Wildflowers and a Spring Beach Walk

The last couple of weeks in Central Florida have bought blue skies, cool fresh air and warm sunshine.  It is a wonderful time of year to be sure!  We love to go out to the beach on part of the Cape Canaveral National Seashore to walk and blow the cobwebs away.  The last time I took you on a walk out there it was wild and stormy.   This weekend it was definitely more typical of Florida!

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It’s a lovely place to walk in the shallows and look for shells.

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I loved this huge piece of driftwood washed up on the shore and watching the wading birds running back and forth avoiding the waves.

 

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On the drive back we came across this beautiful area of wildflowers.   The haze of color was simply stunning.  I really don’t like taking photos in such bright light as it just doesn’t do the scene justice but I just couldn’t resist capturing them!

 

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I love to see natural areas like this given over to wildflowers.  It is such a haven for insects and birds and doesn’t need the constant mowing. The yellow Coreopsis was dedicated as Florida’s state wildflower in 1991 but I haven’t been able to identify the red or the tiny blue flower yet.  I am wondering if the red is come kind of Campion?

Back home I have been enjoying spring days out in the garden, potting up spring flowers or sowing cut flower seeds.

 

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Someone else likes spending time out here too….

 

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There is certainly a lot of pink in the garden at the moment.

From potted Gerbera Daisies to different Azaleas, which are in full flower.

 

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Some of the roses are starting to flower too after their tidy up, not heavily yet, but a few blooms here and there.

 

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Bermuda’s Anna Olivier

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Le Vesuve

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Georgetown Tea

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Clotilde Soupert

I’m anxiously waiting for some of the cut flowers I sowed before winter to flower.  They look pretty close…

Ammi Majus has some flower heads finally, the Batchelor’s Buttons and Stocks are close behind.

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Hopefully the weather doesn’t get too warm in the next few weeks so they can last!  Is Spring springing or fall starting wherever you are?

Thanks for visiting!


25 thoughts on “Wildflowers and a Spring Beach Walk

  1. Posting after midnight! 😉
    Your roses are well ahead of mine; I’ve had only a bloom each on Graham Thomas, Crown Princess Margareta, and now Wollerton Old Hall. By and large, they are just settling down to grow, though there are more buds coming! Your Anna Olivier is to die for; besides, she looks like she has quite a bit of substance? which would be nice in difficult weather.
    I love the wild Coreopsis! We had a different type in Missouri, such nice wildflowers… I hope someone can ID the others as I would like to know also.
    Oliver appears to be keeping quite an eye on that Gerbera daisy! He doesn’t seem to mind having his picture taken, unlike most of my animals, which give me that look, “I know you’re not really paying attention to me, just that silly camera!” Flowers don’t mind!

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    1. Lol! Hi Amy! Its the funniest thing but my WP internal clock seems to be set a couple of hours later than it actually is, but I was definitely up later than normal. After a day outside I am usually tucked up and asleep by 10! I always love to see your roses. This Anna Olivier has stunned me, not just by the beautiful flowers but by the strength of growth, so you are right to note she is a rose of substance. She has just sent up a massive new cane with an impressive diameter so is obviously happy. I wonder if she would be a good one for you to try. She needs deadheading though as the spent blooms are not too attractive. Whilst researching Bermuda roses I read that the island people feed their roses with rabbit food (aka Alfalfa) so all my roses received a cup this spring – I guess that was exactly what she wanted! Oliver seems to want to photo bomb every pic I take – I usually end up with some part of him in each photo! Such a silly cat! As always, such a pleasure following you on IG and enjoying your lovely flowers.
      xx

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      1. Interesting that you mention alfalfa, as I’ve seen other references to using it and have been wondering how to apply it. We have pellets which we feed to the horses; I’ve thought about soaking them, but I know they can take awhile to soak through (my first horse, Precious, needed soft food by the time she was in her late twenties 😉 But it sounds like you can just sprinkle them beneath the plants?

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      2. I’ve read about it a few times before finding that info about the Bermuda roses. I actually found a big box at the garden center…It was basically a green powder so i would think that you could just grind up your pellets but I guess they would just break down eventually anyway. I think I’m actually just going to go to the feed store to get some pellets too as it would be more cost effective. Let me know if your roses respond well!

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  2. Some really beautiful photographs Kate and a hopeful sign of whats to come over here, although if I had roses as gorgeous as yours I’d be delighted. I grow Coreopsis as a garden plant here, but it looks far nicer as a wildflower, that must be an uplifting sight en masse. Cape Canaveral looks a magnificent place to walk and so invigorating. Love the piece of driftwood too, its looks so tactile. Happy Spring!

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    1. Thank you so much Julie! You always leave such lovely comments. I was so happy to find those wildflowers – they made me gasp! Funny how flowers can do that and yet I think many people would have just driven past without a second glance 😦

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  3. What a great post! The ocean, wildflowers, and flowers and spring starting to happen in your lovely gardens. We have to enjoy this time of year while it is here. 🙂

    Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

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  4. Oh, Spring in Florida looks so inviting! Lovely images, Kate. I love your roses and those wild flowers. Growing wild flowers over here is having something of a resurgence too which is great news for us and the bees!

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    1. Thank you so much Ann – we really do get the most wonderful spring weather here and we all hope that it lasts a nice long time! The wild flowers really were spectacular – I always see far more when I am over in England. Perhaps the Americans are finally learning it is the way to go!

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  5. Hi Kate! I just love those photos of the wildflowers, nature at it’s best. It looks like you are going to have an abundance of cut flowers – can’t wait to see all your pretty blooms. And what a gorgeous bloom on your ‘Clotilde Soupert’! Spring is a wondrous time, enjoy. Thanks for sharing. _Janice

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  6. Another beautiful post Kate! Your photographs are stunning whether of the beach, the wild flowers (gorgeous!) or your lovely garden. The photo of the rose Le Vesuve is especially good. The colour and the lighting are perfect.

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    1. That’s so kind of you Clare. Thank you very much! I’m so glad you liked the photos. I have really been working on them and have enjoyed figuring out how to take them better – the light is always the tricky thing!

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  7. The wildflowers are breathtaking. I would love a meadow of wildflowers but don’t have the time or money to establish one, though I do have the perfect place! But who knows…maybe someday…Photos of your garden are always so lovely, but the one of your kitty brought a huge smile to my face! I also enjoyed the beach views. Just today I was thinking about the beach.

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    1. Thank you so much Deb! Well I would be thrilled if you planted a wildflower meadow but I agree that it is a lot of work and quite an undertaking. From what I have read up on it, it is a lot more than just scattering some seeds! I hope you get to achieve it one day though! Oliver says thank you for appreciating his photo! What a character he is! Enjoy your week. I’m sure everything in your garden is just bursting with spring.
      Kate xx

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