November Monday Morning

I live in central Florida which has a semi-tropical climate.  Over last weekend a cold front came down to Florida, and we had over a day of gray skies and rain.  The lows dropped to 50 degrees F for the first time since last winter.  Our highs have been about 62 degrees F for a few days.  As usual the gray skies blew away and we have beautiful blue skies again.  (By Wednesday the high was 77 degrees F.)  These photos were all taken Monday morning around 10:30 AM. The air is cool and the sky is blue.

 

 

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Butterfly and Purple Periwinkle

I don’t share butterfly or bird photos that often as they fly away before I can get a good photo.  I can’t tell you how many bad photos I delete in the attempts.  Today I’m re-sharing a post from September 30, 2016. I made mosaics that  I hope you enjoy it.

 

I came out my front door and saw a beautiful black swallowtail on my purple vinca or periwinkle. Before I could get closer to get a good shot, he was flitting away as usual.  I looked down at the periwinkle and discovered a sweet rusty orange small butterfly, a Gulf fritillary, where the black swallowtail had been.

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Low Maintenance Yards

Warm weather is here which means everyone can enjoy the outdoors. Our lawns and gardens can provide “rooms” and places for families to gather and to have fun. After all, your garden is a part of your home  isn’t it? Love the idea of a beautiful outdoor space but hate all the work involved?  Let’s look at ways to look after your yard that aren’t going to take a huge amount of time or effort.   Just remember if you live in a neighborhood with restrictions and guidelines for landscaping, check with the association for accepted lawns before you make radical changes.

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White Periwinkle or Vinca, My Gift From God

Back in spring 2014 when I first began landscaping my yard (Spring in My Developing Front Garden), I planted  yellow wildflowers on the side garden next to the sidewalk. In the middle of the summer,  I saw a little white flower on a long stem peeking out in the large mass of yellow wild flowers. It looked like periwinkle (vinca) but it was white. I had seen lots of purple periwinkle and had planted some in the front yard. Read More