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Garden Folk Magic with Bottle Trees

Seeing strange things in your garden? Things that go bump in the night? Well, maybe it’s time to mix some old-time-southern-folk-magic with whimsical-garden-art and get a bottle tree. From fancy models made of welded metal to just old trees, the variety and type are only limited by the imagination… Bottle trees are just that: either a tree, stake, or tree-like shape festooned with glass bottles. The bottles can be any shape or size and can be hung or attached neck down with... Read More
at 7/20/21
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Gardening for Butterflies

How can anyone not love those lighter than air, colorful, fluttery little creatures? Butterflies are the passion of many gardeners and nature lovers alike. So, how do you attract them to your yard and keep them coming back? It’s all about the plants. Butterflies are very specific about the plants they are looking for when they are flitting through your garden. They like trumpet and tubular shaped, nectar-filled flowers which they drink from with their straw-like proboscis (mouthpart). The... Read More
at 6/24/21
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Gardening "Florida-friendly" Around Water

In Florida, it’s no secret that many of us have yards that back up to retention ponds, waterways, or have low spots that never seem to drain. Instead of forcing grass to grow in these hard-to-manage areas, why not create a garden bed using plants that like the extra water and require less maintenance and chemicals? Garden beds at the edge of the water not only enhance the aesthetics of your yard, but also are extremely beneficial to the environment and wildlife. If your yard is at the... Read More
at 5/26/21
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Are You Guilty of Crepe Murder?

By Harry Owens, horticulturist   There are horticultural atrocities taking place all over our city.  I start noticing it in the winter along roadsides, in front of businesses, and even in neighbors’ yards. The offense is the seasonal decapitation of crepe myrtles ( Lagerstroemia sp .), a practice that I un-affectionately refer to as “crepe murder.”  Crepe myrtles were introduced to the United States around 1790 in Charleston, South Carolina and have... Read More
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