Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Blue Skies Shining Above

This week for Outdoor Wednesday I thought I would share with you a few things that are blooming around here at The Hut. When I made the move from Florida to Georgia, I brought plants with me that had suffered tremendously through our unusually cold winter. I had to leave many behind, I mean it's not like I could dig up my whole yard and transport it here, right?. Besides, most of my plants were tropical and would not adapt very well to this environment once it gets cold again. I've left them in pots, so that I can bring them inside when they start feeling a chill. Poor little guys, they don't like the cold and I don't blame them.

First up, my absolute favorite — my plumeria! My 18-year-old tree did not survive, but as some of you know I made numerous cuttings before the freeze did them in. I showed you this photo last month right after I had planted one of the cuttings in a big pot.

Here it is just about five weeks later and you can see that it is thriving and blooming like the dickens.

I can't tell you how happy this makes me.

Even the cuttings still waiting to be planted are blooming! Don't let anyone tell you that plumerias are hard to grow.  The only thing you have to do is bring them in when it gets cold (below 45 degrees). They'll go dormant in the winter and patiently wait for Spring to arrive.

Next up is my Chenille plant. It used to be about four times this size, but after being outside all winter it surely looked as though it was a gonner. Come the sunshine and warm weather and sure enough I started seeing green. It's growing like a weed and seems to be happy here in Georgia.

Same holds true for this fern. (Yes, even my yard has seashells and driftwood.) Now I don't know if I can leave this outside year-round like I did in Florida, maybe someone out there knows.

I also haven't seen any hibiscus in my area, so I have to check that out. This one started as a bonsai, a highly unusual bonsai, but I loved it so much I planted it in a big pot and it is growing like crazy and full of these teeny, tiny blooms. The entire blossoms are no bigger than my thumb. Cute!

In this next photo the Money Tree in front is actually a houseplant, but I had it on my screened-in porch year round in Florida and it was gorgeous. Lost every single leaf in the freezing temps, but look at it now! Looks leggy, but the tops are so pretty. In back is a tree I had growing in numerous places in my tropical yard, don't even know what it's called, but I dug up a small one, potted it and it looks beautiful.

Know here's another plant I can't name, can you? I know it's an orchid, but I got it at a garage sale and it needs to be potted. I had no idea what it would look like, but they are about the size of my thumbnail and just as cute as all get out.

Here's the leaves from that orchid plant. Any idea what kind it is?

Okay, now I want to show you what I get to see everyday when I look to the sky. My place may be small and it may be kind of dumpy (it is), but how can I complain when I walk into my backyard, look up and see this?

I love sitting on my little back porch with my morning coffee and watching the sun come up through these pine trees. The birds are singing good morning and the tree frogs are croaking good night. Life is good.

From my front porch this was the sky this afternoon. The weather was gorgeous and looking across my yard to this was so peaceful. In Florida, when I looked out my backyard I saw my neighbor's house. When I sat on my front porch, I saw cars swooshing by and the rest of the houses in the neighborhood. Maybe this isn't so bad after all.

Then it gets even better. When I sit in the swing in my front yard in the evening, this is what I see…

…not bad, huh?

Oh, but turn around and look up and there's the moon.

Now I know that some folks laugh when I say I live in the country, but I've always lived where the skies around me were filled with rooftops  and tall buildings. I'm used to spectacular sunsets when I go to the beach, not right outside my door. I'm used to hearing the sounds of traffic, not singing birds. So, for me this is pure bliss and when I think about all I've lost in this economy, I also think about all I've gained.

Okay, that's it for today. It's getting late and I must get some sleep. Tomorrow I'm going to meet one of my favorite bloggers for the first time. We're going for lunch in Fernandina Beach and I'm so excited I don't know if I'll be able to sleep anyway. Most of you know her, but I'm not telling who it is until I post about our visit. I'm sure there will be pics and stories to tell, see you then!

On Thursday I'll announce who won my giveaway! I already know who it is, but I'm going to keep the suspense going for a couple of more days. Check back in and see if it was you!

Now don't forget what today is…

Outdoor Wednesday!

This is the day we share the great outdoors with each other, so stop in over at Susan's @ A Southern Daydreamer and see who else is participating this week.

22 Thoughtful Comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Rhonda, those are some great sky shots! Love them. And your plants really do seem to like it there. I will tell you that my next door neighbor had hibiscus out front, and because he didn't cover them, they all died. He usually manages to keep them going as long as he covers them with blankets in freezing weather, but he wasn't here to do that. Plus we had SO much cold this past winter. But they do alright here. We had one that froze back several years ago and came back. Then our landscapers took it out finally because we put more of a uniform hedge look there.

Can't wait to see you tomorrow! This is going to be FUN! Stella is looking forward to it, too.


Sheila :-)

Joanna Jenkins said...

Your plumeria photos are fabulous! So glad you were able to save it-- And look at it now! GORGEOUS!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Ok, so you get to meet Sheila, lucky you!
I kind of guessed but Sheila gave it away! hehe.
Your plants are looking lovely and I love your bistro chairs, so cute!
Have Fun you two!

Arabella said...

Your plants are just lovely and the photos of the sky are fabulous. Looks like you have a heavenly outdoors!

Have a beachy day...

Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea

Kat said...

I was going to guess that you were meeting Sheila (you lucky thing!), then she gave it away. Love your photos, this looks like a beautiful area. The sunset shot is just gorgeous! I can't believe how big your plumeria has gotten, I know that has to make you smile every time you see it. We have a hibiscus in front of the clinic, we just bring it into the lobby when it gets cold and it's doing beautifully. Have fun with Sheila and can't wait to read all about it. Hugs, Kathy

iLoveShelling said...

I dont know what that little orchid is named but it's very special.

The Florida Blogger said...

"...blooming like the dickens." I like the way you talk:)

Mary Bergfeld said...

These are all gorgeous photos but I must admit to a favorite. The shot of the sky through the pine trees is spectacular. I'm glad you were able to bring at least some of your flowers with you. It's wonderful to see them thriving. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Your outdoor space looks so awesome..., love the plantings, the driftwood, shells..., and those pine trees are spectacular. I want to move South!!!

rjerdee said...

Same moon over Iowa. Yep it's beautiful! My, how your garden grows.
Looking forward to the results of your giveaway:)

Beach House Living said...

Dear Shellbelle,
Thank you so much for your comments on my give back. You have so many great lifestyle efforts.

There is a "deadlock" between your entry and another blogger's. So I'm leaving this up to you; would you be willing to split the giveaway as a tie, OR would you rather go with the results of my coin toss already determined in a three out of five win. FYI I had someone else do the second and third toss.

Let me know, Thanks

Ms. Bake-it said...

It may not be the beach Rhonda, but you have fabulous views! You are quite lucky! Unfortunately, I can relate to the closeness of my neighbors. All I can say is thank God for privacy fences! Your flowers look like they are thriving. The orchid is gorgeous. I love plumeria. Someone actually stole mine from my yard several years ago, can you believe that! Love the sky shots! I am sure you and Sheila will have a fabulous day together! I am looking forward to hearing about it.

~ Tracy

Atticmag said...

Could that be a spider orchid? I've seen the shape before (but different colors). No matter. It's a beauty. Jane F.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Rhonda your outdoor views are all so beautiful --the sunset is breathtaking! I'm happy you were able to take some of your favorite flowers with you to beautiful Georgia!

Life is always an adventure and the old saying says it best: "bloom where you are planted."

I was going to guess Sheila before I read her comment! Give Mrs Mgpie a big hug and kiss on the cheek from me! I hope she lets you take her picture :-) Have fun!

Magdalena said...

Hi Sweetie Pie,
I love your views, the sky shots are incredible. Don't you just love being a country gal!! I love waking up to the birds singing away each morning, I always smile when I hear them. I love your positive attitude, you are right...look at all you gained! You do have a blessed life. I wish I were with you and that very very special gal your meeting up with , I told Oliver and he wants to have lunch with the two of you ladies so badly...one day we will!
Can't wait to see the pictures

The Muse said...

I can feel your heartbeats...filled with the joy of this new niche... this little part of life that is your home!

Life is grand is it not? :)

Kaybe said...

Yay! You plumaria smells sooo good too. Alot of the nursery-grown ones don't have any fragrance. Btw... my Hoya is blooming again.

Love ya!

Desert Dreaming said...

Shellbelle, I love your post today...we must be thinking on the same line. Your Plumeria is just beautiful!!! And, your other plant/flowers are just as beautiful...I can see why you love the view you have, how peaceful!! Just have to let you know, I haven't had the opportunity to view your entire blog, but everything that I have seen is just so enjoyable to read, it is fantastic!!!

Simple Daisy said...

Looks like a really wonderful space to enjoy your morning cup of joe:)
I love all the tropical plants!! They'd definitely die during our Indiana winters:(

Georgia Peachez said...

Gorgeous plumeria! My plumeria is growing gangbusters but it's not blooming yet. Maybe this heat wave we are having will do the trick :->
xo, suzy

HeARTworks said...

Those are fabulous mosaic chairs! I'm supposed to do a mosaic project for a local magazine here in the Philippines, and I'd love to make one just like those! Patsy from

Sierra said...

I am in love with those bright pink flowers, they make me so happy! What a nice spot for you to relax in. :)

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!


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