Gardening at Fort Doberdale

My new succulent masterpiece!

I saw this lovely succulent masterpiece at a local Home Depot over the weekend, and tried to resist, but could not. First, I tried to resist getting a sales person to tell me how much it cost because there was no price on it. She said it was $14.99. I had in mind it was five dollars more. Even so, it took some convincing in my own mind to put out that money on a trinket. OK, a beautiful living trinket, but it wasn’t something we needed during these inflationary times. I tried to resist putting it in the cart, but could not. Being it was the only one, I figured I would push it around while I shopped for what we did need and eventually I would lose interest in the trinket. That did not work. Three people made comments on how cute and adorable it was, and by the way, where abouts did you find it? “I’ve got the last one, it’s in my cart and going home with me.” I did not lose interest, and now I know why dogs covet one ball, even though there are similar ones in a toy box.

The trinket’s name is Sam. Sam does brighten up the yard, though. I am sure to look at him a lot, and pray I can take good care of Sam the Succulent. Those succulents that are planted with glued stone are not my forte. But! Sam’s worth a one-of-a-kind try!

Here are some lovely bloomers in my garden. The Hibiscus and Frangipanni.

Beautiful Hibiscus! Lovely Frangipanni

And here is a sweet potato plant, chamomile and corn stalk, and more corn with some squash.

Sweet Potato plant chamomile and corn Corn Plants and a Squash plant

Finally, the neighbors around me have some really nice mango trees. I have 2 or 3 in pots. I haven’t planted them yet due to I am not sure I can do the maintenance on them. <sigh> There is a lot of work to the great outdoors.

Mango Tree too far to reach.  Mouth watering fruit! Mango tree arms length across the fence.

My Buddha Dog watches over the place when the rest of us are snoozing or otherwise making a living.

The Great and Powerful Buddha Dog

Isn’t he adorable?


About Helen

I'm a Southern California living in South Florida. I've been here for 10 years as of October 1, 2007. No matter where I live, I'm a dog lover, and my breed is the Dobermann Pinscher of the Working Group. I am also fond of the Australian Shepherd of the Herding Group. My life revolves around my dogs, which is something those family members of mine don't understand. So I'm an island in that respect, but have built friendships with those who are doggie lovers and respect the canine as much as I do. Some do rescue, some train in, compete in, and judge AKC trials. The common thread is our dogs are family.
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