Florida Friendly Succulent Combinations

January 27, 2013 by Rickb

Succulent Combination Bowls & Container Gardens for your Patio

Ready made bowls are available at your Florida Home Depot Garden Center

16 assorted succulents as Classic Collections at a very low price are also available there.

2 sizes of bowls that can be used indoors as table decorations and then grown on a patio.

Very low water use means you can go on vacation and let the rain do your watering.

Different assortments feature the best of a very diverse group of plants.

Pastel shades are sure to work in any setting.

Balanced containers that excite the viewer.

Unique forms and colors add interest and change as they grow and produce offsets.

Pubescent forms.

Blacks and browns.

Silvers and whites.

Echeverias of all sorts remind me of flowers with their rosette form.

Blooms of yellow, red, white, and pink.

Puckered and pretty.

Shades of Grey and other sexy colors and attributes.

As elegant as Echeveria elegans.

Echeveria and Graptoveria grow bloom and produce offsets that are easy to share and

root quickly when removed from the mother plant.

Classic Creations, Classic Collections and Succulent Bowls

Ready made bowls are available at your Florida Home Depot Garden Center


Monarch Life Cycle

January 21, 2013 by Rickb

Videos you can share with your children before you take them outside and show them what is going on in your garden. You can plant Milkweed in a sunny spot around your home or in a container on your patio and the female Monarch will find it and lay eggs.

Egg hatching
Metamorphosis

 

Emergence

Milkweed plants are always available at your Florida Home Depot Garden Centers.


Vertical Garden Inspiration …with measurements included

July 7, 2012 by Rickb

 

A project that brings beauty up to eye level

You can also fill it with Succulents that will live for many years in a hanging planter like this.

Classic Living Walls are available at most Florida Home Depot Garden Centers and filled with the ideal succulents for this application.


Concrete Block Succulent Garden

April 28, 2012 by Rickb

 

 

Steps to build your own

 

More fun things to do with your collection of Succulents.


Inspiration on the Tampa Garden Tour

April 15, 2012 by Rickb

Have you heard of the term pique assiette? Becky is a master. Her masterpieces, garden, gardening skills and magical home were on display today.

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Becky uses lots of the super tuff Sedum Florida Friendly Gold and succulents in her plantings and planters.

 

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Above.  Our famous garden newspaper writer and blogger, Penny Carnathan, was busy with her camera snapping images of Becky’s Love Lies Bleeding.

 

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pique assiette done so perfectly in so many places in Becky’s garden and home.

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Queens Wreath on an arbor adorns their beautiful custom home.

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Classic Living Walls ®

September 11, 2011 by Rickb

Many Florida Home Depot Garden Centers will be carrying these Vertical Gardening planters.

Classic Living Walls c Riverview Flower Farm

At $14.98 you will find these are a value that will get you hooked on adding green to your outdoor gallery. Beautiful and versatile Succulents are the perfect low water use, easy care plants to make this investment a success.

Classic Living Walls 1 c Riverview Flower Farm

Each tray has 2 built in legs with holes for hanging the Classic Living Walls ®

Classic Living Walls 2 c Riverview Flower Farm

3.5 inch deck screws give you more than enough length for easy hanging and rehanging for times you want to take them down to water, fertilize or rearrange.

Classic Living Walls 3 c Riverview Flower Farm

It’s nice to have a drill and the right drive head for the screws you use.

At The Home Depot you will see the Classic Living Walls® displayed in picture frames with simple turn tabs to hold them in place. Check back for a diagram and parts list for making these or something similar for yourself.

Vertical Gardening is touted as the next Mega-trend in gardening by those who tout such things.

Patrick Blanc has led the way with his installations around the world and images and he has inspired lots of folks to Garden Up.

Got some hang-ups? Or do you need some ideas? Check out what Delphine has found to help you get ideas to cover your walls.


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Giant Water Platters at Kanapaha Gardens in Gainesville

August 10, 2011 by Rickb

 

This chromolithograph by William Allen Sharp of Victoria regia was published in Victoria Regia: The Great Water Lily of America, 1854.

Water Lily Victoria regia

Today the Water Platters are approaching the 7 foot size they were in 2008 when Kanapaha produced the largest water platters ever grown in North America.

Giant Victoria Water Lily

The hybrid Giant Victoria Water Lily at Kanapaha in July 2011

Giant Victoria

 

Santa Cruz Water Lily

The Santa Cruz Water Lily at Kanapaha in July 2011

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There are many different gardens within Kanapaha and they will surprise and amaze you with the plant diversity and display. This has become a garden paradise and a true treasure in Florida. If you have visited there 10 years ago and are remembering it as a spectacular garden then, prepare to be surprised with all the new gardens within.


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Fall is for Vegetable Gardening in Florida

August 4, 2011 by Rickb

Now is the time to get your garden started. Fall and Winter gardening can be the most productive time to garden. It is the best time for strawberries, broccoli, carrots, onions, spinach and more. If you plant soon you can get a good crop of tomatoes, peppers, squash and other warm season crops as the weather cools off when the crops near harvest. Watch this video for the ‘how to’ and to get ideas for your vegetable garden success. UF-IFAS Extension Training Video Vegetables

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Combine vegetables and annuals or perennials in large pots for the patio

Here is the link to the Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide that you will want to print and carry to the garden center when shopping for seeds, plants and soil conditioners, fertilizers and amendments as it has most info in an easy to carry format…other than on your smart phone.

Solutions For Your Life is Florida’s resource for gardening and much more. Check it out.

 

Try something different this year with Pot-in-Pot gardening. DSCN0611

Veggies work great in this system and you can replace them with flowers

as you harvest them.

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Incorporate a drip system for water saving and efficiency.

 


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Beneficial Nematodes in Action

July 18, 2011 by Rickb

Modern pest control has changed radically in the past decade with the availability of many biological pest control agents that we can use in our Integrated Pest Management - IPM system.

 

Controlling pests takes a leap of faith. When you drench a crop with garlic you can smell it all over the farm but you can’t see the insects being repelled from feeding on the flowers.

 

I like this new video that shows the nematodes in action and how to make them more effective.

 

Watch how beneficial nematodes move and attack insects.

On the Becker Underwood Blog you can see boicontrols in action

 

 

There are nematodes available for your home garden. Contact your local County Agent for more details on biocontrols in the garden. It takes some knowledge just as with any pesticide to get the right control agent for the right pest. For worm larvae that eat your veggies and mosquito larvae in your pond and bromeliad cups you still want to use Bt – Bacillus thuringiensis, a safe bacteria toxin that attacks the gut of the larval stage of the target pest.

 

"The Bugman" shows how to apply Beneficial Nematodes to control fleas, grubs, ants, root weevil, and other soil pests.

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Vertical Garden for Home Vegetable and Flowers

July 13, 2011 by Rickb

Really cool and easy way to garden vertically and avoid weeds and soil pests.

If you are a small farmer or a home gardener that wants a proven system to grow crops and flowers you will appreciate this one.

Vertical Vegetable Garden U of F Design

4 tiers of painted cola bottles on a 4 x 4 post.

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Drip irrigation and a timer make this a real water saving system too. You have to find someone who drinks lots of high fructose corn sugar AND is willing to donate their bottles for recycling.

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The other components can be purchased at Home Depot and the parts list and instructions are online to print here for this system. Have fun!


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