The Garden, Emerging From Winter

Early-morning hibiscus, ready to go

Early-morning hibiscus, ready to go

Northern gardens undergo full-scale resurrections, consistent with the spiritual theme of the season. From seeming death, sometimes real death, comes life, and the promise is kept once again.

It’s not the same with our Florida gardens, of course. When they come out of winter, they show more signs of neglect than rebirth. We transplants still have our northern habits, and most of us lay off the yard work for the winter. A frost or two will give us something to prune, and that can wait.

Still, there are always things to look at and enjoy as we begin to get back at it. We remember why we bother with gardens in the first place, how good the smell of soil can be in our noses, and how silently tenacious plant life can be.

We also remember to call the palm tree trimming guy, if we know what’s good for us….

After some trimming, a walking lane with shade, but nothing to smack you in the face.

After some trimming, a walking lane with shade, but nothing to smack you in the face.

My wife is experimenting with ornamental cabbages.

My wife is experimenting with ornamental cabbages.

I don't know. Variegated something. Ask my wife.

I don’t know. Variegated something. Ask my wife.

I'm told this is an African violet. About two inches across.

I’m told this is an African iris. About two inches across.

These contain electric candles from Pier One. We drilled holes in the bases and Saran-Wrapped the tops to protect them from rain. They operate by remote control.

These contain electric candles from Pier One. We drilled holes in the bases and Saran-Wrapped the tops to protect them from rain. They operate by remote control.

Photos: Adam Barr

© 2013 Adam Barr

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One thought on “The Garden, Emerging From Winter

  1. Teresa says:

    Thanks for pruning!

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