December 23, 2015

Last Post Of 2015

This will be my last post for this year, so I want to thank each and every one of you who have visited.  I've only been blogging a few short months, since May, to be exact.  My fellow, Florida bloggers, have been so welcoming, since the very beginning.  Thank you all, especially for your kind comments.  Most of you are adept, not only at gardening, but at photography and writing, as well.  I freely admit, I'm only a gardener, trying to share a glimpse of my endeavors at gardening.  Thank you all for sharing your lovely spaces with me, you and your beautiful gardens have been an inspiration.

This is a little of what's going on in my world.  I sowed ryegrass seed a week or so ago, and my neighbor yelled over, "You're gonna have to mow that, you know?"  If I told him how much I love to mow, he wouldn't believe me, but it's true.  My Honey does all the edging and weed eating, I just ride around and mow, isolated from the world for a while.  Anyway, it's come in beautiful, emerald green...

The 'East Palatka' Holly tree is laden with berries, appropriately so, for the season...

Not normal for the season, blooming hydrangeas.  The shrubs look so woebegone this time of year, made to look even more pathetic, by the newness of these blooms.

Hydrangeas in the shade gardens, around back, are also setting buds.

Ditto, pagoda plants.  I can only hope that we have a few weeks of cool weather, before we get a sudden frost or freeze.  I know  many gardeners, further north, are also experiencing above normal temps. this year.

Along with new blooms, we had new visitors.  This flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks stopped by a few days ago.  These pictures were taken through the window.

The females ran back and forth between feeders, while the males stayed on 'high alert'.

Oh yes, they knew what a bird feeder was for.

They had to be content with what was scattered under the feeders.

Another visitor, an unwelcome one.  He's appreciated in the garden, but not in the birdhouses.  It's our fault though, the tree has grown too close to the house, and we'll move it before spring nesting.

 Today's blooms and foliage...

Until next year...Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


  1. It's been wonderful getting to know you, Janice. I've enjoyed your lovely garden. You're a natural blogger. Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year!

  2. I am happy to have another FL gardener sharing your wonderful gardens. I am inspired to work in my gardens after every visit to your blog. Love your hydrangeas and all of your other blooms and foliage as well.

    Have a lovely Christmas and a wonderful 2016 ~ FlowerLady

  3. Hi Janice! I love reading your posts and I think you write so beautifully and take wonderful photos too! It is one of my very favorite blogs to read because you are such a wonderful gardener and obviously take so much delight and care in everything that you do. I am always so inspired because we both know how the heat and humidity can be so taxing and also those horrible sudden freezes but your garden just always looks so lovely!
    I loved the Whistling Ducks in this post - I have never seen them before. It was so funny to see them trying to get all over your bird feeder. Not sure about the other bird house "visitor" though!! Enjoy mowing that lovely green grass! Anytime we can work outside it is a wonderful thing. Wishing you a very Happy New Years and look forward to reading more in 2016!

    1. Hell-o Kate! Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your lovely gardens in 2016.

  4. Hi Janice, Your garden is looking lovely, as always. It's hard to believe how warm this winter has been. If we do get a freeze it's going to do a lot of damage. I just want to say that even though you haven't been blogging for long, your blog is one of my favorites. You do a great job with it and I enjoy the beautiful photos of your garden. Looking forward to more in 2016.

    I would like some of your Black-eyed Susan seeds but can't find your email address on your blog. I'm sure it's right there in front of me but would you kindly tell me where to find it. Thanks and best wishes for a joyful 2016.

  5. It must be fantastic to garden year round? Your gardens are beautiful I love all the different shades of foliage. Look forward to seeing what you do in 2016.

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

  6. Hi Carole, thanks for dropping by. The area of Florida where I garden should have had a couple frosty mornings by now, but we are currently stuck on summer. Our plants need a rest, and so do I!
    Best wishes for 2016~Janice