Tag Archives: Gardening

Gardening | Wild weather

Gardening

By Lesley Arrandale
mail@floridanewsline.com

Like many Floridians, I left Jacksonville with my family to escape hurricane Irma. I began writing sitting in our friends’ sunny dining room in Atlanta, while Irma was moving along the coast of Cuba. It had already destroyed many of the Caribbean islands that were in its path, and millions of Floridians were awaiting their fates.

Gardening: Butterflies galore

Gardening

By Lesley Arrandale
mail@floridanewsline.com

Although I am a Master Gardener — volunteering and undergoing further training each year — I must admit that I’m not actually an accomplished, practical gardener. I am not talented at designing, installing, and maintaining an attractive landscape, despite the fabulous information available through the extension system (see http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/homeowners/). For those of you who feel they may share these shortcomings — there can be compensations.

Gardening: Monsoon times?

Gardening

By Lesley Arrandale
mail@floridanewsline.com

Since early June, when most of Florida was suffering from drought, we have had ample rain — so much that the drought was lifted for the first time since July 2016 (see droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?FL).

Gardening: Plants from seed

Gardening

By Lesley Arrandale
mail@floridanewsline.com

I decided recently to grow more of my plants from seed. I’m not an expert, but I can see there can be advantages in growing flowers with some genetic variability. In contrast, flowers grown from cuttings — vegetatively propagated clones — will be just like the parent plant and have the same strengths and weaknesses.

Gardening: Summertime – Not so easy?

Gardening

By Lesley Arrandale
mail@floridanewsline.com

Summer is almost here after record-breaking spring temperatures and, as of early May, a continuing rainfall deficit in northeast Florida. I’m now wondering what the summer may bring. The hurricane season predictions (out of Colorado State University) are for an El Nino weather pattern possibly kicking in during the summer, and if it does we could see slightly fewer storms than average, with sea temperatures and wind patterns keeping more of them out in the Atlantic. In the meantime, the Okefenokee Swamp West Mims fire has been burning for weeks, with little rain to help the firefighters; rain is sorely needed.