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June, 2019 Newsletter--Plants of the Month, Butterfly and Fairy Gardens

Happy June! This month we are excited to celebrate Father's Day. 

We would like to ask for your participation on a blooming-tree project! On our next newsletters, we would love to feature YOUR trees in bloom. There are so many beautiful trees blooming this season, and we want to share yours or maybe one you spot on your commute. Send them to smartyplantslw@gmail.com + keep a look out for them in our next newsletter and on social media.

Shade House

Aerococcus flagellifolius

  • Unusual grass-like bromeliad
  • Grows to 24” in full-to-partial sun
  • Slightly spiny orange-maroon leaves that weep with age
  • Sporadic unusual blue flowers followed by blue-black seeds

Very versatile - useful as a filler in living walls or in place of ‘spikes’ in potted arrangements. Makes a fantastic hanging basket or can be planted in the garden
Sunny Side

Dwarf Singapore Plumeria (Plumeria obtusa ‘Dwarf Singapore Pink’)

  • Evergreen summer-loving flowering shrub/tree
  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Average water with a well-draining soil
  • Light pink, lemon citrus, sweet-scented flowers
  • Moderately salt tolerant

Perfect for small spaces; can get 5’-7’ tall in the ground but can be kept at 4’ in pots
Makes a great addition to tropical gardens or in pots poolside
We all play a role in keeping our planet healthy, clean, and beautiful…even insects. Yes, it’s true — we need insects and they need us. Insects populations around us are continuing to decline, but they play an incredibly important role on the earth. Without them, we would be in trouble.

Have you considered building a habitat for pollinators? If you are interested, keep reading; we want to share with you how you can do that.

Select a corner of your yard or a pot or two where this life-giving project will take place. Head over to Amelia’s and pick out bee- and butterfly-friendly plants. Insects like to hang out with plants they’ve known for thousands of years, so Florida-native plants are a good choice, but other options - sizes, colors, fragrances, and growth habits - are endless. We are always ready to point you in the right direction to help you create a little extra beauty in your yard as well as a pollinator habitat.

Then, just take care of your new plants and simply appreciate new wildflowers and life around your yard. This is very easy, but needed to care for our insects + our world! Did you know that many weeds are visited by pollinators? Weeds serve a purpose after all. Stand or sit still; you may just see a lot of buzzing action going on around your weeds. 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to stop in and ask one of our Smarties how to get started. The Florida Wildflower Association has lots of information that you may find useful. Here are a few links in which you may indulge:

Build your own fairy garden this summer! School’s out and it’s time to find a few crafts + activities for your kids. You can design the garden however you want, add lots of fairies + plants, keep it inside or put it outside. Amelia’s has so many fun characters from which to choose and plenty of tiny plants to add.

It’s as easy as…

  1. Find the perfect spot. You can buy a pot, so it’s easy to move around — or designate a little shelf inside or outside where it can be displayed.
  2. Fill it up with soil, rocks, sand or a combination of all three. Be creative!
  3. Pick your tiny plants given the location you've selected for your fairy garden.
  4. Find your characters + fairies to add; we have lots of options.
  5. Spruce it up with homes + waterfalls too!
  6. Don’t forget to water your plants :) 

Just like that you have something for your kids to take care of all summer and continue to add more friends + plants as the summer goes on. It’s a great way to teach your kids about different types of plants and how to care for them. They will have a blast creating their very own fairy garden this summer. We would love to see what you and your kids create, so send us photos!

Have a Happy and Healthy Summer!
Don't forget to send us photos of your trees in bloom! We hope all is well, your gardens are beautiful, + your plants aren't too thirsty in this summer heat. See you soon!
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