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Monday, July 13, 2009

Wonderful Weekend....

We had glorious weather here in North Florida over the weekend. The butterflies, birds and bees were fluttering, flying and frightening! The flowers...fantastic! Butterfly puddling.
Platycodon grandiflorus Balloon Flower with Torenia Balloon Flower.

Monardo didyma L. Scarlet Beebalm.....I pruned this back a couple of weeks ago....It's putting on a second showing, gotta love that!
I wish I could capture this entire garden...It is really a sight to see!

Blue Jays were everywhere and loud.
I did not capture the bees...my purple coneflowers and wishbone were covered in them. The most frightful of all...YELLOW JACKETS! My husband was weed eating and he weeded over a nest...he was stung eight times. Head, neck, lip and shoulders. So, do you know how to treat all types of stings? A dose of Benadryl and ice immediately on the stings. The ice will freeze the poison from traveling. My oldest daughter is allergic to them and this has always worked for her. My husband had minimal swelling and pain!!


Mezoo Trailing Red is becoming quite popular in Florida. It is supposed to thrive all year round. Can be used as a ground cover or trailing out of a container. Needs very little water.
Jasmine--I'm not to crazy about this one. It dies back in the winter my other one doesn't.
Can't get enough of the Clematis Vines.
This is one of two frogs that were on my husband's back in the pool. He had a time with the wildlife.
There is a Kite in this tree........a bird Kite.
Curcuma australasica "Aussie Plume" Hidden GingerVery dependable every year.
Of course one of my all time favorites......Hibiscus.


Hope your weekend was fun filled!

26 comments:

Susie said...

Sorry to hear about your hubbies wasp stings. Ouch!!

Glad you had a great weekend! It's still hot and dry here. We've had one little rain and that's about it.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Beautiful photos. Love the butterfly, that is one I've never seen before. Butterflies are scarce here this year.
Marnie

Tootsie said...

do you cut back the clematis each year??? I have been cutting my big one to the ground...wonder if it will come back on the old wood...?
I have also heard that putting a little vinegar on the wasp stings will help too....what a weekend he had! the frogs are kinda cute..they look fake! lol
Your garden is gorgeous as usual girl....
best head out...have to take my Bumble Bee to the vet to get a check up..Miss Poo (the dog) has to come too!!! sounds like fun right???

Jamie and Randy said...

Just beautiful! I didn't know you could trim back monarda. Do you just cut yours back or dead head?--Randy

sweet bay said...

Yellow jackets -- ouch. :( One of my least favorite insects.

Your garden looks wonderful.

Dirt Princess said...

I love hidden ginger! A lady in the garden club is goig to give me some next spring. It is so unique!

Valerie said...

Oh I hate bee stings. Hope he is o.k.- I love all the pics as usual. I had a very lazy weekend. We have a hectic week this week so I just decided to give myself a day- yesterday. It was nice. Hope you have a wonderful week.

Lzyjo said...

Gorgeous! I love zebra swallowtails. It's amazing how the stripes look when their flapping their wings!

Prospero said...

How long have you had your curcuma for? Mine stops blooming in the hot weather.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful Darla... Do we'd just love Hosta???? We have good luck with it also. My Confederate Jasmine bush is very different from your Jasmine. Ours just blooms and blooms.

Love your Clematis..Ours hasn't bloomed quite as well this year.

Have a great day.
Hugs,
Betsy

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

You did have a lot of nature in your garden! Your gardens are so pretty. I've heard about making a paste with meat tenderizer or toothpaste for bee stings. My daughter was stung last week while just standing and watering, we used the ice and it worked really well.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Darla: Beautiful captures as expected. Your photo are fuel for the soul.

Lois said...

I got stung on my hand by a wasp Saturday afternoon while I was working in the backyard. I forgot how much that hurts!

perennialgardener said...

Ouch on the yellowjacket stings! I am highly allergic to wasp stings so I can relate to the pain. Beautiful photos today, the butterfly puddling was my favorite. ;) I really love the Ginger plant, the foliage is as pretty as the bloom.

Gail said...

Very nice flowers Darla! You have so many beauties in your garden...I want to know about the monarda, too!

gail

MissyM said...

Beautiful pictures. I love your hibiscus.

Dorothy said...

Wonderful pictures of your beautiful flowers! I have a young Ginger plant like that but mine didn't bloom this year. They have an interesting bloom.

tina said...

Poor guy! I will remember that ice trick. We have bees all over the place here. Glad he is doing well.

George said...

Your garden is beautiful. I'm sorry about your husband's encounter with the yellow jackets. I hope he doesn't have any more.

Leedra said...

Wonderful photos of your beautiful yard. Like the Zebra Swallowtail eating his butterfly pudding.

Sorry to hear about hubby. Hope he is feeling ok by now.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Darla your Mezoo Trailing Red is a new one to me. I love the red against the foliage. Your white hibiscus is just so pretty.
Nasty yellow jackets! They are ust too aggressive.Glad your hubby didn't get stung.

Jake said...

I have noticed a ton of Dragonflys this year, they are everywhere and huge. I just bought Fridy a Balloon Flower and already love it. A family memeber in KY had one blooming when I was visiting in June and was so happy to see one at Home Depot.

Jake

Sue said...

I enjoyed your blooms and butterflies. I have some of them. I bet that was scary when your husband got stung.

I also liked your other posts that I hadn't seen yet. The summer is going by quickly!

flowergardengirl said...

Oh goodness so sorry about the stings. Sounds awful! Your flowers looks so pretty.

Dani said...

Someday I just have to visit your gardens! Everything is gorgeous!

Twisted Fencepost said...

Love that clematis. I'm gonna have to get me one. I keep saying that, but never do. I will. Someday.
Sorry to hear about the yellow jacket stings. I hope you have gotten rid of that nest. They are some mean little bees.