I finally, finally got to spend some time in my garden today, potting a few things for around my front entryway, and starting the huge, ginormous task of weeding and pruning. It felt good to sweat over some actual, physical labor, instead of just over what word to put in front of another. But you might have known I couldn’t stay away from the computer for very long, so here I am to share a couple of pics from this morning. The garden overall is pretty dismal yet, but there are some things that shine, in spite of the weeds and neglect.
My white bird of paradise hasn’t frozen back this year because…well…because there hasn’t been a freeze, of course! (Though there was some ice in my birdbaths last week, so it had to have dipped below 32 briefly, anyway). If you look closely at this monster big plant (about 10 feet tall, probably, and just as wide), you can see a couple of BIRDS in the middle. For some reason, these blooms are buried in the center of all the stems and huge leaves, guarded against prying eyes like mine. But I found them anyway!
White Bird of Paradise Blooms
As I poked around here and there, I found a few other things of interest, too. Most obvious to anyone in the garden is the coral honeysuckle vine which climbs up a large pole with a big birdhouse on top. Ummm…honest, the pole and birdhouse are under there, somewhere. This vine is a favorite of our ruby-throated hummingbirds, and I’ve seen a few feeding from it already this year.
Coral Honeysuckle Vine
A couple of my roses are blooming, too, even though they have barely begun to leaf out since I cut them back the other day. This first one, Double Delight, is still quite small, but the blooms are divine, both to look at and to smell, hence the name. The rose-red coloring on the outside of the petals will continue to bleed inward for days, until the rose is more red than white. Sorry I couldn’t get a better picture with my iPhone. You can tell I’m not a photographer!
Double Delight Hybrid Tea Rose
Another small rose I love is Florida Home Run Pink, a single rose that has a lovely “wild rose” look to it. It was “created” by the same folks that came up with the Knock Out Roses, and is just as easy to grow. I have a semi-circle of three in front of one of my birdbaths.
Florida Home Run Pink
There are a few more things blooming, but I didn’t get any more pictures. I’m hoping to spend some time out there tomorrow, as well, so I’ll try to get a few more. What’s blooming in your yard? Or are you still under a layer of that white stuff?