Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Chickens are Calling
It seems everywhere I turn lately there are chickens. Like plants, they come in so many colors and varieties.
How perfect would life be to gather up hen-laid, organic eggs for breakfast each morning! My neighbors wouldn't appreciate my latest longing for chickens. Maybe someday when I move to my craftsman style dream home? In the country. On a few acres. *Dreaming is okay!*
In the meantime, what a great idea it is for Florida Native Plants to allow them daily roaming space. They are a natural source for organic bug control.
If you're ever in the Sarasota area a trip eastward to Florida Native Plants Garden Center is worth the country drive. I have been there a few times and they are a great resource for Florida native plants that you might not find in your local garden center.
The dead of winter is a perfect time to visit garden centers. Would you agree? With all the dreaming gardeners like to do it is an opportune time to scope out what is cold hardy and to garner the undivided attention of knowledgeable employees. In very close proximity to FL Native Plants is Crowley's Nursery. So be sure to wind around the curvy roads and follow the signs down the bumpy dirt road to find them.
You will find a heavenly acreage full of wonder. They are most well-known for their enormous selection of fruits and fruit trees. The wide range of fruits that grow in central Florida might surprise you.
On this visit I went with a group of fellow Master Gardeners. Talking with the Crowley family is like having a walking (Florida) encyclopedia at your disposal. They are extremely good, hard-working folks who don't mind sharing what they know.
Even in the middle of all the frosts and freezes we've had this season there are always pretties to be seen. Not to mention pretties to be purchased.
Oh, it's those chickens again. See. I told you they just keep showing up to taunt me.
I'm definitely going back to Florida Native to pick up some much coveted Mimosa. After all there are more lawn removal projects going on around here and replacement groundcover is needed.
I do SO appreciate their signage. Easy to read. Good information. A must for a worthy garden center.