Merry Christmas from the Gulf CoastPosted: December 24, 2012
Merry Christmas everyone! Christmas on the Gulf Coast is somewhat different from our Northern neighbors. It is highly unlikely that we will have snow, but it has happened. It may not even be cold, although cold down here is anything below 70 degrees.
Never fear, the lack of snow and cold are well made up for with outstanding light displays throughout town and at private residents.
For gardeners and naturalists, it is a wonderful time of the year with our gardens still in bloom and many feathered visitors from the North. A multitude of birds pass through, some just stopping long enough to fill up before heading over the Gulf of Mexico and other birds will stay in the area all winter.
A favorite visitor to the Automatic Garden is a Rufous Hummingbird that summers in the Northwest and as far away as Alaska. One has been arriving late fall for the last 5 years. This year the little Rufous was followed and now there are two! The garden has been blooming enough to feed them. Feeders have been placed to provide extra nourishment.
The Automatic Garden provides gifts everyday and it does not disappoint on Christmas. Currently in bloom are azaleas, camellias, black-eyed Susans, butterfly weed, cigar plant, various salvias, pentas, dianthus, golden dewdrops, firespike, cannas, firecracker plant, blue clerodendrum, bromeliad, cone flowers, and hummingbird bush to name a few.
Have a wonderful New Year and to all you gardeners out there I wish you sunny days and rainy nights!
The Automatic Gardener