After living all our lives in Massachusetts, my husband's company transferred him to Florida during the winter. We were in the same house for 32 yrs and had to leave behind the gardens I had made and the plants I enjoyed. Making things worse, the new owner did not take care of them.
Our house in Florida was pretty much a blank slate except for the obligitory palm tree, pittosporum hedge and - yes - fake flowers stuck in the ground!
I've done a lot of reading and studying local gardens in the past 2 yrs, not wanting to make mistakes that I'll regret 10-20 yrs from now. I have some small annual/perennial beds, a new shrub border and lots of container plantings. We had to take out a diseased sago palm and the pittosporum in the front yard but haven't replaced them yet. Considering Indian Hawthorn, a cold hardy palm and annuals for color.
I'm looking forward to the challenge of gardening year-round.
Pauline Sweeney/Z9 FL's Blog
Posted on October 2, 2010 at 8:16pm
Just went to the large garden center today for 'cool-weather' plants. I was looking for the pink wax begonias that grow so beautifully for me, especially in containers. I know you northerners are shaking your heads but I've have kept these blooming through most of our winters better than our hot summers. I only saw red ones, which I don't care for, until I couldn't resist the bargain area.
I was so surprised to see landscaper's flats of 18 plants, usually $10, about 5-8" tall, a bit… Continue
Posted on August 2, 2010 at 8:16pm
I just bought 2 Canna - Tropicana and Tropicana Gold in 2 gal. pots - at Lowes for only $3.99 each. First leaves are starting to look bad and no flowers so they went to the mark-down area. New shoots with great leaves coming up, even coming out of the drainage holes! Will put them in the ground ASAP. gotta love it!
And I went out to pull some weeds from my lawn and I think I have a wayward cucumber growing next to the street! I had some new St. Augustine grass installed and between… Continue
Posted on July 21, 2010 at 6:34pm
Well, Alison Clarke's post started me thinking about objects we dig up while gardening. When I lived in Massachusetts, we kept finding rusted metal objects of all shapes and sizes. And glass pieces would continually work their way to the surface - the lawn as well as the gardens - not good with kids playing there. Even found a horseshoe once (thankfully no horse attached). We eventually found out that the land had been used as a junk yard for old cars......Model A's, T's.....a long, long time… Continue
Posted on May 31, 2010 at 9:36am
Until now, our Homeowners Assoc. rules have been pretty strict regarding front yards. Only St. Augustine grass, no more than 25% of the area non-lawn, etc. Houses are close together with small front lawns and uniform landscaping does enhance the look. The builder gave each house a palm tree, magnolia tree and/or live oak. Now, 6 yrs later, we can see that most were planted without regard for the mature sizes. I've restricted my plantings in front to the two existing garden beds and… Continue
Posted on January 16, 2010 at 3:32pm
It was just announced that Cypress Gardens, including the botanical gardens, was sold to the company that owns Legoland. It will be interesting to see what they do there.