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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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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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Bird Bath Idea

How cute is this birdbath! It’s shallow enough the small birds can use it, it has running water so the mosquitoes won’t breed in it, and the birds will love washing off in the sprays of water from the pipe.

DIY bird bath tutorial

I think this is going to be the next project for my personal garden. I’ll let you know how it goes! Let me know if you want me to make one for your garden!

Here’s the link for the instructions:  “DIY Bird Bath.” 

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs and Ziva
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“Old Blush” Rose

“Old Blush” rose. Isn’t that pretty! China/Bengale rose bred before 1793. Pink/dark pink, semi-double to double blooms. Moderate fragrance. Blooms in flushes throughout the year. 4-7′ tall and wide. Sun/part sun. Zones 6a – 10b. Low maintenance rose that rarely needs spraying. Own root. $20.00/3-gallon.

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Alachua County Farmers’ Market today till 1:00. See you soon.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Firespike

Good Saturday morning. I’m at Alachua County Farmers Market till 1:00 today. It’s a beautiful morning for the market!

Featured plant today is “Firespike,” Odontonemia cuspidatum. How cool are those flowers. This is a tropical looking shrub that also attracts hummers and butterflies. What’s really cool is it blooms fall and winter when not many other nectar plants are blooming.

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It grows about 8′ tall x 4′ wide. Perfect for your part sun/part shade garden. Semi-evergreen perennial in zones 8 – 11. It’ll die back to the ground in a hard freeze but reliably comes back from its roots in spring. Can be pruned in mid-February to control the size.

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Florida friendly plant. $5.00/1-gallon

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Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Dancing Girl Ginger

Dancing Girl Ginger, Globba winitii. Low maintenance, very easy to grow perennial for your shade/part shade garden. Great in containers or in the ground. Grows about 2′ tall and wide. Is one of the last plants to break dormancy in the spring, so be patient. Zones 8 – 11. These beautiful flowers repeat bloom late spring until frost.

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I’m at the Alachua County farmers market till 1:00 today. It may be raining, but we’re under cover so you’ll stay nice and dry.

Don’t forget about my seminar at 10:00 on how to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Red Shrimp Plant

Red Shrimp Plant, Justicia brandegeeana. Pretty plant for the part shade garden. Semi-Evergreen, 3-4′ tall and wide, butterfly and hummingbird attractor, repeat blooms during the warm season. $2/4″ container.

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Alachua County Farmers Market today 8:30 – 1:00.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Good Saturday morning!

It’s farmers market day … Alachua county this time. The market’s open 8:30 – 1:00. Come early before it gets crazy hot.

Want ideas on Florida friendly landscaping? The Alachua County master gardeners are having a Tour of Florida Friendly Landscapes Saturday, September 20, 8:15 – 1:00, in Gainesville. Be sure to put it on your calendar.

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Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Union Street Farmers Market

We’re here! At that Union Street Farmers Market, that is. It’s warm out, but there’s a little breeze blowing so come on out and visit all of us awesome vendors.

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I’m here till 7:00. Have “Champneys Pink” noisette rose, Xanadu philodendrun, different types of ginger, peace lilies, Aztec grass, “Henry’s Garnet” Sweetspire, Crossandra, and more. See you soon!

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Hickory Horned Devil Caterpillar

So I see this very big, alien looking caterpillar cruising through the garden the other day. No idea what it was, so took pics then did some googling to figure it out.

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Hickory Horned Devil Caterpillar

Turns out it’s a hickory horned devil caterpillar that becomes a regal moth or royal walnut moth, which is one of our native moths. The scientific name is Citheronia regalis. Even though it looks like it would hurt if you touched it, it’s harmless.

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Regal moth
(Moth pic courtesy of Donald W. Hall, University of Florida.)

The caterpillars usually eat on walnut, butternut or white walnut, hickory, pecan, Sweetgum, persimmon, and sumac trees.

So if you see this crazy looking caterpillar, don’t kill it! Show it your kids (my great niece and nephew thought it was the neatest thing ever), then let it go about its business. Soon you’ll have a beautiful moth doing its nighttime pollinating in your garden.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs