There is a shadowy corner here at My Garden Path that only receives dappled sunlight. This area is one of my favorite places to hang out during the summer as it is at least 10 degrees cooler than any other spot in the garden. These plantings, placed about three years ago, are tropical and lush by the beginning of summer and persist right up until the first freezing temperatures are experienced, usually just after Christmas.
This past winter was especially cruel.
Most years the foliage begins to revive by April. This year the tropical look has been about a month behind schedule in appearing but now it is back. Yay!
A few new things were added to this area in hopes of having some green persist in winter. The new Cast Iron plants should be fine through the winter but I'm not so sure about the new Cat palms. They were planted just after the 11 day freeze and did make it through the subsequent freezes we experienced, so I am hopeful.
I just noticed while taking these pictures that the Costus Barbatus, Alocasias Polly and Aurora, and the Xanadu have just begun unfurling their first leaves and are about 8 inches tall. What a wonderful discovery! I had given up on them.
I have always loved the curcuma ginger leaves with that burgundy mid-rib. This year, getting flowers makes them all the more special.
I have to admit I cried in January. This coming winter my attitude will be different. I will use the time to work on hardscape, maybe put down some stone as a foundation for my table and chairs. I will clean and prepare pots, pay attention to my compost piles and amend the soil in the planting areas, maybe enlarge some flower beds. I will not lose hope of Spring's return.
I am truly learning and growing in my Florida garden.
Through it all, no matter the weather, the frog birdbath stands unfazed.
"While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." Genesis 8:22