Visit your local nursery! Cooler weather makes us more inclined to work outside, so this is a great time to shop for color for our gardens...whether it's winter annuals or flowering shrubs such as Ixora.
Remember to water - after Rainy Season ends, we sometimes forget we have to do it ourselves. Run your irrigation once a week (if there's been no rain), twice a week if temps are especially warm.
Watch for insect damage. If you see a problem, take bagged cuttings to your local plant nursery for diagnosis and treatment options.
This relative of Screw Pine looks nothing like it...no razor-sharp teeth, no dramatic swirly growth, no weird aerial roots. Dwarf Pandanus is simply a lovely garden accent for sun to part shade.
Growing to about 4 feet tall, this plant will spread out but not quickly so it can be contained.
Zone 10 is best, and though it's said to be drought-tolerant once established, give it a regular drink (with time to dry out between waterings) for the freshest look.
Use it to give a tropical touch to your garden or to accent deeper greens in the landscape. Plant 3 feet - or more - apart.
When award-winning artist Patti Kraft picks up fallen palm fronds from her yard, she doesn't haul them to the curb for trash pick-up like the rest of us. She uses them to create stunning and unusual works of art!
My love of the outdoors has created a passion for exploring nature's intricate details. I have gardened in the Pacific NW, the desert SW, at 9000' in a mountain climate, and in south Florida, where I create sculptured baskets out of Palm fronds.
Working with natural Palm Sheaths I have found a way to repurpose what most people discard, preserving and utilizing the Sheaths with unique and handmade designs.
The process takes about two weeks and steps include gathering (I use mostly Foxtail and Areca palms), soaking in a solution for about three days, hand-shaping/molding, sewing, embellishing (with natural materials such as seeds, nuts, carved bone, shell and horn), drying, and applying a hand rubbed finish. A card includes the details of all the materials used in each piece.
I currently sell at art shows near my hometown of Englewood, FL, and will be displaying and selling at The Dancing Crane Gallery, 1019 10th Ave. W, Bradenton, FL, the months of December through March.
NOTE: These pieces would make wonderful one-of-a-kind Christmas presents! If you want to contact Patti about prices and ordering, use my contact form and I will pass your info on to her (she's still in the process of setting up a website).
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