At present we’re visiting Nancy Martin’s backyard.
I will likely be 72 years previous in September. I dwell in Apollo Seaside, Florida. Nonetheless, I’m a local of Virginia and lived there most of my life. In the summertime of 2016 we moved into our present house. This home was a brand new construct on a small lot, a clean canvas. I used to be unfamiliar with gardening in Florida. I had lived in a house on a big wooded lot on a lake in Virginia for over 30 years. All of the crops in my Virginia house have been giant and effectively established. I quickly discovered a grass garden fired in the summertime warmth in Florida, and my yard was so small there wasn’t a lot room for a yard and backyard too. I dug up all of the grass in my yard and planted my Secret Backyard. All of my bushes have been began from seed and plenty of of my crops from cuttings. I discovered that even full-sun crops might develop in some shade; I feel they even take pleasure in it. These images are a journal of my 2022 backyard.
It’s clear that Nancy has realized tips on how to make crops completely happy in her new local weather!
Apollo Seaside is heat sufficient that a variety of crops could be grown, together with the Phalaenopsis orchid on the prime, which is acquainted to most of us as a houseplant however can dwell exterior so long as temperatures keep largely heat and above freezing.
A few of these flowers are acquainted to Northern gardeners, just like the daylily (Hemerocallis hybrid, Zones 4–11) and sunflower (Helianthus annuus, annual). Others, just like the Bulbine frutescens (Zones 9–11) within the backside heart of this collage, are specialties of hotter climates.
I wager all these icy white flowers look cool and marvelous within the Florida warmth.
Most of the crops pictured right here, just like the Caladium (Zones 9–11) within the prime left, are acquainted to Northern gardeners as annuals for rising in the summertime, however they’re perennial and long-lived in Florida.
Some issues are the identical with gardening in each local weather: Plant sufficient flowers and also you’ll get visits from lovely pollinators like this butterfly!
Lovely foliage is all the time welcome within the backyard, from a dramatic variegated agave (maybe Agave americana, Zones 9–11) to the common favourite coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioides, Zones 10–11 or as an annual).
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