Another sure sign is the return of the bugs to the garden. As the weather gets hotter the bugs show up in greater numbers ready to chow down on the plants.
Some newly arrived bug has been chowing down on my Bougainvillea.
Whatever it is it comes out at night to eat. I am going to spray the plants with Neem oil as a natural bug control. It doesn't kill the bugs right away but makes them stop eating over time.
This week my Momma Yellow Shrimp plant was put out to pasture. It was growing to large for the pot that I had grown it in. It is a Justicia Lutea for those so inclined.
It was given it's own spot in the sandpit where it can grow to it's hearts content. Of course it was given a wire cage to protect it from my dogs.
These are pretty common tropical plants here and will grow into a large shrub if the conditions are right.
This baby Shrimp is getting it's first flowers. It was propagated from a cutting taken from the above Momma Shrimp back in November of 09.
Best of all the price was right for my organic sandpit garden. Free!
And there is breaking news from the shade tree ring of death. Apparently the stick Swamp Mimosa tree is making a comeback. Best I can figure is it saw me giving it the evil eye and figured it had better do something before it became a folk art rustic Tomato stake.
In the last two weeks it has exploded with new growth. Maybe all it needed after all was an attitude adjustment.
Here is a picture of the new growth emerging from the top of the main stick.
I have no idea if the Swamp Mimosa goes through a dormant period but it is now highly motivated and coming back strong.
This is a prime example of one of my South Florida gardening rules in action.
The rule is, if it looks completely dead give it 30 days. It doesn't always work but sometimes it does.
And some new arrivals into my organic sandpit garden.
This guy is a bloom from the Grampa Ott Morning Glory.
The rich color of the bloom is outstanding . This plant is starting to cover the stump now and has had several blooms already.
It is a heirloom plant grown from seed. Hopefully the stump will be filled with the royal blue and purple flowers from this plant.
And an update on the Neem tree seeds that were started on April 2nd. Out of four seeds started I have one seed that has germinated so far.
These seeds are hard to germinate as they must be fresh. I am going to start five more seeds of the Neem and hope for another plant out of the group. I may have waited to long for the planting of the other seed.
Hopefully I will be able to keep this plant going and it will mature into a great tree. But experimenting with the exotic is part of the fun of gardening.