Friday, December 25, 2009

Not a creature was stirring.....

Welcome to my Central Florida garden.......photos taken December 2009 The temperature is about 70 degrees and raining off and on. Who would believe it is Christmas day. Certainly not you folks dealing with freezing temperatures, snow and travel delays at the airport due to the weather problems.
The last several days I have taken several photos out in my garden. This is the time of the year that those of us who reside in Central Florida can brag & rub it in about our great climate.
The birds & even the butterflies love to stop in and visit the watering hole.
They have to have choices of places to hang out.
This plant I purchased at the farmer's market in Port Saint Lucie just because I liked it. I don't even know what it is called, but it is looking great.
My very small little water feature.
My African Violets on my patio are loving this cooler weather and flowering abundantly.
The double purple trumpet is one of my favorite flowers. At the center-lower side of the photo you can see a "seed pod" forming. I have collected several to start new plants with.
Some holiday decorations sit among my plants. This Santa relaxes among some Orchids.
Another bird feeder amongst the plants. Red Bird, Cacto Cardenal just behind it.
Finally the flower! I have been watching and photographing this very interesting plant....Kalanchoe Gastonis Bonnieri (donkey ears) for about 8 weeks since the formation of the first bud. This interesting plant has certainly proven itself to be a fun conversation piece in my yard. In another post, I will show through my photos the transformation to what it is today.....very fascinating.
An angel sits besides some variegated leaf Bromeliads.
Christmas Cactus, totally ignored most of the year are always a surprise when they burst into a beautiful flower right in time for the seasonal holiday. This one was buried on my patio where the squirrels could not get at them.
Just a closer view.
This Bromeliad was given to me by another Seminole County Master Gardener, and is obviously happy where I planted it in my yard.
One never can predict the surprises they come across in my yard!
I hope I did not bore you with my photos. I also hope the display of the wonders of mother nature will inspire others to go out in the yard. The pleasures and surprises are endless.
What ever holiday you choose to celebrate this holiday season.......I wish you the best.
And a happy, healthy and safe New Year to all!

1 comment:

Permission to Mother said...

Your pond looks great. I like your sign. My plant "from PSL" doesn't look as good as yours, but my donkey ears is having babies!