Six on Saturday – Future Fruits & Feathered Friends

It is an overcast, cool and breezy Saturday in South Florida. The raptors (Hawks, Eagles or Turkey Vultures) are flying lazy circles over my garden. I can’t tell which one unless they slow down. The Eagles are usually solitary, but the Vultures and Hawks will fly with friends. There were two overhead this morning. They are difficult to catch with the camera and the quality of the image reflects that, but it also captures the mood of the day here.

I am finally seeing some flower action in the garden. My first Zinnia bloomed this week. Surprisingly pink. Cactus Zinnias are my favorite.

Cherry tomatoes started flowering this week. I think this must be the Lost Marbles variety, which is new to me and seems to be the first to flower in both groups of tomatoes. I am a lazy labeler, waiting for the fruits to tell what kind of tomato they are. Hopefully it will set fruit. It has been cool enough for tomatoes not to set fruit this week.

Two out of three of the Mango trees sent up buds this week. They look promising, although I have found with these trees looks can be deceiving. Last year, a bit earlier, the trees started to flower and as soon the flowers were open it became very windy and only one fruit was produced from all those flowers. Mangoes are wind pollinated and if it is too windy all the pollen gets blown away and there is little fruit. God is in the details, as always. Below is a Condo Mango “Pickering”. This is a type of Mango selected to be grown on the porch of a Condo and kept under six feet tall in a container. The fruit is yummy, I am hoping for a good harvest this year.

This is a Glenn Mango, a bigger tree topping out at 30 feet. Another tasty one. And I have had two whole fruits! We bought this in honor of my late Father in Law, Glenn, who would have loved the fruit. The flowers do look very different. My third Mango tree is a Nam Doc Mai, a Thai variety known for flowering up to four times a year. This one is not flowering at all!

Another far away bird picture, but typical of my garden. I looked out the window and thought “who put a white pillowcase in the front yard?” Then realized it was a White Heron. These are spectacular birds, about four feet tall, they pass through fairly regularly eating insects and grubs. Fiona the greyhound does not know what to think of them as they are taller than she is.

That completes my Six from South Florida this Saturday. To visit more gardens via SOS follow the link and say hello to our host, Jim.

Happy Gardening!!!


39 comments on “Six on Saturday – Future Fruits & Feathered Friends

  1. It hasn’t really felt like our normal winter Florida weather this year. Hope you end up having a good crop of both the tomatoes and mangos.

    Liked by 1 person

    • I agree, it has been oddly cold and overcast. I said to my husband one day we might as well be in Atlanta! Florida addicted me to blue sky weather. I salvaged my basil, have some great heirloom parsley coming on and dill from seed! Time for marinara with fresh herbs if I ever get enough tomatoes!


  2. fredgardener says:

    The mango leaf is really very pretty, and I guess you must be in a hurry to eat fruits! Bravo for the cherry tomatoes, here we are still only leeks and cabbage season.. so in our winter. Tomato seedlings will start in a month I guess.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Tomato flowers, horrah! I love the idea of mangoes in the garden, I wish you a fine crop this year. Enjoying the Florida wildlife with you. Have a great week x

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Your zinnias have done well. Too early here. I would love to find a white heron or egret in my yard, but they stay by the water.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Noelle says:

    What a wonder to have a heron in the garden, I guess you still have fish left in your pond.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Rosie Amber says:

    Oh wow, tomato flowers! I have been looking at the packets of seed, but that’s my lot for this week!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. So many flower buds on the mangoes! Might each bud turn into a fruit – if all went well?

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Eliza Waters says:

    Mango leaves are very attractive, such a glossy dark green. I hope you get excellent fruit production this year!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. tonytomeo says:

    Are mango trees popular? I can remember only a few in the Los Angeles region, and only one that was large. I have never seen any here.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Cathy says:

    The Zinnia is a very pretty pink. Interesting to see you have herons and hawks in/over your garden. We see white herons here when the fields have been harvested in summer, feasting on mice, toads or whatever was hiding in the wheat. Good luck with the mangoes. 😃

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s