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Monday, November 9, 2009

The Weekend...

We had perfect weather here in North Florida over the weekend.
I was able to plant less than a 'few' Crocus bulbs, 30. Scattered some Poppy, Delphinium, Larkspur and Hollyhock seeds.
Re did the tipsy container...it now contains all white petunias..Will photo it when it fills in a little more.
Soaked up the sunshine and gentle breezes. Potted up the rest of the Pansies.
Discovered that this plant..which we have all been waiting on to bloom, so we can have an ID on it..
is loaded with buds! Does this help any?
My husband discovered these strange looking caterpillars on our Oleander Tree...
The tree is just about stripped of it's leaves.
Looks as if the caterpillar has died? There were several like this as well. Any ideas?
I am pleased to report, It looks as if my Poinsettias are turning. I got these one year ago from the Band Dept. at our daughter's middle school. I kept them under a table on the back deck
during the hottest part of summer then I planted them in an almost full shade garden.

Yesterday afternoon was spent playing hopscotch, four square and drinking out of the garden hose....

So glad we got to enjoy beautiful weather, games and precious laughter..
Today I will be getting all of the hanging containers down, lawn chairs....anything else that might blow around....we are bracing for Hurricane/Tropical Storm Ida...

29 comments:

fairegarden said...

Dear Darla, going back to your previous post, things are different now, for whatever reason. We must watch our children and the kids of others closely to keep them from harm. Times have changed and we do worry about our grandkids and watch them with eagle eyes much closer than we ever did our own.

Your mystery plant look sort of hibiscus-y to me, but I know little about the tropicals that you can grow down south. It should be pretty though. Do take care and batten down the hatches. We are to get some wind and downpours from Ida even as far north as we are. Tuesday, they said. We will be thinking of you. :-)
Frances

Gail said...

Darla, I want to echo what Frances said~~Life in the US is very different then when we were kids. I knew that when my son was small, too...and we didn't let him wander like we were able to as kids. Let me say that he has grown into a wonderful person who likes adventure, but considers the risks!

Your garden looks wonderful~~Not fallish at all~~but, I know that northern Florida can experience extreme weather, too. Good luck with the winds and rains! I hear rain heading this way sometime tomorrow. Gail

Twisted Fencepost said...

Your Oleander tree looks like my Oak tree when I found those worms on it. I've never see those kind before though.
Difference is funny only two states away.
I remember when water was soooo good coming from the water hose.
I've got transplanting to do also. And can't find the time to get it done.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Darla: What a great weekend for you and the family. I wish you the best as the children grow and I'm sure you will remain very close. I looked up the caterpillar on bugguide.net and found something similar but it wasn't identified.

Dorothy said...

Always enjoy seeing your beautiful flowers. I continue to be amazed that you have gorgeous flowers growing there year round!

Dave@The Home Garden said...

It was a great weekend up here too! I think Frances might have it with a type of hibiscus but I can't say for sure. The foliage is pretty neat.

Susie said...

Darla I still don't know what that unidentified plant is. I have to agree with fairegarden, I thought it might be a type of hibiscus too! We had one at work that was very similar to it that had beautiful pink blooms. I brought a piece of one home from work similar to it. I'm hopeful it will bloom next year.

Hope Ida is easy on you guys.

tina said...

You got so much done this weekend! I have no idea what you mystery plant is but at first I thought a ninebark but they bloom in the spring.

perennialgardener said...

Sorry I couldn't help with the id on the mystery bud or caterpillar. Sounds like you had a productive weekend, I did alot of that stuff too. Hope Ida spares you. :)

Roses and Lilacs said...

Cleome is one of my favorite. It looks really nice surrounded by those white daisies. It's always a treat to see your garden blooming long after mine is done.
Marnie

Cher said...

you have a beautiful garden! those catterpillars look interesting. glad to know you enjoyed the weekend!

keep safe. :)

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

It's funny how poinsettia can trick us turning its leaves into beautiful fake flowers. Stay safe there Darla!

blushing rose said...

70s today, chill returns tomorrow .. your flowers are lovely. Ours have gone to rest or left us for the season. :(

Fairegarden says it well about keeping watch over our children nowadays ... sad.

Have a beautiful week. TTFN ~Marydon

Deb said...

don't you just love days like that....

bennie and patsy said...

It has been great here this week-end. NO sun today.
Patsy

Randy said...

Good morning, Darla. :-) I'm slowly coming back you should be seeing more and more of me. You can add me back to your list, but the name of the blog will be changing soon.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Sounds like a nice summer day to me and yet it's November :)
Hope Ida passes you and everyone else by!
If you can email me your address I'll get the seeds sent to you gardenerprogress@comcast.net

George said...

I regret that I can't help with your identification of the plant or the caterpillar, but I did enjoy seeing how wonderful your garden still looks. I hope Ida doesn't bring you any grief. I wouldn't mind if you sent some of the rain up this way.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Darla, It's cloudy here today--and they say that Ida will bring us some rain (which we need now)---at least some.

You know that Christmas is coming when your Poinsettia begins to turn red. My brother (when they lived in St. Augustine) had Poinsettias growing in their side yard. SO pretty!!!!

My 'Christmas' Cactus is already beginning to bloom. Talk about RUSHING the season... ha ha

Can't help you with the plant for the caterpillar... Sorry!!!!

Have a great day.
Hugs,
Betsy

imac said...

Hi Darla, mighty fine flowers you have and great caterpillars.

Hope the storm misses you tho.

You ought to see my Burghley Post 5 - think it might raise a smile with you.lol.

Lois said...

I'll have to get everything in when I get home from work and hope they close all the state offices tomorrow so I can stay home! My granddaughter gave me a nasty cold over the weekend.

Tom said...

Excellent series of pictures... I'm so pleased to see Hopscotch still being played...

Thought I'd pop by and see how that shields is looking.. a good polish would not go a miss.. I'd like it looking good when I win it this week.

Linda said...

Hi Darla, I wouldn't mind some of your flowers just now, but you can keep your caterpillars!

Hope the storm leaves you unscathed.

My Mother's Garden said...

Hi Darla~
I think your mystery plant is the False roselle- hibiscus acetosella.
I have a picture of it in bloom on my blog right now, in the hibiscus post. Love the cleomes growing in your garden.
Happy day!

Dirt Princess said...

Weird little caterpillars! They must have eaten something that didn't agree with them! I will be mailing out my seeds tomorrow. It has rained here all day! The storm is onshore now...so rain for the next few days for us my dear! Stay dry!

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

I will garden vicariously through you for the next few months during our cold New England winter. I so enjoy looking at your garden this time of year. -Jackie

Dani said...

Hope you don't get too much rain and wind today. :)


We always call the cats oleander caterpillars. Don't know the scientific name though

Carla said...

Your mystery plant is Maple Sugar Hibiscus. "Soaked up the sunshine and gentle breezes" and getting in the soil, real therapy:) As always, love your blooms:) Stay safe.

Randy Emmitt said...

Darla.

You caterpillars might not have died. Instead they molted, shed their skin and grew to the next larva stage.