Category: Breaking News!


By Dean Fosdick
Gardeners in 2020 will veer from the beaten path, opting for unconventional varieties and eco-conscious surroundings, according to a plant trends study by horticulturalists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).
Their forecast is based largely on market observations and feedback from people seeking information from Extension offices.
Interest is strong for native plants, dwarf hybrids, “re-wilding” gardens, edible settings, wildlife-friendly landscapes, dark foliage, succulents, novel greens, landscaping for natural disasters, and softer, leafier floral arrangements, the horticulturists said. “More and more folks are wanting to think about sustainability,” said Mark Tancig, a UF/IFAS agent based in Leon County.
‘They’re wanting to plant things that don’t require as much water or fertilizer,” he said. “Plants that resist disease and insects. Plants that provide for wildlife use and need less maintenance and input. That not only saves money but it looks good, too. It’s restorative to the environment.”
Breaking down the study’s trending Top 10:
* Native Plants. These plants original to a specific place generally are lower maintenance, requiring less water, pruning and fertilizer.
* Dwarf Hybrids. Gardeners without a lot of living space increasingly are choosing the dwarf varieties of their favorite plants. They also require less pruning.
* Re-Wilding Gardens. To encourage beneficial insects and the health of your garden, allow shrubs to return to their natural shapes, let grass grow longer and permit a few weeds to flower, said Theresa Badurek, horticulture agent for Pinellas County. “Some of those volunteer weeds may be great wildflowers.”
* Edible Settings. Fruit-bearing plants, ornamental vegetables and edible flowers do double duty, adding beauty as well as nutrition to the home landscape.
* Plants for Wildlife. “Most contemporary landscapes lack diversity, so gardeners should choose a variety of plants that flower and fruit,” Badurek said. Plants with berries attract birds, and layering plants of varying heights provides hiding places for other species.
* Dark Foliage. Plants with red, purple or black leaves are striking additions to any landscape, making them attractive to gardeners looking for something new in 2020, said Marguerite Beckford, a horticulture agent in Sarasota County.
* Succulents. People are reaching out for lesser-known succulents that offer interesting shapes, textures and growth habits, the University of Florida horticulturists say.
* Novel Greens. Vegetable gardeners will be looking to diversify their harvests with leafy greens generally grown outside the United States – bok choy, mizuna and komatsuna among them, according to the horticulturists.


dormant oil whiteNow that Spring is just a little more than a month away, it’s time to treat your fruit trees and evergreens with horticultural oil spray, also known as dormant oil spray. We have everything you need, including expert tips, to help protect your trees.

Dormant and horticultural oil sprays work by smothering overwintering insect eggs. Please make sure it’s above 50 degrees before you spray and allow time for it to dry before it freezes at night.
The first spray of the season should be applied as the buds on the tree or shrub begin to swell, but before they open.

The first spray of the season should be applied as the buds on the tree or shrub begin to swell, but before they open.

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TJ’s TIP: Don’t spray when it’s windy and cover anything you don’t want oil to get on because it will be difficult to remove or clean.

VALERIE’S VIEW from the Greenhouse!


Although, it is 39 degrees outdoors and it will be dropping into the 20s at night, it is nice and warm in the greenhouse. We are busy planting crops for early spring sales. We have brought in some of the crops that can handle the cold in from the outdoors to allow them to thaw and start blooming again. We have some great looking pansies in packs and in 5″ pots. We also have some Dianthus and Snapdragons. These can be potted into pots outdoors, just remember to cover the pots at night to keep them from freezing as they need to hardened off.
We have also been busy planting Fairy Garden plants for those customers who prefer small scale planting. What is a Fairy Garden?   A fairy garden is a miniature garden complete with structures and actual living plants. It is designed to give your green thumb a place to tend year-round. It is a tiny space created and tended with love. It is also supposed to lure fairies and with them, bring good luck to your home. Many different plants can be used for these gardens. We also have many miniatures that can be added to the garden.