With a cold and frigid December...one for the record books actually...I had really dreaded what January might have in store. But in the end, it was such a soft, gentle January, as January's go, with so many spring-like days to enjoy. Today, there is evidence that the garden has begun springing back to life. There are little leaflets peeping out of the ground beneath dead branches of pentas and clerodendrum. Brightly colored foliage is rising out of the stems of the crinums and bananas. If February holds out for us, and it does look promising, I do think we shall have a splendid and floriferous Easter this year. (It's been a while!)
Before I get into the real purpose of my post today, I have to announce that it's Tab Time here in the valley! The Tabebuias are out and creating quite a riot of color here in this quiet Peace River town.
Three inches of rain in four days! Woohoo! Two days in a row with highs below 90! How great is that! You certainly won't hear me wishing summer away. Surely everyone agrees that these long stretches of daylight are awesome. I'm trying to enjoy every moment I can. The skin-splitting, bone-throbbing, dim, dark days of winter will be with us soon enough, to be followed by a brutally hot, dry spring. I'll take a Florida summer anyday!
Just spent a day working at my son's property again and couldn't resist taking a few photos. Six Acres was teeming with wildlife yesterday with all manner of noises emanating from the swamp. I tried my best, but I am not yet quick enough on the draw, for I missed several photo opportunities of birds, dragonflies, and even a rabbit. In the end, my word-nerd self has noticed that all of the photos I did take start with the letter "B"! So, the B's have it today! Enjoy a walk with me across the property. After way too long living in cities and suburban neighborhoods, it is wonderful to explore and learn about our native land. I only wish I could identify half of the plants I encounter!
Every morning, I take a walk through my garden, camera in hand. It’s my reflection time, and I am renewed by it. There seems to always be something that catches my eye…a lovely flower, an interesting creature, a pattern in the sky. Yesterday, what I saw was an experience that I can only describe as the “bee’s knees”!