Category Archives: Ducher

Lake Helen’s Fall Color

What’s that you say? You don’t believe that Central Florida actually gets Fall color? Well, for the most part, no, we don’t.  At least not like the Fall colors in the colder parts of the country.  What we do get is Fall color of a different kind.

Some of our trees’ leaves change before they drop…



"Forest Pansy" Redbud

And some of our trees give us color by flowering this time of the year…



Cassia (yellow blooms) and Golden Rain Tree (red seed pods)

Then there are the roses… oh my goodness the roses…

Alister Stella Gray 11-05-2011


Alister Stella Gray 11-05-2011


Alister Stella Gray 11-05-2011


Don Juan 11-05-2011


Climbing Clothilde Soupert 11-05-2011


Rosette Delizy 11-05-2011


Ducher 11-05-2011


Jacqueline du Pre' 11-05-2011


Souvenir de la Malmaison 11-05-2011

And the shrubs…

Sweet Almond Bush 11-05-2011


Sweet Almond Bush (bloom) 11-05-2011


Mexican Bush Sage and Vinca 11-05-2011


Mexican Bush Sage (bloom) 11-05-2011


"Royal" Jasmine 11-05-2011


"Royal" Jasmine 11-05-2011


Night Blooming Jasmine (and a nice shot of my trash can!) 11-05-2011


Banana Shrub (look at all those buds!!!) 11-05-2011


Muhly Grass 11-05-2011


Muhly Grass (bloom upclose) 11-05-2011

and perennials…

"Dancing Girl" Ginger 11-05-2011


"Dancing Girl" Ginger 11-05-2011


"Dancing Girl" Ginger 11-05-2011


Torenia 11-05-2011


Salvia 11-05-2011


Salvia (bloom) 11-05-2011


Firebush 11-05-2011

and here are some various bed shots…

Firebush, Lantana, Alister Stella Gray 11-05-2011


Firebush, Lantana, Alister Stella Gray 11-05-2011


Orchid Vine (on fence. aren't those seed pods the coolest??), Jatropha (in the middle with red blooms), Ducher 11-05-2011


Muhly Grass in the foreground 11-05-2011

This week I’m hanging out with these awesome blogs.  Be sure to stop by their places for a visit!
Well, that’s all for now.  Cheers to an awesome rest of the day!

Weed and Wine Weekend

Ok.  Hmmmmm.  Tell me the truth now.  Which definition of “weed” popped into your pretty little head when you read that title??  lol.  It actually pertains to the gardening type of weed…as in sitting on my butt in the garden beds pulling and cutting and digging  the little buggers out.  Pulled so many of them I filled up my big weed can:

Barrel o' Weeds

Those weeds weren’t just tossed in the can willy nilly…no, those were packed down as tight as I could possibly get them to make way for more weeds.  Have to make my confession for the day:  Because of our very-hot-and-no-rain weather this Spring, I have been the worst kind of Garden Mom.  Meaning…I’d stand in the garden room looking out the sliding glass doors and just wave at the plants cause it was too dang hot out there for me! And I LOVE hot weather, so if I be sayin it’s too hot for me to go out, you can bet your bippy it’s blazin outside.  But thankfully Mother Nature’s taken pity on us Floridians and dropped the temps to normal hot and even gave us rain.  So I spent pretty much all day Saturday and Sunday in my garden.  And, man, did I have a ball.  Weeding to me is pretty much therapy.  You get instant gratification at doing something that makes the garden look prettier, and it’s one of the few times in life you’re actually allowed to kill something you hate!  ha!  The only time I left my house all weekend was to go…wait for it…to the nursery to buy plants to replace the dug up weeds!!  Woo hoo!  I’m so lucky cause there’s a great little nursery about two or so miles from me called A Place in The Son.  Yeah, I know…it’s quite dangerous having a nursery that close.  I’d link to their website but I don’t think they even have one.  Anyway.  Went there with the intention of replacing a Night Blooming Jasmine that didn’t make it through our cold winter.  Not only did I get the Night Blooming, I also got a Variegated Shell Ginger

Variegated Shell Ginger 07-11-11

Heliotrope 07-11-11

AND in the Bargain Barn area I swooped up two replacement heliotrope for $1.00 apiece.  Well alrighty then!

On top of the wonderful weeding adventure, I also transplanted a Muhly grass to a better location and put the new Night Blooming Jasmine in its old home.  Have you ever smelled a Night Blooming Jasmine in bloom?  Oh my Lord…it’s one of the most beautiful smelly plants out there.  And I grow roses, so that’s sayin a whole lotta lot. It blooms in these clusters off and on all year round till it gets cold.  Very old-time Southern pass-along plant. 

Night Blooming Jasmine 2010

Oh!  Check this out!  Even though I’ve been lamenting bout how bad the weather’s been, look what I found in my garden this weekend:


Agapanthus 07-11-11

I planted two white-flowering Agapanthus in April 2010, but they didn’t bloom at all last year.   So I’m pretty excited that one of them is blooming this year!   Yeah, I know she’s got some brown leaves.  Heck, I’m happy she even has leaves at this point. 

Agapanthus 07-11-11

 All of my roses took a pretty bad hit this year from the cold then the heat/no rain.  They’re just now starting to show new leaf growth, but definitely weren’t blooming like they usually do.  So seeing this little baby rose on one of the Duchers just made me smile.

Ducher 07-11-11

See all those red leaves?  That’s new growth.  And that perfect, tiny rose bud is just awesome.  Nature always amazes me.
Oh, back to the “wine” definition…it’s exactly what you think it is.  Trust me, after all that work this weekend I needed a good glass or two. 

Wine Time!

Yeah, I know it’s the cheap stuff.  What the heck…I haven’t won the lottery yet, so gotta keep buying cheap wine so I can keep buying new plants for the garden!
I’m linking up this week with the following very cool blogs…be sure to check them out:
A Beach Cottage – Good Life Wednesdays
Well, that’s all for now.  Cheers to an awesome rest of the day!