I was tempted to call this post “Preparing Ahead” but although I have got a lot of things on my “to do” list completed, I certainly wasn’t very timely with others! At this time of year we seem to be hurtling fast towards the holiday season and I am enjoying myself so much outside in the beautiful weather that before I know it we are in November and I am left wondering whatever happened to October!
A few leaves are falling but the grass is still green and there is plenty of color to enjoy.
Firethorn on the courtyard wall is covered in berries which are turning from orange to red.
My two big clumps of Leonotis are fiery orange right now in the front bed
Its such a dramatic plant and blends well with the yellow Thryallis and purple Mexican Petunia out there.
Cosmos Bright Lights which I sowed as seeds in September are flourishing and have been nice to pick each day.
The Calendula or pot marigolds are also getting big and I shall be interested to see when they will flower – either winter if it is mild or very early spring if not. It’s the first time I have tried them in Florida so I will just have to see.
Batchelors Buttons are also growing well in an adjacent planter and need to be thinned. It’s fun to try some of the English annuals and I love all these cottage flowers.
Many of the Camellia Sasanqua are starting to flower now. They are so majestic and I love how they give such wonderful color at this time of year.
This one is a Japonica, Pink Perfection, and flowering early.
More and more buds are opening each day.
The later flowering Camellia Japonica are not far behind and their buds are starting to swell.
The Florida Cracker Rose or Louis Phillippe is putting on quite a show too. It is such a sweet rose which survives on complete neglect and suddenly pops out all these cherry red blooms under one of the old palm trees.
The pond got its annual clean out, the water lilies cut back and tidied.
At least we can see the fish now! We used to have a wonderful collection of Koi fish, in fact we had two collections but they would mysteriously disappear overnight….the culprit? Not herons, raccoons or even the bear, but otters! We would never have known had we not seen what looked like a black torpedo chasing the fish early one morning. So now we just have a few goldfish and who knows how long they will survive….
I like to hear the sound of water in the garden, its cool and refreshing on a warm day.
Amaryllis bulbs for the house were planted up to. I love to have these in different containers and stagger the planting so I have some early and others later, even after Christmas when the garden is a little dull.
These ones were planted into terrariums filled with pebbles and anything decorative I could find, bark, moss, lichen covered twigs – even an air plant from a tree!
Filled to the bottom of the bulb with water, they are now inside and starting to sprout. I’ll plant a few more up in the weeks to come.
Paperwhites also got put into bowls this week and should be flowering in about 6 weeks.
So what didn’t get done?…I was too late planting tulip and crocus bulbs up into pots. These need a long period of cooling which is impossible in Florida so they have to be planted up and placed in a refrigerator. This takes a minimum of 12 weeks so I definitely won’t have any for Christmas or even January for that matter, more likely by the end of February.
I meant to get a lot more flower seeds planted too, just different things I wanted to try for next year and that list gets longer and longer and the space to grow them all gets smaller and smaller! I will try to get some of those started in the next couple of weeks as well as planting up some more pots and containers with winter annuals.
My list is ever blooming!
Oliver has been busy too….organizing the 1st Annual Grey Tabby Gardens Turkey Hunt!