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Brain Plants and Pot Heads…

Brain Plants and Pot Heads…

Brain Plants and Pot Heads?  How can you be anything but intrigued by this title? My now infamous “pot heads” all started because of one plant. This guy, an Echinobivia cristata ‘Rainbow Bursts’ that we came across at a nearby Lowes. It was so awesome that Mike actually found it! AND wanted to buy it!  As you might guess, we have a plethora of plants at our house and it is very rare that he thinks we need to buy a plant. It certainly looks like a brain plant, doesn’t it? Even the fissure down the center just screams “brain!” at you. As we were walking around the store looking for a few other odds and ends I offhandedly mentioned that I could make a pot for this where the face would be the bottom part and the top would be open for the “brain plant” to stick out the top.… Read Full Post
Our Mexican Beach Pebbles Project

Our Mexican Beach Pebbles Project

Do you have any of those projects you’ve been wanting to do for years but just haven’t gotten around to completing? Recently our Mexican beach pebbles project finally moved out of this category and into the ‘Finished’ column. Its about time! After three years of wanting to get this done, it took seeing this landscape at the Orange County Convention Center a few weeks ago to finally give us that push to complete this project. This photo shows the area where the Mexican beach pebbles were used to create a lovely flowing pathway of separation between the mondo grass and the turf. Our small lawn space has been struggling for about a year. You can see here the remains of the zoysia grass that we installed a few years ago.… Read Full Post
5 Houseplants You Won’t Kill

5 Houseplants You Won’t Kill

Think you have a black thumb?  Growing plants in your home is not impossible, it just takes selecting the best plants for these tough conditions.  These are 5 houseplants you won’t kill, I promise. Read on to learn what you should try: ZZ Plant.  This is my go-to houseplant.  It does well without much sunlight and prefers that you forget to water it most of the time.  This is a relative new comer to the houseplant category, but it’s glossy leaves and easy care make it a winner for me.  For best results let it stay in a small pot and water once every 2-3 weeks.  It is a plant that grows very slowly, so don’t expect to see much happening other than a nice green houseplant that will look great year round.… Read Full Post
Planting Orchids in Trees

Planting Orchids in Trees

I love orchids.  I think they are absolutely beautiful! In fact, I have decided that they look so nice that I have started buying a phalenopsis in flower to keep on our mantel.  The last orchid that I bought lasted seven weeks, so how can I complain? Now, when these plants finish flowering, I “replant” them outsides.  Central Florida is just warm enough that these will do just fine outside with a little bit of protection from a small tree or shrub.  The fact that orchids need shade serves two benefits: it keeps the plants from getting too dry and it also means that whatever is providing that shade will also serve the purpose of keeping light frosts off of your orchid.… Read Full Post
Containerscaping

Containerscaping

New to the world of gardening and landscaping is the term “Containerscaping.”  What does this mean?  It is simply the idea of combining large containers into your yard and garden as focal points.  The idea itself is not new, homeowners have been doing this for years, but this new term really highlights some great ideas. Agaves in containers are a low maintenance option. Using large containers in your yard is easy to do.  It provides a great focal point, and for those afraid of commitment, there is always the option to move them around or take them out in the future.   It doesn’t require any back-breaking digging or shoveling and your plants are simple to replace or maintain because of the height from the ground. … Read Full Post

Beautiful DIY Flower Containers

Creating a great looking flower container doesn’t have to be a mystery anymore.  This is a great way to add color to small spaces or as a way to greet people to your home with some terrific looking plants.   Follow these tips for your perfect flower pot: Thriller-Filler-Spiller.  This is the key to your perfect pot recipe.  These three components are the little secret that makes containers on glossy magazine covers look so good.  Let’s break it down: Thriller: This is the biggest plant in your container.  It is the eye-catching component that gives you the added height and can also include color or texture.  A few to think about for our area include cannas, grasses, ti plants, crotons or even small palms. … Read Full Post
Growing Grapes in Containers

Growing Grapes in Containers

Well I don’t know if this will be successful or not, but this is going to be our first attempt at growing grapes.  I don’t know why, but for some reason this plant just called out to me as I was walking through the garden center.  The hard part was finding a place for it in our increasingly full yard. I do find it frustrating when the wrong types of plants for Florida are being sold.  They may look great now, but it is really setting up the homeowner for failure, and ultimately discouragement.  As I was walking to the front of the store with my purchase in hand I noticed that the tag read a ‘Chardonnay’ grape.  Oh no, this is not for here!  … Read Full Post

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