Thursday, June 24, 2010

We're Here!

So, here we are in southwest Florida in the heat of the summer. I am due to close on the house in a few days and then we can scoot out of here back north and hopefully get to Montana soon. It's a great place to be in the winter but for this 'ole gal who has lived in the bone dry climate of SW Montana for 12 years, the humidity is too much for me to handle. Besides, it was never the plan to spend summers here. The plan was winter in Sarasota and summer in Montana so that is what we shall do.

In the meantime, I am trying to learn the new plants I have in my yard and figure out how to deal with them. I've never owned hibiscus before, not to mention powder puff trees, date palms, passion vine, jasmine, crown of thorns etc. so I have lots to learn. Those are only the ones I know of for sure, the rest I need some ID help.

It was cold enough this past winter to kill off some of my ficus trees so I will need to get a tree person out here to advise me on how best to deal with them. In the meantime, here are some photos of what is here and is very much alive.


drfugawe said...

Congrats on your actions and decisiveness - regardless of our lousy experience last year, I always loved FL winters! Hey, I forgot to tell you a funny FL story about when we first got there in the early '70s - first thing we did was to go around the state to see what it was like - eventually we got over to the west coast, and one day we visited Boca Grande (been there yet? It's the tarpon center of the world!) - and in those days it was totally deserted - one road running down the middle of the island, with gorgeous beaches and palms on each side. I stopped and laid on the beach dreaming that one day I'd have a place here - I thought it just hadn't been discovered yet - like a dummy, I had no idea that speculators owned it, and would sell me a lot for only a few million - God only knows how much they want today!

In those days, the little town of Boca Grande was like the Keys - it too is probably much changed today. Ha.

ladyflyfsh said...

Hey Doc...didn't see your comment until just now. Now that the weather is finally starting to cool off a bit, I will be getting out and doing some fishing. It's just been too darn hot to do anything but go swimming at the beach which is great because the water temp is 85! You can catch snook right off the beach around here except that the snook season is closed right now due to the fish kill from last winter. It must have been a damn cold winter by the sounds of it. Of course that is not the norm and I'm expecting this year to be right on target for normal once this la nina has moved on.

Good to hear from you...