FNGLA Annual Convention, 2018

Today wrapped up the Florida Nursery Grower Landscape Association’s annual convention. Awards were presented, speeches were given, donations were made, and the new Board of Directors are now voted in. President Ed Bravo selected the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort in Bonita Springs as the host hotel and the surroundings were beautiful.

Grape Vine House

This little house has gone through several changes. First it had a roof made from Mahogany seed pods. But it seemed too small so I cut it off and replaced it twice. The walls are made from rocks stacked and mudded with concrete patch. The base is 3/4″ oak, mounted on a lazy Susan. The…

Orange County Extension Office

While visiting the Florida Flower trials in Orlando we enjoyed the many gardens at the Extension office: Formal, vegetable, pollinator, wet/rain, dry, and native.        

Florida Flower Trails 2018 Talks

Inspire and educate. Our first day was spent visiting four locations. Our second day was spend in various classrooms learning about pest control, soils, water conservation, the consumer, business practices and design ideas. The weather was perfect: First day partly cloudy, second day rainy.

Florida Flower Trials 2018

Two days, three locations and thousands of flowers. Once a year in May the Florida Nursery Grower Association sponsors the Florida Flower Trails. The purpose is to show industry professionals some new and improved flowering plants by breeders from around the world.  (Some introductions were from the Neatherlands and Australia). The three trial grounds: U.F….

Cypress Dome Gnome Home

Tall cypress knees make the frame for this “fairy house” and two pecky cypress boards are the foundation.  

Excellent Potting Soil

Here is my new, favorite growing medium: Hydro Fiber Foliage Mix (HFFM) made by Jolly Gardener. I grow flowers and vegetable in the ground and in pots. But this year I am using a new soil-less growing medium that is a blend of Canadian peat, pine bark, perlite, and hydrofiber. This fiber is specially processed…

Cypress Knee Fairy House

The arches in this cypress knee look just like an entryway to an imaginary woodland. So I embellished it to complete the scene.

Chili Chicken Corn Cheese Casserole

An abundance of ‘New Mex Big Jim’ peppers motivated me to make this casserole. The original recipe is called Chicken Poblano Casserole but there is so much more to it. This is one of those dishes that takes hours to make and only minutes to eat. The eleven layers combine to make a savory, sweet,…

Tea by the Sea

The inspiration came from my sister in law who collects tea pots and appreciates shells. So, for her birthday I made this fairy house.