I love gardening and really fell in love with the bones of my Florida property - a very large corner lot with a huge lanai and pool sited right on a lake, with mature live oaks and gorgeous palm trees. Unfortunately, the divorced man who owned the property had really ignored the garden and it was in poor shape when I moved in - even had the painted red mulch!
Well fast forward a few months of my watering, fertilizing, pruning, and general TLC and the yard is gorgeous. I was able to keep everything I had and filled in bare spots with a camellia bed, large Eugenia topiaries, agave, bromeliads, and topped everything with nice dark brown double shredded hardwood mulch.
Now comes the fun part. I am really enjoying using blue and white Chinese porcelain outdoors here in Sarasota. So far, I have used primarily ginger jars and garden stools, but would love to add some boxwoods in blue and white Chinese planters.
Two problems - English boxwoods don't grow here in South Florida and I don't have drainage holes in my blue and white Chinese porcelain containers. I take the palms out of my blue and white Chinese porcelain fishbowls to water them. Fun fact - I chose Areca palms because I live on Areca Boulevard. Every street where I live is named after a palm.
1. Has anyone successfully drilled drainage holes in Chinese porcelain? Tips?
2. What is a good substitute for English boxwood in South Florida? Perhaps Japanese boxwood?
Next question for you gardening experts. I have three of these shrubs in my garden and they were in horrible shape when I moved in. I debated yanking them. Now they are looking much better - but what are they? Beautyberry perhaps? They have small white flowers at the end of arching stems that turn into berries/fruit as you can see. The leaves look like variegated dogwood but the flowers and berries are not consistent. My best guess as I said is Variegated Beautyberry - perhaps Callicarpa Dichomata????
And next subject.....
When I moved in, the flower bed in the lanai was pathetic with 2 dying ferns. I decided to see what a little TLC would do for them. Now I have a bed with dozens of ferns, some almost 4 feet tall. And it has turned into a little resort for lots of my gecko friends - their correct named is Brown Anoles. I even have babies. The top one pictured below has become my buddy and pops out of the ferns whenever I am over there and listens to me talk to him - they hear and see very well. I even put a blue and white Chinese porcelain water bowl there for them.