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)

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Birds, Bees and Butterflies

Hello!  This robin was part of a large flock that showed up in the neighborhood this week. They were eating berries in the woods surrounding the house.

I'm so happy they discovered my birdbath, as it brought them in closer and I was able to get a few photos.

I rarely see robins down here.  This is the third time in eight years. 

What a goof!  They stayed for a couple of days and then went on their way.  

This little Prairie Warbler challenged me to get a shot of him.  It was an overcast day, and he stood out like a bright ornament in the trees.  

I don't see him as often as the Yellow Rumped or the Palm Warbler, and this is the first time I've been able to grab a couple of shots.

There's definite room for improvement, so I'll be on the lookout for this guy again.  

Here's an old pic of the Yellow Rumped Warbler or Butter Butt as he's affectionately called.

And this is the Palm Warbler (on that same overcast day).  You can see how these little warblers can be somewhat confusing to identify.

My favorite is the Yellow-Throated Warbler.  What a beauty.  And he's easy to ID! 


I also like how the Black and White Warbler creeps up and down the tree trunks like a nuthatch.  Gosh, I miss seeing the nuthatches!  My brother sends me photos of them from Wisconsin, so I won't complain too much :)

The Gulf Fritillary comes to visit a lot in the butterfly garden.  I had no idea butterflies liked marigolds.  I grew these from seed for the first time in years and they have such a strong, beautiful fragrance.

There's usually two that come in together, so I've named them Gully and Fritz.  

The Cloudless Sulphur butterfly has been visiting lately too.  I usually see them floating through the garden instead of visiting it.  I'm happy they're stopping to fill up at the Pentas!

The Long Tailed Skipper likes his picture taken too.  And he's absolutely gorgeous.  I love blue and brown together. 

I adore these beautiful Iridescent Green Bees!  

And this guy!  So darn cute!

Next time I'll tell you about my little vegetable garden that got a late start because of Hurricane Irma and then took a big hit because of the unusual cold snap we had.  But we keep on trying! 💚

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Autumn is Here

The Catbird is back for the winter.  I love hearing his goofy calls.  He visits the birdbath every day.

The little Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher is so adorable!  He's just a little bitty guy and boy is he busy.  It's a definite challenge for me to capture him on camera.

They make the cutest little cheep-cheep noises too.  

The little downy woodpecker likes to visit around dusk and makes a big rat-a-tat-tat for such a little guy.  He's one of at least three species of woodpecker that we have in the yard.  (Actually, this is a female)

The Gulf Fritillary is the most frequent butterfly visitor to the yard this fall.

I just got my vegetable seeds started on November 1st.  I'm about a month behind, and I'm going to blame that on Hurricane Irma.  I haven't grown veggies since I was a kid in Wisconsin.  In other words, I really don't know what I'm doing.  

This is a week later.  I'm concerned they're getting a bit too spindly.  We'll see.  I'm attempting to grow heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, bush beans, poblano and banana peppers.  Oh, and carrots.  I haven't sowed the carrots yet, so I'd better do that pretty soon.  Wish me luck! 🌱🍅🌿

Sunday, September 24, 2017

After the Storm

Well, we pretty much took a direct hit.  

Obliterated the fence.  Although it was rather flimsy, so I'm not surprised.

Snapped the pine trees right off.  

I could smell the intense scent of pine there was so much breakage in the area.  It's now faded.

It stripped the pines of their needles and branches.

And now the woods seem battered and naked.

I had a favorite tree behind the mailbox.

He's not looking so good now, poor guy.

Happy to report my other fave made it okay though.

I really do like all the trees, but the above two I just mentioned happen to call to me a little louder than the rest :)

I've got absolutely nothing left blooming except this rogue Jatropha volunteer.  The three big Jatrophas on the side of the house are so tortured looking, I couldn't even take a photo of them.  They're going to need a lot of love...along with everything else.

We were extremely lucky.  We made it through okay.  And the house was hardly touched.  Local damage is pretty severe.  We didn't have power for a week afterwards.  I'm still dehydrated even though we had plenty of water.  We do have a small generator, but we didn't have gas to run it until three days afterwards and when we did get it going a fan just didn't make it in the 94 degree weather.  This is our third hurricane and we thought we were prepared.  Ha!  Irma was a bad, bad thing.

I'm very happy to find that all of my regular bird and squirrel families that visit are accounted for and seem to be in good health!   Be well!  ☮

Monday, July 3, 2017

A Few Blog Changes

I picked this cute little dwarf zinnia bouquet from my garden this morning.  And thought this rose mug that I found at the thrift store made a pretty vase.

  I'm also trying to give my blog a bit of a facelift.  The previous black background was rather severe...so I might be trying different colors from time to time.  I think I'm liking the green, being a garden blog and all :)

Welcome to July everybody - wow, that was fast!   ☼☮☼

Sunday, June 25, 2017

It's the Rainy Season

Hello everybody!  Well, not much is going on here in the garden.  What's new, haha!  I've been repotting a few things that were pot bound like this little oncidium.

Some of my herbs are doing well in the rainy season, like this beautiful chives plant.

And I've had several basil harvests.

Which of course turned into pesto - yay!

Speaking of food, I dried some corn for the birds and squirrels.  It isn't as pretty as the kind that you get from the store, but it's a lot cheaper and it wasn't hard to do.  Just search drying corn for squirrels online and it will come up.

I've been meaning to add an Instagram button on the sidebar to connect to my IG account @swflgardener, but just haven't got around to it.

If you're on IG, I'd love to hear from you and I'd love for you to follow along.

If you don't have an Instagram account, you can search my name (Lynn McIntosh) and swflgardener online and these pages will come up that I've posted here, plus a bunch more.

Not that I'm doing anything exciting over there, but I do tend to post there every day.

I'm also on Twitter, but haven't been posting much this year.  Same with Facebook.  I just thought I'd mention the IG account where I post much more frequently.

I've never planted dwarf zinnias before.  I thought they'd be as small as the package said.  Nope!  Oh, well, they're getting ready to bloom and be pretty, so I've no complaints.  Be Happy!  Peace all ☮✌💚