Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Cold at Plum Cottage

Good Wednesday morning Folks ~ Well, for the first time in about 3 years, it is really cold down here in s.e. FL.  It got down to 40F last night and with the wind chill factor it felt like it was 27F. When I went out at a little after 7 to head to my little job, it was 40 and felt like 28. It was a 'shock' to my system to say the least. I'm back home and the temp now at around 10 is 44 and feels like it is 35. I haven't gotten my heater out yet, just have a small burner on stove between low - medium to take the chill out. Place is small and it is supposed to only go down into the high 60's tonight. Tomorrow's high is predicted to be in the high 70's. It is very windy, wind chimes have been making music since yesterday. Some rain is coming this way from the northeast, maybe we'll get it, maybe not. It is partly cloudy with some sunshine at the moment. I've got socks on, jeans, a t shirt and flannel shirt too. 

Had lunch and a nap, edited photos. It is now 4:10 p.m. right now the temp is 63F and real feel is 58F. So, it has warmed up, still windy, no rain has happened yet. Winds are supposed to calm down by this evening.

Here are some photos for you to enjoy. The first two were taken on a cloudy morning I think and both sets of blooms are about 8-10 feet high.

A sweet little rose I bought last year, growing like crazy with lots of blooms.

Not sure which rose this one below is. It's fading, but still pretty.

This is either Don Juan or Mr. Lincoln, lost the tag, had both.

 Below is a shrimp plant, a volunteer.

This is 'Yesterday, today, and tomorrow'.

Next we have, Batface, kind of ugly/pretty and fascinating at the same time.

This is a knockout rose, I have two of these, same color and they are great bloomers.

I'm not sure what the name of this  fading rose is. 

'Blue Sage' an old favorite, a Florida native, that I've had for many, many years now. I love the blues and purples of these flowers.

These roses are 'carpet' roses. They are so happy and sweet looking.

 This is an unfurling 'Hugs-n-kisses' hibiscus.

This is 'Mom-of-millions', it spreads by just a tiny leaflet of this plant falling to the ground.

Well, that's it for today. Hope you are all well. 

Love, hugs & prayers,

Thursday, January 16, 2020

New flower treats

Hello Folks ~ It is 5:30 p.m. EST, supper is heating in my little convection oven, the weather was perfect today and the reason why 'snowbirds' come down here every year. 

I've noticed new growth on roses that I thought had 'bit the dust'. How I love surprises like that! This is the time of year when the gardens are happy. Not too hot or humid, just right for plant life, humans and other critters as well. 

This morning I paid a bill, went to the bank, and since it was so nice out I decided to stop at my two favorite nurseries that have GREAT prices. I've not bought any plants in a while and I had a little extra $. At the first nursery, I got two rose bushes and a hanging basket of double impatiens.  I had dbl impatiens many, many years ago and loved them because they look like roses. They are also very easy to propagate from cuttings.

At the next nursery, my eyes were drawn to two gorgeous flowering plants. Mona Lavender and Tacoma Stans - Esperanza. The bees were all over this plant. Both of these flower colors were show stoppers for me, they just popped out of all of the other plants.  Both do very well here in the sub-tropics.


At this nursery I also spied some wonderful rocks for covering with crochet. I made these last year from a bag of river rock from Home Depot.

The rocks I bought today are all in the dark/blackish range, perfect. I can hardly wait to start making these. The sizes are 2" to 3", just right and there are LOTS of them. This is about 1/4 of the amount.

Above are the rest of the rocks. I'm excited about this project. Jesus is my rock, He is The Rock for all of us.

That's it, supper is ready. A post will be coming up about the wax covered amaryllis bulb. 

Later ~ FlowerLady