I have taken a long hiatus from gardening and blogging, as life hit me a hard blow in 2011. I am not capable of writing about my tragedy/nightmare yet. Who knows? I might not ever be. I never thought I'd be in a position where I could not write and write and write. I would've thought writing would help me in a crisis. Everyone told me I should be writing. But I could not and still can not. I have not been able to make enough sense of things and organize my thoughts. Or maybe it's just too painful. And, wow, I never thought I'd lose interest in gardening and other passions. That one threw me for a loop! I always thought my love of God's beautiful world would be enough to comfort me through anything. But sometimes a period of recovery/grieving is necessary, and sometimes it is unnaturally prolonged.
Amazingly, here in 2012, my garden thrives. I went out sometime in March and began to peel away the weedy jungle, and, yes, my plant babies live! Gradually, I've begun to feel the passion again. I've been mulching, weeding, acquiring new specimens, and swingin' on that old swing. Yep, I think some of the old Floridagirl yet remains.
So, anyway, we had a gloriously mild winter here in my neck of the woods. Wish I had enjoyed it more and gloated and bragged properly on my blog. We've not had such a winter since 2008.
USF Plant SaleToday, I just want to share a few new acquisitions I brought home from the USF plant sale in Tampa:
I could've spent all my $$$ at the Amaryllis booth...well, if I had one of those single-purposed brains anyway. But, wow, so many temptations smacked me in the face. I did buy a few glorious specimens, though I now find myself regretting not coming home with that red with white picotee...I think it was called 'Surprise.' Decisions, choices...they've always been tough for me. Above is one that did make the cut: 'Maguire's Envy' with an unusual greenish tint. (clueless as to why this photo is sideways)
This is 'Twilight Melody'--a beautiful name for a striking, enormous amaryllis bloom. The size of the bloom alone was reason enough to buy it.
Oh, yeah, so many ridiculous temptations abounded for this bromeliad-obsessed gardener. Coming home with this Neoregelia 'Johannis de Rolf' was a no-brainer.
I also picked among the ginger rhizomes, found a red cereus, and finally acquired a native Encyclia tampensis (which I'm super excited about!). All in all, a very good shopping adventure!
I really hope life has treated all of my blogging friends well these past few months. I'll be catching up on your blogs soon.
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