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!

Monday, December 14, 2015

I'm "Seeing Red These Days"

I'm in the state of "Seeing Red" these days! Every window I look out of I "See Red" and it's wonderful!! 

Here's the backside of the photo above. In it Louis Philippe 'Cracker Rose' is putting on quite a display of happy red blossoms.

The pentas, impatiens and vincas are enjoying the warm weather.

One of my favorites is the Turk's Cap or sleeping hibiscus which is now higher than the fence. Every time I look out the kitchen window toward this corner I get the happiest feeling. I'm not really sure why, but these flowers just seem very Christmasy to me!!!

Don Juan has eyes for Pomona, and she seems to be enjoying it!!
(Roman goddess and protector of the garden and fruit trees) 

A poinsettia in the garden actually bloomed in time for Christmas. That doesn't always happen.

This Brazilian Red Cloak catches my eye every time I back out of the driveway. 

She's a real beauty!! 

 I didn't realize that I like red flowers so much!

 On the inside my Christmas tree is adorned with all my favorites - ornaments from places we've visited (Florida is well represented)  . . .

ornaments that represent gardening . . .

and our kitties from the past and present (9 altogether). My mother made this ornament for our gray kitty Gus who is no longer with us, but he and all the others share Christmas with us each year. 

I hope that everyone is "seeing red" these days and that your days are filled with the beauty and magic of Christmas. 
Wishing all my gardening friends a very Merry and Warm Christmas!

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