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Goodbye grass!

Do you look at your lawn and sigh at all the time and attention you have to give it for it to look even responsibly nice and green? Yeah, join the club, most of us have been there, done that. It’s been proven that maintaining a lawn, especially one using St Augustine grass, takes more water, mowing, fertilizing, and time to maintain than is needed to make garden beds looks nice. I know, I know … everyone and their dog has grass in the front. Well, my flower freaks, I do believe that time of “everyone” having grass in the front is changing. Personally, I have gotten rid of the grass in the front of my house, and I’m in the process of turning that area into a butterfly and hummingbird attracting garden complete with mulched pathways and a sitting area.

This article, The (un)importance of Lawn, talks about the importance of having biodiversity in your garden and how that can be achieved through lessening your lawn area. It makes good points, and is well worth the read.

Here are some examples of front yards with little to no grass. Aren’t they beautiful!

When you’re ready to replace either all or some of your grass with garden beds, give me a call/text, 386-310-9969, or email, jeanni@rosesandgargoyles.com. If you want to do the work yourself we can set up a Gardenscape Walkabout, $75, in which I’ll give you ideas of how to implement the process. Or if you want me to do the work, we can set up a free consultation to go over what you’re looking for so I can give you a quote. And always remember that R&G’s online Neighborhood Garden Boutique sells awesome plants that would be perfect in your new front gardens!

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni, Gibbs, and Ziva

R&G … Your Online Neighborhood Garden Boutique

 

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Good Bugs To The Rescue!

Hello there, my flower freaks. How’s everyone doing? Y’all surviving our lovely hot and humid summer?

I thought we’d play a game of “Name Those Bugs” today. Here we have a hibiscus bud that’s loaded with all kinds of good and bad bugs. Which is pretty cool cause it shows that if we leave the bad bugs alone, the good bugs will come and do their thing of eating the bad bugs. No muss, no fuss, no spraying of chemicals. It’s a win all the way around.

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So. Who can tell me what kind of bugs are shown?

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni, Gibbs, and Ziva

 

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Got nectar?

Spent yesterday visiting my suppliers to pick up plants for my latest gardenscape installation. Look at all those beautiful butterfly and hummingbird attracting plants! There are tall pentas, porterweed, ‘Wendy’s Wish’ Salvia, angelonia, bush daisy, fennel, parsley, African iris, muhly grass, milkweed, and trailing white lantana all tucked in there ready to go to their new home. Now if I can get the weather to cooperate for a few days, that would be good. Definitely do not want to complain about all this wonderful rain we’re getting though cause we sure need it.

Will post before/after pics when I’m finished with the project.

You ready for your own butterfly garden? Well, give me a call/text, 386-310-9969, or email, jeanni@rosesandgargoyles.com, to set up your free consultation.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni, Gibbs, and Ziva

 

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Spring has sprung …

Spring is here, y’all! Time to plant new beautiful flowers, enjoy the ones starting to pop up from the earth and the ones leafing out again. It’s also time to do spring maintenance on the garden beds: new mulch, fertilizing, pruning, etc. I can do all that for you! Call/text, 386-310-9969, or email, jeanni@rosesandgargoyles.com, to set up your appointment.

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Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni, Gibbs, and Ziva

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Bringing Beauty To Your Life Through Your Garden

Hello there, my central Florida flower freaks! Did you know that Roses and Gargoyles Gardenscapes offers gardenscape walkabouts, garden maintenance, garden design and installation, and custom container gardens? Yes, we do! We specialize in butterfly and hummingbird attracting gardens and rose gardens, but we can create and/or maintain any type of garden. We use Florida native and Florida friendly plants, integrated pest management, organic fertilizers and amendments, “right plant, right place” theory, and natural pruning techniques to keep your plants healthy and thriving. Give us a call or text, 386-310-9969, or email, jeanni@rosesandgargoyles.com, to set up your appointment. We beautify gardens from Orlando to the beaches.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni, Gibbs, and Ziva

 

 

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Golden Celebration

It’s a grey, cloudy, rainy day so pics of Golden Celebration’s gorgeous yellow blooms are just what we need.

Golden Celebration

GC has all the wonderful parts of a David Austin rose: fragrance, beautiful buttery yellow color, and repeat blooms. I grew it when I lived in Savannah, and absolutely loved it. It grows about 6×6 with an arching habit. It cannot take full, all day sun. Shade from early afternoon on is best for it.

Golden Celebration

Do you have a favorite David Austin rose you want me to get for you?

Golden Celebration

Happy digging in the dirt  …

                  Jeanni, Gibbs, and Ziva


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Monarch caterpillars

Monarch caterpillar munching away on what’s left of that clump of milkweed in my garden. Good thing I have more milkweed in other parts of the garden!

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For Monarchs to feel welcomed in your garden you’ll need Milkweed, which is a host plant for the caterpillar, and nectar plants for the butterflies. Milkweed is one of the few dual host /nectar plants for Monarchs. Other great nectar plants are coneflower, rudbeckia, bee balm, cosmos, duranta, liatris, butterfly bush, firebush, porterweed, Mexican bush sage, tall red pentas, Verbena bonariensis, lantana, zinnia, bronze fennel, passionflower, and common rue, among others.

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Want to add a butterfly garden but aren’t sure how to do it? Well, I can help you with that because butterfly and hummingbird gardens are one of my specialties! Go ahead ..  pick up that phone and give me call to set up an appointment. The butterflies will thank you.

Happy digging in the dirt  …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Rose Love

Oh wow … these beautiful rose pics taken by Malcolm Manners are sure to get your rose loving heart pumping. Which ones are your favorite?

Want to add roses to your garden but don’t know which type will work best for you? Call me, 386-310-9081, and I’ll help you with that. Because I can absolutely promise you a rose garden.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Monarchs!

Monarch butterflies … they are on the way back north after their winter layover in warmer climates!

Did you know you can help scientists track where the Monarchs go and when they start showing up? Yep, you can. How cool is that! And how much fun and educational would it be to do that with kids either at home or at school. Here’s the link, Monarch Butterfly Migration, that takes you to Journey North’s website to learn more.

Anything we can do to help the Monarchs stay strong is wonderful.

Happy digging in the dirt  …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Butterflies Are Coming!

Good morning, my flower freaks. You do realize that Spring will be here very soon, right? Is your garden ready with nectar and host plants for the butterflies and caterpillars? We don’t want those beautiful creatures going to other gardens to find their food, now do we. Did you know I specialize in creating gardens that will bring these beauties to your garden? No? Well, it’s true! I can create the perfect habitat that will have butterflies and caterpillars flitting and crawling all over your garden. You don’t even need a huge garden for a butterfly habitat to work, even a small patio or balcony with the right plants in a container garden will do the trick.  So let me know when you’re ready for your Spring butterfly garden makeover!

Happy digging in the dirt …
Jeanni and Gibbs