This past weekend, our Master Gardener group participated in the Green Thumb Clinic at the Indian River Mall. Coordinated by Brenda Davis, we dispensed brochures, fact sheets and knowledge re: native plants, xeriscaping and integrated pest management.
Sponsored by KIRB, (acronym = Keep Indian River Beautiful) the event highlighted the importance of water conservation. One of the biggest draws of the afternoon was the agency’s demonstration (and sale) of rain barrels:
I really enjoyed this day of community outreach geared specifically to year round residents! Vero Beach is such a seasonal/resort locale, with most events scheduled from Fall to early Spring when the population increases. Kudos to KIRB for bucking this trend.
When I got back from the mall, I spent a significant amount of time in “gardening housekeeping”: weeding, repotting, moving a few plants from “wrong” spots to (hopefully) right ones! Oddly, I enjoy busy work in any setting because it allows my mind to wander, and wandering is what makes my mind happiest!
While puttering, I realized how different mid-July feels here compared to New England, and not just in terms of temperature/humidity! Come mid summer there, a horrible trepidation would grab me…the days grew perceptibly shorter, the nights cooled quicker, fall back-to school clothes appeared when we still wanted shorts! Even Dick Albert‘s forecast for Dog Days of August was mockery “You like this hot weather? HA! 40degrees comin’ at you fast!!” Then, a few months later, the ULTIMATE taunt: 3-4 days of Indian Summer with temps so nice and trees so beautiful it could move you to weep…but really the tears were for an impending heating season colliding with the Christmas spending season and THIS most horrible of realizations It doesn’t get better til… next…. MAY????
So glad that cycle’s behind me!
Mid-July feels SO different here–there’s much to anticipate that’s pleasant, like orchids going into spike:
And see the yellow Wedelia Trilobata behind the orchid? Known as Creeping Oxeye, this low perennial ground cover also makes pretty hanging basket arrangements:
My perimeter garden has evolved into a vine wall, half by design, half by nature, but everything there has one trait in common:
I love this next fact! Even when you start seeds behind schedule, they STILL have time here to germinate and bloom:
In closing, there are only 3 things I miss about New England—my boys and tulips! (oh, all right, one more: occasionally I’m nostalgic for lilacs, too!)
Until next time….
- Are all pest control methods toxic? (with links to tips) (jflahiff.wordpress.com)
- Master Gardeners: Fight, exclude or live with pests (redding.com)
- Keep that Green Thumb Active! Indoor Plants for the Wintertime (proflowers.com)
- Get your GREEN THUMB on! (queenslandbegonia.wordpress.com)