One of my favorite things about our house in Fort Myers having a property full of fruit trees. We have a lychee tree, a key lime tree, Barbados cherry tree, orange tree, and an avocado tree, along with an entire fence of passion fruit. But we also have the benefit of "borrowed" fruit trees. The … Continue reading “Winter” in South Florida
I have been busy planting a variety of new bulbs and plants, including a deep purple clematis to snake up a magnolia among the ferns, pink and yellow frangipani cuttings (to add to my other plumeria), lobster claw and bihai helconias, shampoo gingers, butterfly gingers, and several gingers that I ordered from Hawaii. I have … Continue reading My Florida garden in June
The tiger lilies have started to bloom! I have been waiting for this moment for a while now.
A few weeks ago, I planted 300 hundred caladiums in a giant (GIANT!) bed in the middle of my garden. It is difficult for me to capture the scale of this section and its location in a single photograph, but adding it has definitely helped me create a park-like feel to the gardens, as it … Continue reading An island of caladiums
A few months ago, I planted at least one hundred lilies together in a patch. Probably more. I always remember the music I was listening to during major events in the financial markets. In 2008, it was Sirenia's Nine Destinies and a Downfall and Kamelot's The Black Halo, which is my favorite album of all … Continue reading My lilies are starting to bloom
Sometimes I think I live in a gap between two worlds, one world that I have to wake up to, be adherent of the rules and live in a place that is dictated by others. A place I sometimes feel the fear of aging and dying before I have figured out what it is I … Continue reading Applying polyculture concepts to ornamental gardens
The beginning of June is one of my favorite times of year in the garden (even though it is scorching hot outside here in Florida). This is when the gingers begin to bloom! In addition to orchids, ginger plants are some of the biggest showstoppers of tropical gardens. I plant as many varieties as I … Continue reading Gingers in bloom and a truly magnificent seafood pot pie
Age has given me what I was looking for my entire life - it has given me me . It has provided time and experience and failures and triumphs and time-tested friends who have helped me step into the shape that was waiting for me. I fit into me now. I have an organic life, finally, not … Continue reading Over the hill (but with new tropical plants and books about opium)
I mentioned in an earlier post that I was going to compile a list of my favorite books about gardening and botany. This is quite a diverse list. Some of these books are on the history of gardening. Some are scientific. Some are practical guides on keeping a garden. Some are philosophical ruminations on gardening … Continue reading Delightfully nerdy books on gardening and botany
They arrived! Well, my barbecue for tomorrow was cancelled at the last minute, so it appears this is what I am doing now.