How to Find Truly Organic Fertilizers, Bags of Soil, and Amendments

When shopping for food I always look for the USDA organic seal, like the one on this package of carrot seeds. Food, and products like seeds used to grow food, will contain the green organic label, but the fertilizer used to grow them will not. Apparently garden fertilizer and bags of soil require different symbols…

Must Plant More Fast Growing Tropical Hibiscus Plants

The photo below is of my orange hibiscus and rose bush after planting in my yard. This past April, 2017, I dug up a little patch of grass in the back yard to create a space for a colorful flower garden. The pretty double-flower orange hibiscus is a typical plant to grow in Florida. I…

What I’ve Learned From Growing a Lime Tree

Gardening and growing things here in Florida is an ongoing learning process for me. Last November I bought a Persian lime tree and a Meyer lemon tree to put in my yard. I knew nothing about growing either type of tree but I hoped to pick fresh fruit one day. That day has arrived! So…

How to Care For a Desert Rose Plant

When I was given this flowering plant as a gift I was told it was a Plumeria. After seeing this same plant at the local Home Depot store, I discovered it was a Desert Rose. But before I knew what it was, I had taken it out of the original pot and put it into…

The Plumeria Plant Gift, Or Is It Something Else?

Some friends stopped by the other day and they had been to the Farmer’s Market at the Volusia County Fairgrounds. They opened the trunk of the car to show us the wonderful plants they had purchased. They had boxes of little succulents, a bushy croton, tiny African violets, and bags of organic dirt. In the…

Learning From Experience – Which Hydrangeas Are Best?

I am still learning about the hydrangeas I planted this spring. They have all surprised me by blooming very nicely. The only one that doesn’t have many flowers is the Pee Gee. What I’ve learned: New hydrangea shrubs will flatten easily in a big rainstorm. After they bloom, it’s even worse as the flowers get…

Brown Spots on Hydrangea Leaves

I have not grown my own hydrangeas, but I did help care for the shrub in the front yard at my rental home. The landlady did not have a green thumb, and since the plant was not really mine, I generally just made sure it got enough water so I could photograph the blooms in…

Propagating Hydangrangeas Could Be Easier Than You Think

Most people think of starting a new hydrangea plant from a cutting, but I am talking about propagating by root or ground layering here – and it’s especially easy if it’s been done for you by mother nature. My new yard has no hydrangeas, except for the tiny ones I planted this fall. But the…