Too late to plant tulips?

Too late to plant tulips?

In a word, No! Now is a great time to get out there and plant tulips before the ground freezes. Until recently the weather was really warm and although the calendar said it was a good time to get these planted, my shorts and t-shirt indicated it was a little early. Well that has certainly changed and the time to plant tulips can’t be put off much longer. When to plant tulips? When your elephant ear bulbs quit looking like this… And instead start looking like this: My bulbs from Colorblends arrived in mid September but the warm weather was keeping all of my tropical plants looking great. I tell myself that they actually do better with a hard freeze to knock down the growth, but that may also be because I just don’t have it in me to remove these really great looking plants.… Read Full Post
Garden Summit for Novice Gardeners!

Garden Summit for Novice Gardeners!

I’m very excited to announce the kick off of the Southern Gardens 101 -Tele-Summit with Deborah Keever on Monday October 10, 2016 You can sign up for this incredible 2 week long FREE event that is tailored for the novice gardener by simply going to Deborah Keever’s Website and registering.  Again it’s FREE… and you’ll be able to listen to all the podcasts from over 26 Speakers. Register here NOW! www.deborahkeever.com/summit With over 26 speakers and 129 topics (and with over 3200 people signed up) this is going to be the MUST DO event of the Year for all Novice Gardener. You can check out the entire line up on the website and see the wide variety of topics and speakers. … Read Full Post
New Caladium Varieties

New Caladium Varieties

These new caladium varietes are sure to impress with their new colors and habits. Most of these are part of the Florida Flower Trials this year and are just making their debut to the industry. After a very warm fall left production a bit of a mess, these new caladium varieties are now starting to take hold and really put on a show.  It is amazing to see the development of these new caladium varieties in recent year and leaves me looking forward to what is coming down the line in the future. The varieties are from Classic Caladiums, Bates Sons & Daughters and Happiness Farms. New Caladium Varieties by Grower: Caladium ‘Fiesta’ from Bates Sons & Daughters. What a color combination!  … Read Full Post
Yard Renovation Time

Yard Renovation Time

It has been a busy few weeks in our garden!  After much deliberation, we’ve decided to do a major overhaul and yard renovation of our backyard. I love the lushness of our yard, but I also understand that it may have gotten a little out of hand. For instance, Bismark Palms (Bismarkia nobilis) are absolutely stunning palms. When I moved into our house five years ago the previous owner had planted two of these little babies in our back yard. They were so cute. And not having the heart to remove them back then, over time these plants have grown!  At maturity Bismark palms can be 30′ tall with a spread of 12-16 feet. This is just not the plant for a small backyard.… Read Full Post
Winter Flowers for Florida

Winter Flowers for Florida

As the weather begins to cool, fall is the perfect time to add color to your yard and landscape. While some of our more tropical plants will require extra care to get through cool night time temperatures, there are many annual flowers that will flourish in the cooler, drier weather. You will find great success during our Florida winter months by simply selecting the correct plants for this time of year. It can be difficult, however, to pick out the correct cool season flowers from the out of season plants that may still be offered at garden centers and this post will be a great tool in finding the best plants! Petunia ‘Boom Veiu Red n Yellow’ Before purchasing plants, decide on the best location for your flowers.… Read Full Post
Visiting the Sunken Gardens, St. Petersburg, Florida

Visiting the Sunken Gardens, St. Petersburg, Florida

The Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg, Florida are one of those places that I have heard about many times but never visited, that is until this past weekend when Mike and I took a few minutes to stop by this beautiful little garden. The sign from the road was unlike any botanical garden entrance sign I’ve ever seen!  How great is this?! If we were unsure about stopping before, this was certainly going to pull me in! The tagline for the Sunken Gardens is “A Botanical Experience” and I think that is truly fitting. The kitschy sign by the road does not do justice to the high quality of horticulture taking place here.     According to the guide map, the Sunken Gardens was a 4 acre property purchased in 1903 by Mr.… Read Full Post
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