Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Back in the Game

The air is fresh and clean, the sky is clear and blue, and it's time to venture out into My Florida Backyard again! So far, all we've done is pull some weeds, but it's made enough of a difference that we can finally admire the autumn splendor of Muhly Grass and Winter Cassia.


Much better than when I did my last post, right? There's still a lot of work to be done, but it's nice enough that we can spend a little time out there without feeling sad and a little embarrassed. And just in time, too, since migrating birds like these little Yellow-Rumped Warblers (Setophaga coronata) are starting to make their way back south for the winter.

And pulling weeds does reveal the occasional surviving gem, like the tiny delicate blooms of Georgia Calamint (Calamintha georgiana), still hanging on in one corner of the butterfly garden.

So there's a lot to look forward to in the months ahead. And as soon as this wind leftover from Crazy Storm Sandy (as I've started calling it) dies down a little...

... it'll be time to get busy in the gardens again. First up, hopefully this weekend, is the butterfly garden. Just look at all the room we have for new plants! 


  1. what are those beauiful yellow flowers? not a cassia is it?

  2. Lovely. Those are the sweetest birds. We have them in our yard too. Look forward to seeing your butterfly garden take shape. Enjoy!

  3. Sharon - It's Cassia bicapusularis, known as Winter Cassia or Christmas Cassia. There's some talk about it being invasive, but I don't have any problems at all with reseeding, so I feel comfortable planting it. It's a host plant for Sulphur butterflies.

  4. I just love pink Muhly grass and am so happy to have some of this in our gardens. I 'had' the cassia but it died, I need to see if I have more seeds for this in my stash. That Georgia Catmint is oh so lovely. What fun you will have filling in the butterfly garden, lots of space for plants for sure. What cute little birds too. Enjoy this fabulous weather that we are having.