Pauline Sweeney/Z9 FL
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  • Davenport, FL
  • United States
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Which category best describes you?
Recreational Gardener
Skill level
What kind of gardening do you like to do?
flower gardens with a tropical look
How much time do you spend a week on average in your garden when weather permits?
10-15 hrs
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.

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I love bargains!

Posted on October 2, 2010 at 8:16pm 0 Comments

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…


Canna bargains and wayward cucumber?

Posted on August 2, 2010 at 8:16pm 2 Comments

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…


What have you unearthed?

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 6:34pm 7 Comments

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

HOA rules becoming 'Florida friendly'

Posted on May 31, 2010 at 9:36am 3 Comments

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…


Cypress Gardens sold

Posted on January 16, 2010 at 3:32pm 0 Comments

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.

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At 12:44am on March 7, 2012, Joan *Flower Angel*.. Z-8 said…

Beautiful pics... Thank You for sharing... Happy Gardening !

At 8:30pm on April 14, 2011, Paula Quillen said…
Hi Pauline. I wanted to let you know that I have several plumeria now. If you would ever want one let me know. My email    :)
At 5:18pm on November 01, 2010, Terri L Johanson gave Pauline Sweeney/Z9 FL a gift
Thanks for your kind words on my grandma pic! Have an awesome day!
At 4:02pm on September 07, 2010, patricia jean hartman gave Pauline Sweeney/Z9 FL a gift
Here you go, you landed in my mail box some how saying you love gifts!!! So I am sending you one Patricia Jean
At 10:35am on August 23, 2010, anne andrews/7b said…
hummmm, good question pauline!
At 5:23pm on August 22, 2010, anne andrews/7b said…
hi pauline, yes i do leave my "writing spiders", as the old folks call them, where i find them. they are always out of the way anyhow. thanks for the visit and come again soon!
At 6:27pm on August 6, 2010, E. Charleen. Harrell z7b said…
Dear Pauline, Just saw your question. The small plants in the back are grown from seed. the larger ones in front is some I ordered.
So glad you like thm. they are growing.. Still have babies to pot.
At 3:47pm on July 22, 2010, Alison Clarke gave Pauline Sweeney/Z9 FL a gift
At 12:04pm on July 15, 2010, Rebecca A Mclellan said…
Thanks for the sweet comment. Very relaxing to read the paper and have morning coffee here. Love your pics too-nature and dogs. Your flower beds are beautiful. Can't get better than that !!!! Hope your day is filled with flowers and love....
At 8:49am on July 15, 2010, MAE LUCERO/zn 8 GA gave Pauline Sweeney/Z9 FL a gift
Thanks forthe red ribbon, Pauline I have seeds of Ruby Dot and Super Rose hardy hibiscus to share. The blooms get up to 6 - 7 inches in diameter. Please let me know if you're interested in some.

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"The eastside windowbox with the new fuchsia & begonias & lobelia & impatiens. Oh there's a coleus in there too."
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"Your begonias are always delicious looking."

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