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    Kelly Marshall

    You are spot on. My parents live near Naples and my mom is an avid gardener. But she fights constant pests on nearly everything, even on the plants inside her screened in porches. She hasn't been able to grow succulents successfully either, much to her dismay. I don't know if I could live/garden there after being able to grow all that we do in Northern California.

    I saw a few succulents in pots, as well as on display and for sale at the botanic garden, but for the most part I gather they tend to rot for the reasons you mentioned. No question we are lucky here!


    Hope your hostess and her garden club members will try native Florida plants which have evolved to take the humidity and poor soil. They don't need the fertilizer which pollutes our waterways or the irrigation that depletes our aquifer.

    There were more native plants on display at the botanical garden. Unfortunately, I'm not familiar enough with native Florida plants to identify them, so am unsure how much they are planted. Additionally, I gather there is a great range Florida's cultural conditions, so I'm not sure what works in one part of Florida would work in another.


    I don't think I could ever transition to gardening in Florida. Everything seems so alien, like another planet, at least compared to the Midwest. Also I'm afraid of alligators.

    It is a very different style of gardening, but I saw a few plants that would be at home in any garden, like salvia. No alligators on this trip (not that I'm complaining...)


    Wow, were these photos taken at your hosts home? The gardens are artfully arranged with a beautiful layering of textures and colors. I'm feeling very inspired, where can I see more? Lucky you to visit so many fabulous places!

    Yes, all from my hosts' home! You can tell a gardener lives there. I'll post additional pictures from the botanical garden soon.

    Reed Pugh

    Love Naples in January. Have been going for years.

    The weather was unbelievable. I'd love to go back.


    I enjoyed touring Naples Botanical Garden soon after it opened a few years ago. Will you have pictures of it too?

    Yes! The education director gave me a wonderful tour, but we only had an hour. I was so thrilled by the children's garden, I didn't get to see that much else. I was amazed to learn the garden has only been around since 2009.

    Desert Dweller / David C.

    Nice trip, and can't wait for Naples Bot Garden pics, too. I hear you on cold...even Denver was warmer than here late last week! I must get your book...maybe in time if I can make the bloggers fling in SF this June?

    Wear the shades anyway...

    You're thinking about coming to the Fling? That would be awesome! I just registered (this will be my first one) and am sending in my check today.

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    Wow!! It just a wonderful scenario when we visit in January. This year it was the same.


    Thanks for taking us on a tour of the garden with you. I like your pictures.

    I must say though that I'm familiar with many of these plants. I've grown up with a few of them and have some in my garden now. There are also some that I've tried growing but they didn't do too well because of the weather.

    I think it's actually too hot where I am now for some of the bromeliads. I also can't water as frequently as I would want to because of drought.

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