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"Possibility and promise greet me each day as I walk out into my garden. My vigor is renewed when I breathe in the earthiness and feel the dirt between my fingers. My garden is a peaceful spot to refresh my soul." Meems






Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Easy Maintenance Low Bowl Containers


I've been switching out the plants in my low bowls with each change of season. Since they are very visible when we walk into the back garden it's been fun to have seasonal flowering plants in them. They are close to a water source, but even the largest bowls have fairly shallow soil. I've done something super low-maintenance for fall/winter. A mix of succulents and bromeliads mostly. 


I walked around my yard and gathered pups from reliable bromeliads. They don't need an adjustment period. Just poke them into the potting soil and they look like they've been there all along. I left the moss rose, guara, thyme and angelonia from summer and they are doing fine with natural rainfall also.

I rarely have to hand-water the bowls now and it feels like another step to more freedom!

What are your favorite easy maintenance container plants?
Meems



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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Morning Glow

Morning light is so magical and changes by the moment as well as the season. It's impossible to capture the essence of its ethereal glow in a still photo. 


This time last year our pavers and pergola were being installed.  You can see photos and read about the install here.  Brrrr... that reminds me it was a much colder start to December in 2014 than it is today. Since it was completed this is where I am each morning relishing the sweet dawn of each day. 


I love how the southeastern sky is aglow beyond the cypress hammock (two lots away from us.) I feel so blessed to have this majestic natural view as the background of our garden!

I'm sure you are like me and notice the unique beauty of every season. Happy gardening, Meems.



**** I post to my Facebook gardening page almost daily. If you'd like to join us there to keep up with Hoe and Shovel Gardening here's the link: Hoe and Shovel on Facebook
or https://www.facebook.com/HoeAndShovelGarden/ if you need to copy and paste.


 ~~If you've just arrived to this page as a new gardening friend or perhaps missed the back story about how we moved from our home and garden of 30 years to the house next door you can catch up here.

All material (text and photos) © 2007-2015 is authored by Meems for Hoe and Shovel Gardening Blog. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

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