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Did you hear the BUZZ? It’s National Honeybee Day!

By: Amanda Rose Newton Honeybees have been riding a wave of popularity in the last decade, largely due to their mysterious disappearance linked to colony collapse disorder. After years of research, it has been determined that there are many compounding factors leading to the plight of the honeybee and there has been a great effort […]

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Add a Splash of Familiar Color with a Florida Maple

By Amanda Rose Newton With August officially here and stores stocked with back to school supplies, Fall is just around the corner. While one of the best features of living the Florida lifestyle is the abundance of exotic, tropical plants, nothing quite signals a change in seasons like Fall leaf color. Luckily, there are several […]

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Weeping Willows: Finding Your Inner Peace

By Amanda Rose Newton There are few trees as graceful and effortlessly elegant as the weeping willow (Salix babylonica). The long green branches sway gently in the breeze adding an instant Zen-like quality to the landscape. In these uncertain times, creating a tranquil, reflective space at home can help melt away anxiety and concerns beyond […]

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My Little Flower Farm

by Liz Lark-Riley For the last seven years, it’s been my joy and privilege to work at Rockledge Gardens…but up until a few weeks ago, I hadn’t planted a single seed since I was a little girl. Like many of you, I’ve taken up new hobbies to keep my hands and mind occupied during the […]

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Bromeliads in the Landscape

By Amanda Rose Newton Bromeliads are easy to grow, low maintenance plants that give off instant tropical flair and can be grown indoors and out, in trees or in the ground.  Worldwide, there are over 2,500 species, with diversity ranging from the familiar native Spanish moss to the edible pineapple. With so many interesting variations […]

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Get Ready for the Madness!

By Amanda Rose Newton Mango madness, that is! If you have caught the madness like we have and are aiming to add a mango or two to your landscape this season, read on to ensure you get the best fruit for you. This year’s celebration of all things mango will play out a little differently, […]

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Buzz Off: How to Live Mosquito-Free This Summer

By: Amanda Rose Newton Florida in the Summertime means outdoor festivals, picnics, barbeques, and gardening! It also has become synonymous with mosquitos, which can turn a day in the yard into a less desirable experience. The easiest way to avoid bites is to cover up, but let us be honest, once August is here, the […]

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Ants in Your Plants!

By Amanda Rose Newton One of the most common questions we hear is why ants start appearing on plants in the garden and how to get rid of them. To help address both those points, let’s discuss a little bit about the biology and good deeds performed by ants before diving in. I Bet You […]

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Gardenias in Bloom

By Amanda Rose Newton Gardenias are known for their intoxicating scent that lingers in the air during our warmer Florida months. This unique scent has been known to trigger distinctive moments of our lives and for some, act as a time capsule for cherished memories. Perhaps that is why gardenias are often given as gifts […]

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