Here it is...
...the book that provides practical gardening advice for Snowbirds!
All the answers you need for
193 Color Photographs!
146 Plant Varieties!
...I worked for a plant nursery and garden center. Whenever Snowbird Season began, I'd get asked the same questions. Over and over.
And finally the light bulb went on!
You people need a manual!
A book to guide you through the difference between gardening at "home" and growing things here.
Snowbird Gardening provides practical answers to the unique challenges of gardening for South Florida's Winter Residents!
A breezy enjoyable read, full of facts you'll refer to again and again!
Snowbird Gardening will become your gardening companion handbook for life!
"This friendly, small book is aimed squarely at an audience that contends with being absent in the rainy season and present during the dry season.
"So Landre suggests hardy plants that are low maintenance and colorful
over winter: crown of thorns, crotons, Hong Kong orchid tree, desert
cassia, bougainvillea, pentas, society garlic and the like.
"She also likes palms, particularly the pygmy date palm.
"She counsels her snowbirds to stay away from frangipani, which is leafless during winter. And she urges them to consider dwarf and plants that grow ever-so-slowly and won't jump the fence over summer.
"A Bradenton gardener, Landre's list of common garden mistakes for winter residents is full of experienced truth.
"Mistakes include planting too close to the house, walkways, drives, other plants; not considering the ultimate size of a plant; expecting nature to water plants when away; planting right before leaving; taking advice from neighbors, brothers-in-law '...or anyone else who doesn't grow/sell plants for a living.'
"She includes a helpful list of plants that will take winter sun and summer shade as well as winter shade and summer sun. She advises on fertilizers and planting techniques.
"Most of the book consists of nice photographs of the 146 plants that she likes, with short descriptions that include important data about plant height, sun needs and whether each is fast or slow growing. For shrubs and groundcovers, she includes how far apart to plant.
"Landre cautions against planting citrus because of the maintenance required, and she notes that citrus greening disease may make some varieties hard to find."