Gardendipity's Florida Friendly Garden in West Central Florida
Welcome to my West Central Florida Garden!
These are my adventures as I try to create a Florida Friendly garden. It's a lot of trial and error, but I'm having fun with the process. Our garden is designed to attract butterflies, hummingbirds, bees and of course our regular Florida birds and wildlife. Thanks for dropping by, I hope you get some ideas for your own garden here!
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Christmas freeze, that is!
We used everything we could find in the garage to cover as many plants as we could...upside-down Rubbermaid tubs and flower pots, black plastic garbage bags (everyone says don't use them, but I've not had any problems so far), sheets, bungee-cords for securing sheets around our large potted plants (we even threw in a lit-up Christmas deer or two under these sheets to provide a little extra warmth), and you-name-it, you are likely to find it either covering a plant, or being used to anchor the covers in these high winds.
While we were running all around the yard covering all these plants I couldn't help thinking that if the plants could talk, they would say, "We who are about to die salute you -- for all the love and care you've given us this past year."
Merry Freeze Eve, and good luck to all your gardens!
Welcome to my blog!
My husband and I built our home in West Central Florida in 1999. It was my very first house and my very first yard, and thus began my adventures in gardening.
We found the perfect place for gardening, with deep conservation behind the house and a pond next door. We wanted to plant lots of colorful flowers for year-round blooms. In particular we wanted hummingbird and butterfly plants, and sought to create an environment that would be attractive to all forms of wildlife. We started with long hedges of blue plumbago and lots of bright yellow lantanas and red salvia annuals. We hung bird feeders and added bird baths. That’s how we got started.
Through the years we’ve added additional garden beds. Today our garden is home to many kinds of butterflies and birds. Hummingbirds, raccoons, neighborhood cats, possums, snakes and turtles all visit us often.
My husband and I are Benedictine Oblates at St. Leo Abbey in Florida. We enjoy living a simple, quiet life. I am a Florida native, and my mother’s side of the family has been Florida natives for many generations.