December 8, 2014

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"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change." ...Buddha
(more celebrated quotes can be found on our "quotes" page)
Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus

This cactus is not to be confused with the Thanksgiving cactus. These both will flower within weeks of each other. (more)

Euphorbia pulcherrima


Poinsettias are the most popular, having sold nearly 70 million last year. With a great variety of selection, there is a special poinsettia for everyone's taste - from the traditional 'Freedom' (totally solid red) ... (more)

Evening Primrose
Evening Primrose
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Joel Roberts Poinsett

Joel Roberts Poinsett

...but to the Americans it is the Christmas Poinsettia. All because a US ambassador to Mexico brought the plant to America. That man was Joel Roberts Poinsett. (more)

December 08, 2014

The Pond

Ponds, Water Gardens, and the Balance of Life

Did we need a pond?

Don't even ask.

Why, when you have an entire state that is a world class breeding ground for mosquitos would you want to put a stagnant pool of water in your back yard? If you want more mosquitos why not just move to, say, Honduras. Maybe it is something about having all those neighbors with lanais around their swimming pools - you want to give them a reason for their continued existence. "See Harry, I told you the lanai was a good idea. Look at those mosquitos swarming next door."

Maybe you cannot imagine gardening in Florida - the heat, the humidity, the existing bugs, snakes, poisonous plants - without a little more painful stimulation. You need more mosquitos. Think "Fifty Shades of Green."

I bought a pre-form that would fit in the back of my rather small SUV, dug a hole, and plopped it in. That wasn't enough stagnant water, so I did the same with a small, round, plastic kids swimming pool.

(more of the article)

Catch up with our friend Patrick Vickery in Scotland: A Slug Blether (a rerun)

If you have a slug problem then get a hedgehog. That's the answer. Hedgehogs eat slugs - the slugs that would otherwise eat your plants. (more of A Slug Blether)

(More from Patrick in Scotland)