Bringing amaryllis indoors

Bringing amaryllis indoors

Its time to bring your amaryllis indoors! Well, a few weeks ago was probably the time to bring your amaryllis indoors but it isn’t too late. I’ve been letting my amaryllis grow outside all summer. This has been so easy that I have, in fact, completely forgotten about them. I’ve been so proud of myself for the restraint I’ve shown because there is a little bit of space on my plant shelves… and then I discover yet another plant which I have not brought indoors. I planted my two amaryllis outside near the end of May. I tucked them behind some elephant ears and hibiscus and, truthfully, forgot they were there until I saw some amaryllis indoors at a garden center yesterday.… Read Full Post
Grasses that stand up in winter

Grasses that stand up in winter

What can I say? Its been a long winter. We had a blizzard on Sunday– a real one. All of this snow is giving me a new appreciation for grasses that stand up in winter. The photo above shows the ‘Northwind’ switchgrass standing strong with about 8″ of snow at the base. The photos below show the same plants with about 15″ of snow at their base. I have other grasses in my garden, but none of them seem to hold up like these. What use is a floppy grass if you can’t appreciate it in the winter? Grasses that stand up in winter are something to be appreciated, quite honestly, all year long. Their vertical punctuation in an otherwise flat landscape is exactly what is needed.… Read Full Post
Florida Vegetable Garden update

Florida Vegetable Garden update

I can’t believe how long its been since I’ve given a Florida vegetable garden update!  Things are growing! You might remember that I started all of my plants from seed, all ordered from Johnny’s Seeds. This was my garden in September:   And this is today! As you can see, it is quite full. Everything seems to be doing pretty well; the first planting of beans are finished but the second planting is full of gorgeous yellow beans. Although this week has been really warm, our cooler weeks previous helped the ‘Autumn Star’ (F1) Kalettes® to really take off. The purple color is deepening and just yesterday I noticed what look like tiny buds along the stem. Hopefully some cooler weather will help these to mature.… Read Full Post
How to Plant Beans

How to Plant Beans

Learning how to plant beans may sound basic, but if you are growing your first garden this will provide step by step details. Beans are one of my new favorites!  They are easy to grow from seed and their large size makes them manageable for planting. When to Plant Beans For Florida gardeners, the When is often more important than the How. The timing of planting dates is critical to success. Especially if you are originally from more northern climates like I am, getting used to this new “gardening calendar” is important. The best time to plant beans in Florida is September through December and February through April. Why not January?  Often the soil is too cool during this month for the seeds to germinate well.… Read Full Post
Frost Protection in the Garden

Frost Protection in the Garden

It doesn’t happen often, but once or twice a year we hear on the news to “cover your plants” because of the possibility of cold weather. How do you know if this is time and money well spent on frost protection for your plants? Or, if on the other hand, you can stay nice and warm inside and leave things alone to tough it out? Let’s look at a few things to consider when freezing temperatures are predicted and frost protection is a possibility. The weather preceding a night with cold temperatures is very important. If the weather has been getting gradually cooler over several weeks then, just like us, the plants in your yard are better acclimated to the cold snap.… Read Full Post
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