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Author: host Created: 4/16/2009 7:27 PM
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By host on 3/29/2010 6:58 PM

Window dressing  helps to brighten the yard.What a nice weekend we had in South Florida here at the end of March 2010. Saturday was sunny with a nice coolness to the wind. Sunday was a little windy, overcast and humid. But, it was a nice day, nonetheless to work in the garden. I hope you were able to get outside in your garden this weekend.

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By host on 3/25/2010 7:23 PM

I wrote this back in June of 2008: “Coconut palms are popular landscape plants in many tropical and subtropical parts of the world. Coconut palms are also popular in more temperate areas. In Florida, this palm came be grown successfully from the Keys as far north as the Palm Beaches on the east coast and Fort Myers on the west coast. Because of global warming...

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By host on 3/14/2010 5:48 PM

Remember when all of Florida was in an uproar over citrus canker? Remember the eradication efforts and outraged citizens protesting their right to keep their prized citrus trees and the state chopping them down and taking them away, by law?

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By host on 2/20/2010 6:58 PM

Beautiful green lawns provide numerous environmental benefits and their ability to store carbon is one of them; but when a recently published research study regarding the ability of grass to store carbon reached the opposite conclusion of previous studies, more than a few scientists were scratching their heads.

A study by Amy Townsend-Small, Earth system science post-doctoral researcher at University of California, Irvine received extensive media coverage because of the negative conclusions she presented regarding growing grass lawns. Her study suggested that the carbon-storing benefits of lawns were counteracted by fuel consumption.

Focusing on four parks and lawns in Southern California, the Townsend-Small study found that greenhouse gas emissions from fertilizer production, mowing, leaf blowing and other lawn management practices were four times greater tha ... Read More »

By host on 1/31/2010 8:22 PM

What is a Purple Martin (Progne subis)? And why do you want to invite them to your garden? Purple Martins are the largest member (to 8 inches long) of the swallow family of birds. They are famous for a number of things: 1) their prodigious appetite for bugs, 2) their aerial acrobatics, 3) their close association with humans, and 3) their yearly migration over land from Canada in the summer to Brazil in the fall.

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By host on 1/16/2010 3:20 PM

Freeze Damage.Most of Florida is now experiencing mild weather after two weeks of record breaking cold. You have probably had a chance to survey the damage that was dealt to your plants by the freezing weather and depending upon where those plants were located in your garden and their cold tolerance some probably held up better than others to the Arctic front.

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By host on 12/31/2009 4:01 PM

Bone-in Rib Roast ready for the oven. Click to enlarge.This is one on the few times of the year that my wife likes to abandon the kitchen to allow me to work on my cooking masterpiece – a Rib Roast.

This year she bought a bone-in roast which I like to work with more than the boneless ones. It seems to me that bone-in roasts tend to have more flavor. If we manage to pick up the roast a few days...

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By host on 12/21/2009 10:51 PM

Baker Creek heirloom Seeds catalogOh boy, oh boy, oh boy! The seed catalogs are beginning to arrive in my mailbox. OH, YEAH!

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By host on 12/9/2009 10:35 PM

Agastache, Salvia and Gaura. Click to enlarge.This is an awesome time of the year for gardening in South Florida. Check out my Butterfly, Bee and Hummingbird garden. I ordered the plants online from High Country Gardens in September. These plants do not require a lot of water and are recommended for areas in full to partial sun, Zones 5b to 10. The flowers are beautiful, do not have a noticeable scent, but because they are members of the mint family, the lea Read More »

By host on 12/8/2009 9:38 PM

Purple Pitcher Saracenia purpurea, Red Pitcher Sarracenia rubra, Sundew Drosera, Tropical Pitcher Nepenthes, Venus Flytrap Dionaea Muscipula and Cobra Lily Darlingtonia californica in a terrarium. Click to enlarge.Good old Lowes – I went over to buy a light bulb and I came out with a light bulb and 5 carnivorous plants. I had wanted to buy some of these plants last year, hesitated and...

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