Winter solstice and the patio

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Earlier this year I wrote about the empty pot and suggested we should view the full ones instead. The empty pots By the end of summer and damage to the plants in Hurricane Irma there was almost nothing left. All the pots were empty. The winter solstice here in Florida means a time of cooler weather and a break from the seemingly endless summer. We used this time to plant anew. Even added a fresh coat of paint to the old lawn furniture.

fullsizeoutput_173bAs the days get longer I’m hoping to make more progress in working through my arm and shoulder woes, get through the reaction to a prescription med, and begin to feel almost human again. Like the new plantings in the old pots, this is the time to grow again.

The flowers were available when we first planted, but they were not a really good idea. They were delicate in the heat and attracted bees to which I am highly allergic. Now we have colorful perennials that should  take the heat and the cold and be okay if (when) I miss a day of watering.

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We still have the aloe, rosemary, and oregano, as those perennials literally weathered the storm. And in the front of the house the small rose is blooming.

As I was watering this morning, a songbird landed in the top of the elm and began singing. (Does anyone know what this bird is? White tip tail; I think it might be a mockingbird, as is sounds very much like a sparrow.) In Florida the beginning of winter was a new beginning on the patio and I hope in my life. fullsizeoutput_173a

My family will be arriving from Taiwan just before Christmas. Sandy and I are excited beyond words and feeling truly blessed. We wish all of you the joy of Christmas. Thank you so very much for stopping by and for your support. You are awesome!

Media: The top photo shows 3 small and 1 large planter with a red, ornamental grass, colorful crotons, and a tall tai plant; green bushes a behind. Below on the right is the edge of the brick patio with planters of grasses and crotons leading to the statue (her name is Gina) that has graced our patio for years. Then below on the left is the truck planter now planted with succulents. Center are the herbs, aloe plant, and the rose that is beside the front walkway. The final picture is a songbird in the top of a drake (Chinese) elm that has mostly lost its leaves for the winter. The bird is gray with white on the breast and has white on the tips of the tail that can be seen in flight.

 

 

10 thoughts on “Winter solstice and the patio

  1. Oh George your pots look so much prettier full!! How gorgeous. What a very serene retreat you have to spend time in. I googled that bird and it looks like it’s an Eastern Kingbird…only thing is it says they spend their winters in South America…maybe this one decided to stay home for Christmas! How wonderful that your family will be arriving soon…wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Deb. By late summer the annuals were past their prime, anyway. We have been waiting for cooler weather to plant the perennials. In my bird book it looks like an Eastern Kingbird, but these are here year round. They are aggressive toward other birds and tend to take over their areas. It was being friendly to me though! Merry Christmas to you, as well.

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      1. Well everything looks so inviting and peaceful! Yeah that’s what was throwing me off too…but it really looks like one. Well since he was so friendly, ask him…hehe Who wouldn’t be friendly to you?? Smart bird. 😉 Thanks George!!

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  2. Pretty pictures George. I meant to mention this in previous comments but kept forgetting, thank you for providing descriptions of your photos, this is such a lovely touch for us who don’t see so well. Merry Christmas to you, Sandy and your family. Have fun!!

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