A Chick Does Tropical Garden

Saturday, June 25, 2011

"It Looks Like a Fantasyland!"

That was a comment that I got from my friend, Sue, when she saw my garden for the first time the other day.  Of course, that made me feel very good -- knowing that all my hard work not only gives me joy, but brings it to others as well

June is my MOST favorite time of the year for my garden.  Even though we have had record temperatures and almost ZERO rain for the last 4 or so months (o.k., so it did rain for just a bit the other day and made us ALL -- humans and flora alike-- VERY happy), this year my garden is as lush as ever.  I never knew what I would be getting into when I started a tropical garden, but I was HOPING it would be a little bit like this.

Rangoon Creeper
Tropicals are a LOT of fun to grow.  They thrive in Houston's hot, humid, subtropical weather.  I tell you that Houston gets a bad rap, but being from Seattle -- where the bones don't warm up until the middle of July and then start getting wet and soggy and limp starting somewhere near the end of August (o.k. -- maybe September), Houston's weather is just up my alley.  Yes, Houston summers are HOT, but, we also have air-conditioning.  And yes, Houston summers are HOT, but for this reason pretty much everyone has a pool.   And yes, Houston summers are HOT, but the sun comes in my window every day.  And yes, Houston summers are HOT, but Houston falls are lovely (like the perfect Seattle summer day), Houston winters are cool to cold (we have had snow the last couple of years), and THEN, Houston springs are just like Houston falls, which are just like Seattle summers.  (Does this make sense)?  And yes, Houston summers are HOT, but I can have the most AMAZINGLY HOT COLOR in my garden.

One of my sitting areas -- where I drink my coffee...
When I can see sunshine coming in my window most of the year and the fruit of that, it more than makes up for the "hotness."  (Of course, when you're "hot", you like "hot".  Haha.  Just kidding.)  It's not even that bad working outside in the heat of the day (when you have a lot of water by your side), even though I try to get my gardening in in the morning, right after having my cup of coffee on the patio and reading my Bible.  When I look at my garden, I can't help but thank God for his creativity and beauty.  After all, He's the one who made all this stuff.

O.k.  Now.  Here are some of my favorite flowers and scenes from my garden during the month of June.  I hope you enjoy these!  I know I sure do!

Blue Salvia -- hummingbirds (and bees!) love these!


Easter Lily (from last year's plant we bought at Kroger)

Day Lilies, Salvia, cool blue Asian pot

Day Lilies
Angel Trumpets (Brugmansia)
Pink Mandevilla

Hardy  Hibiscus (these freeze over and then come back!)

Pink Mandevilla
In forefront --Pride of Barbados, in background -- Angelonia
Rangoon Creeper -- has both red and white flowers!

Canna Lilies with Hardy Hibiscus
Male and female cardinal in the bamboo

Knockout Roses, Coleus, Caladiums, Impatiens



Tropicana Canna

Red Cannas behind Blue Salvia

Pink flower -- don't remember what it's called -- will have to check with Rebecca 'cuz she gave it to me...

Red Hibiscus

More to come!  I hope you've enjoyed my June garden!


T.K. Goforth is a musician and author of the well-received book "Chord Piano is Fun!" She also writes a music blog called "Chord Piano Chick's Mostly Musical Musings.
Chord Piano Is Fun


Rebecca said...

That would be Jewel of Opar. Garden looks fantastic! I missed your rangoon creeper when i visited. Looks like a re-visit is in store.


Chick of All Trades said...

Thank you, Becky Sue! And, yes, you DO need to come visit me!

PJ | Home and Garden Decor said...

Hey T.K., I almost forgot to keep checking on your blog again since you didn't update it for several weeks.
Good thing you sent me a reminder on Twitter ;)

Girl, you garden looks just beautiful! It's an oasis of relaxation I bet but also a lot of work to keep up on it.

I like your little Ode to Houston.
Yes, Houston is HOT and it took me a while to get used to it when I moved down here from KS more than 20 years ago. Now I'm getting in an age that heat starts bothering a bit more again. I had a heat stroke several years ago and have to be a bit more careful. My hubby, originally from Germany, is agreeing with what you are saying about our heat. He rather likes it hot all year than having one single cool (cold???) winter day.

Anyway, I'm glad you posted again and you shared the beautiful pictures with us. I will keep checking your blog on a regular basis for new posts again.

have a wonderful weekend and a Blessed and Happy 4th of July
Paula Jo

Chick of All Trades said...

Hey, Paula Jo! I'm so glad you "came over"! I've been doing a lot more work out in the garden, so look for another post...Have you "subscribed" to my posts by email? There is a place on the side where you can do that and it should send you an email when I update my blog...

It is work, but so fun to me. I usually start out very early when it is relatively cool, and so then I don't notice so much when it starts getting hot. I make sure to keep a lot of water bottles on hand, and then coming in to shower feels soooo good. I will post them soon!

Take care and God bless,


T.K. Goforth is a musician and author of the well-received book "Chord Piano is Fun!" She also writes a music blog called "Chord Piano Chick's Mostly Musical Musings.
Chord Piano Is Fun