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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.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

My Woodsy Garden

I’m still here y’all! My new-to-me garden is almost 5 years old. Just popping in here with a quick video to give you a glimpse of how it’s grown. The view in the film gives you a good idea of how this garden divides from shady to sunny. Update: the video did not upload. I apologize.  Clearly I am having extreme technical difficulties.

I added a few recent photos as a consolation. 😉 I hope all my Florida friends are enjoying this amazing April weather we are having in Central Florida. Happy gardening!

Unfurling Caladium leaves - it’s that time of year.

When the trumpets and the begonias bloom together.

Woodsy pathway that leads to the fire pit and the Woodland Garden.

Spiderwort randomly pops up. They aren't a problem here though because probably not enough sun.

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  1. Thank you for inspiration! I live in Tampa and was unsure what direction/structure to take my garden but after vising your blog past several weeks catching up with old posts, I am inspired to add more Florida natives and Florida Friendly plants to my tropical landscape. Happy Gardening!

    1. It does my heart good to provide some direction. Thank you for visiting.

  2. So good to see you here even though I can't get the video to go.

    1. Hello faithful Lisa. :-) I have had technical difficulties with this post. Video has now uploaded more than once and appears to be working. Hope you are doing well.

  3. Oh my goodness, how wonderful to see this post from you. I've thought about you lately as caladium bulbs that you shared with me years ago are showing me their spring loveliness.

    The video isn't working for me either. I miss your blog posts!!! Hint, hint, hint. I'm not on FB.

    Happy Spring ~ FlowerLady

  4. I think it might be working now. So thrilled to know your Caladiums keep on giving!

  5. Dear, sweet Meems! How I've missed your posts (I'm not on FB either).
    I hope all is well with you and your garden. Wow, it doesn't seem like 5 years already!
    Lovin' the Carolina seasons!

    1. So happy for you, Daisy. I’ve become quite the lazy blogger. FB is just too easy. I can quickly take a pic and post. All is well here. Loving my new garden. ❤️

  6. Now I know what Spidewort is. I always thought it was a weed.😜


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