| Dec 11, 2014
| 4:30 AM
Wet weather kept Alberto Ortega from working most of last week — and he couldn't have been more pleased.
"This rain is a blessing I was beginning to think I'd never see," the gardener said.
In four decades of tending people's yards, this year...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 4:07 PM
What should we do for termites in the base of a cedar tree a few feet from our house?
If the termite-infested wood is within 3 feet of the house, you should call in a pesticide company to treat the area. Remove the tree. If it is farther away but...
| Dec 6, 2014
| 12:23 PM
Question: Amaryllis, which I am growing in the ground, have green leaves that are almost touching the soil. Should I cut those leaves back?
Answer: Amaryllis won't mind their leaves touching or even flopping on the ground but you might.
Do feel free...
| Dec 6, 2014
| 12:43 PM
During the holidays, southern magnolia trees are prized plants because their glossy, long-lasting leaves can be used to create fresh evergreen wreaths, swags, garlands and centerpieces. In spring, these same trees produce flowers with a fresh lemon scent,...
| Dec 5, 2014
| 6:12 PM
Last week I covered a variety of plants commonly displayed this time of year. I skipped poinsettias, one of the seasonal favorites. Keeping them alive for the season is reasonably easy; keeping them for next year requires time and effort.
| Nov 21, 2014
| 5:19 PM
Rosemary is a wonderful herb. It looks great, smells wonderful and is versatile in the kitchen and, during the summer, it's easy to grow. However, once the weather gets cold, many gardeners have problems with it.
While it seems resistant to the cold,...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 12:45 PM
Fruits and vegetables will be growing in school yards around Fort Lauderdale soon. "You name it, and if it can be grown in Florida, we'll grow it," said Kristina DaSilva, director of marketing and development for HandsOn Broward. The nonprofit is behind a...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 3:35 PM
Lifting my binoculars, I hold my breath and crane my neck to see the bird who just landed in the Wax Myrtle.
My birding friend "pishes" repeatedly. "Is that a..."
"Yes, yes, I think it is," replies my birding friend in between "pishing."
| Dec 4, 2014
| 7:55 PM
Should I remove the new bulbs [babies] from an amaryllis when repotting? Mine has three small bulbs coming off the main one.
You will probably get more blooms if you remove the bulblets. Plant them in separate pots and, in a few years, the babies will...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 7:44 PM
The historic plantations along the James River aren't the only homes decorated and open for holiday touring. Here's a list of some Christmas home tours that are within an easy drive from the Peninsula.
Reservations are required for some of the tours,...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 5:20 AM
We are definitely going to have a Holly Jolly Christmas in our garden this year, and you can too for years to come. For us this is one of the great perks of being an old USDA Plant Introduction Station followed by more research conducted by the University...