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How Does Your Garden Grow?: ‘Gardening was a new experience’


Q: Describe your garden.

Answer: My gardens are centered around oak trees that I planted 34 years ago. I grow orchids, azaleas, yesterday-today-and-tomorrow plants, kalanchoes, Easter lilies and clivias. I also have a rose and amaryllis lily garden. I grew up in Italy, where we only gardened in containers on balconies. When I came to America, gardening was a new experience.

Q: How long have you been gardening?

Answer: I have been gardening for 46 years.

Q: From whom (or what) have you learned the most as a gardener?

Answer: I learned the most from two friends. One friend gave me amaryllis bulbs from her garden 40 years ago. They have multiplied and are more beautiful each year.

Q: What are your go-to plants?

Answer: My go-to plants are lilies. I have all kinds. In the spring it is so exciting to see the flowers begin to pop up and watch them open to a beautiful lily.

Q: What was your biggest gardening mistake?

Answer: Planting too many oak trees, which means too many roots and leaves to deal with.

Q: What are some of the challenges you face in your garden?

Answer: Dealing with the many squirrels digging up newly set plants.

Q: What is your best piece of advice for fellow gardeners?

Answer: Plant flowers that bloom at different times and you will always have flowers to enjoy.

Have you ever been so proud of your garden that you wished you had some way to show it off? We’re looking for readers’ photos and growing tips for our “How Does Your Garden Grow?” feature in Baylife. It doesn’t matter if you have a small container garden or a long-established landscape; we want to hear about it. Just answer the questions above and email them along with a couple of jpgs of your garden to [email protected] Or mail your answers and photos to Baylife, The Tampa Tribune, 202 S. Parker St., Tampa, FL 33606. Please include a phone number and/or email (not for publication).

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