April started as a busy month for me.
Second, my husband is also on a trip back to China to visit his parents. I am here alone with two boys, and this week is the FCAT (Florida's Comprehensive Assessment Test) week! For those Floridian parents who have kids taking the test, you know how schools make a big deal out of this. I will be glad when this is over :)
To add on all of this, the Internet service that our community uses had some issues, so we are having on and off connections this week. Kids need Internet to do their homework, so I had to drive them to the places that have Wi-Fi connections. I wish we could have our choice for the Internet service provider, not stuck with the one that community has chosen for us.
With all of these going on, blogging and gardening have to take the back seats, although I have been squeezing some time to do some necessary gardening chores here and there.
The April weather in South Florida is gorgeous, the temperature has kept in middle to upper 80s for the high. To be honest, it is a little bit too hot for me to work in the garden in the middle of the day already, but this is the weather my garden loves!
Here are some pictures I shoot recently. Everyday there are new things occurring in the garden, and I really can not keep up with them.
Pentas love the hot weather...
So are these Indian blanket flowers...
One early morning, I took out the long lens that I hardly use, and caught this view from my patio. It is a merged view of the bromeliad corner and my container area at the patio. There actually is a little gravel path between the corner and patio. Do you see my effort of "Vertical" gardening with that bromliad wreath attached on the fence on the back? The pink Angel's trumpet (Brugmansia) on the back was the result of my stucking a branch trimmed off my other Angel's trumpet into the ground last year. Now it has become a small tree!
Here is the view of the west backyard flower bed looking towards the bromeliad corner, you can see both white and pink Angel's trumpets blooming in this picture. Loving the colors shown in this picture, so Spring!
Oh, want to show you a picture of this same area that I took one month ago. Do you see that big rosemary in front of the Orange Marmalade Crossandra? That was a small plant in six inch container that I started from seed about one year ago. As you know me, I can not stand any bare spot in the garden, and love to squeeze plants here and there, so I decided to stuck that young plant in that location. Now one year later, it becomes huge, and blocked the view of the three Orange Marmalade Crossandras that are major focal point of this flower bed. I moved the rosemary somewhere else in the garden, now it looked better :)
Mealycup sage started blooming again once the weather warmed up. It has my favorite color of blue/purle, I expect it will become even more prolific in the next several months.
|Salvia farinacea 'Victoria Blue'|
Common name: Mealycup Sage
common name: Shooting Stars
|Hibiscus 'Jane Cowell'|