Hi Pammie, my darling Angel!
And all the other lovelies from blog land!
I haven't been blogging much because of life and feelings and trying to figure out more of what I need to know in order to navigate sanely in an insane world....I know you know what I mean !
But Pammie, after your card today I thought I'd go out on this beautiful sunny day in hot humid Florida and take pics for you because that is the best way to answer your questions, isn't it?
I have been painting still, but the outside!! of the house, if you can believe that, but only the porch so far because rainy season is here and it is tricky painting now. But I have to still do the trim white and then the bedroom window wall which does NOT have the monster vine ficus repens on it, and when I recoup from all the gardening etc, and find a day with no rains, then I will paint that too. The rest of the house is not going to be painted because I am not tearing off the beautiful monster Mr. Repens from the building because I love it being covered in that vine.....
soo......the rest will have to remain my old love Tuscan Clay beneath the vine.....:D c'est la vie~
But lots of pics here so I hope your new lap top can handle it....and I do mean LOTS! LOLOL
First, the front porch is now pink. Lovely color, yes? but somehow its not rocking my boat like the older Tuscan Clay color which when the sun hit it, was absolutely warming and so cozy! This one is pretty and cool, but doesn't warm my heart I have to say. Lets compare.......
New lattic up and vines planted. Now every day the first thing I do is look out my window to see how much the vine has grown LOL.....because it certainly does grow very very fast! and already in a week has grown extra vines and several feet in length! I love it!
I raised the soil in that area so it had good stuff to grow in and added this verbena which is also pink and white.
Some plants on the porch......
I dont' know what this delicate tiny white flower thing is but I adore it! when these tiny blossoms open it is sooooo sweet!
begonia.....looks like tiny roses........
hydrangeas.......wont last here in Florida, but for Easter they are sold and I could not resist!
Ok, this is the tiny square in the front lawn area.....It has a Hawaiian Glory Princess Bush which is supposed to have lots of purple flowers, but this one is in too much shade for that. I added some coleus cuttings which grow anywhere, and some red lettuce in between because I'm trying to grow lots of edibles this year, more than usual......I will not give up on having paradise......both edibles and flowers galore!! :D:D:D
This is the front porch patch, which has collards in it which I love to juice and to make sandwich wraps with it in place of bread :D, and then use mayo, avocado, onion, red tomato, sprinkled herbs and oh yum O! :D
But I have now some hot peppers, tomato, zucchini and spaghetti squash that are going in there in between the collards in a few days.
This is the official tomato patch which I just planted with 2 different kinds of tomato along with seeds of parsley, basil and coriander, with marigold flowers in between. It's only a week old, lots to grow yet. I use straw as mulch.
Something very sweet about this spot......
This is the first veggie patch I had, I have about 7 now. This has arugula gone wild!! love it! :D, cabbages, rosemary, chives, tarragon, strawberries, and more herbs constantly growing in here......those vines along the fence will be the muscadine grapes, which are gorgeous and grow like crazy!
This is Lamp Post Square patch LOL.....I like to name my patches. :D:D:D
I just did this one this morning, with more tomato and chinese eggplant, and marigolds in between. On either side in pots are the lemongrass plants which is a beautiful tall grass and I use the leaves to make tea in the summer and to scent the house....it is one of the most amazing scents and flavors in the world. I just cut back its 7 foot length this morning and will freeze the bases, not the leaves. It will grow in no time to 7 feet again! :D
phlox in pots.
One of the pathways........
the white flowering bush is almond bush which is amazingly fragrant! JOY!!! :D
see the large conch shell on the table? a little tree frog lives in there :D
This is the shade area, with ferns, traveling palm, peace lily, anthurium and bromeliads......all these plants do well in Australia too!
One of the lemon trees finally bloomed alot this spring and the scent of lemon blossom has to be one of the most heavenly scents in the cosmos!! I can't get enough of it!....and finally.......lemons!! at least a dozen now.
Remember my potting bench? love it! more like a storage bench, but I do love it. See how the clay pots match the clay wall? I loved it when it was first painted.... but it is a cozy color in the sun.
and a very magical Fairy Winged dragonfly which was huge, and even let John touch it!......just for you!
okay everyone......hope you enjoyed the latest tour of my Fairy Hobbit Home! love and hugs to all.
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