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Monday, August 27, 2007


My sister sent me this picture she took after a recent rainstorm. As she put it "just another example of the joys of FLA living." I absolutely agree - it almost takes my breath away. They say there's a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow - I say it ends exactly where we live and Ozona/Palm Harbor is our pot of gold. Enjoy and Happy Gardening.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Weeding by example... 

That's exactly what this young man is doing. A victim of Hurricane Katrina, Jack McShane wanted to help bring back his hometown. Unfortunately, everyone said he was just too young to get involved. Well Jack decided he wasn't and now he not only participates in the clean up of a local park but has started mow-rons.org to support his mowing group. USA Today recently featured Jack - it is an inspiring story for all ages.

The group is 7 people strong with Jack as the youngest. Every Saturday these folks are at City Park keeping the area around the museum and bandstands cleaned up. Jack has stayed involved since the Fall of 2006 and never misses a weekend. He is truly "weeding by example". For more information about the group or how to donate, visit mow-rons.org. For more information about what is deemed "one of the largest urban greenbelts in the US, visit neworleanscitypark.com. Happy Gardening.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

More interesting links 

Peter sent a note asking about tips on drought tolerant gardening. I mentioned native plants and xeriscaping and gave him a few links to follow for more information. As I replied to his email I noticed his url Find That Gift for Him and thought I would pass it on. If you're looking for a gift for your husband, father, brother, friend, etc. here's some good information to follow. And Peter, I hope you're successful with your drought tolerant gardening.

Better Homes & Gardens dropped me a note asking if I'd like to let folks know about their new online tool Plan-A-Garden. I haven't used it yet myself. So far it's been rated 3 stars out of 5 - some like it and some appear frustrated by the software. Overall I'd say it's worth a try.

Ilona has a garden in central Ohio and wants to share her expertise with you. She has lots of information at her site so be sure to visit her.

Looking for a unique screen door? Visit Suzana at Fun House Designs. Her site specializes in whimsical, decorative, maintenance free porch brackets and screen doors in dozens of fun and interesting designs for your home, cottage or cabin. My favorite is the squirrel sitting on the tree limb!

Derek wrote to tell me about his online Tree Nursery King & Co located in the UK. You can find an impressive selection of large, semi mature trees,specimen shrubs and large evergreens for your garden. Go check it out when you get the chance.

Oops - I almost forgot two more. Backyard Bird Watcher is your source for backyard bird feeding supplies, home and garden, water garden and pond supplies and great gifts or the backyard enthusiast. They sure have a wide variety of items on their site.

iloveplants is an online source for regional garden links, garden bargains and the best garden and plant-related website on the internet. There's lots of links to choose from on this site so go take a look.

Happy Gardening.

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