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Category: Horticulture

View of Pollinators

Duranta shrub flowers

Outside my office window is a large bush dappled in diminutive dangling white flowers.  And butterflies!  This Duranta ‘Alba’, or “Golden-Dew-Drop”, is so distracting that I find myself frequently glancing at the antics of its… Read More

Beautiful Bromeliads and Mischievous Mosquitoes

blooming burgundy bromeliad in the morning sun

In January, 2016, I moved back to Florida from another southern state.  It was great to see familiar plants and to be able to go to the beach again.I love the dizzying varieties of beautiful… Read More

Hibiscus and Some Relatives

bright red Hibiscus flower

The Malvaceae family Most all Floridians are familiar with the large tropical evergreen Hibiscus, Rosa sinenis.  It is bright and sunny and totally tropical looking with gorgeous flowers that bloom nearly year round.  Vero Beach,… Read More

Orchids: Beauty and Easy-Care

close up of orchid blooms

A half-day field trip to Orchid Jungle down in South Florida put orchids on my list of ‘MUST HAVE’ plants.  The scents and beauty of the blooms took my breath away.  There was even an… Read More

Helping Pollinators Spring Into Action

a bee visiting a flower

If you are anything like me, you might already have a few plants that provide for pollinators.  Last year, when I started to renovate my landscape, I knew I wanted to plant various spaces to… Read More

Great Time to Begin a Garden

woman working in a vegetable garden

Call it what you want: Backyard Garden, Victory 2020 Garden, Stress-fighter Garden, Pizza Garden, My Secret Garden.  It will still mean that along with all the great benefits it will also entail daily work, sweat,… Read More

My Embryology Experience thru a 4-H Restructured Event

variety of chicken eggs for incubation

By Yvonne Florian and Christine Kelly-Begazo Our 4-H embryo development display came to live at my house.  It was meant as a 4-H demonstration for the Indian River County Firefighters’ Fair which would run from… Read More

Nematodes: The Bane of the Florida Vegetable Gardener

tomatoes on the vine

It is nearing the end of the Spring vegetable gardening season here in Central Florida.  Some of you might be frustrated with some of your vegetable plants.  They get watered, fertilized, and insect pests are… Read More