Blog your block: Florida

Unfortunately, I am unable to walk any reasonable distance because I need a knee replacement (I keep postponing it). But, I can tell you about my neighborhood as seen from a car and  my front yard.

I moved to Florida from New Mexico in 2012.  I  live on a small peninsula across from Tampa, on the Gulf of Mexico side.  A lot of retirees live here.  There are a million people on this peninsula, believe or not.  Traffic is an issue–a big issue.   And it’s much worse when the snowbirds are here.   I live on a quiet street, if you don’t count the typical suburban sounds such as lawn mowers, dogs, a peacock, and noisy squirrels and birds.

I have the best looking front yard, I believe.   I have a lot of flowering plants in pots and in ground.   In my backyard I have potted plants, a garden, a stand of banana plants and assorted trees.  For those who follow my blog, “the Excessive Gardener”, Mostly Dead Tree and the Recalcitrant Hibiscus (aka, surely you should be dead by now) are in the backyard.   Unfortunately, I don’t have a pool.   Several neighbors on my street have pools.

My neighbors are friendly, except for one incredibly old woman who won’t have anything to do with anyone.   Many of the neighbors walk their dogs and pass by the house.   I am out in the front yard regularly, either watering the plants or tending to them and passing neighbors stop and chat.   Just a few streets over is one of the main thoroughfares.   There are restaurants, fast food places, supermarkets, pharmacies, banks–everything you would need just nearby.   Especially garden centers.   A couple of miles away are the beaches.   It’s a nice place to live.

Daily Post Challenge:  Blog your block
Word Count;   286





When I was a kid I wanted to be an "atomic" scientist. Not anything my mother expected of me. Well, I became a scientist, just not an atomic one.

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10 comments on “Blog your block: Florida
  1. Kate Loveton says:

    Sounds like a wonderful place to live – on the Gulf side of Florida. I wish I had a green thumb… or at least an interest in developing one. Alas, I do not. YET I love the look of containers of flowers, tubs with flowering trees, fragrant and flowering vines. I love English gardens, especially.

    I am just lazy, I fear. I would rather sit on the back porch with a book. Fortunately, I live in the country and have a pretty view of rolling, emerald green hills, and lovely trees and bushes that preceded my appearance on the scene.

    I did plant petunias this weekend – that counts as a major gardening event for me. 🙂

    I bet your garden is beautiful.

    Do many ‘gators come to visit?

    • Lucy says:

      If I see a gator In my yard, I’m out of here. No, there aren’t any ponds or streams nearby. A couple of blocks away is a lake. They have a retirement community right next to the lake. You’re taking your chances strolling along the shore. Old people can’t run too fast either.

      Sometimes my green thumb turns turquoise and I can’t grow anything. Right now I can’t do anything wrong. I have most tropical plants and I cut away the baby banana plants from the parent plant, put them in pots to grow strong before putting them back in the ground. They;re amazing. They can double in size in just a few days. I am amazed that I can grow plants outdoors that back in New England, where I was raised, we only had those plants in the house. It’s a lot of work tending to all this and blogging. I haven’t had much time to read lately. I have so many books waiting to be read. Congrats on your petunias. Hope they grow well. Lucy

  2. Doobster418 says:

    Sounds like a nice, peaceful place to live.

  3. moi says:

    Apart from the traffic that sounds idylic.

    • Lucy says:

      Yes. The beaches are great and so close. But that traffic is awful. There’s an extremely long wait at the traffic lights. Otherwise, I like it here. Lucy

  4. smilingchapter says:

    i just start to live in new neighborhood a month ago. feel i exited with your writing so related to my experience, except the traffic 🙂

    • Lucy says:

      Oh, I hate the traffic. I’m from New Mexico. It’s a big state with a lot less people and traffic. Just have to get used to it. It’s hard to move to a new place and get comfortable but it does happen Thanks for stopping by. Lucy

  5. Lorianne says:

    Lovely. In Florida, you get snowbirds who come and go. Here in Boston, we get college students who come and go…except they’re here for the worst weather!

    • Lucy says:

      Don’t I know. I went to college in Connecticut. Small world. I like it here. The older I get the warmer I want. Thanks for coming by. Lucy

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