With another warm start to our winter, and a summer of abundant rainfall that sparked a hyperactive growth frenzy, our plants are decked out in some impressive holiday finery.
The wild coffee is laden with deep-red berries, much cherished by cardinals, blue jays and mockingbirds.
|East Palatka holly|
A bevy of bees zooms to and from the red passion flowers and the red pentas, emerging from the blossoms with pollen-dusted legs that make them look like they're wearing yellow hip waders. The passionvine, like our native firebush, typically dies back to the ground in winter, only to re-emerge with gusto in the Spring. Last winter was so warm neither missed a beat and bloomed straight through the season.
Although our plants have not yet decided to take a winter nap, Rick and I have definitely entered our dormant period. This is the time of year when yard maintenance is almost non-existent -- confined only to occasional weeding and blowing leaves in the walkways back into our landscape beds.
|Our backyard dressed for a holiday garden party|
Winter may be coming -- in fact, I hope it is. I look forward to cold weather as a refreshing and welcome change.
But in the meantime, we're enjoying a real Florida Christmas. Hope your "decorations" are just as lovely!