Friday, September 5, 2008

Hanna, Ike, and Josephine

I have always loved hurricanes. I know, I'm weird. And no, I haven't seen one firsthand. This move to FL was exciting because I could see lots. And it rains lots here. Something I have been unaccustomed to in the changing climate over the past, I dunno, 15 years. What have I learned so far, and I'm sure my education on hurricanes will evolve over the next 3-5 years while in FL.

1. Buy supplies early.
2. FL is not the geographic location for people who like to garden with pots.
3. Hurricanes bring much appreciated winds (dries the sweat on your body).
4. The meteorologists don't even know where they are going to strike.
5. Each and every hurricane is different, so stop comparing them.
6. Get ready to constantly deal with insurance policies even if you don't make a claim.
7. You get NO rain when a hurricane is in the area unless it strikes your area.

Still having a hard time dealing with #7. We have St. Augustine grass. WOW! I never knew you needed a PhD in entymology, and botany--more specifically the family Gramineae (Poaceae), category: Monocotyledonous (that's grass). But you do. So, you can't give it too much water, but it can't go without it. And you can't fertilize it with plain old yard fertilizer, and you have to treat for insects and weeds in certain months, and if you don't you get dead grass with lots of tall ugly weeds. BLEGHH. Later on this weekend, I am going to start my gardening blog. Stay tuned. I'll try and address your questions, and hopefully, with my photos of my pitiful grass, you can help me.

Well, puppy is asleep, so I'll go play in the Christmas ornaments for awhile. I have a plethora of them. And they need a home, anyone interested?


Dr. Wifey said...

i still don't understand why you went into chemistry instead of horticulture!

Dr. Wifey said...

ok, Dr. Green Thumb...i need some ideas for a spring planter garden for my apartment. i like perennials. need some help

Brando said...

what direction does your spring planter area face? What around it would obscure light, i.e. buildings, trees, etc. and at what time of day? what colors do you like? how much care do you want to give them? will these be in pots or the ground?

Dr. Wifey said...

oh good lord! i didn't know it would be complicated! :P

faces northeast
lots of light in the afternoons for sure
i like greenery more than flowering plants
not too much care, but i will water them every few days
in pots