Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Changes to the Rosebeds

A not so pretty post, but one I want to have done so I can see the before and after come spring of next year.

The new plants have been in for a week. It hasn't rained any in September, so I have tried to water some to make sure they are good as they are new. Fresh pine straw is down. There is nothing spectacular to look at yet, but hopeful for next spring.

This on the right of the front door. Barbara, do you see that Florida yard art? It is real here in the Sunshine State or at least with my husband.

This is the left side of the front door.
There will no pictures of my usually flowered filled pots here or by the garage as they are completely kaput. I am really rethinking those next year. 

The back one has Lily of the Nile which is about the only thing to survive the summer heat, but it has been so dry that even it is looking very sad.

SOOOO....What did we plant? 

Two newer items found at Lowe's but grown fairly local in Loxley, Alabama were the choices. That is down in the tip of Alabama this joins the panhandle of Florida. Just to the west of us.

Three bottlebrush bushes on each side and two Nandina as well.

I am super excited about the bottlebrush bushes. Our church has the trees outside them and I was a party in someone's backyard one summer and they were amazing. They attract hummingbirds and there were dozens around them at this party. I was completely fascinated. They should not get too big either. The variety of Nandina will be a purple in color. 

I hope to add some white caladiums to the side yard next summer for some color. I had some red ones about halfway down, but I think the white will look better against all the green of the shrubs.

More yard art:)

The lemon tree is growing well. It is loaded with lemons and after this year's harvest, we hope to maybe trim it up some and shape it. They are beginning to turn yellow.

Basically, they are all in the lower half of the tree this year. It is only the second season we have had it. The lemons were delicious last year.

Like I said, it was not such an exciting post, but one I wanted to record.

Next up will be some slowly added fall decor and an ornament.

I seem to be on a roll this week.


  1. Sandy: I love this post I love seeing peoples gardens, you have some lovely choices for next year.
    You are so lucky to be able to grow lemons.


  2. This is such an interesting post! I personally have a completely black thumb, but I enjoy seeing what others do. Your lemon tree is amazing!

  3. Your lemon tree looks fabulous. I do enjoy seeing others' plantings and gardens especially since my thumb isn't green. I look forward to seeing your spring pictures! Have a good weekend, Sandy!

  4. You have such a pretty place Sandy!! Everything is so lush!!

  5. Lemon tree very pretty, and the lemon flower is sweet, but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat! LOL. Do you remember that song? (Peter, Paul and Mary) But your lemons look good enough to eat...and I am sure they will make your iced tea delicious and your lemon pies scrumptious! Your flower beds will be lovely...just hang in there. Love what you purchased, and yes, the hummingbirds will especially love the bottlebrush!! Enjoy!!

  6. It’s looking great, Sandy! Planting things is such an act of hope and optimism, with a little courage thrown in for good measure. How cold do your winters get? Smart to give them lots of room to grow. So many people forget that! (I cannot count the number of things we had to pull, cut back and cut down when we bought our house.)

    I envy your lemon tree. 🌞

  7. Yes, I see the yard art!! The first one looks like dogs and I love 'em! That suits you so well!

    Bottle Brush -- I was not familiar with them till we came to Florida and I really, really like them. Our neighbor has one planted outside his guest room window, which is almost directly across from our kitchen window. His is quite big, so I love watching the red bottle brush flowers bob and weave in the wind as it whooshes between our houses. We planted one outside of our guest room window, too. They get so big and are great for privacy.

    Please excuse the late reply to this post.It's Tuesday night as I have been able to sit down and catch up on my blog reading and commenting. You probably thought I'd dropped off the face of the earth!


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