Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunny Sunday in a Perfumer's Garden - photos

Miami gardens have a slow season, too.  Still, there is beauty to share.  Today I was going to spray my Angel's Trumpet with a pyrethrin spray because I noticed white flies on it.  Imagine my surprise when I found ladybugs!  I've never "inoculated" the garden with ladybugs, figuring they fly away just as soon as they're released.  These dear little things found my organic garden on their own, and I'm blessed.  They're having a white fly feast!

One of many ladybugs on the Angel Trumpet leaf.  I think the brown marks are made by the ladybugs, but that's OK, they're eating the white flies, so they can do their little bit of damage, it'll be replaced by new leaves.

Here are some of the Angel Trumpets the lady bugs are saving. Pretty for a January day, eh?

First time I've ever noticed a fruit on the Aglaia odorata tree.  You can see the tiny flower bods to the left.  The tree is ready to burst into bloom!

The HUGE hibiscus/jasmine bush - about 15' x 15'.  The opportunistic Jasminium azoricum vine climed up the big variegated hibiscus bush and they've been living in harmony for years.  I get a year-round harvest of jasmine blossoms ;-)

Here's a closeup of the spray of jas. azoricum flowers.  Look at all those buds!  Multiply this by hundreds of sprays on the bush = great fragrant harvest.   

Lots and lots of seeds on the golden champaca tree. They'll ripen more, darken and split when the seeds are ready for planting.

The mimosa tree is blooming like this nonstop.  I need to wear eye protection to harvest the flowers, because there are some fierce thorns on this tree.  

I hope I brought a little Joy into your January with these photos from my fragrant garden.


  1. Beautiful, Anya. A bounty in your fragrant garden.

  2. Yes indeed...thank you for that...

  3. I love and adore your work! E Jackson


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