Views of the Neighborhood – What’s Left in the Garden.

Today we are not going far from home. Since we have had some cold weather, it is time to check the garden and see what remains after a mild freeze. We are catered by Patrizi’s. To view the menu click on the link. Pay no attention to the prices. I’ve got this. Our entertainment is Ricky Nelson

Picture of an old time school bus
So let’s go.

Here we are. Pretty quick trip.

Hanging begonia is a little worse for the wear.

One last rose. They are finished for the season.

A hibiscus bloom. It might be one of the last.

The pentas look good.

The liriope (green plant) survived, but no blooms. On the other hand, the hypoestes (polka plant)are hanging on.

Ivy looks great.

The fig is doing well and will drop its leaves soon.

The bougainvillea lost some flowers and is no doubt finished blooming this year.

The gaillardia survived.

The trellised Mandevilla is doing well too.

The moss rose (purslane) is headed south.

Another begonia hanging on

Vincas are holding firm and still budding.

Purple sweet potato vine is showing signs of the cold.

More pentas holding out

The marigolds go on forever.

I hope you enjoyed the tour. Now enjoy the food and music.

 

 

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  1. I enjoyed your garden tour. I recognised about 95% of your plants, they grow here too, in South Africa

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    1. So glad we have these plants in common. It is good to hear from you. Thank you for the comment. Are you still in Cape Town?

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  2. there’s life in there!

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    1. There is a little. 😁

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  3. The bougainvillea’s leaves will turn color in a drought, giving it the appearance of blooming. Everything else looks like it’s reacting to the changing season. Here, I have the AC on and only go outside to water my very confused plants. πŸ™„

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    1. Confused is the word of the day for plants for sure. Thanks, GP.

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  4. I love to see a pop of color in the winter months. Are your hummingbirds still around? Ours always love the pentas. Thanks for the tour!

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    1. They have long gone, Jill. (Smart birds) 😁

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  5. The Garden still looks good. Those begonias are so hardy. I was so in love with Ricky Nelson. sigh

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    1. Your were not alone, Darlene. 😁

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  6. I hadn’t heard “Garden Party” in ages! It was good to hear it again. (I agree with Darlene about the dreamy factor with Ricky Nelson.) Your garden’s last hurrah is looking good. My small cutting garden has become the dog’s outdoor napping sofa of choice.

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    1. Ha ha ha. I’ll bet it is comfortable. 😁

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      1. He makes it look comfortable!

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    2. I had his picture hanging in my bedroom and it was the last thing I saw before I went to sleep. Garden Party is such a great song, (although they weren’t actually booing him at the concert.) But he turned a lemon into lemon aid.

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      1. He certainly did.

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  7. I laughed at your comment about the marigolds going on forever. They truly will — or at least close to forever, like mums. Just so you know, Ricky Nelson’s favorite color was red, and he wore size 10 socks. (Yes, I was enthralled.)

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    1. I think most in your generation were enthralled. Thanks for the inside scoop, Linda.

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  8. We’ve had multiple hard frosts now. For some reason the roses are staying green, but will drop leaves eventually.

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    1. Our roses go to yellow then drop. Thanks, Craig.

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  9. There is always a little sadness at the end of every growing season. Thank you for sharing your garden with us.

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    1. Thank you, Molly Shea. 😊

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  10. Do all of these come back in the spring?

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    1. Most do come back. The marigolds, vinca, potato vine, and pintas do not.

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      1. That’s a shame.

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      2. Expected though.

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  11. What’s all that green stuff in the photos? I look outside and only see white.

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    1. Ah yes the Northern exposure.

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  12. Thanks for the garden tour, John. Our nights have been in the 20s for weeks now, and our plants have gone to sleep. Just our evergreens show color. I hope your day is full of sunshine. 🌞

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. We are having sunshine today. 😁

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  13. The wheel turns, but there is still some life in the gardens in your area. That’s nice. Winter is just about here. After a spell of 20-degree days, we’re back in the 40s. It’s a temporary relief, but I’ll take it. πŸ™‚

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    1. I remember when the first freeze in Michigan would wipe everything out. Always seemed too early.

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  14. You have plenty of beauty in your own back yard! And a tip of the hat to Ricky Nelson.

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    1. Thank you, Noelle.

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  15. How wonderful that you have such an extensive variety of plants and that many are still resisting the pull of winter. Even our marigolds are gone now.
    Wonderful tour, John!

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    1. Thank you, Mae. I enjoy having a little more time.

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  16. Your garden, John, still looks very nice. What’s left here is mainly just leaves.
    Have a great Sunday,
    Pit

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    1. Thanks, Pit. Have a super Sunday too.

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      1. πŸ‘πŸ˜Š

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  17. A small garden can be very big. Especially come this time of year. Lovely. Thanks for the garden party John.

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    1. Always fun, John.

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  18. The plants are holding up well, John. My marigolds are not doing at all well this year. First no rain and now buckets of rain, doesn’t seem to be agreeing with them.

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    1. Marigolds hate too much rain for sure.

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  19. I’m over-wintering my Begonias, in hopes of having them emerge afresh in the Spring. Fingers crossed! Everything else is pretty much gone. Glad you still have a few hangers-on, John. Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful — congrats to Twiggy (her breed won Best of Show in the National Dog Show!!)

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    1. We saw the dog show. Twiggy was thrilled to see one of her own. Thew issue with begonias will be light. If they don’t get enough they get leggy. Good luck.

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  20. What box? I couldn’t find a box.
    Maybe it’s just me?
    I’d like to read the menu, especially that it’s on you!

    Will your area go through no plants for a few months, or is there plant life beyond any evergreens? Do you have evergreens?
    I’m thinking like decorative cabbages. There are some growing in the snow here!
    Hmm, maybe they are just frozen?

    Anyway… playing my hand:
    🧽❀️ πŸƒβ€οΈ πŸ†β€οΈπŸ’‹β€οΈ πŸ‚β€οΈ

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    1. Sorry about the box. It disappeared. I did put a link into the post. Here it is https://www.patrizis.com/vortex-menu

      We will continue to have plants. We have to cover them when the temps get below freezing which in normal times is only for a couple of days. We have boxwoods which stay green all year. We could grow cabbages but we have other stuff. A good hand for sure. Here’s mine. 🧽❀️ πŸƒβ€οΈ πŸ†β€οΈπŸ’‹β€οΈ πŸ‚β€οΈπŸ°

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  21. What a wonderful poetic garden, dear John! My congratulations!πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‡πŸ‡πŸ‡
    My poetic impromptu:
    Two wonderful roses there are in my garden: Lucy & Twiggy they are called.
    They bloom all the year among other flowers like vincas,mandevilla, marigold.
    😊😊😊🍻🍀🍀🍀

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    1. I love your poem, Dear Maria. They are like roses for sure. Thank you. 😊

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      1. My pleasure, dear John! Yes…two roses with Mr. Cheeseburger & Mr. Eel. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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      2. Indeed. Can’t forget Mr. Cheeseburger and Mr Eel. 😊

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  22. Some plants take to the cold better than others. Nice that you have some that are hanging in there. Thanks for Ricky Nelson and for picking up the tab! Gorgeous sunny day here – we opened up all the windows to let in fresh air.

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    1. Wow. We only have a couple that open. The air is fresh though. Thanks, Jo. Have a super week. 😁

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  23. The marigolds really hold strong for a long time. How nice to have flowers in late November. Yours are lovely!

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    1. We hope to get some more.

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      1. That would be wonderful.

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  24. I want to put the pentas and the gaillardia in a pot together and let them have a party:). They’d be beautiful in concert!

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    1. Yes they would. Thanks for the idea.

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  25. That was a nice garden party, John. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Jan. 😊

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  26. Pretty interesting, John. It’s fun seeing what’s happening just across the Gulf. We are seeing a wee bit of seasonal change, but today was back in the 80s, so not much, yet. Plus, the best thing about Florida gardening is that roses bloom all year long. I love them, and had some beauties before Hurricane Irma wiped out most of them. Hoping to get some new ones planted in the next month or two.

    And the winter is the very best time for many annuals which will die during our hotter months. Violets, violas, pansies, and many others are winter bloomers, and make great hanging baskets to keep things colorful.

    Thanks for another great “Views of the Neighborhood” post, John! And have a great week ahead! πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comment, Marcia. We plan to put in some more for the winter. By the way you made some really nice promo pieces for Eternal Road. The ones with the cober on a 3D book and kindle. What was the program you used?

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      1. I used to do a lot of my graphics in Paint Shop Pro, but my old version won’t work on my new computer and I haven’t wanted to spend the $$ for an updated version of PSP. Happily, I had already found BookBrush, where I now make 3D graphics of all my books (and where I made yours), plus, I think I also can combine the 3D images into all sorts of finished projects, like your header. I can’t remember if there’s still a Free option or not, as I upgraded to the paid version right away. It lets me do a LOT of fun stuff, in addition to putting my covers into all sorts of designs. You can take a look and see if it is something you’d be interested in.
        https://bookbrush.com/

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      2. Thank you so much, Marcia. I’ll check it out. 😁

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Michael.

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  27. A wonderful and well prepared garden. Congratulations to it, and also to your two garden guards. πŸ˜‰ xx Michael

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    1. Ha ha ha. Thank you, Michael. 😊

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  28. We’ve had some frost, but I’ve got some mums and pansies still hanging on. Funny what you said about marigolds. I gave up on trying to grow them. Killed them every time, lol.

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    1. I think they thrive on neglect.

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  29. Great tour, good food, and quality tune, John. I think there is beauty to be found in all seasons, even when transitioning from one to the next.

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    1. Yes I think you are right. Thanks, Bruce.

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  30. It’s pretty amazing to still see some blooms at this time of year. Of course, ours are loooong gone. Some of those plants are pretty hardy!
    Thanks for the tour, the tune and the eats!

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    1. We do keep a number of plants. We just have to be careful and avoid the freezes.

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      1. I hear ya. Still, pretty neat that they last so long!

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      2. I agree. 😁

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  31. You have quite the mixed bag this week, Boss. But the tour is always a win.

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    1. Thank you, Marc.

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  32. Still a beautiful garden John. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Debby. 😁

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  33. There’s still lots of gorgeous greenery, with pops of color to cheer up the hood! Lovely tour of the gardens, John.

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    1. Thank you, Deborah. You are right.

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  34. Your garden is still looking great, John.

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    1. Some of the stuff is holding on for sure. Thanks, Mark.

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  35. Beautiful garden and photos, John. Our Bougainville is looking better now than in the heat of summer. But it’s getting colder here, too. Stay warm. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks, Lauren. Bougainville like sun but not high heat. I think It will be okay in the spring

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