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By host on 8/29/2009 5:48 PM

Hoverfly, Drone Fly, Flower Fly -- Click to enlargeHoverflies aka Flower Flies, or in this case Drone-Fly (Syrphidae) are characteristically known for their mimicry of bees, wasps or bumblebees, they have the same the bright colors and sometimes dense hair covering of bumblebees, but are completely defenseless. Flower flies cannot sting. Their specialty is hovering like humming birds, but they are also very fast and maneuverable flyers.

The larva of the Drone-Fly feeds on decaying organic material in stagnant water in small ponds, ditches and drains, pools around manure piles, sewage, and similar places containing water badly polluted with organic matter. Such water usually contains little or no oxygen and ... Read More »

By host on 8/29/2009 4:59 PM

Brahminy Blind Snake, Ramphotyphlops braminus

I was in my garden today pulling some weeds and puttering around when I lifted a spare bag of mulch and found a worm-like critter underneath the bag, just on top of the soil.

At first glance I thought it was another worm (my yard is blessed with many since I am not a proponent of poisoning the ground with “‘icides”). But, it was much darker than an earthworm and moved more like a snake.

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By host on 8/29/2009 3:29 PM

Wine Bottle Torch in action. Click to enlarge.This is a quick and inexpensive (around $25-bucks, less if you can scrounge-up some of the parts) project that repurposes an empty wine bottle. Plus it’s a great way to add some evening ambiance to your garden and possibly keep away mosquitoes.

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By host on 8/26/2009 8:36 PM


Here is a recipe I found while reading my German Garden magazine Flora Garten vol. 8/2009

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By host on 8/24/2009 10:06 PM

Extreme close-up, face of unknown beetle found on string bean leaf. Click to enlarge. Unknown beetle found on string bean leaf. Click to enlarge.

I found this really neat little beetle on one of the leaves of my green beans. This beetle is in the palm of my hand and only about 5mm long. It has some cool looking markings. I do not know what is is, but as soon as I figure it out I will post the information here. Until t ... Read More »

By host on 8/16/2009 9:15 PM

The mission of All-America Selections is “to promote new garden seed varieties with superior garden performance judged in impartial trials in North America.” AAS Trials have been conducted every year since 1932 and AAS is the oldest, most established international testing organization in North America.

There is a network of about 200 dedicated AAS gardens incl Read More »

By host on 7/21/2009 7:32 PM

Clerodendrum philippinum -- Cashmere Bouquet ClerodendrumThis beautiful perennial shrub has its good points and bad points. On the plus side Cashmere Bouquet grows to heights of 5’ to 8', has large downy mid-to-dark green leaves, and flowers in tight clusters that are very fragrant in the evening, with a scent reminiscent (to my nose at least) of the soap “Cashmere Bouquet”. The plant’s biggest negative point is that is propagates itself with underground runners and can quickly become invasive and very difficult to control (like most of the clerodendrums) if planted directly in the ground in your garden.

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By host on 7/19/2009 1:15 PM

Chasteberry FlowersThis is a lovely bush also known as Chaste Berry, Chasteberry, Hemptree, Agnus castus, Abraham's balm, Monk’s Pepper or simply Vitex and is a member of the Verbenaceae family.

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By host on 7/13/2009 8:25 PM

Greenhouse FrogThis tiny guy is a full grown Eleutherodactylus planirostris frog -- commonly known as the Greenhouse Frog. If you think this frog is little (about ½” to 1-1/4” long) you should see its babies which hatch as tiny “froglets” from the eggs mama frog lays. This is one of the few frogs that do not have a tadpole stage; instead they hatch out as mini-frogs that look just like their parents, only much, much smaller.

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By host on 7/11/2009 9:08 PM

Smith & Hawken, Palm Beach Gardens StoreOn Thursday I reported that Smith & Hawken is liquidating. Today I drove up to the Palm Beach Gardens Smith & Hawken store in the Downtown at the Gardens Mall looking for some bargains. Yeah, I really did not find any. Sure, the sign in the window says everything in the store is marked down 20 to 30%, but when they start out pricing everything high your final savings really is not that great.

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