I'm so surprised to see the Painted Buntings already arriving here in southern Florida. Last year they didn't show up in my yard until the end of September. This guy is looking a little scrubby - maybe he had a rough flight, poor guy. I'm happy he's found food and water in our yard.
Here's a shot from February of this year - you can see how gorgeous and sleek and healthy this guy is looking. I hope the above bunting will be okay. I'm waiting for his friends to join him, they're so much fun to observe, especially frolicking in the birdbath.
I'll tell you, I've been pretty much MIA in the garden for all of August and it definitely shows. I'll have to get out the big guns to tackle the jungle this month - that would be the machete, saw and ladder. So, I think for this post, I'll just show the pretty parts, like this beautiful blue Plumbago! :)
The Purslane is thriving thanks to the deer that have decided to give it a break...they're devouring my Passionflower instead. But that's nothing new.
I kept cropping and recropping this Crown-of-Thorns photo, but just couldn't get it looking satisfactory - so I gave up. Here it is, looking bright and cheery at least.
I think the stems are cool.
I've got a rogue Lantana bloom out front. I left it. I welcome all strangers to my garden, especially those that attract pretty butterflies!
The orange/red Lantana out back attracted this pretty Julia butterfly. I love his polka dot eyes.
The Myrtles have been blooming for awhile now in the neighborhood. There's this gorgeous deep pink, there's purple ones and white as well. I'm happy to report there have been no Crape Myrtle murders in our area! :)
I can't get enough of anything purple.
Although I like to mess around with the edit features and see what happens. Here the infrared edit shows such wonderful detail and it almost looks like crepe paper.
I really like to use the infrared on orchids. Yes, I know it's not REAL infrared photography, but I still like how the edit feature looks.
Here's another one from one of my Vandas. I have a bunch more, but I'll stop as I realize it's probably an acquired taste, lol!
I want to gush and veraciously thank one of my garden blogging friends (e) for sending me this adorable Firebush marker for my garden! I'm waiting until October (after Hurricane season) to put it out as it would be sure to be washed away by our daily heavy downpours. I can't wait to get it set out!
I have, however, put out my Autumnal Door Blessing a little early this year. I was just feeling like it. I do find it a little hard to incorporate subtropical things like palm fronds (and palm doorknockers) to reflect a fall feel. I guess I'll have to get crafty and work on that! Happy September everybody!