Piecrust Croton and Friends

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Piecrust Croton

I have been reworking  the design of my front yard because the access point for the septic tank was in a lawn area and actually needed access. What this really means is once a year a 3 foot circle in the lawn  is dug up and destroyed to clean the (ewww, yes) septic tank filter. The joys of country living. I am certain I did not know septic tanks had filters prior to moving to Florida. I also realized I would like to have a pathway to the side.

For many years I have advised my clients to live in their houses for a while to see how they move around the property as sometimes a good guess just really doesn’t do the trick. The upshot is I did not take my own advice and I like to travel to my side garden (ah, future garden) more than I thought I would. Design that originates with how you live in a place is always a good plan. This may be Plan B as I did Plan A. Who knew St. Augustinegrass wouldn’t be happy over a septic tank. Oh, well. I am liking the new bed thus far.

A nod to my husbands pie making skills was the purchase of a Piecrust Croton, a multi colored tropical shrub that hails from the South Pacific. These shrubs are easy to grow and ubiquitous in South Florida. There are a few stalwart standby varieties that are common, but of course I love the weird stuff.

Here are the standard varieties:

At the top of the post is the foliage of the Piecrust – it looks like, you guessed it, Piecrust!  The rest, clicking on the picture will give the name. Being the plant freak that I am, I couldn’t resist photographing several more interesting varieties:

I  love all of these, but I think Stoplight might be the next Croton purchase on my Croton bucket list. How many people have a Croton bucket list?

Yes, the beds are getting bigger. The good news is I probably have a quarter acre left!!

Back to the inspiration for all of this, the piecrust. Here are a few of my husbands pies:

I think these merit a celebratory Croton in the front yard.

Speaking of celebratory, Happy New Year to all.

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8 comments on “Piecrust Croton and Friends

  1. Happy New Year! Do the Crotons make it year-round? We usually end up with a cold snap that does them in and they only seems to be for sale in the Fall.

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  2. Chloris says:

    Those crotons are great fun. Your beds are getting bigger? Of course they are. I never met a gardener who didn’ t dig up more lawn each year.
    Wow! I love the pies. Does your husband do all the cooking? Mine does, I do like having a live- in chef.

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    • We are finding growing lawn difficult and boring!! Especially when you can have Crotons and the like. My husband cooks pies and barbeque (beef and pork) That is it. I cook the rest. Currently there is a smoked pork butt finishing in the oven and an apple pie, I made corn muffins and black eyed pea salad . Lucky American New Year food. You are lucky to have a live in chef.

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