Here in Florida, we do the holidays a bit differently. Our subtropical climate makes for warm, sunny days with occasionally chilly mornings. Decorated palm trees are not odd to see and sandals continue to be worn daily. This month, we can direct sow radishes, beets, spinach, chard, turnips, carrots and leafy greens. Tomato plants still blossom and eagerly reach for the sun. As the dry season continues we water more frequently so wise irrigation is important. Here are a few pictures of what is growing in the garden this month…
Sunshine streaming through the delicate petals of an Amaryllis flower. The name of Amaryllis comes from Greek mythology. Amaryllis was a young maiden in love with Alteo who cared only for flowers and plants. She pierced her heart with a golden arrow and from the crimson droplets of blood sprung beautiful flowers. Alteo fell in love with her and her heart healed instantly.
These tiny yellow flowers and dandelion-like puffs belong to a lettuce plant gone to seed.
Amaryllis seed pods. These were trimmed from a broken stem and still very green.
Brown Anole (Norops sagrei). These fast-moving lizards are one of the most plentiful in our area. They came from Cuba about 50 or 60 years ago. If scared or threatened their tails detach to distract predators.
The bees did not get a day off for the holidays. They spent Christmas day as busy as ever!
Dormant grape vines have their own quiet beauty.
The vibrant leaves of a Croton (Codiaeum variegatum) plant. These grow well in both Central and Southern Florida.
On a day trip to Saint Petersburg we saw this interesting sign. After looking into it further we learned that Saint Petersburg’s water reclamation system was the first to be built in the United States and is one of the largest in the world. To learn more about Saint Petersburg’s use of reclaimed water go to:
Downtown Saint Petersburg is a great place for a holiday bike ride. Beautiful lights, the smell of the sea air and the far off sound of Christmas carols. Not part of the garden but still a day to be shared. Happy holidays from The Ahimsa Project!
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