A Green Thought:

We are a part of the earth and it is a part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters; the deer, the horse, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the juices in the meadows, the body heat of the pony, and people - all belong to the same family. So teach your children what we have taught our children. Whatever happens to the earth happens to the children of the earth. If you spit on the land, you spit on yourselves. The earth does not belong to us; we belong to the earth. All things are connected, like the blood which unites one family. Mankind did not weave the web of life. We are but one strand within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are b

Resources and more

Valuable horticultural information is only a click away at the University of Florida Extension Service/ Brevard County website. Take a Look: http://brevard.ifas.ufl.edu/Horticulture/index.shtml UF Resources for Gardeners UF/IFAS Publications (EDIS): http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ Florida-Friendly Landscaping™: http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/ Gardening Solutions: http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/ Living Green: http://livinggreen.ifas.ufl.edu/

Container Gardening

University of Florida Extension has a lot of good container gardening information For how-to info and ideas see the Guide to Container Gardening, which explains how to select a container, light exposure, the growing medium, fertilizer, watering requirements and lists a selection of suitable annuals (by no means complete). See Choosing & Combining Plants for Containers taking into account Balance, Contrast, Color, Bones & Focal Points Better Homes and Gardens has a good site featuring, among others, containers for shade, and for butterflies. It also has container garden plans and a slide show of 12 no-fail perennials for the South. Sunset Magazine has 53 inspirational Container Gardens at

Amazing Amaryllis

Don’t toss your spent amaryllis. This article by Anne Lambrecht, Marion County Master Gardener explains how to enjoy these gorgeous flowers in your garden for many years.

Leopard Plant

Hello Ladies! I just want to share some photos of my blooming Leopard Plant farfugium japonicum (also called the Tractor Seat plant for obvious reasons). The bees are loving it and so am I! It generally likes shade but my plants get about


Cover tender plants with blankets, quilts or a mattress pad. If you will be using a plastic tarp, you will need to construct a frame around the plant to keep the plastic away from the foliage. If the cold front is forecasted to be windy, you will want to secure the covering so that it can’t blow away. Make sure that all of your tender, tropical plants have a thick layer of mulch, up to 4 inches deep, to protect the root system. Move containerized plants into the garage or house. If they must stay outside, move them together and cover the entire group with blankets or quilts. If a hard freeze, temperatures at 30 degrees or below, is forecast you can also place a light bulb or Christmas lights

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