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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.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Wrapping Up An Enthusiastic Spring

With eager fervor many projects were tackled in the garden this spring. Too many to detail but suffice to say there have been at least (I stopped counting after a while) 9 yards of dirt hauled and spread, 7 yards of pine mulch, several yards of horse manure, 15 bales of pine straw, 418 pounds of flagstone, hundreds of square feet of sod removed, and oodles of plants planted, divided, seeded, and tended.

So before we say goodbye to this most beloved season of possibilities and promise here's a look at some of the overflow of photos from the bulging spring files.

Somehow none of these recently-snapped photos have made it into a blog post before now. So here goes a random mish-mash of scenery from many parts of the garden...

Hello Summer!
While our passion is not nearly as great for your arrival, we greet you with whole-hearted resolve to meet the added challenges you bring our way.

That sounds good anyway, doesn't it!


  1. Wonderful transition gallery of photos as we head into summer.

    I don't know how hot it is down there, but up here we're looking at a heat index of 99 today and 105 tomorrow.

  2. Oh, my! From all those numbers you put here, I can tell how much you have done this spring! Compared to yours, my garden one-year progress report I recently posted were like kids playing the toy house :) Love all those pictures, so many varieties, textures and colors! Especially love your new big center container area. You sure are a garden artist!

  3. Everything is beautiful as always. Stay cool.

  4. Meems, I so badly want to wander around your garden. Hearing all the work you've put into your garden this year makes me realize you are truly a serious gardener, a terraformer really, and I am merely a lazy, whatever-will-be-will-be sort of gardener.

    It's sad that these beautiful photos did not make it into the blog earlier, but I'm glad you remedied the situation. That yellow bloom in the first photo is simply gorgeous! And I love your purple daylily! Very nice.

  5. As always, so inspiring. I love the combinations I see on your blog.
    Our yard is slowly coming together. Fortunately, God made me a very patient woman. ;0)

  6. This is a wonderful tribute to spring. I have manure envy now. :)

  7. As usual,your garden was fantastic this year!And great photos,too!

  8. You are an inspiration! Your garden is gorgeous...thank you for sharing

  9. Spring is full of sooooo many beautiful blooms,especially following a nasty winter. It looks like your lovely garden has recovered well and is looking as beautiful as ever. All your hard work has paid off...just lovely!

  10. Meems, do you fertilize your caladiums

    Your painting buddy

  11. Well, you were certainly smart to do all that work before summer! All that dirt, mulch, manure and did you say flagstone? Where did the flagstone go?

    I'm so glad you included those photos. The plant combos are inspiring as usual and the rose and daylilies are so pretty.

    I'm still working on some bed enlarging projects - maybe I'll finally learn to do this in the cooler time of year.

    Enjoy the beauty of your labors.

  12. Cameron,
    We've been hot but not that hot. Our humidity is worse than our heat.

    You have been a very diligent gardener in one year. I loved seeing all your progress. Your garden is looking very lovely this summer.

    Stay cool? Inside or in the pool that can be accomplished. :-) Thanks for stopping by.

    You are any but a lazy gardener. I would love for you wander around my garden someday. What a treat that would be. I always have LOTS more photos than posts. Never seem to have enough time to keep up with blogging. The purple daylily is called Olive Bailey. I'm glad you like it.

    Everything about gardening takes time doesn't it! And it is ever changing. So good to hear yours is coming along nicely.

    Well, that's a new one. Manure envy. You always make me smile.

    Thanks so much.

    And you are a kind commenter. Thanks for being so generous.

    So nice to get to this point again after our wicked winter. It's almost hard to remember... I keep buying tropicals again. :-)

    Hello Painting Friend! I do not fertilize my caladiums as it can alter the coloring in them. I count on my well amended soil to fertilize them. Here’s a good link that answers lots of questions about caladiums… I just ordered more caladiums from this website.

    I LOVED working when the temps were in the 50's... my kind of gardening weather. But I'm still working even though it is wickedly hot. I can't seem to get finished with all my projects. It will be nice when I can slide into maintenance mode. The flagstone made new/more pathways in the edible garden and a pathway in the berm. Thanks for always stopping by with your warm comments.

  13. You know, I found myself much more active with projects than ever before. A great spring and I'm still going at it! Glad yours was a productive one.

  14. Looking very nice. Too hot for me now. Have had to back off as I'm having a lot of trouble with my left knee. An MRI tomorrow to find out what is going on.

  15. I'm finally making it over here to your blog and I'm delighted to see your beautiful gardens and read about your gardening efforts. Our climates are very similar in summer ... I think you've got a much more positive attitude than I do, though!

    I'm looking forward to meeting you in Buffalo!

  16. Meems - great gardens shots as always; one quick question - what type of 'flooring' materials do you use under your seating area (the bistro table & chairs)? I'd like to put a little seating vignette in my yard. Thanks! -Shyrlene

  17. Compost,
    Good to hear. Some years are more productive in the garden as there are so many variables that can effect "time" in the garden.

    Oh, I'm so sorry. I sure do hope all is well.

    Yes, I think summer climates are similar except you seem to be drier there... we have high humidity greeting us even in the night times. Looking forward to seeing you and all the others as well.

    The ground is covered with pine needles and oak leaves. It gives a nice 'warm' feeling to any vignette. The seating draws you in and says "come closer" to rest or relax with me. Any natural material on the ground will suffice. It will make the area cozy.


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