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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.

bugs on hibiscus bud

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.

spring

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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Bee Hotel!

Look at how cute these ideas are for building bee hotels to keep the beneficial bugs in your garden! Between a bee hotel, plants for nectar and pollen, and a bee water feature, the beneficial pollinators will never want to leave your garden!

“How to Build a Hotel for Wild Bees” 

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs and Ziva

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Pollinators!

Two cool things I saw today getting nectar from the Salvia in my garden: a female carpenter bee and a Giant Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio cresphontes). They’re both so beautiful!

Do you have enough nectar and host plants for the pollinators in your garden? If not, butterfly and hummingbird attracting gardens are one of my specialties, so call me. 386-310-9969, and I’ll create one for you!

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs and Ziva

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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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Rainy Days

Hey there, my flower freaks. Is it as wet and dreary at your place as it is here in New Orleans? That very slow moving storm system coming from the west brought the rain here yesterday afternoon and it’s still drizzly rainy today. Can’t do any gardening in this weather, so Gibbs and I have a free day to hang out at the house and just relax.

One thing we can do for our houseplants on days this like is to move them outside so they get fresh rainwater to drink and their leaves get all the dust and stuff cleaned off of them.

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Houseplants enjoying a rainy day

Of course I don’t want to lose those beautiful orchid blooms so I definitely wouldn’t put them outside during a torrential downpour, but a drizzly light rain like is happening now is perfect. Your houseplants will love, love, love you for letting them soak up all that good rainwater.

My balcony is a very sunny spot, so I’ll have to remember to bring them inside if the cloud coverage starts to go away. Don’t want those shade-loving leaves to get sunburned!

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs