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!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

One Last Perfect Weekend

This past weekend the weather felt more like "early spring." It felt wonderful and was most welcome, as our endless summer is right around the corner. We still have a couple of amaryllis' blooming in the garden. This particular variety comes from Mrs. Flora's garden. She was one of our neighbors when I was a kid. It's nice to have reminders of people, from my past, in the garden.

The sunny perennial bed has enjoyed our mild winter and warm spring, despite the lack of rain. The black-eyed Susan's, snapdragons and pentas are in full bloom. This garden bed puts a smile on my face and joy in my heart every time I look at it.  

I just love the carefree nature of the Black-eyed Susan's. 

They keep reminding me to let go and let nature do its thing in the garden. 

The snapdragons did very little through the winter, but once spring arrived they shot up like little rockets, and have been showering me with pretty pink blossoms for months. I will be sad to see them go.

The black-eyed Susan's are all volunteers and they are without a doubt, one of the happiest plants I've ever seen. They're not needy, always look great and the bees love them!

 There were lots of little bees humming from flower to flower. The underbelly of his little body is absolutely drenched in pollen. They just can't seem to get enough!

A close up view shows all that wonderful yellow pollen that this flower contains. They are without a doubt, the gift that keeps on giving. I bet the bees would agree with me!


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

It was a perfect weekend. It was a blessing after we'd already had hot and humid weather that felt like summer had come early.

Love seeing your flowers. The black eyed Susans are amazing and that bee certainly looks like it is enjoying collecting the pollen.

Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

Janice said...

Love those Black-eyed Susans - beautiful, natural look.

Unknown said...

Hi Susan! Geesh, I'm only a month late in coming to visit. I just haven't been online much. I quick posted about my new wildlife visitors, but I haven't posted about gardening *sigh*. I think your garden is beautiful - as always! I am so impressed with what you've done with it, especially after having to start with a blank slate. (My "blank slate" is still sitting there, blank!) The Black Eyed Susans are so adorable! Love your photos and that cute little bee! Blessings! Lynn

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