We all know that saying the Early Bird gets the worm, and if you are from the Midwest, one also knows that the earlier one starts the day, the less unbearably hot the work in the fields (or front garden as is our case) will be.
Common sense, right?
The Captain and I like to get up early and have done so for years.
We sometimes like to go out for breakfast, especially on Saturdays, although we do not need an excuse for an early morning cup of coffee followed by a hearty breakfast.
……..especially if we are about to enter the jungles of our SW Florida gardens, be it the Secret Garden in the back of the house or the front garden in, of course the front.
If you have followed me on this blog, you have heard me say our plants and trees grow 24-7 as is evidenced with this Philodendron that is engulfing this area of our home.
You can almost hear the creaking of growth in the stillness of the night time hours. LOL
and a bottle brush tree.
I am sure you can see why it is called a bottle brush tree.
I LOVE the pretty bismark and my dear friend from across the pond also fell in love with these majestic fans of palm fronds, threatening to take one back to jolly old England.
Of course we knew that was not only improbable, it was almost impossible, due to weather deviations alone.
So every time I look at my bismark, I think of my friend and how much she would enjoy this tree.
We also planted common plants to Florida around the bismark and have to trim them back about once every month.
Yes, they grow that fast.
In fact, when a new business is built here in the Cape….and the landscapers have put the finishing touches on the plants, bushes and trees, there is NO WAY a tourist or native Floridian can tell the business is new.
Trust me here folks, once the landscaping goes in, the business looks as if it has been there for years.
This is partly because the palm trees are planted as mature, but young palms.
I have never seen a palm tree about 2-3 foot high, unless it is sprouting from seed in your personal garden and then it shoots up almost over night to over 7 foot tall.
Take a look at this native bird of paradise palm that just keeps on growing. By the way, the flowers are usually white.
Unbelievable when you consider living in the Midwest and you plant a 12 inch tall bush and it takes 20 years to mature.
Ok. slight exaggeration, but very slight. 🙂
This is what they call the “original” bird of paradise and it is very slow growing, because it is not native to Florida, but it is the most recognizable with it’s orange and purple flowers.
So this morning, after a very early breakfast, the Captain and I started trimming bushes and doing general garden work in the early morning hours.
OK, let me rephrase that.
The Captain did the front garden work and I did all the looking at what needed to be done.
But someone needed to make sure all was attended to, right?
Oh, and by the way…you have heard me speak of my courtyard and pool in the front of the house. The above and below pic show just how that works. 🙂
In my defense, I did pick up a few stray clippings and I did refold the red, white and blue banners and put them away and I did point to a bush and say it needed another few inches off.
It is starting to get hot and I need to go inside for a bit.
I will get back to you later.
Have a great and blessed day.