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.
While at the Flower Trials we had time to wander throughout the 40+ acre gardens.
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.
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….
Tall cypress knees make the frame for this “fairy house” and two pecky cypress boards are the foundation.
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…
The arches in this cypress knee look just like an entryway to an imaginary woodland. So I embellished it to complete the scene.
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,…
The inspiration came from my sister in law who collects tea pots and appreciates shells. So, for her birthday I made this fairy house.
Hurricane Irma left her mark on South Florida. Five months ago her 90 to 150 mile per hour winds destroyed tens of thousands of trees but here are some interesting survivors in Fort Myers and Naples. (Roll over each photo for the caption.)
January 1, 2018. A walk around the garden today shows lots of color.