Saturday, October 3, 2015

Sunday, September 6, 2015

My First Home Landscape Tour

My good friend Kay Lessner lives in central Florida, and she was my first video tour. Just remember, all these video tours are with people who are NOT professional gardeners. They are regular people who simply decided they needed to do better in their own backyards.

Even Native Plant Landscapes Can Use a Change

My tropical sage wasn't flowering much after two years (actually an annual) so it seemed like the right time to clean out the beds, spread some seeds of blanket flower (loves the upcoming winter months) and re-do a few things.

I'll keep you posted on how it goes. Looks messy right now, will be rolling in flowers before you know it!

These beach morning glories are out front in an all white garden. VERY drought tolerant as they really do grow naturally on the beaches of Florida!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

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Florida's best environmental reporting, editorials, and op-eds
August 14, 2015

Kevin Spear reports for the Orlando Sentinel – “Fearing the state has sanctioned further harm to one of Florida’s first tourism treasures, Silver Springs, two environmental groups are seeking to overturn an aquifer pumping-permit issued to a ranch belonging to a Canadian billionaire…An appeal would stage a David vs. Goliath battle, with the grass-roots St. Johns Riverkeeper and Florida Defenders of the Environment facing off against the tax-funded district and global industrialist Frank Stronach. ‘Allowing our over-pumped aquifer and polluted waterways to be further degraded for the economic benefit of a private landowner is completely contrary to the public interest,’ said Lisa Rinaman, who serves as “Riverkeeper” for the Jacksonville-based group.” Read Environmentalists appeal to protect Silver Springs from aquifer pumping
Eric Staats reports for the Naples Daily News – “…[C]onservation and sportsmen groups on either side of the issue agree the new (panther policy) memo uses softer words but says the same thing as the memo that drew fire the first time around…some troublesome wording remains in the new memo, panther biologist Mark Lotz said…South Florida Wildlands Association Director Matthew Schwartz said…’Unless these two agencies (FWC and FWS) team up and stop habitat loss, we’re not going to have panthers…It’s all kind of semantics anyway.’” Read Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission revised panther memo doesn’t quell criticism 
Mary Ellen Klas reports for the Miami Herald – “The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) last December gave approval to FPL’s plan to ask customers to finance a venture into the controversial natural gas fracking business in Oklahoma…In July, regulators gave FPL permission to enter into agreements with other gas fracking companies and charge customers up to $500 million a year, without seeking regulatory approval…But the Office of Public Counsel, which represents the public in utility rate cases, as well as the Florida Industrial Power Users Group, oppose the ruling and each filed a notice of appeal with the high court…The PSC overruled its own staff when it approved the FPL request, allowing the company to become the nation’s fist utility to use ratepayer money for what the staff called a ‘non-regulated risk.’” Read Consumer advocate asks court to reverse FPL gas fracking fee
Susan Salisbury reports for the Palm Beach Post – “For the 20thstraight year, farmers in the Everglades Agricultural Area south of Lake Okeechobee have exceeded the phosphorus reduction requirements for water flowing from their farms to the Everglades, the South Florida Water Management District said Thursday.” Read Lake O farmers lauded for 20 years of beating cleanup goals
Charlie Frago reports for the Tampa Bay Times – “So far in August, the city (St. Petersburg) has dumped 16.5 million gallons of untreated, or partially treated, sewage into Boca Ciega and Tampa Bays. On Wednesday, officials conceded that dumpings could continue for at least a year because St. Petersburg’s aging and overloaded system can’t handle the rainfall. The admission comes four months after city officials closed a wastewater plant…” Read Recent rains expose a St. Pete wastewater system in disarray

Upcoming Environmental Events & Meetings
August 22, 11 am – Attend Past, Present and Future: Florida’s Water in the St. Johns River Basin at the Museum of Science & History inJacksonville. Learn from scientists, artists, and community leaders about the issues facing our water today. Find more info here.
August 28-30 - Attend The Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute's Wekiwa Field School in Apopka for lectures, guest speakers, fieldwork and fun regarding springs health. Find more info here.

September-December- Help Current Problems with their annual Great Suwannee River Basin CleanupFind more info here.
September 17, 6:30 pm - Attend the FREE Town Hall on Fracking to hear David Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council, debate Jennifer Hecker, director of natural resource policy at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, on whether fracking is good or bad for Florida. Chuck O’Neal, first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, will moderate. Event will be held at the Winter Park Garden Club building: 1300 S. Denning Drive (in Mead Botanical Garden) Winter Park, FL 32789 (no RSVP required).

September 25-26 - Attend the Florida Wildflower Symposium at Leu Gardens, Orlando for field trips, presentations, exhibits, workshops and demonstrations regarding topics including monarch butterflies, native and honey bees, landscaping with native plants, and state parks in peril. Find more info here or call (407) 622 - 1606.

October 8-9 – Attend the Annual Florida Remediation Conference in Orlando for 2 days of technical presentations on soil and groundwater cleanup, 75 exhibitors and a charity golf tournament before the conference. Find more info here.
October 23, 12:00 pm; October 24, 9:30 am - Attend the 2015 Audubon Assembly in Maitland for fieldtrips (early Friday), workshops, and more regarding topics including parks, sea level rise, diversity in conservation, and Amendment 1 activism. Find more info here.

November 6, 8:30 am registration - Learn from scientists and students about the Indian River Lagoon, its drainage basin, and how you can help at the ShORE (Sharing Our Research with Everyone) 2015 symposiumFind more info here.
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