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, April 26, 2006

The Angel Trumpet Heralds the Onset of Warmer Days


The angel trumpet is one of my favorite garden plants. I have planted an offspring of the one in my mother's yard at all four homes I have lived in. I don't know which I enjoy better, the gorgeous ivory and apricot blooms or the intoxicating fragrance. It is such a striking looking plant with all of those trumpets dangling from the branches. And the fragrance that seems to float through the garden, especially at the close of the day is absolutely wonderful. I thoroughly enjoy this plant!

Garden Note: Drunken Woman Lettuce


This bowl full of Drunken Woman lettuce was planted on March 5th. We began to harvest it about one month later. It makes a tasty addition to romaine lettuce and was very easy to grow. I purchased it from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, mainly because of the unique name. I can't imagine how they came up with such a name, but would be interested to know. It is an organic variety that had an excellent germination rate.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

A Pretty Combination


These tropical sunset colored orchid flowers happily sit atop a delicate green fern that decided to take up residence in its pot. These two plants compliment each other nicely, as the low growing bushy fern hides the long thin legs of the orchid. It's a pretty plant combination designed by Mother Nature herself.

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