Friday, April 2, 2010

Fertilizer Friday

Here are some of the miracles happening at our house:

Nectarine.  Unfortunately, Joy, the new Greyhound, has taken to biting them either off the tree, or in half while still on the tree.  Guess we won't have to worry about birds and rats - Joy will take care of relieving us of all our nectarines!

One of the roses from the front yard - they seem to have benefitted from the unusual cold.

Pomegranate bud, from which an indescribably colored flower will come, after which the fruit will show up, Lord willing and the creek don't rise.

One of Florida's many, many wildflowers.  If you enlarge this and look closely you can see the beautiful little yellow stamens (right word?).  This little beauty is very tiny....and it's growing up out of the layer of dead leaves shed by the giant ficus tree during the cold spell.

This one is a lemon - a scraggly little tree that was here when we got here that still produces lots of large, beautiful fruit - more than the tree can handle really.

White Bird of Paradise - not as attention getting gorgeous as it's colorful variety, but pretty magnificent in its own right.

Peach - this is the second year for us with this tree.  It appears she liked the cold too.  Joy likes this one too - lots of toys to play with just hanging on the tree.

Lime.  I love lime.  Did you know that lime in a cola product will cut some of the sugar and some of the bubbles and give it an amazing flavor?  I use the leaves as much as I use the fruit, and I especially use them when there is no fruit.  The curious thing about citrus is that you can tell what kind of tree it is by bending and breaking a leaf and smelling or tasting it.  Therefore, the leaves impart the same flavor as the fruit.  A lime leaf or two can sure dress up some instant rice!

There are many more but this has been long enough!  Thanks for looking.  If you'd like to share your leafy miracles, just click on the Fertilizer Friday button to the right.  Peace.  B : )



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8 comments:

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Ahhhh, to live in the southern planting zones. You have some great plants. I sure didn't know that about limes. Your rose is beautiful.

Darla said...

I like to smell the citrus leaves too. Your miracles are looking good!

Sylvia said...

I am too growing limes for my hubby and his beer...hahahah....can't wait to see that pomegranate mature.

Sylvia

Ricepatty said...

Things are really thriving at your house. My rose is doing well this year too - I agree it is the cool wet weather.

Erin said...

Oh, we have an apple-stealing dog, so we know your pain!

Everything looks gorgeous.

~~Rhonda said...

I envy you all those tropical fruits! Beautiful! The little blue flower is called a day flower. One of the bluest flowers around. ~~Rhonda :)

Martha said...

Sure can tell spring has arrived! Hasn't the weather been gorgeous? Have a wonderful Easter weekend B :-)

Catching up on everything I've missed now...

Tootsie said...

Pomegranate!!! you are a lucky girl!!! I love your blooms you are sharing this week...makes me excited for my garden to grow up! thanks for linking in this week...sorry it took so long for me to get here!

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