I spend almost two years in Ocala after the hurricane hit and just about ruined my sister's landscaping buisness as well as her nursery and beautiful tropical garden.
Kasey had just passed away three months prior and I needed to have a change .The first couple months I went about finding plants about dead and pouring love and care into them I saved over 80 plants that year from October to march.It felt good saving something since I couldn't save my partner.These a few of them
During the cold months We actually had 2 weeks of freezing below Temperaturesof 25 degrees and below during the nights. This is unusual but the weather has been erratic for the past few years everywhere.
Believe me covering then getting up at sunset,then uncovering them before sun up (the sun would burn them if they were covered ),was a challenge.Luckily after being in Baltimore for ten years I was use to the bitter cold.
I put the tenderest plants in a bathroom that had a non working shower for as long as I could remember. My sister and I converted it into a green house with grow lights and love. We had a tiny little tree frog that came in with one of the plants and lived there the entire winter ,to delight of the grand children,as well as my sister and I.
My nephews snake got loose...once boy did I freak! Not that I have a fear of snakes at one time we had five (boas an ball pythons)but I didn't want my lil frog to be the yellow rat snakes dinner.
I pulled a lot of weeds that summer ,Did a lot of meditation in the wonderful garden about me.
We had pears,Grapes,Bananas ,herbs,and peppers growing in among the tropical plants and palm trees.Oh and don't let me forget to mention the wonderful fruit from the Pindo palm.
We had a lot to be thankful for.
After I hellped my sister , and killed a lot of cancer weeds , I moved back out of Ocala I missed my seasons.
But that tropical healing garden will always hold many heartfelt memories