August Gardens

It’s a hot, humid summer here in central Florida. I haven’t shared that many photos of my tropical garden this summer as it’s taken time to rebuild after the loss of so many plants in January due to 2 freezing nights. I replaced my huge dead red hibiscus with a new small bush back in the spring, and the little guy produces pretty red flowers almost daily.








I lost my large frangipani (plumeria) tropical tree and only had 2 cuttings left.  One large cutting finally started blooming in August. I missed 4 months of flowers and am thrilled.  The second cutting is growing and I’m hoping it will flower next year.














My Florida yellow iris is covered in little blooms.












My small crepe myrtle tree is covered in blooms and buds.




















My miniature Mexican petunia has lovely little flowers.





















I’m going to close with a few shots of a yard in the neighborhood. This neighbor isn’t really into gardening but his yard is beautiful year round with evergreen bushes and palms.  I enjoy driving by as its classic landscape could be anywhere (minus the palm trees) and always looks beautiful.

















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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

25 thoughts to “August Gardens”

  1. So beautiful, Carol. I’m sorry about your frangipani but this sounds like it might take. I hope so.

    Thanks so much for visiting me at Marmelade Gypsy. Yes, I will be doing a longer post about my grandfather and the asylum. Thanks for asking!

  2. Your garden is gorgeous as is your friend’s. We have had a wetter than usual summer in NC so my rose garden and my flower pot garden are doing quite well too. I follow you on Instagram and I have enjoyed all of your photos of the blooms.

  3. Such beautiful flowers and plants. I love them all, but I think I like the first picture with the red blooms the best. Beautiful!!

  4. Hi Carol, I don’t know why I never could find your blog before…I hope this goes through. I sometimes have a hard time commenting on WordPress blogs, so we shall see what works here…we are practically neighbors…I am in the Ocala National Forest! Loved all your beautiful flowers today. Thank you for sharing them with us. Such beauty! have a blessed day!

    1. Howdy Neighbor! It’s so nice to meet new friends. Ocala National Forest is so beautiful. Let me know if you have any trouble commenting in the future. I’d love for us to keep chatting.

  5. So pretty! I especially like the orchids, which I cannot grow to save my life. Our crepe myrtles are about that very same color…..great minds! <3 Happy Friday….HOPE you have a great weekend.

    1. I can’t grow orchids either but I have several friends who do. I love the vibrant pink crepe myrtles. Happy Friday!

  6. Your flowers are all beautiful, Cariol! It is challenging to grow flowers where I live, between weather and animals that eat them!

    1. I’ve never lived or even visited Colorado but I’ve always wanted to. The Rockies are so beautiful.

  7. Great post about the August Gardens, Carol! Am happy for you that at least the red hibiscus and part of the frangipani survived and give you the long awaited flowers! This yellow iris looks so different from the purple ones – almost like an orchid:) Many thanks for sharing these beautiful blooms with All Seasons and have a beautiful summer week!

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