Quite a sight

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Every year, the Oncidium spachelatum in the front yard gets bigger and better. This year, it has a breath-taking abundance of flowers. Here it is. Fertilize every two weeks; let Nature do the rest....

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What plants can tell you

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mama screech owl. Early this morning, I was watering some newly planted milkweeds, when I looked at a firebush and noticed some newly deposited bird droppings. Looking up, I discovered our mama screech owl, still sleeping in the early sun. Knowing that her nest is in our old avocado tree, I found two young owlets, very well hidden among new growth, but sitting out of the nest nonetheless. They stayed put long enough for me to photograph them. Take home lesson: keep a close eye on your ...

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Borneo Expedition

Friday, April 20, 2012

By Noris Ledesma My first glimpse into the primeval land of Limbang, Sarawak, Malaysia; its people, and ultimately the wild mangos of Borneo, woke up the hidden memories from my past in the Colombian Amazonian. The heat and the humidity made everything so green and exuberant. I was still jet-lagged from my travels, when I came to my senses within this foreign, yet hauntingly familiar landscape. The different shapes and textures of the leaves and fronds brought me back to the realization that ...

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Biologists find orchids on the move

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Six years ago, an exotic little orchid, Eulophia graminea, popped up in some mulch in South Miami, half way around the globe from its home. Harvey Bernstein, a former Fairchild horticulturist, spotted it in his yard. The next year, it came up again, and FIU ecologist Suzanne Koptur, who lived close by, called it "an exciting botanical mystery." At the 2012 meeting of plant biologists of South Florida, Dexter Sowell, with the Florida Forest Biologist Scott Zona tookthis picture of the...

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What to do with your new plants from the Spring Plant Sale

Monday, April 16, 2012

What to do with newly purchased plants After careful reading and perhaps some research, you have selected plants for your home garden. Most of the plants that Fairchild offers for sale have been grown in light shade to full sun. When you bring home plants do not stop on the way home and park your car in the sun. This will cook any plants that are left in the car. Go home, unload plants, make sure their soil feels moist and water thoroughly those that are dry. Place the plants in a lightly ...

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Wildlife photos at ENP

Thursday, April 12, 2012

News form Everglades National Park for wildlife photo fans: The Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center Art Gallery is currently hosting a collection of stunning wildlife photography by Kevan and Linda Sunderland. Sunderland image of black-necked stilt courting ritual. Kevan and Linda Sunderland have been photographing Florida's wildlife for more than 30 years. Their images have appeared in many magazines, including: Florida Wildlife, Wisconsin Wildlife, Wild Bird, Audubon, Nature's Best...

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Repotting a Giant

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The big plant in its old pot,its leaves bunched together. How do you repot a plant that's as tall as you are? With planning and with help. Anthurium schottianum is a large-leaf plant that I have grown on the back porch for about three years. It's so large, in fact, that it nearly touched the ceiling. As the stem grew taller, I wrapped it in sphagnum moss and surrounded that with a plastic container so the roots would not dry out as they emerged. This was only a temporary Band-Aid...

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Edible plants for sale!

Monday, April 9, 2012

In just a few days, the 33rd Annual Spring Plant Sale will take place at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden on April 14 & 15 during the Food & Garden Festival. I will be posting some information about the plants that FTBG will be offering. How would you like to have fresh black mulberries in your breakfast cereal or mulberry cobbler for an evening dessert? Have you ever cooked steamed lemon grass crab legs or chicken satay with lemon grass? Would you like to make creamy lemon grass ice cream? ...

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Available soon at the Spring Plant Sale!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

In just a few days, the 33rd Annual Spring Plant Sale will take place at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. I will be posting some information about the plants that FTBG will be offering. Fairchild's 33rd Annual Spring Plant Sale will take place April 14 & 15 at FTBG during the Food & Garden Festival. We will have a huge variety available including 62 kinds of native plants, many which are wonderful butterfly or bird attracting species. Our native Senna's attract the beautiful...

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One garden's tree is another's...

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Monkey's apple, Mimusops coriacea, grows throughout the tropics but came originally from Mimusops coriacea. Madagascar, Comoros and the Seychelles in the Western Indian Ocean. It is the handsome tree encircled by the walk leading into the garden from the Visitors Center. Right now, it is dropping golf ball sized inedible fruit. The specific name means leather, and the leaves are quite leathery. While we may admire it, the plant has managed to work its way onto the Global Compendium of...

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