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)

Friday, June 5, 2015

A Most Mismatched Post

It's bloom number six from my "basket-o-orchids" on the lanai!  It's been so much fun to see what color it will be when a new bloom spike shoots up. 

I had gotten a bunch of phals on markdown and just stuck them in the wire basket intending to relocate them to trees, but never got around to it.  They've been thriving and blooming like crazy from this location, so I've decided to leave them.  This is the first solid white orchid I've had...so lovely.

I've been getting quite a few beautiful blooms on my rosebushes lately.  But alas, the deer have found them and I'll be relocating them to the lanai soon.  I thought I'd better bring in this cute little miss before she gets munched on.

The neighbors are having their deer challenges as well.  They added new Schefflera  plants and they're being devoured.  I don't know how well those deer resist devices work.  A friend told me about an eggwhite wash that she's had success with - I may have to try that on my passiflora this year, as it's one of their favorites.

Eh - I think their protection angel is asleep on the job...

My $1 geraniums have come up red.  I didn't know what color they would be when I bought them.  (Never mind my weeds, please)

So pretty - it reminds me of a fancy dress.

More ruffly, fluffiness

Fallen beauty

No worries though, the Plumeria is doing just fine.

Let's see, what else is going on...   I had a new visitor to the garden yesterday.  A female Julia butterfly.  I didn't get very good pics of her, but I followed her around and did the best I could.  

I don't see a lot of Julias in the yard, but the ones I've seen have been male, and they are a darker orange with less markings.

Now, this guy is a regular.  He hangs out with his Ibis gang and they go from yard to yard looking for food.  I haven't taken a photo of him in a long time, so I thought I would get a few updates.  

Well, thanks kindly for reading through this rather mismatched post about what all's going on in the garden this week.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend and are out and about enjoying your gardens!  


Susan said...

It's fun to see what's blooming in other Florida gardener's yard. It's nice to have your orchids close where you can see them and enjoy them. I'm having difficulty finding shady enough spots for mine. It will be a few years before my little trees are big enough to hang them in. Deer problems must be frustrating. How lucky to have a Julia butterfly in your garden. It looks like its on a Spanish Needle. Is that true? It seems like every butterfly and pollinator loves them. They just reseed so aggressively. I have one in my yard and I'm slowly letting up on leaving some new ones when they show up, but they make me nervous because I know they will take over. Hope you're getting rain regularly. Have a nice weekend.

janiceflorida said...

All your flowers are beautiful. Love the red hibiscus, I used to have one just like yours, but lost it one unusually cold winter. The ibis come around here and stay for hours, they enjoy going through the oak leaves and I enjoy them getting the bugs. Happy weekend.!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

No need to apologize about all of those gorgeous blooms and visitors to your gardens. I've had lots of butterflies lately, different kinds, so exciting.

It does look like your Julia is on a Spanish Needles bloom.

I'm glad I don't have to deal with deer. That would be oh so frustrating.

Have a nice weekend ~ FlowerLady

Elizabeth (*eli*) said...

Beautiful photos ~ as always. A "mismatched post" is a given for gardeners . . . especially in spring or summer. I recently gave all my orchids away (30+) and every now and then I feel bad about it. But for me I only have so much time and they were being ignored, which felt worse than giving them to a fellow gardener. ;-)

Lynn McIntosh said...

Thank you all so much Susan, Janice, Lorraine and eli for your wonderful comments! I'm unusually late in responding and I do apologize, I've had a busy time lately. Yes, that is a Spanish Needle the Julia is on - they are mostly in the preserve behind the house, but some sneak into the yard and I do let them be as they attract so many of the butterflies. But they can be rambunctious and get out of control quickly! :)

Kate R said...

Oh goodness you have deer too! Ny nemesis! My front garden is completely unfenced and we have large herds of deer. I have managed quite well recently as I just plant things they don't particularly like and I use a lot of repellent. I would so love to grow roses out front and on the house as that gets the most sun, but sadly, with the deer that just isn't going to happen.
Again, just lovely lovely photos!