I have often spoken of what great nectar plants Callistemon species are for the hummingbirds. Indeed, without the blooms on my bottlebrushes every winter, I'm not sure I'd even have hummingbirds year-round here in my garden. Lately, I've been sitting on a chair underneath one of the bottlebrushes in hopes of catching one of the shy, quick-flitting creatures. Wow, I really don't ever seem to have luck catching a hummer with my camera. One day recently, I actually caught a Palm Warbler sipping nectar from them, though. And guess what? Today, I caught yet another warbler with a sweet tooth!
It rained all night. And this morning, we are still enjoying the downpour. Oh, how I love a rainy day! I had breakfast on the front porch this morning, watching the rain fall and the hummingbirds flit back and forth to sip from bottlebrush blooms. It was a bit on the chilly side, but I knew I was going to love this day anyway. The rain is much needed here at PITV, especially since we have just put in several new plants.
Today, I announce "New Beginnings" on my blog. I had recently become disillusioned by Blogland, as I seemed to be attracting more spammers and scrapers than real followers. Yes, my blog was being repeatedly copied by scrapers, as well as being linked to on numerous sites, some of which I couldn't access, due to the requirement of a login. I reacted the only way I knew how...adding watermarks and copyright verbiage and monitoring my hits on Statcounter. But it just seemed to be getting worse.
You know the old saying, "Hindsight is 20/20"? Well, I'm seeing things pretty clearly these days. As I walked through my garden today carefully peeling off sheets and blankets from my tenderest of tropicals, I was seeing everything I had done wrong and everything that should've been different. If only I could hit rewind and plant this garden again from scratch!
Sunny and Seventy Seven! Woohoo! It's about time! After being holed up indoors hiding from miserable cold this past two weeks, I couldn't wait to get outdoors and feel the sunshine on my skin and in my soul!
So here it is.... It's official. My little spot o' Florida is under a freeze watch for Monday and Tuesday nights. I am truly almost speechless. With five full winters under our belt, I can honestly say this garden has ne'er seen a December freeze. What does this mean for the rest of winter?
You know, sometimes, I'm just in need of a pick-me-upper. Yes, I had a Melancholy Monday. But I rose early this Tuesday morning and got my hands on as much positive reading material I could to put a proper spin on things. Sometimes a little positive thinking and peaceful meditation is what we need to start a new day. I have a nature that struggles a bit more than most with that concept of optimism. My post today is hardly original, as I've gone a little quote-crazed, but I just wanted to share some of the inspiration I found this morning from some of history's great minds.