|Quan Yin...Goddess of Mercy|
|Garden bench, once ready for the trash, now restored by a good neighbor|
|Pink Siam tulips in foreground.|
|Crotons, Pygmy date palm and ferns|
|View from the shade garden to the pool|
|Under the Pony Tail palm|
|Cranum Lily and Bromeliads (they store 1 litre of water in their " tank")|
|We used the antique brick that formed the old patop for the pathway.|
|False bird of paradise|
|Quan Yin...perfectly aged statue from second hand store|
|Chinese Yellow Bamboo in foreground|
|The gorgeous orangey pink stems of the Bottle Palm.|
|Behind the hot tub I planted Lily of the Nile (not in bloom) false bird of paradise and crotons|
|Succulents in large pots.|
|A spot to sit beside the bamboo, philodendrons and Cranum Lily.|
My 3rd attempt to plant the Florida garden has yielded results I am pleased with. In the beginning I filled my cart at Home Depot with so many varieties of small plants, I had a mediocre strip of plants with mostly the same type of leaf and texture. It looked too varied and lacked cohesion. I discovered that just like decorating a house, you need a couple of really good pieces and then can build from there with less importants. I wanted the garden to have an old, established feel so the new pool area would blend with the old, historical part of the garden. I have split, moved, and moved again, dozens of plants. I removed 3 Tavellers Palms that were to large for the small (30 inch) strip by the pool. I invested in 2 large Bottle Palms and a couple of massive Cranum Lillies, and filled the back with Chinese yellow Bamboo and the front with Philodendron, Ferns and false Bird of Paradise.
If I was to move the camera a foot higher, you would see the top 2 feet of the rotten fence and the windows and stucco side of my neighbors house. With a bit of manipulation I can block that out. Eventually, the bamboo with provide a wall of greenery to block the view. I have foraged in neighbors gardens and accepted gifts of Elephant Ears, peace lily and Bromeliads. And anything that sneaks over to my side from the spooky vacant house next door finds a new home over here.
After searching for a statue to replace my elephant statue that was taken from the yard, I found a beautiful old Quan Yin to bless us with her calming presence. She came from Janet's Antiques on Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. By far my favorite haunt for lovely old things.