Everyone is saying it, but it really has been exceptionally warm! Northern hemisphere gardens have been looking more like spring gardens than gardens in a winter hiatus. Florida has been no exception. Green grass, perennials about to flower, roses growing and beginning to bloom, weeds a-plenty. I am enjoying it while it lasts as I am sure there is a big surprise around the corner to remind us that this is an anomaly!
A few weeks ago I was showing you some lovely Monarch butterflies enjoying all the flowers that are blooming. They are still here in abundance and it has been really lovely to enjoy their fluttery company and many others while I am outside.
This Cloudless Sulphur butterfly has really been loving the Desert Cassia which is blooming prolifically in the back garden.
The back patio is shaded by big white Crepe Myrtles in the summer but now that they have lost their leaves I have a lots of sun loving plants in the pots and containers here for winter. This lovely little Long Tailed Skipper was just beautiful on the spikes of Veronica in one of the pots.
Its lovely blue iridescent back just looks so beautiful with that purple flower spike.
Roses are really enjoying all the warmth right now. I don’t have many mature rose bushes as most of mine have only gone in during the last two years. They are mainly the old fashioned type, Bermudas, Noisettes, old Teas and Chinas and some of the tougher Earthkind roses.
This one below is Clotilde Soupert an antique Polyantha rose.
It has lovely old fashioned cabbagey blooms.
Others that are enjoying the sunshine are Le Vesuve
and Georgetown Tea
This one has the most unusual petal arrangement but I rather like it as well as the lovely shading on the petals.
La Marne rose in the courtyard garden got tidied a few weeks ago and is off and flowering again. This rose is truly the ever-blooming rose!
Still a lot flowering in the courtyard with various Salvias, Plumbago, Gaillardia and ornamental peppers
Camellias are still throwing out flowers
….and there are lemons still to come.
Hopefully this little frog is keeping all those insects that like to tuck into all this fresh green growth, under control.
Despite the spring feel, I do have a few festive plants outside. I was happy to find different colored Poinsettias this year which look nice blended into some planters at the front and I won’t be in such a hurry to pull them out once Christmas is over.
I’m glad I planted a succession of Amaryllis for inside. They continue to amaze me with their different colors and huge number of blooms.
After Christmas there will be orchids to enjoy which are beginning to bloom now outside on the porch and can be brought inside to enjoy as well.
I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and holiday and a fabulous New Year too. I also wanted to thank you all so very much for your kind and generous comments over the past few months. I am very new to this whole blogging phenomenon but I have really enjoyed getting to read all your posts and seeing all your lovely photos, not just in the States but many other parts of the world too and it has been so much fun!