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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.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sweet Relief Today

Walking outside early today we were greeted with a notable change in our weather.

Floridians know immediately when we experience even the slightest change in our usual humid weather. This morning brought us a wonderful, even though small, relief from muggy conditions.

Still 78 degrees but drier air and THAT makes all the difference in the world.

Maybe finally some of the dry side of the cool air blessing the rest of the country has made its way down here. I hope it stays... at least a little while.

Other than carrying my pruners along to snip a few things here and there, I wasn't outside to do any gardening today.

No, I had a much more important charge to tend to since yesterday. Our 2- 1/2 year old cutie was staying with his Mimi & Papa so we were out early to do some serious playing while the cooler breezes were blowing.

It was so nice to actually enjoy sitting about in the garden. Especially since I was watching one of my favorite little fellows in the whole world play as hard as he could all morning. Then we moved to the pool to cool off.

I did manage to take a couple of garden photos while I was snapping away.

A-Ha... I see you, Mr. Eastern Lubber, menace of my garden, hiding in the middle of the agapanthus seed pods. Yeah, he wasn't around to get hungry again after this photo shoot. Voracious eaters of all things green they are and some things caladium... aaaarrrrggghhhh!

We are heading out of town again this weekend. Not sure if I'll ever catch up on my blog visiting again. Please know that I appreciate every visitor to Hoe and Shovel and in a few weeks I'll have more time to visit you.
Have a wonderful gardening weekend.


  1. Oh - that boy is adorable! But I wouldn't say that about the Eastern Lubber -- ewwwwww! He's creepy looking. We've got cooler weather, too and it's so nice, isn't it?

  2. Oh my! Oh oh oh...Visitin' from SophieMae's palce and so glad I did.

    Lovely photos and when can I come see this paradise youse created? Ya must sell tickets, right?

    Fine wee boy ya' have.

  3. I noticed the change in temp this morning too! Made me wish I had gotten up and taken advantage of the cooler morning and jogged.

    Glad that the weather allowed some time outside with the little guy today!

    I thought of you the other day when I was perusing a local garden center. I saw the lemon lime plant that you talked about earlier in the summer.

  4. What a handsome young man! I slept in this AM and missed the best part of the day. When I did go out, I was surrounded by love bugs. UGH!

    Are you going to the FSU/Wake Forest game? If you get a chance, come by my place and pick up your award. 8-}

  5. You had your priorities right this morning. Grands always come before anything else. So glad you are getting a little relief from the temps and humidity. It odes make being outside so much more enjoyable. Have a great weekend get-away!

  6. Your Grandson is a cutie. I am sure he kept Mimi and Papa busy. Have a great weekend.

  7. What a cutie! The little guy, not the lubber.

    My garden has been attacked by lubbers this year. I've gotten rid of at least 30 of them. I never had a problem with them before. I've caught them eating mostly crinums & stromanthe.

    Have a good trip! :)

  8. That little tiger is a keeper for sure!! Have a safe and blessed trip. Will look forward to your return!

  9. Woke up this morning to find a very heavy frost. We had warning so the wife covered everything in the veg garden and I put a heavy blanket on the bed. Heating season is just around the corner.

  10. I just love visiting your blog to see what's going on. You have such lovely photos! It's cooler here this morning and feels so fresh. Cameron

  11. hey meems,
    great post with the little guy!
    how fun these little blessings are.
    so glad your weathter is cooperating.
    really cool picture of the eastern lubber. good thing you got him.
    have a wonderful weekend. we are heading out to go camping in a few no blogging for me either.

  12. Mr Eastern Lubby sure looks mean - but the little boy...what a sweetie!

  13. Now meems, that's why people need grass; for little darlings to romp on! What a joy he must be for you and Papa!
    I am glad to know that you did not hesitate to dispatch the bad Mr!


  14. Great looking little slugger you have there. Looks like major material to me.
    Not the menace on your seed pod. They eat everything. My cannas look like a hail storm hit them. Leaves all gnawed up but still blooming their little hearts out.

  15. Fun to catch up, Meems. My grandboys (soon 7 and 5 1/2) think Mimi's garden is heaven! Both have cheap cameras and follow me around as I shoot, wondering what in the world I am focusing on. I plant fossiles for them to find and both now have an interest in naming flowers. Life is good ;)

  16. There's only one thing I enjoy more than gardening...and that's spending time with my granddaughter. What a joy and blessing grandchildren are!

  17. Thank you for watching my son and for showing him a world that I never could. I'm blessed that he is growing up in a garden. He loves his Mimi and Papa even more than he loves baseball---and you KNOW how much he loves baseball! :o)

  18. wow. tranquillity...i think i know where that is! my neighborhood! and i lived in orlando for years and years. have we been crossing paths? somebody thinks os they left this address for me at "chickory"

    good to meet you!

  19. Have a fun trip! We got the cooler weather too and I'm so thankful.


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