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Category: Home Landscapes

May-June Bug Season

close up of beetle

Back in May I noticed numerous half-inch brown beetles congregating around my porch light every evening at around 10:00 PM.  Most householders in Florida deal with their dried-out bodies under outdoor lights, in shallow plant saucers, or in… 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 bromeliads, but could… Read More

Growing Bananas in Florida

"Rajapuri" banana blossom, photo by Yvonne Florian

There are hundreds of varieties of Bananas, Musa spp,  available for the  Florida home gardener.  The one we are most familiar with from childhood is the typical grocery store variety, ‘Cavendish‘.  However, this was not the first commercial… 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, in particular, is… Read More

Bulbs for the Florida Home Landscape

Crinum lily flowrs

Written by Leslie Munroe and Yvonne Florian If you wish to brighten up a shady spot in your landscape, why not try planting some bulbs?  But not tulips, daffodils, or crocuses. Those are the bulbs for northern climates… Read More

Hurricane Season June First thru November 30th

cans & bottles of non perishable foods for hurricane pantry

Preparation Hurricane season will be upon us June first.  As if we didn’t already have enough to keep our pantry challenged, add to it the task of stocking up for storm season.  But this can be accomplished even… Read More

Pesticide Exams Now Open at Indian River County Extension

cockroach

Pesticide exams will once again be administered at the Indian River County Extension Office with strict social distancing rules in place.  Exams will be given every Thursday in two shifts: 12:30-2:30pm and 3:00- 5:00pm, until further notice. There… 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 orchid which smelled… 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 welcome pollinators and… Read More