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, March 28, 2012

North Florida Wildflowers

On a recent road trip through north Florida I thoroughly enjoyed the abundance of spring wildflowers. It's so nice to have something to look at on a long drive.

I'm always amazed at how different north Florida is from the central portion where I live. It definitely looks more like Georgia and Alabama...not tropical in nature at all.

This natural woodland scene was sporting lots of rain lilies after a previous day's rainshowers. They seemed to have naturalized and were popping up among the ferns.

The park ranger at the Florida Caverns was kind enough to give me the names of the wildflowers in bloom. Here is an  Atamasco Lily a/k/a rain lily, Zephry lily or wild easter lily. I've never heard it referred to as a 'wild easter lily' before.

Purple phlox

Southern Dewberry 

I was lucky to see one of the last of the Trilliums  also known as purple toadshade or sweet betsy.

 Carolina Silver Bells 

 It's tough to get a Florida Dogwood to grow here but in the northern region they appear to be growing wild in the woodlands that run alongside the interstate.

The native Red Buckeyes are another tree that is plentiful. It took a complete year for a seed that I planted from my sister's tree to sprout. Talk about patience. I was so close to giving up when 'lo and behold I noticed a green sprout. So, if you grow this tree from seed you'll need to be extra patient.

Here's a close up of the beautiful flowers.

Yellowtop Butterweed (aster family)

And this unusual red flower for which I don't have a name...was growing in thick patches alongside and in medians all along Interstate 10. It was a beautiful sight!

Aside from a great trip it was especially nice to enjoy a second wave of spring wildflowers just a bit north of home.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

With Each Passing Day

With each passing day and each new blossom...

each new leaf...

and each new critter...

spring arrives in my garden!

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