Tag Archives: Gardening

Gardening | Planting for beneficial insects

Gardening

By Lesley Arrandale
mail@floridanewsline.com

With the mild — actually exceptionally warm! — temperatures we’ve been experiencing, we can continue planting some hardy perennials and bulbs in December, as well as shrubs and trees. Bear in mind, though, that we are now in a dry season, and be prepared to water newly installed plants to get them well established.

Gardening | After the storm

Gardening

By Lesley Arrandale
mail@floridanewsline.com

The day after Hurricane Irma passed by Jacksonville, the multi-trunked live oak tree in our front yard fell — apparently quite elegantly, although we weren’t there to witness the event — onto our house. Aside from dealing with the repair work, my thoughts have turned to — what next for our yard?

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).