The Private Gardens of Lake Eola Heights

The Private Gardens of Lake Eola Heights

  The Eola Heights Private Garden Tour offered a rare glimpse into the hidden gems and private gardens of one of Orlando’s oldest neighborhoods. I am not sure how I managed, but Mike and I spent a couple of hours on Sunday afternoon visiting some of these special spaces. A few images to summarize the day: The collection of orchids and bromeliads are perfectly placed under this ligustrum tree. With no lawn in the courtyard, this fountain becomes the focal point with low maintenance groundcovers and plants throughout to keep the lush feel. The photo doesn’t do justice to this amazing little backyard. The pool tucked in this small space was beautiful and complimented the outdoor room on the home.   Ceramic containers with tropical water lilies were quite striking along the drive.… Read Full Post
Succulent terrariums

Succulent terrariums

Succulent terrariums are a tricky thing. Pick the wrong plants and they stretch out and turn ugly. Pick the wrong container and, well, same result: ugly. Read on to find out how to easily make your own succulent terrarium that will look great and last for years. Traditional terrariums and succulent are quite different and we need to think about them in different ways.  From the container selection to plants, this is a different process. Traditional Terrariums:   Have an enclosed environment (lids or bottle) that retains moisture. Think of these as their own mini-environment. By not letting any water out, there is the process of evaporation, transpiration and condensation all within this little container. Proper terrariums will not even require additional water to be added.… Read Full Post
Flowering Ground Covers

Flowering Ground Covers

  The idea for the this post came to me as I was walking our dogs the other day and came across this large patch of frog fruit plant growing in a nearby lawn. While some people would call this a lawn weed, it could also be considered a great flowering ground cover for Florida. With less resources and time spent on a traditional lawn, some of these flowering groundcovers could make a great addition to your home and garden. Read on to find out more about my top four flowering ground covers for Florida and the southeast US. Australian violet (Viola hederacea), is a low growing ground cover reaching about 4″ in height. It has glossy green fan-shaped leaves and white and purple flowers throughout the year.… Read Full Post
Loquat Recipes

Loquat Recipes

As I am sitting down to get this written I have to laugh at myself because, with the best intentions, I feel like I only got half of what I planned to do completed. Two weeks ago I said to Mike that we were going to try to make as many different loquat recipes as possible. Well, we only got two things completed and they both involved alcohol. Huh. Botanically, loquats are in the Pome family, along with roses, apples and pears. The scientific name for loquat is Eriobotryae japonica. Loquats are sometimes called Japanese Plums as well and in addition to producing these tasty little fruit they are a beautiful small tree for Florida. Loquat trees are one of my favorite elements to an edible landscape because the plant itself is quite attractive.… Read Full Post
‘Little John’ Dwarf Bottlebrush Plant

‘Little John’ Dwarf Bottlebrush Plant

I’ve loved (and wanted!) ‘Little John’ dwarf bottlebrush plant for several years. That’s saying a lot considering that most of the time I change my mind on my favorite plants and usually end up changing things out in a year or two.  I’ve been waiting to find a place to plant this sun loving shrub in our mostly shady yard and the time has finally come! I bring this up because I think I deserve credit for not actually buying this plant that I’ve been lusting for without having a good place to plant it (quick confession: that is probably only due to the fact that these ‘Little Johns’ are not really cheap). My first experience with this variety of bottlebrush was about three years ago.  … Read Full Post
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