibility and promise greet me each day as I walk out into my garden. My vigor is renewed when I breathe in the earthiness and feel the dirt between my fingers. My garden is a peaceful spot to refresh my soul." Meems

Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.

Friday, November 9, 2007

today's features

i’m making progress on the flower bed expansion project. after removing the dead grass i repositioned the fountain grass that previously stood in a row at what was the back of the bed. they look so much better now in more of a triangle form and their new home gives way for the plumbago to bush out naturally.

as i was digging up some borrowed variegated liriope from another bed to border the new area, directly above me i heard the tap-tap-tapping of what turned out to be a downy. i’ve seen these little fellows several times lately but failed to capture a decent photo.

press the play button for Downy Woodpecker activity - it is the smallest (6 in) woodpecker in north america. (sorry for the movement while filming. listen carefully and you can hear the voice of the hawks in the background)

it was another outstandingly gorgeous central florida day… crystal clear blue skies and cool in the shade and pleasant in the sun. actually i was distracted from my gardening several times today by the critters presenting themselves all around me. here are some shots of the day.

gulf fritillary on penta

skipper of some sort????
the monarchs have found the milkweed i planted a few weeks ago. no, this potato vine isn't milkweed, but just prior to this photo two monarchs were on the milkweed. yippee!


  1. I just love those little woodpeckers! Nice job capturing him!

    I think your skipper might be a Dorantes Longtail that got his tail nipped off.

    Your yard looks especially beautiful to me right now, as everything here is wilted and brown. My bat-faced cuphea was loaded with blooms. 8-{ I saw a little hairstreak that I couldn't ID trying to find a last drop of nectar in the sad, scraggly salvia. The second I touched the camera, he vanished. I hope he found something to sip somewhere.

  2. Your pictures of the butterfiles turned out really well.

  3. sophie: i was wondering if the skipper might be a hammock? now that you mention it - i DID see a long-tail with its tail missing on this same photo spree.

    jane: thanks- i think the butterflies are loving this weather as much as i am. they are everywhere these past couple of days!

  4. that video was too cool. (you're going to have to teach me how to do that on my blog.)

    e liked today's post too...meems house!

  5. Awesome photos and vid. Thanks for the heads up on the hawk's call. Very cool hearing their piercing cry.

    Where are the pics of the expansion in progress? Did I miss something?

  6. mlm: i thought e would like the little downy doing his job well.

    nt: i adore the sound of the hawks. my update is on the next post... photos of zinnias, lantana.

    although i HAVE been working so much outdoors that i haven't had much time to actually post as i go along. there's more to come - so keep checking.

  7. yeah I saw that post. I guess I was looking for some farther away shots to get a full picture of what is going on. Some of us don't get to enjoy your garden in person as much as we would like and I can't picture exactly what you are doing.

  8. Somehow I missed this post before! Wonderful video! She was a busy little bird! You have the neatest butterflies there.


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