Floral Designs from Top German and Dutch Florists

February 5, 2009 by Rick

60000 people attend the worlds largest professional horticulture trade fair each year in Germany to see the latest in plants, equipment and tools for all segments of the industry. Here is what the leading florists are demonstrating.


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She loves me, She loves me not…

February 3, 2009 by Rick

Cape Daisies (Osteospermum) are in full bloom this time of year. These cool season superstars are annuals, Put them in containers where you can move them around. They thrive in full sun with little care throughout the winter and early spring, but appreciate a partially shaded site sheltered from summer rains. In California they call them Freeway Daisies because their so adapted to drought and sunshine.


Ostica Blue Eyes is the toughest and best-performing Cape Daisy and it’s readily available at garden centers until mid April. The deep iridescent blue eye in the center of this white makes it a real stand-out.

Paper Daisies make me smile

January 30, 2009 by Rick

Paper Daisies (Bracteantha bracteana) make ideal cool season annuals. They are fairly heat tolerant so enjoy their bright colors now through early summer. Children of all ages like the unique papery feel of the flower petals and the large daisy shape of the blooms. You can also pick the flowers and hang them inside a dry pantry or closet and let them dry out for use as an everlasting. When these flowers dry they look just-picked.

Paper Daisy

Help is just an email away

January 26, 2009 by Rick

The State of Florida through the land grant college, the University of Florida, provides research and information through county Extension offices. Getting the right answers has never been easier or faster thanks to the web and the efficiency that the University system has set up. Follow this link and bookmark it so you can email or call to ask your local county professional just about anything that is plant or pest related and get accurate and unbiased help. http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/local.htm



Why we created a Florida Friendly Plant blog

January 22, 2009 by Rick

For the last 30 years we’ve gained quite a bit of experience and have learned some design principles from working with the plants we grow. We’ll add tips and ideas here in the blog to supplement the plant facts in our web site database. The placement of plants offers many possibilities for gardening enjoyment. We hope you find something interesting here and come back from time to time to see how we’re doing. We want to be a ‘good news’ source of information without a lot of advertising. Gardening and decorating are good for you and hopefully you’ll find something here to complement your lifestyle. We’ll share posts and links to ideas that inform you about successful gardening, using colors in a pleasing way and getting the most from your efforts. It’s our hope that the plants we grow and the information we share will add lasting beauty and value to your home.

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Welcome to our Florida Friendly Plants Blog

January 19, 2009 by Rick

We plan to share through numerous posts our enthusiasm and experience as long-time Florida gardeners and horticulturists. Our hope is that your gardening efforts will be successful and enjoyable.  We’ll share ways to make your yards and patios beautiful while following the University of Florida's Nine Principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping:


1) Right Plant, Right Place: Plants selected to suit a specific site will require minimal amounts of water, fertilizers and pesticides.


2) Water Efficiently: Irrigate only when your lawn needs water. Efficient watering is the key to a healthy yard and conservation of limited resources.


3) Fertilize Appropriately: Less is often best. Over-use of fertilizers can be hazardous to your yard and the environment.


4) Mulch: Maintain two to three inches of mulch to help retain soil moisture, prevent erosion and suppress weeds.


5) Attract Wildlife: Plants in your yard that provide food, water and shelter can conserve Florida’s diverse wildlife.


6) Manage Yard Pests Responsibly: Unwise use of pesticides can harm people, pets, beneficial organisms and the environment.


7) Recycle: Grass clippings, leaves and yard trimmings composted and recycled on site provide nutrients to the soil and reduce waste disposal.


8) Reduce Storm water Runoff: Water running off your yard can carry pollutants, such as fertilizer, pesticides, soil and debris that can harm water quality. Reduction of this runoff will help prevent pollution.


9) Protect the Waterfront: Waterfront property, whether on a river, stream, pond, bay or beach, is very fragile and should be carefully protected to maintain freshwater and marine ecosystems.


More details can be found here: http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/homeowners/nine_principles.htm


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