by Les Harrison
“If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing,” so said English essayist Thomas Penson De Quincey. This early 19th century writer and social commentator published extensively on ... READ MORE
by Les Harrison
There is something to be said about being a longtime resident. While it does limit ones outlook from a global perspective, it promotes focus on perfecting applicable traits which are close to home.
The unique, and very pleasant, ... READ MORE
Color Hiding in Your Landscape
With Spring 2018 barely out of the starting gate, all kinds of plants are sprouting and producing blooms. This week’s last gasp of winter temperatures slowed the progress, but only slightly.
Much like the ... READ MORE
Higher Temperatures Have Reactivated The Insect Population
Recent frigid temperatures aside, spring 2018 officially starts in less than a week. While it is not the coldest approach to the spring equinox, it is certainly in the top five in recent ... READ MORE
One very popular herb for the backyard garden is the evergreen Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis which serves as an attractive landscape shrub in addition to its culinary uses. Rosemary grows best in full sun and well drained soils. When planted ... READ MORE
Plants have specific ways of telling gardeners that there is a problem but not all plant symptoms lead us directly to the cause. During drier conditions, we often use wilting leaves as an indicator that water is needed. This can be a reliable ... READ MORE
Looking for a new shrub or small tree this year? Interested in one that is low maintenance and offers beautiful green color? Why not try a holly?
Hollies can be found in landscapes throughout Pensacola. Many times these plants are used in ... READ MORE
Trees are a valuable resource. They add beauty to our community, serve as food and shelter for animals, improve air quality, and cool urban environments. Trees can also be a liability when poorly maintained, damaged, or diseased. There are often ... READ MORE
A new tree or shrub is an investment for the future. When we pick an ornamental plant, we have the hope that it will survive for many years and offer seasons of beauty that enhance our landscape. Time is often spent picking a suitable spot, ... READ MORE
One of the more interesting creatures in the garden is the spiny orb weaver spider (Gasteracantha cancriformis) that has an interesting body shape.
Spiny orb weavers are common spiders in landscapes that might not be noticed since they are ... READ MORE