Sunday, January 1, 2012

It's a New Year

2012 is here! The holiday season kept us busy, and the new year was here before we knew it. We did find some time to put up our favorite Christmas gift in the garden - this butterfly-shaped bird bath sent all the way from Ohio (once again, thanks, Dad!).

We haven't had any bird visitors yet, possibly because our yard is suddenly full of stray neighborhood cats. And that brings us to the matter of...

My Florida Backyard 2012 Resolutions:

  1. Figure out how to deal with the stray cats. We're cat lovers here in My Florida Backyard, but ours never get any closer to the great outdoors than watching it somewhat wistfully through the screens of the back porch. These stray cats (we've counted four different ones at least) like to lay around in the gardens in the sun, keeping birds from the feeders and the new bird bath. Any suggestions?
  3. You wouldn't think there'd be room for any more plants in our gardens, but there are a few we're determined to track down and add this year anyway:
    • Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens)
    • Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans)
    • Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)
  4. Plant around the mailbox. We've just let the grass take over around our mailbox area, but this is a great place for sun-loving, drought-tolerant plants. This year, we want to find some easy-care plants to put there, and landscape it more attractively.
So that's what we're planning for 2012 in My Florida Backyard. What about you? Have you made any resolutions for your gardens in 2012? We'd love to hear about them. Happy New Year!


  1. What a great birdbath and wonderful addition to your gardens.

    I plan to stress less over the gardens and enjoy them more. How I'm going to do that, I don't know yet. :-)

    Have a wonderful 2012.


  2. Happy New Year to you. I do so love your new birdbath. Such a great gift. New Year resolutions for the garden are about the only ones I every keep! Best of luck with getting rid of those stray cats. I've heard sprinkling plants with cayenne pepper is supposed to work! Of course that's probably not going to be a long term solution.