Monthly Archive: January 2013

Camellias in the Panhandle

Camellia flowers

Are you looking for an evergreen shrub with showy flowers in the fall or winter? Look no further than an old Southern favorite, the camellia. Large camellias dot landscapes of historic homes throughout the Florida Panhandle, and although they look like they’ve been here forever camellias are not native to North America, but were originally …

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Reliable Ground Orchid

A hidden surprise in many gardens this time of year are the delicate blooms of terrestrial orchids.  One species that is a consistent bloomer along the Gulf Coast is the Chinese ground orchid, Bletilla striata.  Although foliage and flowers may be sensitive to cold weather, the preferred growing conditions under tree canopies often offer this …

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Grow A Salad This Winter; Lettuce Easy To Grow, Delicious

Cool days and chilly nights are just the kind of weather lettuce enjoys. Lettuce is a vegetable that is extremely easy to grow, delicious and so attractive that any gardener – whether you have a vegetable garden, flower garden or even a garden in containers on a balcony – should include it in the garden. …

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With Arbor Day Approaching; Good Time To Plant Spring-flowering Trees

As mentioned in the article written by Carrie Stevenson last week, we celebrate Arbor Day here in Florida on January 18th this year. It’s a day we specifically set aside to celebrate and appreciate the role living trees play in improving our lives and our environment. With that in mind, many people plant trees to …

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Arbor Day 2013

Arbor Day (which literally means, “Tree Day”) was founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton, a naturalist and journalist in Nebraska.  By 1882, it was celebrated by thousands of schoolchildren nationwide, who planted trees and took care of them with their classmates.  Today, millions of communities and schools celebrate Arbor Day all over the world.  …

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