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1515 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth, FL--just south of West Palm Beach. (Click for Map) * info@ameliascapes.com * 561-540-6296

June, 2017 Newsletter

Fruit Trees Expanded

We are expanding and re-stocking our supply of fruit trees. Many customers have requested fruit-bearing olive trees, and we now have three delicious varieties in stock: the Spanish Arbequina, the Italian Frantoio, and the Greek Koroneiki. Growing olives in South Florida requires patience and proper maintenance. The trees do well in sandy, well-draining soil, but too much water can cause root rot, and temperatures in the 20s can be harmful (not much of a concern in South Florida). Olive trees are mainly coveted for their beautiful and elegant silver foliage. But as a bonus, most of them can begin to set fruit at only 3 years of age, after which they generally alternate years of fruiting. More information can be gained from the Florida Olive Council in Gainesville, Florida.

Another exciting edible addition is Piper Nigrum or Black Pepper. This fast growing vine does best in well-drained fertile soil and prefers light shade. Peppercorns are usually harvested at the red stage of color then dried in the sun or a food drier for approximately 3 days, which causes them to turn black. Grind in a pepper mill and enjoy.

Other fruit trees that have recently arrived include: soursop, custard apple, cinnamon, barbados cherry, persimmon, grumichama, jackfruit, lychee, jaboticaba, carmabola, miracle fruit, avocado, lemon bay rum, sapote mamey, mango, pomegranate, miracle fruit, grapes, Spanish lime, mulberry, raspberry, blueberry, guava, papaya, bananas, and longan. We have a fruit tree to fit everyone's taste and space.
  
Global-Warming Facts 

Earth's 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since record-keeping practices began in 1880. This makes 2016 the third year in a row to set a new record. Most of the warming has occurred in the past 35 years. Earth's average temperature has risen 2 degrees Fahrenheit since the late 19th century. These facts are available from NASA and NOAA (The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

One of the astonishing examples of global warming in the United States is at Montana's Glacier National Park. Founded in 1910, the park was home to 150 glaciers and other ice formations. The latest park survey conducted in May 2017, shows that of the original 39 largest and named glaciers (averaging size of over 25 acres), only 26 still meet that threshold.

Although scientists disagree on whether or not we, as the human race, can do anything to reverse the effects of global warming, there is no arguing that each one of us can create a cooler personal space. So, as the rise in outdoor temperatures becomes more real, reducing the heat load on your own property becomes more desirable and even necessary. The best way to create a cooler surrounding is to PLANT TREES. Among numerous other benefits, the Department of Energy states that:  
  • Planting trees is the easiest way to reduce solar heat gain in your home and cut air conditioning costs up to 50%. 
  • It is up to 6 degrees cooler under a tree than it is in the full sun. 
  • An average-size tree produces enough oxygen for a family of 4 for one year.
Investment for a tree can be as little as $20. Summer rains are here, and growing season is in full swing, so establishing newly planted trees could not be easier. Protect yourself from climate change by planting trees. 
  
New Product - Benderboard Edging

Edging is used to create separation and give your garden a clean finished look. Made in the U.S.A., Benderboard is edging made of thin slices of recycled plastics that are compressed to give the appearance of wood. It is easy to work with, extremely durable, and once installed, the 12-inch stakes keep it secured in place (unlike most other edging). It comes in 20-foot lengths, which enable you to make wide radii in your garden beds as well as create dramatic shapes. It is an excellent product.  

Benderboard introductory price offer  
10% off from now until June 30th 
 

Not to be missed...

The bromeliads are blooming! Here are the Aechmea Blue Tango and Variegated Blue Tango   

Don't miss our colorful Talavera pottery 
 

SmartyPlants has not one but 4 varieties of firebush. Choose from 

Native, Dwarf, Calusa, and the Bahama firebush with it's larger, yellow trumpet-shaped flowers. 
  

Fountains, fountains, and more fountains. From the small to the VERY large. Nothing beats the sounds of water in your garden.
  

May, 2017 Newsletter

Gardenias

Gardenias are in full bloom at the moment. While Miami Supremes are the most popular, there are other just-as-wonderful varieties like Tahitian and Vietnamese gardenias. The Tahitian variety has large multi-petaled flowers that are highly fragrant. Younger plants tend to have a vining habit. Just like the Miami Supremes, it also blooms in cycles throughout the year. The Vietnamese gardenia has a flat blossom of only five petals. This spring and summer bloomer is also highly fragrant. It can reach a height of ten feet, but six feet is more the norm. Both of these sun loving gardenias appreciate additional iron once a year or a soil acidifier.


  
Plant of the Month

Banana Bush 'Netty Dwarf' (Tabernaemontana pandacaqui) is a native of the South Pacific. It is a perennial shrub that grows only to about 6 ft. if that. Its lush green foliage is a great backdrop for the abundant and continuous small white flowers that are pinwheel shaped. The flowers are then followed by a pair of seeds that look like two bananas hanging in opposite directions, hence its common name. They start out red and then turn yellow when they ripen. 

Banana Bush works well as a mass planting, specimen shrub, or containerized accent piece. It is also drought tolerant once established and is a moderate grower. Our customers that have used this plant in their gardens rave about how well it does and the lack of pest problems associated with it. This plant is truly a winner. 



Peak Butterfly Season  

We are in the peak season for butterfly migration back to the north. We have been visited by several species including swallowtails, julias, atalas, sulphurs, fritillaries, great southern whites, zebras, and of course monarchs. 

To name a few, we have a fantastic supply of butterfly attracting wildflowers, including gaillardia, rouge plant, coreopsis, blue-eyed grass, mimosa, scorpion tail, asters, blue sage, wild petunia, seaside ageratum, frog fruit, and twinflowers. All these are available in 1-gallon pots.

We are thrilled at SmartyPlants by the number of our customers that include host and nectar butterfly plants in their gardens. We share in the joy of their sightings of new butterflies or the hatching of the chrysalis, which we have observed even under fountains and other hardscapes inside the building. Butterflies are truly determined and awesome creatures. We are proud to implement pest-control practices that provide a non-toxic environment for our flying friends.




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