Is there any more rewarding season for a Florida gardener than Fall?
|Our natural Christmas tree, the East Palatka holly!|
|Cosmos, one of my favorite flowers|
Even the patio pink lemon tree on our deck is full of blossoms that smell heavenly every time I walk past.
|Beautyberry, a Florida native|
The chickasaw plum seedling, which is now about two feet high, is also beginning to lose its leaves after more than tripling in size over the summer.
And the beautiful lady slippers and butterfly wings are gradually disappearing from view completely, prompting me to stick a few plant labels in the ground where they are hiding so I remember where they are.
All of these will return next Spring, to surprise us with a new infusion of color and texture. But for now, we are still content to gaze at our glorious Fall Foliage as we sit on our deck and enjoy our beautiful, bay-friendly landscape.
|A hummingbird moth feeding on a penta. Several of these fascinating moths visited our butterfly garden at dusk early this fall. They look just like miniature hummingbirds!|