Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring 2015 Has Officially Sprung.......

..........I have been working so many hours in the garden, trimming, raking, planting, pulling up ground cover, moving things around and more. While there are many things yet to do (isn't there always?) it is past time to show a little of it on here. We do have more spring-like happenings here in central Florida than you might think.




 
In the last few weeks the Bridal Wreath Spirea has gone from bare branches to green leaves and many buds and a few open flowers.  Two weeks from now it will be almost a white bush.
 

 
I love the tiny buds and clusters of small flowers.
 

 
A seldom noticed shooting forth of spring. 
 

 
This Tillandsia (air plant) fell out of a tall tree about two years ago and I put it here in the almond Aloysia tree.  It was much smaller but has grown and recently sent forth the long green shoot. Actually I think they do this at other times of the year too but it has the look of spring.
 

 
This ginger plant looks the same year round but it is here in an area where I recently did many hours of cleaning.  The last post was quite colorless so I am including it here to provide more color.
 

 
It certainly does that.
 
 
 
Just a little to the left a small portion of the much cleaner looking area. The big area had gotten too thick with plants and also lots of leaves and some small debris that had fallen from trees.
 

 
 

 
And, continuing on to the left I uncovered this bromeliad.
 

 
And, this one.
 

 
And, another kind, none of which were visible before.
 

 
One more.  Bromeliads have never been a favorite of mine but they do put some color into shady places.
 

 
I was beginning to wonder if the crepe myrtle that I moved from a pot into the ground in the fall was dead. They are deciduous and this one was a slender trunk about seven feet tall with no leaves. This one low branch became green and then..... 

 
......... the very top two feet started sprouting leaves. 
 

 
This Easter cactus is right on time - should be blooming full by Easter.  It is amazing to me that the Christmas ones bloom for Christmas and this one at Easter. They are all here in pots outside. Treated exactly the same way in the same environment! No buds on the two Christmas ones.
 

 
I happened to look up this week and noticed the aforementioned almond tree is full of blooms.
 

 
They smell so good.
 

 
I have periwinkles, two shades of pink and these white ones, blooming most of the year. I love the white ones best. I let them live wherever they come up.
 

 
And last for this post - a potted basil plant with blooms worthy of a photograph.
 

 
 

 
O. K. one more picture. I have a good bit of moss, green and Spanish, lichen and see a few wild mushrooms from time to time.  I may do another post on just these a little later.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Unfurling of Spring.......

   Spring really has unfurled in Florida. Actually it has looked spring-like for awhile now. Our trees leafed out long ago, starting with those bright, light green leaves and other things have followed right along.  My garden escaped without any frost/freeze damage - always so thankful for that.  This post is loaded down with pictures. It's so hard to hold back when I have so many. I am not going to say much more. In fact, this could almost qualify for a Wordless Wednesday post.


 
It is less than two weeks away from Spring officially arriving.  My blue-eyed grass has been blooming for about three weeks. The little yellow sprig is bulbine.
 
 
 
The blossoms are so tiny but I love them.
 

 
A lot of unfurling (literally) has been going on in the thickets of ferns.
 
 

 
These are wild, woods ferns that come up in my yard where they don't have a snowball's chance of looking good through the summer.
 

 
It's neat how the leaves are born.
 

 
This is in the center of my smallest bird's nest fern. A different-looking unfurling.
 

 
 

 
And, the giant Macho ferns.
 

 
These plants are getting about as tall as I am. And, have spread into big areas.  I enjoy the back shady yard more with them here.
 

 
 
 
 
Oh how I wish I could claim this picture but, no, it is a borrowed one. I seldom use other people's photos and will always tell you when I do. Isn't he the cutest!!!
 
 
 
I actually have a lot of plants blooming but will save most of those for other posts since you see them most of the year.  This is larkspur.
 

 
 

 
I am so glad to see Wendy's Wish blooming again.  This is what the hummingbirds like most in my yard.
 
 
 
A patch of Crocosmia. I have patches of these several places in the backyard. Like the Blue-eyed Grass they are tiny but make a big statement.
 

 
 


 
I just finished trimming the rose bushes back but several kinds are already blooming.
 

 
I rarely get a picture of Peggy Martin without having a bit of purple Tibouchina peeping in. This is the rose that develops into big clusters.
 

 
LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TO GO!
I  ended up saying more than planned but I did eliminate a few pictures.
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Thursday, March 5, 2015

On The Line - Clothesline.......


.........I have been seeing clotheslines on Pinterest and they bring back memories of having a clothesline myself.  It is not one of my favorite memories from days past.  In southeastern Pennsylvania when my two oldest children were small I had to hang clothes when it was difficult to get them pinned up before they froze stiff!  Hanging up clothes on warm days was a pleasant activity. I am sure many people will read this that have never had that experience.  Recently, I decided to have a temporary clothesline and make some new memories.......



 
I already had some cording that worked great and was the right length to be used between two trees in my backyard.  It might be the only clothesline ever strung around a palm tree!  I know there will never be any clothes freezing here.
 
 

 
I looked through some treasured mementos of my past and found just what I wanted to hang.  Not to dry but to show here and they will also be on Pinterest.
 
 
So, I will go down the line, so to speak, and tell why these are so precious to me.    These children's stockings are the only thing hanging that are a recent purchase.  I was in a local antique store hoping to find some more old clothespins or pegs as they are called by some.  While there I spotted these white cotton stockings and thought how great they would fit in with my clothesline post. I got them at a very reasonable cost.  And, here they are!
 

 
While I was taking the pictures the sun would be out bright for a few minutes and then go behind clouds. I am glad it was shining for this one. I love when I get the bokeh effect on some pictures. This is the longest pair and would go up over the thighs of a child that could wear this tiny foot size.
 

 
This is a little cotton gown, handmade by my mother who was born in 1900.  It was made for my little brother who was born in June 1926 and died in January 1929. My aunt Effie did the embroidery work. The second picture on down shows a little of the beautiful embroidery on the bottom of the gown. 
 

 
By the way, I found these dark very old clothespins that day I went searching.  They were also priced low. I suppose old clothespins are not in great demand!  I felt like these and the stockings were waiting there just for me.
 
 
 
 
Next in line is this jumpsuit that I bought for my first grandson Justin, born in 1980. A teddy bear that I made wore it for several years after Justin was too big for it.  I gave the bear away a few years back and am sooooooo glad that I didn't let the suit go with the bear.
 

 
I loved the sailor style and wish I had taken a shot of the back.
 

 
This is another very old item - worn by my mother-in-law when she was a little girl and was made by her mother, grandma Gordon.
 

 
I love everything about having this treasure. As a young married couple we visited grandma Gordon on a regular basis.
 

 
And last comes a tiny dress worn by my first child, Carla. Also, worn later by her little sister Carrie. Carla probably stood alone in this little thing. She started walking at seven months - could about outrun me at a year old.
 

 
Showing the cute details.
 

 
With a little sprig of Cilantro.
 
 

One more shot of the full line.
 
 
 
Folded and ready to go back to their storage place.
 
 
 
I hope to do at least one more clothesline post. I already have the pictures done for one with old linens.
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