Gardeners, for your information, beginning in May, Dollar General will be stocking gardening equipment.  They have an extensive variety of items,

especially pots and containers at really good prices.  I go to the Dollar General located by Bellís outlet. Because it is in the shopping center it has a very large selection of things.

     Helen Novella,  posted May 3,2020






SUBJECT: Time to trim the Jatropha,  (bush/tree)

The Jatropha is an evergreen shrub or small tree with stunning flowers that will bring butterflies to your garden.  Monarchs, Swallowtails and Zebra Longwing butterflies are attracted to this bush. Jatropha Integerrima is native to Cuba and the West Indies.  They do like sun, but can tolerate shade. The plantings at the clubhouse would be more beautiful if they had more sun. This plant is easy to propagate from cuttings. Once established they are low maintenance, no insect problem, a good rain once a week is sufficient and water once a week in the dry season, fertilize in the spring and late summer with water soluble fertilizer or slow release pellets.

There are several planting of Jatropha at the clubhouse. The three trees in the center in front of the building have never been trimmed.  The three bushes by the shuffle board were trimmed about 8 months ago. The bushes outside the laundry room have just been trimmed. They can take heavy trimming.  I like to look at a bush as thou it is a bouquet of flowers, step back and visualize this. This is the best time to prune this bush/tree it might look scalped but with the summer rain and fertilizer it will be gorgeous in a few months.  When trimming be careful, the milky sap can irritate your skin.

Happy Gardening Helen N.




SUBJECT:             Bismarck Palm  - Bismarckia nobilis, Coryphoideae sub family

                                This palm comes from the island of Madagascar, off the east coast of Africa.   This beautiful tree can grow to 60 ft. tall, spread of 16 ft. and fronds 10 ft wide. Experts do not recommend growing Bismarck palms on small residential lots. There are quite a few Bismarck palms planted in our community. I wish I addressed this issue sooner.

                                When we go into Loweís, Wal-Mart and Home Depot we just fall in love with all the beautiful flowers, shrubs and trees we see sitting there in their little pots. When you go food shopping, you have a list and you know what you want and how it will turn into a delicious meal. Well when you go garden shopping you need a list, you just donít buy it because it is beautiful. Ask yourself: what is the name of this plant, where do I plan to plant it, will it enhance the garden, how big does it grow, does it need sun or shade, does it bloom, when does it bloom, what are the water requirements, what about fertilizer, is it helping the environment .

                                For many years, gardening has been my big love but I am not doing as much now. When this virus problem passes and thing get back to normal we could start up The Garden Club again. Should you have some question or garden input letís talk. Give me a call, I am in the phone book or e-mail me at