Archive for January, 2011


Friday, January 7th, 2011

One of the many blessings that we have living here in central Florida is that due to the mild winters many things can be done outdoors that are not suggested in colder climates. One of these things is the ability to plant trees like those in the picture that Toms Ponds planted at the beautiful Cheval Golf and Country Club. These trees are all conifers (those that bear cones for both seeds and pollen).  This assortment of evergreen trees are: Florida Red Cedar, Arizona Blue Cypress, Hetzi Juniper, Leyland Cypress, Parsoni Juniper, Densa Slash Pine, and the Southern Cedar. It is most appropriate to plant these trees in the Greater Tampa Bay area winters. Planting these and other trees that flourish here require less watering-in than if planted in any other season. And come springtime, these newly planted trees will have a head start to the new growing season. This is also recommended with deciduous trees (those that shed leaves annually, i.e. the Bald Cypress, which is also a conifer, or the Sycamore which is a broadleaf). The rule of thumb is that if the particular tree can withstand the severest of central Florida winters without the fear of frost or temperture damage, than the winter time is a great time of year to plant!

One of the rules of Japanese Gardens is borrowed scenery.

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Borrowed scenery is an essential concept when one attempts to create a new garden, especially when the space is limited. The idea is to expand your garden by incorporating the existing landscape in your neighbor’s yards. This will bring their yard into your garden and in turn this will expand your garden beyond property lines. This is best achieved by planting material that already exists beyond the fence. For example: if there are mature Bald Cypress next door, then on that particular property line plant a tripod of smaller Bald Cypress. This effect will carry your garden well beyond the fence line. It is amazing what can be accomplished in a limited space!