My summer garden is going to be LIT

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.

Oscar Wilde

It’s no secret in these parts that I work out my frustration on the hiking trails and in the soil. Unfortunately, the coronavirus fascists have blocked access to the best trails in our town because someone might get infected from a palm tree. So that leaves me with the garden.

Like a true quant, I put together a spreadsheet of all the plants I have put into my gardens. My gardening aesthetic trends more toward Versailles than English cottage on a normal day, but being kept at home this spring means, well… Look at what I’ve done.

  • Dinner Plate dahlias – 6
  • Pompom dahlias – 6
  • Stargazer lilies – 27
  • Asiatic lilies – 66
  • Freesias – 165
  • Four o’clocks – I don’t even know anymore
  • Spider lilies – 12
  • Double tiger lilies – 7
  • Big brother lilies – 7
  • Elephant ears – 41
  • Magic star double oriental lilies – 3
  • Gladioli – 60
  • Hollyhocks – 8
  • Liatris – 48
  • Impatiens – 245
  • Dragon wing begonias – 9
  • Petunias – 30
  • Salvia – 7
  • Hibiscus bushes – 3 (two red, one yellow)
  • Canna (pink) – 4
  • Canna (red) – 12
  • Canna (Picasso) – 12
  • Alstromeria – 14
  • 1 Valencia orange tree
  • 1 Mango tree
  • Royal poinciana tree (on its way)
  • Cosmos – 10
  • 1 Corn tree
  • 1 Fringe flower bush
  • 2 Silver buttonwood bushes
  • 2 Ficus trees
  • Birds of paradise (large white ones) – 6
  • Crotons – 10
  • Ferns – 20
  • Phlox – 2
  • Calla lily – 3
  • Ixia – 60
  • Kniphofia – 6
  • Gingers (some culinary!) – 5
  • A bunch of flowers that I can’t remember because I ordered them from a couple websites online in the middle of the worst days of the financial crisis while watching futures trading and now I can’t remember the sites, but maybe they will arrive at some point and please don’t tell my husband

Y’all, that’s close to a thousand plants that I have planted in over a couple months. I need professional help!

9 thoughts on “My summer garden is going to be LIT

  1. Indeed. Moderation in gardening is for losers. May I suggest for you pomegranates (we have 24 plants), two avocados, several cherimoya, a Pakistani Red mulberry tree, more citrus (realistically for three people, four Valencias, four blood, two navel, two tangerines, and a lime and a lemon tree)? 😉

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  2. Thanks. I am equally awestruck by your sense of esthetic and your flower garden. If I had the energy and time, I’d build another lathhouse for orchids and bromeliads like I enjoyed in our old home. But I omitted mention of the three persimmon and macadamia trees, the two white sapotes, and the dozens of eleangus shrubs and inga edulis trees that I planted to be soil pioneers. There’s a cost to transforming the tropical desert into a tropical dry forest/ food forest. My minimum monthly water bill is $500.. It will go up I expect when I get another banana patch. Water is outrageous here. Why old avocado orchards are sadly being converted into vineyards. Grapes need a quarter of the irrigation that avocados require.

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    1. You should have retired to Florida…. Everyone here crows about how scarce water is, and they have no clue what scarce looks like. We pay literally a quarter of what we used to pay for water and we only use that water for the house. Irrigation for my gardens comes from a well that was installed when the house was built and water from that is free. (Well, you have to pay for electricity to operate it, but that’s negligible.) And we get constant storms with torrential rain, so everything kind of stays lush on its own. You could get a house in the country here and have all the orchards you want.

      I have to say the weirdest surprise about Florida is how easy it is to create sandy loam soil. Two years of mulching and I have soil you can dig with your fingers, you don’t even need a spade. I have never seen anything like it.

      Did you see the LA Times piece about what a massive money crop avocados are now?

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  3. No thanks. Hated the humidity when I lived there, and not entirely friends with gnats and mosquitoes either. Even if the crocodilians were cool. We enjoy the lower humidity and being up on a mountainside which catches the breezes, the pests, other than the yellowjackets, are scarce. The hymenopterans are strong fliers and can cope with the wind unlike the mosquitoes. That’s impressive with your soil. I chop and drop under the avocados, sort of replicating the soil formation of tropical rainforests. This creates a layer of terra negra full of worms. I throw other seeds (macadamia, jacaranda, mango) in there and many sprout to be potted up. The soil elsewhere, thanks to all the nitrogen fixers and chop and drop, is gradually becoming more Brown. It’s become mostly cappuccino color. When I started it was greyish offwhite. Could have passed for beach sand in some places. Didn’t see the article. Golf friends with a big avocado broker. Mexican avocados dominate the supply. The avocados prefer the warmth there and are better quality. Peruvian avocado growers have been challenging the Mexicans recently.

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    1. An interesting read:
      https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-11-20/mexico-cartel-violence-avocados

      The humidity here is no joke lately. Yesterday, it was 88 degrees with a heat index of 105. Even going outside at 6 am feels like a sauna. I think this is mostly because of that Sahara dust storm though. Most days, the trade winds and daily squalls keep it very pleasant. But the interior of Florida is generally miserable, I understand.

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  4. How are your plumeria doing? You probably can enjoy year round growth and flowers. The least advantaged of mine, on the northern exposure of the house, finally started leafing out.

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    1. I bought one dwarf plumeria that is full of leaves and blooming. And I bought a couple cuttings that I still have yet to plant. Jungle Jack’s only now started shipping here again, so I have some time.

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