Sunday, June 14, 2015

Dragon Fruit, Un-Prickly Pear and Woodsy Things

My dragon fruit is starting to take off!  Yay!

It's already started climbing this big cabbage palm.

We planted a spineless prickly pear pad last summer.  It has also taken off.

We have several prickly pear trees.  We never planted them, they all crept in from the neighbor's yard. But we actually tasted this spineless prickly pear at a fruit festival last year and really liked it.  It will be great to add to salads. 

The caladiums are up in the wooded area:

The longevity spinach (left) and comfrey (right) planted in a shady area seem happy.

I need to find some nice plants for the front of my deck.  I've checked Home Depot and Lowe's but nothing grabbed my attention.  I'll probably end up planting southern peas.

Meanwhile, the hubby got an electric pole saw and has been cutting, cutting cutting. Limbs everywhere!  The chipper shredder has been getting work out!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Wildflowers, Bananas and Weeds

I had a bunch of wildflower seeds so I decided to spread them around in the new Moringa/Pigeon Pea/Roselle garden area.  I'm hoping something will take!

A few weeks ago I bought a small sized papaya at the grocery store, let it get over ripe, and planted seeds around the yard, front and back.  While I was weeding, before planting the flower seeds, I came across a few sprouts that were "different", and realized they were the papaya!  Yay!

There are 4 pesky weeds/saplings I constantly battle - false poinciana, tropical almond, umbrella tree and shepherds needle.  There are a few others, but these are the ones that plague my gardens the most.

I got on a role and weeded the fruit and herb area.  Only a few herbs have survived - lemon grass, rosemary and mint.  They are clearly the winners in the SW Florida summer heat.

The bananas are coming along nicely.

My tree is still quite short so I assumed it was unhappy.

My lemon grass is taller!

Check out these puppies!  3 total.  You can only see one in this picture.

I pulled all the tomatoes and dumped all the pots lying around that were full of weeds.  I have a knack for growing weeds...

It was a good morning, for once.  Hot as blazes but worth the sweat and toil.

I have okra, ivy gourd and korean melon to plant tomorrow.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Moringa, Pigeon Peas and Roselle

I planted seeds a few months ago and have several healthy trees growing.  Once they get to be a foot tall, I can pretty much consider them established.  Set 'em and forget 'em.

The tally ended up being 6 pigeon peas, 8 moringa (3 in pots), and 4 roselle.

I also took cuttings of my Persian Shield plant to spread them around the yard.  I had a few extra stems from trimming the cuttings and stuck those in a pot  It will be interesting to see which ones (if any) survive - summer is full on and it is HOT!  But thankfully we've been getting pretty consistent rain.