Archive for the ‘GARDENS’ Category

A WEEK IN APRIL 2022   1 comment


#s 1 & 2)  Things you learn as you get old–an 86 year old man shouldn’t move a bed around even if to do some Spring cleaning! I had to get some ‘bed stoppers–for those that can’t lift heavy things’—don’t get me wrong as once you get them around the wheel they work great but don’t try to take an easy way out–don’t lift the bed and lose a wheel! Actually just don’t lift the bed!#s

3 & 4) We have been very lucky with weather since the beginning of March! In the mid to high 80s during the day and in the low to mid 70s overnight. Oh,some–a little–rain here and there and an occasional dip into the 60s overnight but Spring Breakers, tourists and the Easter & Passover visitors have had great weather!

#s 5 to 8) All my pepper plants are beginning to sprout–green, red and orange. They all started from seeds about 5 years ago and I get a ‘crop’ of peppers twice a year!

#s 9 & 10) My ‘Christmas Cactus’ bloomed again just in time for Passover & Easter.#s

11 & 12) We go to Big Louie’s about 3 times a month for a pizza with pepperoni, meatballs, onions, mushrooms and olives plus once in awhile—just for Terry–I will order garlic rolls and eat them in his honor! I’m such a good friend!

Posted April 22, 2022 by greatmartin in FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE, GARDENS, WEATHER

Fall AKA Autumn in Fort Lauderdale in October   1 comment


All you have to do is look at the first picture and you know what the news is all about! IT RAINED! If you are like me you can sleep through anything so a rain storm, no matter how heavy, doesn’t wake me up. All I have to do is walk from my dark, no light allowed in, bedroom to my living room and can’t but help look out the windows and there they are! The egrets who show up after a storm to get their easy pickings meal!

It is Fall in Fort Lauderdale which means the rainy season is over, we have 2 more months and hurricane season will be over so, of course, having beautiful weather for 2 weeks with little or no rain when the rainy season is over the rain falls.

We had 1 inch of rain in an hour yesterday and today it is raining off and on but the sun is battling to come out!

Talk about the sun–13 more days and we lose that extra light I love at night as Daylight Savings Time kicks in.Meanwhile I have my inside plants blooming and telling me it really is still summertime! The Begonias, the Holiday cactus and the babies, along with Geraniums in their reds, whites, pinks and variations on those colors are all in bloom.Not to be outdone the peppers—see last photo–are blooming and turning into green peppers!

Things might change next week because it seems we may go down into the 60s one night next week! I may have to go up North to warm up!

Posted October 25, 2021 by greatmartin in GARDENS, LIFE, MOTHER NATURE

Birds, flowers and rain!   1 comment


It’s no secret that I love Mother Nature and she never ceases to amaze me.  From now until November we will have rain, usually early morning and evening, with sun in-between. All I have to do when I wake up in the morning (well, late morning) is look out the window and I know 1) if we had rain and 2) if it was heavy or light. If you look at the lower right picture with the 2 birds and the picture on the second row, second left, with the one bird you know we had a sun shower, a light rain while the other pictures (you can only see 3 of the flock in the second picture on the right) we had a heavy rain–a rain heavy enough for the birds to walk and peck at the worms, seeds and insects that the rain has brought up.  Oh, yes, the puddle the 3 birds are walking, and eating, across, which is out my front window, also lets me know it was a heavy rain!

Then there are the flowers! Indoors I always have blooms whether it is gardenias, geraniums, holiday cactus or Cuban yellows.  The Cuban flowers are very easy to grow as I originally started with a small branch I took off  an outdoor plant and since then, taking little bits of the ‘mother’ plant I now have 6 plants throughout the apartment that are constantly blooming. Sadly the bloom only lasts a day and has no aroma but they always add a little sunshine to my place.

Last, but certainly not last, I mentioned the orchid in the tree outside my rear window that has bloomed again a year later. It tells us it is Autumn every year right on time. It is a deep purple but today when I went outside I noticed a white bloom on the lower side which hasn’t been there before so I am keeping an eye on it–to see if it is a new plant, an offshoot of the old plant or??????????

Posted September 20, 2021 by greatmartin in birds, GARDENS, WEATHER

It’s magic!   1 comment

A year ago today I posted basically the same picture but these are all new. Every morning I walk out of my bedroom (no light in there for flowers to bloom! LOL) into my living room, kitchen, bathroom and see blooms of Holiday Cactus, Begonias, Geraniums, white pepper blossoms if not actual peppers. Yellow Cuban plant blooms in the inside of the entrance of my front door.

When I have been out whether I come in through the front or back door I am hit with red, white, yellow and pink blooms.People compliment me on my ‘green thumb’ but I don’t have one. All I have is good lighting and, as I like to joke, I threaten them to bloom or I’ll see and they start popping up right away!

Sadly none of these flowers have an aroma or if they do not a strong one.  Maybe in 2021 I’ll start looking for indoor Lilacs, Roses and other flowers that have an aroma and bloom indoors—any suggestions???

Until then I am going to start trimming the big mother Holiday Cactus plant, picture 2, and start growing more like the ‘baby’ I started last year–see pictures 1 and 4.I might, if they have them, in February/March, buy some of the bulbs that The Dollar Tree usually has for sale.

Posted November 21, 2020 by greatmartin in GARDENS, PLANTING, PLANTS

Martin the Farmer!   1 comment

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I know it sounds silly but I feel like a kid playing in the fields of a large farm. Okay, so it is a one-bedroom apartment and all I have are potted plants but I have 7 potted pepper plants and I have 7 peppers from a bud to a grown pepper.I usually pick the peppers after a week but this time I want to see how large they will grow and/or if they will naturally fall off the stem. Will take another picture before I add them to salads, soups and meat dishes!!Want a pepper? Come on and stop by and pick your own! :O)

Posted August 6, 2020 by greatmartin in FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE, GARDENS, HOME

I really don’t understand it!!!   Leave a comment

Pick any month, week or day of the year and my Geraniums, Begonias and/or misnamed Christmas Cactus are in bloom! I look for the reasons and I really don’t have an answer. It is not the sun and the window they are in because some are in the east, a few in the north and a load in the south.
I thought it might be the temperature in the apartment which would explain, maybe, the Christmas Cactus blooming all year round as I do keep it cool–though some may call it cold! Still that doesn’t explain the blooming Geraniums and Begonias or the yellow blooms of the Cuban plant. It might explain the green peppers growing as they need temperatures between 60 & 90 greens, though it is never 90 degrees inside my apartment yet it could be the sun shining through.
The only problem I have are getting Poinsettias to bloom after they lose their red leaves (‘blossoms’). Every December I buy two of them and though they last all year they never get red bracts again but I will try again this year.
Meanwhile I will just enjoy the blooms I see every day inside my apartment! (If you look you will see a new pepper forming on the plant in the first picture.)
Plants blossoming 1 November 2019

Posted November 21, 2019 by greatmartin in GARDENS, MOTHER NATURE, PLANTS

Day birds and night blooms   1 comment

Birds after rain and blooms at night Oct 2019
It doesn’t happen all the time but after a very windy rain overnight the birds come out to have brunch! Maybe it is the wind that stirs up the worms and crabs but they come out in large numbers.
 
I have always been a night person as it is a whole different world than daytime and night people are a different breed of human being even when it comes to being old but that’s another discussion!
 
At night when I am sitting at my computer desk no matter where I look I see flowers blooming and they have a different look then when in daytime!
 
Someone asked–I don’t remember who–asked when I sleep and I answered, usually, 2 to 10 AM or 3-11AM but I don’t ‘wake’/ up until 1 PM when I consider my day starting! I am not a nice guy before then!!
 

Posted October 14, 2019 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, GARDENS, MOTHER NATURE

Christmas on September 25th   Leave a comment

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I write a lot about my ‘Christmas’ cactus and it blooming all year round. If you look at the dates you’ll see the buds (1) started coming out on the 22nd and came to bloom (4) on the 25th. Even the ‘puppy’ (2) plant I made with leaves from the mother plant has buds.
 
Along with the cactus the begonias, geraniums and Cuban plant are blossoming.
 
Is it possible I confuse the plants be keeping the temperatures in the apartment low: in the 60s at night and 70s during the day? I don’t know but I am not complaining at all by having blooms all year round!

Posted September 25, 2019 by greatmartin in GARDENS, MOTHER NATURE

There has to be an explanation! Part 1   1 comment

Geraniums September 2019
I don’t care when you come into my apartment–it can be any day, week, month or the past 10-11 years the same 6 plants have buds and/or blooms on them and not always the same colors. They can be pink, white, red, burgundy, orange or fuchsia and not always in the same pot!!
 
I love watching them go from a bud to a full bloom.
 
Amazing!

Posted September 16, 2019 by greatmartin in GARDENS, PLANTS

More changes!   1 comment

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From the first day I moved in here I was impressed by Mary Lou’s garden. Every holiday, whether it was a major one like Thanksgiving or a minor one like–well, is Halloween a minor holiday??–she would decorate the garden with different flowers and the same holiday, say like the 4th of July, she had different decorations and flowers every year.
And the orchids were all over her garden each prettier than the other.
Now? Look at the bottom picture–and the owners wonder why 200+ residents walk around with an attitude?

Posted July 3, 2019 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, GARDENS, HOME, Uncategorized

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