It would seem that I have been spending a lot of time away from My Garden Path. It is summer after all and time for a change of scenery and a change of pace. While I love my Zone 9 garden, it is interesting to see what a difference in plants and wildlife exist just an hour drive south.
This past week I started each day with a beautiful sunrise.
Hubby, all the kids, grandkids and even the family dog spent a wonderful, lazy week all together at the beach. Of course, I had to take some walks around the neighborhood to see what landscaping in a coastal zone 10 really looks like.
Sea grape trees that reached up to our second floor balcony allowed me to see they really do bear sea grapes!
Lovely specimens of palms that did not show any signs of freeze-damage graced almost all the yards.
Plumeria trees, tall enough to provide shade, scented the air with their blooms.
And the yellow poinciana trees! Oh my! So gorgeous!
There was a rookery for black skimmers right outside our door. The little chicks look nothing like their parents but blend in with the sand in perfect camoflage.
As I contentedly ended each day with an awe inspiring sunset I was thankful for all the diverse beauty God has placed here on Earth.