While I am excited to see my parents, sister and other family members again in China, I have also been very busy preparing the garden for my absence.
Although this is the raining season in South Florida, rain has been rather unpredictable these days. I just can not take that risk to depend my plants' well being on the natural rainfall, so we have been examining the sprinkle system. Husband switched and adjusted some spray heads to make sure the water is spraying to the flower bed, not the pool! My friends also will help me to hand water some plants that sprinkle system can not reach.
For the plants that are still in the pots, I either planted them in the ground, or repotted them in bigger containers and mulched them so that they don't dry out quickly. They are also repositioned to a spot that sprinkle system can reach.
Some plants were fed, trimmed... Flower beds were weeded...
Am I ready to go on my vacation? hmmm, I think so....
Before I leave, let me walk around the garden one more time to see what I can show you ...
Oh, first I must show you this zinnia flowers! This was brought home by my eight year old son from the school, as the Parents' Day gift. (Here, the school often combines Mother's day and Father's day together at the end of the school year to have a party that invite parents to join.) After I planted it in the garden, my son keeps asking me when I can show the flowers on my blog, "Mom, Please tell them, I gave this to you." , this was his words, very proud of his gift!
I was kind of waiting for the plants growing a little bigger and having more blooms. But now I want to show you first, I always can show you again when it is bigger, right? :) The flowers are yellow/peach color, fit quite well in my Agave/Bulbine flower bed.
I bought this Variegated Canna Lily 'Pretoria' about two months ago. When I bought it, I thought it would bloom very soon since it was quite big already (2 feet tall). I had no idea if it is a dwarf type or the standard one since this is my first time to grow canna and did not have any knowledge about the cannas. Only I found it kept growing taller and taller after I put it in the ground. I almost thought I did something wrong to promote growing the leaves only, not the blooming. It is now almost 5 feet tall, and finally several days ago it had two flower spikes emerging, just on time for me to see before I leave!
|Canna americanallis var. variegata|
Common names: Praetoria, Bengal Tiger, Austriostriata
Isn't it gorgeous? I love it! Worth the long waiting... Well, even it does not bloom, I will keep it for its variegated green/cream leaves.
You might still remember how I whined about my milkweed munched by Monarch caterpillars to the bare sticks. Now the leaves grow back, and bloom again! Yay!
Gardenia is setting the new round of flowers again. I just can not get enough of this heavenly scent!
Can I show you one more time my Blue Fox Tail Orchid? Hope it is here to stay when I return!
Different purslanes in my garden are loving South Florida's heat, even this gardener prefers cool weather :)
Loving the soft pink color of this Vinca (Periwinkle)!
Cats' Wiskers (Orthosiphon stamenis) seems adapting my garden quite well. After the initial blooms faded since I brought it home early this month, now it is setting the new blooms all over again.
|Cats' Wiskers (Orthosiphon stamenis)|
This skipper is enjoying the sweet nectar of 'Dipladenia pink'...
Although the Desert rose has passed its peak time, it still has lots of flowers.
This dwarf Allamanda was killed to the ground in the winter freeze, and it took half year to grow back to its original size, and now finally showing the flower buds all over again. I am sure when I return, this bush will be full of bright yellow trumpet shape flowers!
Ok, I better go to finish my packing now... (Am I really ready to leave my garden?)
You all have a wonderful summer, or a beautiful winter for my friends in south hemisphere!
** Since I might not be able to post anything in China (blogspot is blocked over there for some reason), I have prepared three posts that will be auto published on scheduled time, so this site won't be completely "cold" during my absence :) I will be able to read the comments, but not able to reply. I will reply to you if the comments are some questions that need a answer from me either by visiting your blog, or on my post. I am sure I will have some pictures I take in China to share with you all once I return. **