Thursday, October 6, 2011

In the Yard

I made a trip to a local plant nursery.  Two extremely helpful women helped me to identify the plants in my yard, gave me the Sarasota County Extension service phone number, and steered me to a web site with plenty of information about taking care of the yard.

This may be the slow season here as far as tourism, but it is a great time for customer service.  I am glad we get to do the big shopping time instead of during the winter months.

Frangipani flowers (a bit spent)--they have a lovely scent.
The tree looks like dead sticks in the winter, though.

 These white flowers smell so much like an orange blossom that I was guessing it was some kind of mock orange.  The woman at the nursery called it an orange jasmine.  On the net, I found out it is also called a tea tree.  The smell is wonderful (and I thought of you, Arkansas Patti).


These are seeds on a crape myrtle, which blooms in summer and shed leaves in the winter.

What Florida yard would be complete without an hibiscus?  
These are Mexican petunias.  They will pretty much be in bloom year round so that is one plant we will get to enjoy more fully than some.

6 comments:

  1. Wow, this is an interesting post. How exciting it will be for you to learn all about the plants in your new environment.

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  2. Thank you, I had my nose to the screen. LOVE that smell.
    Arkansas Patti

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  3. What a colorful garden you inherited!

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  4. How beautiful! Like an artist's paint box! God is quite the artist, isn't he? By the time you get home to Vermont, the leaves will be all colored too!

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  5. Wow these plants are awesome! Nice work grandma...you really got a nice place too!

    Sarasota plant nursery

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