The azaleas are definitely on the wane but the jasmine is on the rise. If the jasmine is anything like the azaleas were this year, we're in for a treat. Maybe they like a cold winter every once in awhile. Maybe it kills the pests that ail azaleas... and other plants. Several of our plants look the best that they've ever looked this year, which tells me that we've been planting the wrong things. We've got things in the garden that like it colder. And that's not something that we normally provide around here. And that's why I'm so excited to tell you about our landscape project going on this week. We're replacing a whole lot of plants with north Florida native, drought tolerant, eco-friendly, wildlife attracting specimens. We've even got a large butterfly garden going in in the back yard. We selected three areas to transform on this project but we're so enthusiastic that Bill and I are taking on some other sections on our own. Blisters? Yes. Sore? Yes. Worth it? You betcha. If you haven't stayed with us for awhile, it's time to come back. Come see what we're doing. Just in time for Earth Day.
I created this blog for a couple of reasons. In keeping a commitment that I made to myself, I have been walking at least thirty minutes every day since the first of the year. On these walks, I get to stroll through what I think is one of the most charming towns on earth. On every walk, I see at least 10 things that make me smile. I intend to show you a photo of one of those things (person, place, animal, flora, house, event or scene) so that you can enjoy our town right along with me.
The second reason is so that you can keep tabs on my commitment to myself. I pledge to put a photo from the CURRENT day's walk on this blog every day. My goal is to begin running in about another month, so it could get tricky taking the camera along but I'll be thrilled to cross that bridge when I waddle over it. So....... no excuses. I invite you to keep tabs on me and to enjoy my little town of Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida right along with me.
I turned 49 today. This is my "before " photo. You'll see me again when I turn 50 - February 1, 2008. I hope you'll enjoy the journey with me.