Houseplants · Tropicals

Visit to Costa Farms

Last week, while in Ft. Lauderdale to attend the Tropical Plant International Expo (TPIE), I spent a most wonderful day with two lovely and generous people – Justin Hancock of Costa Farms and Stacey Pierson of Garden Media Group – at Costa Farms. Costa Farms is a third-generation, family-owned grower of tropical plants, houseplants, annuals… Continue reading Visit to Costa Farms

Butterflies & Bees in the Garden · Perennials

Allium ‘Millenium’ is 2018 Perennial Plant of the Year

Every year since 1990, the good folks of The Perennial Plant Association has chosen an outstanding perennial to tout for the upcoming year. The plant must be able to grow in many climates across the country, require little maintenance, offer interest to the garden in multiple seasons and rarely be bothered by pests or diseases.… Continue reading Allium ‘Millenium’ is 2018 Perennial Plant of the Year

Annuals · Container Gardening · Houseplants · Tropicals · Uncategorized

TPIE – A Tropical Paradise

What gardener wouldn’t love a tropical paradise in January? None I know. I have wanted to experience the Tropical Plant International Expo (TPIE) produced by the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) for many years, but other events or commitments on or near the same dates prevented me from attending. This year I made… Continue reading TPIE – A Tropical Paradise

Annuals · Container Gardening · Garden DIY · Garden Musings · Garden Recycling · Tropicals · Water Gardening

The Greenhouse that Marcy Built

I believe gardeners are a resourceful group, rising to meet the challenges their gardens present. I also believe that more than a few of the gardeners I know are, shall we say, value conscious. Or maybe we shouldn’t be afraid of the word cheap, and just call it like it is. My friend, Marcy, calls… Continue reading The Greenhouse that Marcy Built