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!

Sunday, April 26, 2020

The Jade Tooth

We are discovering Monarch chrysalis’ all around the house in very unusual places. One clever caterpillar decided to disguise herself as a jade tooth in this dragon garden ornament. How awesome is that! Each day my daughter photographed the chrysalis, waiting to see its debut as a beautiful butterfly. On the 11th day...miraculously, she unfolded her wings, breaking through the thin outer covering, and within minutes, the damp crinkled wings began to straighten and grow larger before our eyes. She clung to the dragon for another two hours...drying her wings in the warm sunlight.

Our sheltering at home has brought a new and welcomed ‘slowness’ to our lives. One that allows us to savor some of the miraculous happenings in our small backyard. 🐛🌿

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

A Spring Delight

One of the silver linings, for me, during this Covid pandemic has been the chance to slow down and savor more time at home. The amaryllis and Black & Blue salvia, along with Tropical red salvia in the background are creating a pretty spring vignette...one that I’m enjoying thoroughly! 🌿

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