Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Little Garden

I came across this cute little poem the other day when I was making some altered rolodex cards for an art trade.  I think it pretty much describes every garden I've ever had and very much describes my style of gardening  :)

When I took this photo of the Tillandsias the other day, I hadn't noticed the brown anole sitting in it.  He's kind of cute sitting there, just hanging out.

I've got three new bloom spikes on the Basket O' Orchids!  Hurray!  I'm quite surprised as the orchids haven't been looking very good since the move.  I only brought two vandas and this basket of several phals with me from the previous house.  The rest were on trees and I didn't want to move them.  Anyway, I'm always excited when the orchids bloom.

I was watching this Red Shouldered Hawk out in the woods behind the house.  He swooped down and brought this black racer up for lunch.  I couldn't get very good photos as he was quite far away and it was dark.  And I'm not sure it's a photo series anyone would be interested in seeing.   I don't usually photograph any predator/prey that I see.  Luckily, I don't see it a lot.  

Well, here's some cheery pink flowers to brighten your day!  Aren't they adorable? 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

First Planting of 2017

Hello 2017!  Last night I scarified and soaked these big beautiful Nasturtium seeds so I could plant them up today, the first day of the year.  

Last year was a jumbly sort of gardening year with the move and all, so I'm trying to start out right this year and garden with lots of LOVE.  And that means getting back to talking to my plants, meditating in the garden and sending out all the good vibes I can to help my plant friends and allies.  And that ends up helping me and all the garden visitors too.

Wishing you all peace and joy, kindness, love and healing in this New Year!   

Saturday, December 24, 2016

It's that time of Year!

Just stopping in to say I hope everyone is having a lovely Holiday season!  

I hope I'll be a bit better blogger in the New Year - I've been having a small vacation from being on line lately.  Something I must do from time to time, I've found  :)

Wishing you many Blessings!  

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

My Butterfly Friends

I've got two Gulf Fritillary butterflies that have been visiting the Pentas lately.

This shows the underside, which I think is so pretty.  I've decided to name these two Gully and Fritz.

I was really happy when this Monarch showed up the other day.  And yes, he's been named too - Monty.  (perhaps I don't have enough to occupy my mind, I name everything, haha)

Here's a pic of them playing nice together on the same plant.  There's enough for everybody!

I've also got a Giant Yellow Swallowtail that visits almost every day.  I've named her Swishy, because she never seems to stop beating her wings.  This shot I took at our previous place.  I haven't been able to get photos of Swishy yet...just movin' too fast!

We have a lot of White Peacocks like this one above.  I also see quite a few Yellow Sulphur butterflies.  

The one I haven't seen yet in our new yard, is our state butterfly the Zebra Longwing.  

So, I'd better get busy and plant some of their host plants (Passiflora incarnata) if I want to increase the odds of having them visit!  

Hope you all have a wonderful Turkey Day!  And if you don't recognize Thanksgiving where you live, I hope you have a wonderful day as well!     

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

November Notes from the Garden

This cute little Phoebe has been visiting the yard lately.  

There's two squirrels that visit every day.  They come for the peanuts and some of the sunflower seeds.  They can be quite the noisy buggers when they want to!  (but that's ok with me)

This photo I took at our previous house, but we have a raccoon coming in at night to drink from the birdbath and eat seeds.  She triggers the security lights, usually around midnight.

Oh, yeah - the armadillos are out here as well.  They're everywhere, making those little funnel-shaped holes.  *sigh* 

Pretty kitty is one of the neighbors three gorgeous black cats.  They're very shy and stay down the street.  That works well for us with our two dogs - one being very vocal!  

I finally got a few new plants for the backyard.  A firebush and tropical sage to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.  And some hot pink geraniums - just because I like geraniums :)  There's also a little rosemary plant to go on my herb shelf garden.

In the background you can see my sad little lettuce seedlings. They're quite spindly, but I'm afraid to give them too much sun as we're still in the 80's.  They get the morning sun for several hours.  Soon they'll get transplanted to the big plastic dishpans that I got at the dollar store.  Put some drainage holes in the bottom and they're great for shallow rooted lettuce.  If anyone has any suggestions for growing lettuce - I'm happy to receive it, thanks!  (Vegetables have not been on my garden radar for a long time.)

I used fresh basil from my little herb garden to garnish this Caprese salad the other night.  What a difference fresh herbs make!

This is certainly not the best moon photo I've ever taken, but it's the only shot I got of the Super Moon this month.  It was so bright and gorgeous - I hope you got out to take a look!  

Friday, October 14, 2016

That Fluffy White Tree

If the Saltbush is blooming, it must be autumn in south Florida!  

I think it's very showy and looks quite pretty nestled in among the roadside woodlands.  But, it does cause me some respiratory distress as all those fluffy white seeds go flying through the air, causing my asthma to act up.

Luckily, I don't see any as I look around the woods near the house, so I'm feeling thankful for that!

I've been making some more small handmade envelopes out of an old garden journal.  I've used them to send seeds to gardening friends and I have a lot of fun in the creating and decorating process. 

I also use them to send tea samples out to my pen friends around the world.

Did I ever mention how much I love tea?  Well, that's a separate post that would probably go on and on and on...   Don't worry, I'll spare you :)

And since I don't have a lot going on in the garden - here's a couple of Sandhill Cranes that I thought were really cute.  This photo was taken at a marsh in the area.

I hope you're all enjoying the beautiful weather and the weekend!  


Thursday, October 6, 2016

I'd Lost My Mojo...

Pretty purslane - the deer haven't found them yet, which I'm kind of sad about since I haven't seen even one deer since we've moved here.  

I've mostly seen bugs and birds, lizards and snakes.  He thinks he's hiding, hahaha.

 Handsome, here, is easy to spot and he has a Cardinal family with a wife and three kids that all eat at the feeders.  

Here is Mrs. C. and she loves this mesh feeder that should have peanuts or corn in it.  I filled it with black-oil sunflower seeds when we first moved here (a couple of months ago), just to get a feeder up quickly.  Well, all the birds love it!  There's four feeding stations in the yard and they all want to hang out on this old thing.  

We had to get a new pole for this beat up old hopper feeder.  But I'm happy it's up because it keeps the seed from getting wet.  

I'm not sure how this Red-bellied Woodpecker is doing.  She looks a little scruffy and I hope she's okay.  I've decided I'm not loving this plain white fence as a background to bird photos.  I think it's so sterile looking.  I guess this is a great place to start planting, to get some pretty backgrounds again.

And why haven't I planted anything lately?  Ha!  Good question.  I didn't do diddly last month.  My husband had a very nasty virus which ended him up in hospital and of course, I got it and that took me out for a couple of weeks.  So I think September flew by and I just sat on my hiney.

The previous photo is of some Shepherds Needles wildflowers that we have an abundance of along the roadside.  They are excellent at attracting all types of butterflies, like this Zebra Longwing which is our Florida state butterfly.

And this bright orange male Julia butterfly.

The Beautyberries are all ripe and gorgeous looking.  Why is nobody eating them?  I keep reading how the birds are suppose to gobble them up and other wildlife too.  Nope - nobody touches these guys.  At least, not around here.  

Unfortunately, some birds do seem to like the invasive and exotic Brazilian Berries.  Which of course then spreads them quite effectively.  I've noticed quite a few mature trees in the woods and I'm sad to see that.  If you can learn to identify this tree in its small form, it's easy to pull out then.  Once it gets even a foot high, I find I have to get out the major tools to pull it all out. 

Yup - it's getting to be that time of year again when the goblins and ghosts are around.  I'll be out there trying to get some spooky photos.  All Hallows' Eve has always been a favorite!  

I think George Carlin is attributed to the saying I added to this full moon shot.  There's so many fake quotes going around I almost hate to add a credit.  But, I didn't want you to think I wrote it.  I'm not clever like that.  Bugs and Hisses to all!  :)