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Laura Grace (FloridaGardener)

Joined 4 years ago from Tampa, Florida

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I always had an interest in Nature and all beauty around us. When I moved to Florida, I began to learn about plants, to experiment with different varieties, and to discover what plants work in this region, and what plants will never grow in our area. One might think that because Florida is a warm state with mild or sometimes non-existent winters, all plants grow happily ever after. But this is not the case, our weather presents many challenges for plants, as our summers are extremely hot and humid, our winters are mild but very dry, and sporadically might bring a few really cold days that have the ability to damage or kill many of our Florida plants.

I thought I would start writing about my experiences as a Florida Gardener, so other gardeners from the same area could benefit. I have several close friends that are avid gardeners and we always find ourselves relying on each other for information, ideas, and solutions to our gardening problems. Gardening is a never ending pursuit, and when it shared with others is far more enjoyable. I hope you find my Hubs interesting and useful.

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  • Tropical Beauty: The Jacaranda Tree
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    Tropical Beauty: The Jacaranda Tree

    4 years ago

    “A Jacaranda tree stands tall, and sways as if to say, Look! At this magnificence, I’m wearing blue today…” Poem By Ann Beard, A Jacaranda Tree.

  • The Best Small Trees to Plant in your Yard
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    The Best Small Trees to Plant in your Yard

    4 years ago

    I would like to talk about the dilemma of having a relatively small yard and yearning to plant one, two, or several trees. What type of tree should I plant? Here are some helpful suggestions...

  • History of The Christmas Poinsettia
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    History of The Christmas Poinsettia

    4 years ago

    Who could imagine the month of December without Poinsettias displayed in every nursery, store, or home? The Poinsettia plant has become a trademark during Christmas time, but this wasn’t always the case...

  • The Magic Spell: Gardening, beneficial for mind and body
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    The Magic Spell: Gardening, beneficial for mind and body

    4 years ago

    Being in contact with nature is always a meaningful and rewarding experience, but gardening can also be the perfect stress release activity after a taxing day. When you work physically in the garden your mind forgets...

  • Mysteries and Marvels of the Weeping Willow Tree
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    Mysteries and Marvels of the Weeping Willow Tree

    4 years ago

    The weeping willow, subject and inspiration of many son lyrics, poems, and ancient tales, is a symbol of beauty, melancholy, and spiritual connection. With their graceful hanging branches and their dramatic statue,...

  • The gift of African Violets
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    The gift of African Violets

    4 years ago

    My first African Violet was given to me by a friend on my birthday. it turned out to be a gift that keeps on giving, as it flowers continuously and more profusely each time. I realized that the African violet is the...

  • The perfect Garden Style for Florida
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    The perfect Garden Style for Florida

    2 years ago

    Certainly there are Garden Styles that better suit a distinct region and a specific style of house or architecture. In Florida, we have many choices of garden styles to choose from, for example...

  • How to create a French Garden in Florida
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    How to create a French Garden in Florida

    4 years ago

    French gardens are quite magnificent and with the application of some of these guidelines, you will be able to re-create that special feeling a French garden evokes in your own Florida scenery.

  • What Does it take to Grow Roses in Florida?
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    What Does it take to Grow Roses in Florida?

    2 years ago

    Florida gardeners, including me, do not find roses to be the easiest plants to grow. On the contrary, we are faced with many obstacles when it comes to growing roses in our region. So what does it take to grow beautiful...

  • How to make a Bougainvillea Plant Bloom
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    How to make a Bougainvillea Plant Bloom

    2 years ago

    The Bougainvillea is one of the most spectacular plants for their colorful blooms and for their versatility. Follow these simple tips and delight in the magnificent display of color in your garden.

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