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Expat wanderer

Where The Wild Things Are (Apologies to Maurice Sendak)

First thing, early every morning, I get up to water my herbs and vegetables. I could do it later in the day, but later in the day is unbearable for me. It is hot. It is humid. The temperatures are in the 90’s, with humidity that makes you drip with sweat. I feel like a vampire; I try to get everything watered before the first rays of sun rise – directly into my backyard garden – and strike me with their heat.

Things are coming along. This weekend I will pick the first of my Black Krim tomatoes. I can hardly wait. I bought it at a garden club sale, as a little tiny plant. The tomatoes are supposed to have a smokey flavor, and very tomato-y.

There is a lot going on in our backyard.

We have a bright red cardinal who comes at late afternoon to take a bath in the birdbath. He is very cautious, looking around for maybe five minutes before he feels safe enough to splash. I don’t have a photo of him, yet.

We have all kinds of squirrels, because we have oak trees, and they are busy gathering and saving for the winter. They seem to be finding lots to eat in our backyard.

We have a dragonfly who is a regular visitor. He sits atop some of the bamboo stakes in the garden. I don’t know if he is looking for smaller insects to eat, or just enjoying a little perch in the late afternoon sun:

Our house is surrounded by chameleon, fortunately, unlike Qatar, they are not INSIDE my house! I am delighted to have them as neighbors, as they are wonderful for pest control, and in Florida – there are a lot of pests. The dreaded cockroaches, but also ants, and fire ants, and hornets, and wasps, and cutters, and lovebugs – well, you get the picture. I need all the help I can get. Insects love me, the eat me up. 😦

I think this little chameleon is looking for a mate!

(Maurice Sendak is one of my very favorite authors of children’s books, especially books for lively little boys. They have fabulous illustrations. As our son was growing up, one of our favorite lines from a Sendak book was “Let the Wild Rumpus begin!”

June 11, 2010 - Posted by | Beauty, Books, Florida, Food, Gardens, Mating Behavior, Pensacola, Photos | ,


  1. I love your beautiful garden. Everything looks so healthy and green…that would be the UPSIDE of lots of sunshine and lots of rainfall, I think 😛

    Comment by Grammy | June 12, 2010 | Reply

  2. I’ve been planting tomatoes this year, too, in Central Florida. They are doing pretty good so. I’ve veered away from the tradition planting methods and am trying upside down planting. I’m not using one of those nifty planting devices ubiquitously found on tv and in stores. Nope, I’m using plain ol’ 2-liter bottles.

    Comment by The Florida Blogger | June 12, 2010 | Reply

  3. Grammy, when it is a little cooler, come visit and we can sit out in the garden area. 🙂 Or come sooner, and we will sit at the table in the A/C, looking out the big window into the garden, LOL! Yep, the downside is I have to get someone in to find out why my Rainbird isn’t working – the upside being the rains. 🙂

    LOL, Florida Blogger, what a good idea! What have you planted, hybrids, or some of the heirlooms? Have you eaten any yet? I let my Krims go one day too long; two were beginning to implode; several others are ready to eat! 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 12, 2010 | Reply

  4. The upside down plants are Sweet 100s and Patio tomatoes. Yes, they have ripened and I’m chowing down on them weekly. Here’s the latest post on them:

    Comment by The Florida Blogger | June 12, 2010 | Reply

  5. Wow! Florida Blogger, you have way more tomatoes than me. We had our first five tomatoes today, in a salad, the Black Krim. Yummy, a little smokey. But I started late, and I started seeds, so I am hoping for a huge crop down the road a ways . . 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 13, 2010 | Reply

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