Seeking Some Shade

I am often found under the shade of two large Crepe Myrtle trees on our back terrace when the weather gets as hot as it has been recently.  I have shown glimpses of this area before when I have posted pictures of my Camellias or looking out over the lawn to the tropical border.  You … More Seeking Some Shade

Tropical Border

When we first moved to Florida we were coming from the harshness of the Colorado climate where we had lived for two years.  I was so excited to get back to the lushness of the South-East and intrigued by the prospect of growing tropical plants in this balmy Florida climate.  Fast forward to my first … More Tropical Border

April’s End

April has been such a lovely month!  There is so much flowering in the garden at this time of year that it is hard to take it all in and I want to enjoy it all before some of the more delicate flowers start to go over as the heat sets in.   I plant … More April’s End


I decided to call my post today “Joyous” because when I was out walking the dogs early this morning I couldn’t help but feel exactly that!  I can smell Jasmine and Viburnum everywhere and the weather is the kind of weather that makes you just want to spend every waking hour outside, which is exactly … More Joyous!

First Cut Flowers

This year I wanted to really focus on growing my own cut flowers in the garden.  I always took this for granted in England but Florida can be a little tricky because of our almost nonexistent winter and long, hot and humid summer.  I have had to experiment about what to plant and when for … More First Cut Flowers

Splashes of Color

Our rather upside down winter and early spring have contributed to some unexpected color combinations in the garden this week.  I’m not sure if I should be embarrassed by them or if I should just enjoy them while they last!  The azaleas are flowering on time but my terrestrial orchids, of which I have large … More Splashes of Color