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!

Friday, June 07, 2013

Quick Before Summer Arrives

I've been so lazy in posting to my blog this past spring, so before it's too late I'm posting a few favorites from the last couple of months . . .

The lotus begonia graced us with her flowers for several months. She's located on the patio so I really enjoyed seeing the tall spikes of flowers every time I looked out the window.

Planted in regular soil and in full sunlight, this epidendrum orchid should provide plenty of blooms through the summer.

 This bold purple petunia was a read standout next to the bright green leaves of fireball nandina.

This cluster of petunias came from two, yes . . . only 2, wave petunia plants. Plus, they've been blooming since November. I just pulled them out this week. What a bargain! 

This adorable little cluster of native fleabane popped up on the edge of my driveway. It was so adorable that I just couldn't bring myself to mow them down. I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed looking at them . . . and, breaking the rules about eliminating weeds from your turf. ;)

These white vincas bloomed the entire winter. Not enough cold weather or frost to do them in.

And, now summertime has arrived . . . tropical storm and all  . . . and the aloe are blooming.



FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Summer is here, and we are getting the remnants of Andrea as she vacates the area. We've had enough rain already, after three weeks of it. The ground is very squishy.

I have the lotus begonias and love them. Your purple orchids are sweet. Vincas grow wild here and I always love seeing the fleaban. They make me feel happy for some reason.

Love and hugs to you dear Susan ~ FlowerLady

Anonymous said...

You know, I don't think I've ever seen aloe bloom before. Very beautiful. . . and I love that portion of your yard.

Leslie said...

I love your fleabane, Susan. I've always wanted some for my garden--I think it's the sweetest, cutest little plant. And that lotus begonia is so neat with its round, lily pad-like leaves. I want one of those too!

Dawn said...

Fleabane grows in my swale, part of the aster family? My aloe has not bloomed yet - maybe too wet in the lower southern part of the state. I have lots of curious diversions from the normal here: no more tomats, watermelons won't grow, squash wilted to the ground. Ugh it's a mess Susan......what's a gardener to do?

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