Living in Florida has it’s advantages…
and it’s disadvantages!
One of the disadvantages is e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g grows 24-7, ….365 days of the year.
One might think how wonderful that you don’t have to wait 7 years for an old-fashioned lilac bush to bloom.
I wish that were so, but because the overnight temperature rarely gets below 70 degrees…we can’t grow lilacs, peonies, forsythia, tulips, daffodils or any perennial that needs a wintering over.
But we can grow certain perennials if we put them in a large pot.
And watch them carefully.
Which is what I do for my hydrangeas.
Many of you grow hydrangeas in your flower beds and I am jealous.
I have tried that, and for me it does not work.
However, I can grow them in various size pots and that is what I do, along with large pots of knock out hot pink roses.
Every 6 months…the Captain and I spruce up the Secret Garden and other flower beds at Villa de La Luna….(in other words, our home)
This involves a deep trimming of removing droopy leaves on Ti plants, trimming branches of the Plumeria tree and hibiscus bushes….and any other touch-up needed.
Actually, we try to keep up with the growth on a weekly basis…. or you feel like you are in a jungle.
So when it is time to dramatically cut away growth, we do so without a guilty conscience, because the plant or tree will come back stronger than ever.
It is a given, that we must continually add new mulch, …. if you drive around town, you will see bags of mulch stacked in preparation for the sprucing up of people’s front gardens.
I shared a few pictures of my Secret Garden on Instagram and I would like to share a few more today.
In addition to adding new mulch, the Captain hung Edison lights for me.
Our pergola has had tiny LED lights attached to the top beams and I have always liked the lights when entertaining.
Also, a few years ago, I bought green laser lights that made the Secret Garden Magical…. the pic below was taken about three years ago.
Every year we make changes to this wonderful space I call my secret garden.
I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed being out there with all those little lights resembling lightening bugs as they twinkled and sparkled.
But I also love the Edison lights and it is a different ambiance.
And I also love it when I capture the blue hour which for me is a very special time of the evening in my Secret Garden.
Do you have a special place you go for quiet time or just to sit and read?
I would love to hear your comments.
Hugs and Blessings.
Only daughter says
So pretty wish I was there💙
Thanks Sweetie…you don’t know how many times I wish you were here too. Even though we talk and text, it is not quite the same as sitting down and having a cuppa something and talking one-on-one! Hugs Always
Jane Thebo says
Greetings from Ankeny, Iowa. Arrived home safely this afternoon. Took Annie to breakfast, then to Costco so she could get stocked up.
Thank you again for sharing your hospitality with us.
Glad you made it home ok Jane. Lets plan something again real soon. Hugs