Hot Summer Greenery

RL broke out the nailbat this week, I’m still scraping time together to finish chapter 5 of Track. (Needs about 2.5 scenes written, but when you’re lucky to manage 300 words in a whole day…. argh.) So. Some semi-random life pics. 🙂

We had a visitor in the carport.

Pandora Sphinx2

Pandora Sphinx moth. They eat grapes and Virginia creeper; we have wild varieties of both in the area.

Ambitious Vine

Summer is a constant battle against the greenery, especially after it rains. Vines tend to be particularly tenacious. This one isn’t greenbriar, at least, but it’s going for almost as much height.

(You might see a brown anole in there. Maybe. He was there when I took the pic, I swear.)


I’ll say this for Habanero plants; they not only dish out the heat, they can take it. This one’s been setting fruit even in 90+ degree weather. Don’t think any tomato can do that….

Not that tomatoes do well in Florida. If you’re not a major grower with all kinds of -cides, tomato plants tend to curl up and die. Indeterminates like cherry tomatoes do the best, versus the gemini-viruses that wipe out determinates.

Rebounding Azalea

And this one goes to show that even when your azalea looks dead, dead, totally dead… it may not be.

7 thoughts on “Hot Summer Greenery

  1. That azalea reminds me of my Chilean guava (not a true guava). I’m on the far northern end of their range and planted some too late in the fall for them to get established before the cold weather hit. They were brown by mid-winter. I left them in the ground mainly because the reddish-brown dead bushes looked better than bare bark dust. They stayed dead-looking through the entire rainy spring, but re-sprouted from the roots in the dry mid-summer weather with no irrigation to them. That area is so dry that not even weeds will sprout in mid-summer.

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  2. I lived in Florida until the end of Elementary School when I moved with My sister and my dad. We had a pretty nice garden with lots of tomatoes in it. My dad was firmly against any kind of pesticides though. So I guess it depends and how much work you put aside?

    And I saw a moth once as big as my hand. Those things can get huge!

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  3. “I’ll say this for Habanero plants; they not only dish out the heat, they can take it. This one’s been setting fruit even in 90+ degree weather. ”
    One of my old co-workers grew habaneros during the 2011 drought in Texas (in our area, we were about 2 feet behind in rainfall!). She likes hot and spicy things and found that they were too hot for more than a seed or two in a pot of chili. The more you stress a pepper, the hotter it gets. And, by stress, I mean temperature and lack of water.

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