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June 30, 2018

By Linda Seals, Brevard County Extension Horticultural Agent.

If you are wondering how you can contribute to healing the Indian River Lagoon, I recommend starting with your lawn. So whether your lawn is beach side or landlocked…formal or informal…Simpson’s Stopper (Myrc...

June 26, 2018

Sally Scalera on gardenias:

Gardenia cultivars vary considerably in flower size and form, rate of growth, and bloom time and duration. If you’d like to add a gardenia to your landscape here are some varieties to consider:

• Ameii Yoshioka: Flowers of this variety are out...

June 22, 2018

photos from a recent FFGC short course in Gainesville where 4 club members

(Stacy Reeder, Valerie Karas, Linda Sheedy & June Sims)

attended classes and an amazing garden tour

June 22, 2018

Bougainvillea add color to the landscape. Plant now for bloom next spring and summer.

The newer dwarf varieties make wonderful bedding plants and are easier to care for. The most popular dwarf variety is the Helen Johnson bougainvillea;  a versatile and hardy shrub you...

June 18, 2018

These tiny dynamos weighing less than a penny fascinate me. Solitary, iridescent, champion long distance flyers, hummingbirds’ wings flutter in the pattern of an infinity symbol—symbolic of eternity, continuity and infinity.  The US has only 16 of the 338 known, specie...

June 13, 2018

An online tool for learning about plants.

Gardenias – This was a spectacular year for gardenias. Cool weather and abundant rain ensured abundant long-lasting blooms. Now that the creamy flowers and their seductive perfume have vanished it’s time to care for your gardeni...

June 8, 2018

3/4 Cups Butter 

1 1/2 Cups Sugar 
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract 
1 Tablesppon Coffee extract 

2 Cups all-purpose flour 
2/3 Cups unsweetened cocoa 
2 Teaspoon baking soda 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 Cups dairy sour cream 

Oven at 350, prepare two 9in roun...

June 7, 2018

Home Depot Photo

I’d never heard of “Hellstrip gardening” until I came across “6 Best Plants for a Colorful Hellstrip Garden”, an interesting article on The Home Depot website by Renee Valdes. The phrase refers to the often unsightly area between the street and a sidewa...

June 6, 2018

No fertilizing with nitrogen or phosphorus from June 1st through September 30th to give the Indian River Lagoon a break from the chemicals that feed the algae blooms killing the seagrasses so critical to feeding and sheltering marine life. While fertilizer isn't the on...

June 1, 2018

Happy Summer! Gardening in our sandy soil is never easy and during sweltering summer days it’s not even pleasant. But, in the morning’s dawning and in the long, lovely evenings there is usually a sea breeze to bless your labors. And the sultry season with its slower pa...

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