Welcome to my zone 9 garden. My roots are deeply planted in the sandy soil of sub-tropical central Florida, where the summers are long and hot, but the rest of the year is paradise!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Simplifying


One thing that is certain in life is "change!" A lot of change has happened in the past 2 years, and the time had come to simplify my life... a smaller and more manageable home and garden. A place where I can live for many, many years . . . grow old and still be able to manage my home and yard. So, a small lot was purchased, home plans drawn up and 5 months of construction ensued. 

Before I moved from my previous home which was located on 6 acres, I potted up 125 plus plants for use in the new garden. These potted plants were temporarily located at my mother's and sister's homes while my new home was built. My mother kept saying, "I don't know where you're going to put all these plants in your new yard." Sometimes I had doubts about that, too. But I have this vision in my mind. You know. The kind of visions that gardeners have when they're dreaming up their new garden.

The only problem is every time I would walk around my new home being built, I noticed that those visions weren't matching up with the reality of "the small garden" that would soon be mine. If they don't all fit... no problem, I'll share them with other gardeners. But, I'm going to do my best to get all my favorites in my garden. Now, all I need to do is finish unpacking all the boxes so I can get my garden going.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Late Summer Sunrise

I noticed there was an unusual layer of fog hovering right above the ground this morning.

It was sheer enough that I could just see the horse feeding out in the pasture.

But what really caught my eye was the brilliant sunbeams flowing through the Live Oak.

Up close, the scene looked more like an abstract painting than an actual photo. 

 The brilliance of the sunbeams were amazing. It looks like the tree and ground are on fire. 
What a majestic and wondrous sight!





Saturday, August 23, 2014

California Dreamin'

This summer we took a trip out west to visit a friend in San Diego and then headed north to San Francisco. The weather was wonderful compared to our July weather, and we enjoyed it thoroughly. Hope you enjoy a view of the flora and fauna of California ~ ~

San Diego (La Jolla) ~ along the shoreline















My friend Peggy has an adorable storybook home and a garden to match it.


Here's a look into her private back and side garden.




Here's a close-up of that succulent you can see hanging in the previous photo

She had numerous hummingbirds constantly flying back and forth between this Pygmy date palm and her feeder.



Here's a few lusciously landscaped homes in La Jolla.


Heading north on the train was a great way to see the center of the state ~
California has been experiencing a severe drought for a number of years as you can see by this photo. This area normally is a lush green color.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ~





After we walked through the redwood forest we hopped on board an old-timey train and headed up the mountain side. The redwoods are amazing!!

Monterey/Pebble Beach area ~
More beautiful drought and salt-tolerant plants growing alongside the Pacific Ocean.


The infamous Lone Pine at Pebble Beach











San Jose - Winchester Mystery House




San Francisco






Sausalito






































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