We have had some lovely sunny weather in Central Florida recently and the temperatures have been perfect for working outside. I have been busy trying to get ahead of my gardening chores and doing a major tidy up.
It is a time to enjoy all the lovely Camellias that are flowering now…
……and the lovely yellow Cassia that is absolutely covered in flowers
The real stars this winter have been the Dahlias I am trying and they have produced an amazing number of lovely flowers to pick.
This is Dahlia Cafe Au Lait with some variegated Gardenia and the lovely David Austin Rose Munstead Wood which I grow in a big pot.
This one is Dahlia Seattle.
A cactus variety but I am unsure of the name as it came mislabeled!
The color range on these Cafe au Laits is amazing and they are such a striking flower. The pollinators seem to think so too!
This wasp is actually a moth known as the Polka Dot Wasp Moth
Along with the Munstead Wood roses which have been lovely I have also added a Koko Loko rose for its lovely beige-pink coloring.
After a large building project at my home I finally got my cutting garden put back and some new planter boxes installed. It all took a lot longer than I thought so I was a bit late in sowing some of my regular seeds.
Some have been waiting in seed trays and I have finally got them all planted out.
My list so far comprises
- Giant Snapdragon
- Orlay Grandiflora
- Ammi Majus
- Chocolate Lace Flower
- Bells of Ireland
- Winter series Sweet Peas (early flowering)
- Larkspur (pre chilled in the fridge for 2 weeks)
Most of these I have grown from seed before but a few are an experiment, such as the Bells of Ireland and the Statice. I have also sown some bulbs of Freesias, which did well for me last year, and some Anenome and Ranunculus. These have all been responding well to the mild temperatures
We had torrential rain last night and I was happy to see that nothing had been washed away this morning….I was even greeted with my first sweet pea flower!
Hopefully we won’t get any frosts to knock everything back. Once we get into February it becomes less and less likely but I still keep my fingers crossed just in case!