In the Garden – About Orlando https://aboutorlando.com Insider Tips for Orlando Florida Thu, 07 Nov 2019 20:15:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Orlando Orchid Show https://aboutorlando.com/orlando-orchid-show/ Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:36:56 +0000 https://aboutorlando.com/?p=4430 Looking for the best place to buy orchids in Central Florida? Be sure not to miss the Orlando Orchid Show. Information on orchid clubs and organizations.

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Orchids, widely praised for their beauty, fragrance, and longevity, have been a part of world culture for many centuries, permeating history, legend, art, literature, medicine, and even cooking (think vanilla)! Orchids are one of the two largest families of flowering plants with over 25,000 naturally occurring species in the world. To learn Seven Little Known Orchid Facts that will surprise you, check out this article by Orchid Plant Care.

Annual Orchid Show & Events:

Each year, just in time for Valentine’s Day, The Greater Orlando Orchid Society presents an annual spring Orlando Orchid Show and sale at The Orlando Garden Club, 710 Rollins Street in Orlando. The free event held in February provides information about the organization while showcasing some of their prize orchids. Dealers will have hundreds of beautiful blooming orchids for show and sale. Bring your orchids to the event and club members will divide and re-pot them for a nominal fee.

Orlando Orchid Clubs:

Orchid growing as a hobby is becoming more and more popular and in the Orlando and Central Florida area there are hundreds of dedicated orchids enthusiasts. Whether you just want to learn more about orchids to grow them as a hobby or for advice on how to cultivate this exotic flower for profit, here are two local organizations to join.

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Orlando area Farmers Markets where you can purchase orchids year-round.

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Orange County Adopt A Tree Program https://aboutorlando.com/orange-county-adopt-a-tree-program/ Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:05:59 +0000 https://aboutorlando.com/?p=1913 Events for Orange County Adopt A Tree Program where residents receive up to two free trees for their yard. Find monthly locations Adopt-A-Tree.

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Adopt-A-Tree, Orange County Florida monthly event for free trees for Orange County residents.
Adopt-A-Tree Program

** At this time, Orange County has suspended the Adopt A Tree Program**

Please contact the Adopt-a-Tree program coordinator at the UF/IFAS Extension Service in Orange County: (407) 254-9200.

Once again the Orange County /UF-IFAS Cooperative Extension Service will host monthly Adopt A Tree events. This is a free program for Orange County residents that is designed to encourage planting trees for the numerous benefits that they provide. In addition to the obvious long-term benefit of shade, the beauty of trees has the added benefit of increasing property value. Trees also provide oxygen and filter pollution to better the environment.

Orange County will offer a monthly, Saturday morning Adopt-A-Tree event at Orlando area parks. The events will begin at 8:00 am and continue until all the trees are gone. So arrive early to ensure that trees are still available and for the best selection.
To participate in the event, Orange County residents will need to register when you arrive and provide proof of Orange County residency (driver’s license, photo I.D., or utility bill).  It is not necessary to pre-register for the event.  Trees will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
The types of trees to be distributed may include Live Oak, Sand Live Oak, Southern Magnolia, Bald Cypress and Red Maple, depending on availability. In addition to trees, you will also receive an information sheet on hot to plant and care for your new trees. To help you out with all your landscape questions, there will also be Orange County Master Gardener volunteers available during the events.
Adopt-A-Tree Criteria

The adoptions are limited to two trees per household only one time during the program. Trees may only be planted on private property of Orange County residents. They may not be planted in right-of-ways or in retention pond areas, nor are they to be used to enhance common area property of HOAs or developments.

More Information

Contact the Adopt-a-Tree program coordinator at the UF/IFAS Extension Service in Orange County: (407) 254-9200.

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Setting Up A Green Foundation https://aboutorlando.com/setting-up-a-green-foundation/ Sun, 08 Sep 2013 23:35:04 +0000 https://aboutorlando.com/?p=1249 Now that you have selected the right plants for your yard, what is the proper way to plant them? Information on setting up a Green Foundation for your Orlando home.

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Setting up green foundations in Orlando yards. MORE: AboutOrlando.com

Teresa Watkins shares her ideas on Setting up a Green Foundation. Ask Teresa your gardening questions during the award-winning call-in gardening radio show; “In Your Backyard” on Central Florida’s WLBE My790am every Tuesday from 1:00 – 2:00pm.
Use landscape plantings that allow for mature growth. Take the full width of a plant and divide it by half. If a tree grows 30 feet wide, plant it at least 20 feet away from house or overhead wires. Hedge shrubs that will reach 6 feet wide within two years, plant three feet apart.
Do not cram perennials and ornamental shrubs together for the instant look. Instead, plant more perennials and ornamentals appropriately, and then use seasonal annuals, containers, and hanging baskets to provide more color.
Pruning foundation plants should not be necessary. We shouldn’t put plants in to cut them unless it’s a formal landscape, a standard specimen, or a formal topiary. If a window ledge is three feet up from the ground, then use a shrub that will only grow to three feet or grow very slowly, so that pruning is an annual landscape chore.
Install foundation plants at least two feet away from the foundation or outside of the roof line. This will allow the foundation plants to receive rainfall, and therefore cut supplemental irrigation, but also keep the soil at the foundation dry. Keeping the rootball moisture away around the home will also maintain the integrity of termiticide barrier, reducing susceptibility to termites
Shrubs should have three to four inches of mulch on top of the root ball. This leaves the trunk flare visible but only use one to two inches of mulch around the foundation of the home. This will allow the moisture to dry around the house, again providing more termite protection.
How do you know how big a shrub or tree will get? A great landscape database to help determine appropriate size of shrubs and trees is the St Johns Water Management District’s Waterwise Landscapes website.
Green builders want to provide better landscapes that will look great upon installation, are fabulous a year later, and within five years, look natural as if it had always been there. Green landscapes mean lower upfront landscape budget costs for the builder, getting more bangs for your buck while selling the benefits of less maintenance, lower water bills, for the home buyer, resulting in a quicker home sale!


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Why Establish Green Foundations? https://aboutorlando.com/establishing-green-foundations/ Sun, 08 Sep 2013 23:20:01 +0000 https://aboutorlando.com/?p=1241 We have all seen the overgrown landscape phenomenon, plants and shrubs are just a little too healthy looking and overshadow the house. Read why it is important to choose your landscape plants with care.

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19th century home of George W. Cable, The Amateur Garden
During the late 19th century, suburban builders planted landscape plants around homes to highlight the grandeur of the property. Frederick Law Olmstead, founder of American landscapes, advised to ‘take care of the corners, and the centers will take care of themselves.’ Installing opulent shrubs and trees around foundations not only accented homes but created the framework to showcase the architecture of a new century.
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After World War II, houses became less expensive and landscape packages adjusted to budgets of veteran first-time home buyers. The next generation — baby-boomers— jumped into the middle class. The housing boom continued with smaller yards, less money for landscape budgets becoming the norm. Today with savvy builders and 21st century science of water and energy conservation leads the way in offering ‘green’ landscapes with their showcase homes. But for others, the Victorian trend of installing foundation plants continues with the 20th century artificial reality of zero-lot lines and instant landscapes. You can easily tell the age of an instant landscaped community by the large trees, scantily grassed front yards from the lack of sunlight, and overgrown shrubs blocking the view of the doors and windows. Its five to ten years old.
Image Teresa WAtkins - Overgown Landscape at AboutOrlando.com
Instant landscapes have a formula: Pack as many colorful plants around the house as possible to give that WOW factor so you can sell the house quickly. The buyers move in, loving the landscape, not realizing the costs and work ahead with high maintenance of pruning, pest control, and replacing stressed plants within a few years.

The first six months is the honeymoon, landscapes look good. But Olmstead’s advice that the centers will take care of themselves is a lie. Over the next two – three years though, the established landscapes mature and grow into their full size, requiring continual pruning to get to the door, or see out windows, or keep the trees from hitting the roof. Mold and mildew become issues with the moisture of irrigation hitting the home and lack of air circulation from the shrubs. With bi-weekly or monthly pruning necessary to prevent shrubs and trees from taking over the home, the shrubs succumb to die-back or ‘bare-bottom syndrome’*, leaving the shrub looking forlorn and sickly.
* My label for shrubs that have no foliage at their base due to being pruned incorrectly.
Photos © Teresa Watkins


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Orlando Temperatures https://aboutorlando.com/orlando-temperatures/ Wed, 10 Jul 2013 17:26:08 +0000 https://aboutorlando.com/?p=10 A month by month view of average temperatures for Orlando. Average highs and lows along with record temperatures for the month.

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Low
Record
High
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Record
Low
Date
JANUARY 71°F 49°F 88°F 1-30-1923 19°F 1-21-1985
FEBRUARY 74°F 52°F 90°F 2-25-1962 19°F 2-07-1895
MARCH 78°F 56°F 97°F 3-30-1907 25°F 3-03-1980
APRIL 83°F 60°F 99°F 4-24-1923 37°F 4-02-1919
MAY 88°F 66°F 99°F 5-28-2000 47°F 5-11-1923
JUNE 91°F 72°F 101°F 6-06-1927 55°F 6-13-1913
JULY 92°F 74°F 101°F 7-02-1998 64°F 7-30-1893
AUGUST 92°F 74°F 101°F 8-01-1922 63°F 8-10-1893
SEPTEMBER 90°F 73°F 103°F 9-08-1921 50°F 9-20-1910
OCTOBER 85°F 66°F 99°F 9-09-1921 38°F 10-24-1937
NOVEMBER 79°F 59°F 98°F 10-05-1919 28°F 11-28-1903
DECEMBER 73°F 52°F 95°F 12-01-1922 18°F 12-28-1894


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Poinsettias – Year Round https://aboutorlando.com/caring-for-poinsettias/ Wed, 23 Jan 2013 21:45:52 +0000 https://aboutorlando.com/?p=193 Not just for Christmas! Poinsettias tolerate the hot summer sun and don't like to be over watered, making them the perfect year-round plant in Orlando.

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The holidays are over and it is time to clean up the symbols of the season. All that glitters and sparkles, family heirlooms, yards of decorative plastic greenery are carefully stored away until next year. The multitude of poinsettias that added color, both inside and out, are herded up into a large black garbage bag …. or not!Think again before just tossing out these hardy little bushes. The Central Florida area is one of the best places in the country to keep this low maintenance plant alive and thriving. After a few months, the colorful leaf-like bracts will begin to fade out, leaving a beautiful, full, green bushy plant with just hints of its holiday red.

Left to their own devices, the poinsettia will again produce flowers and colorful leaves near the end of December. As the poinsettia is a “short-day plant,” the change will occur about 10 weeks after the amount of daylight shortens to 12 hours or less..

Since the stems are a little on the delicate side, I would suggest planting them in a large pot or in an area against a fence – any place where the kids and dog won’t be tempted to run through them.Last year, I left my poinsettias in the large decorative pots by my front door – right where I had them over the holidays. They looked so nice, that I hated to just toss them – besides, I had nothing else to fill the pots with.

The bracts remained a vibrant red through Valentine’s Day, then slowly transformed into a vivid emerald green, beautifully shaped bush that graced the front porch throughout the hot summer months when most other plants would have withered from the heat. That first year I neither trimmed nor fertilized them, but they thrived (I suspect there was enough “left-over” fertilizer in the potting soil from when I purchased the small plants).


How to care for a Poinsettia:

  • They don’t like a temperature below 45 but can tolerate a very light frost.
  • The preferred temperatures are around 60 at night.
  • Plant them in a sunny spot.
  • Water regularly, trim and fertilize in the early spring after the blooms fade.
  • If kept in a planter, be sure it drains well. Poinsettias don’t like soggy soil.
  • To ensure colorful blooms for December, keep the plant in complete darkness from 5 p.m. till 8 a.m. from Early October through November.
  • A healthy Poinsettia plant can reach heights of 10′.



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