Tag Archives: Gardening

Gardening | Weather and the winter garden

By Lesley Arrandale, Master Gardener
mail@floridanewsline.com

As we all know, recovery from natural disasters is a slow process. Jacksonville was hard hit by Hurricane Irma, and we are still recovering. There are even some ongoing consequences from Matthew for some of our neighbors. As I write in early December, hundreds of thousands of people in California have fled from rapidly moving wildfires whipped up by strong Santa Ana winds, which are expected to continue for some days. These events are a powerful reminder for us all, that we are vulnerable to forces outside our control. In Florida, too, we have to beware of fire, and we know now just how devastating it is when our St Johns River floods so badly.

Gardening | Planting for beneficial insects

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

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

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

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.