How did it get to be June?! I think I went out to water the garden in March and somehow I ended up at the beginning of summer! It certainly was a very hot and dry spring and I feel as if I have had a hose pipe permanently attached to the end of my … More I think that was Spring?
Once again there never really was winter in Central Florida this year, which is a blessing in many ways because I don’t have to rush out with frost sheets to cover tender plants but it also means that before we know it the hot and steamy season is upon us. We have had lovely spring … More Predominantly Pink
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… … More New Year in the Cutting Garden
It’s so lovely to feel a chill in the air in the early mornings, a sign that our heat and humidity are past and we can look forward to cooler and drier days. Here and there are a few signs of autumn. A few of my orchids which live outside most of the summer under … More October in the Garden
A quick trip over to England has allowed me to escape the heat for a while and the noise of construction which is ever present at home while we complete an addition project. I am not over here very long and I am currently writing this from a very cool (or should I say cold?!) … More Some Garden Inspiration from Sissinghurst Castle
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
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 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!
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