FAITH PHILPOT/ LAKELAND
Q: Describe your garden.
Answer: It started because there was an area where we just couldn’t get grass to grow. We decided to build a small pond, and the rest is history.
Q: How long have you been gardening?
Answer: In earnest, for about the past six years.
Q: From whom (or what) have you learned the most as a gardener?
Answer: Much satisfaction can be derived just having FUN with experimentation.
Q: What are your go-to plants?
Answer: Every Saturday, I go to Lowe’s and buy the dead plants they have marked down. Mostly, they just need some care (and water).
Q: What was your biggest gardening mistake?
Answer: I planted some crape myrtles too close to the house. I moved them this past winter to more open areas, and they are doing well.
Q: What are some of the challenges you face in your garden?
Answer: Irrigation. Although I have a sprinkler system, I recently installed drip irrigation, which allows direct water to all my potted plants that were under the pergola.
Q: What is your best piece of advice for your fellow gardeners?
Answer: Have fun! Try things. Just a little bit of work, even with plants that might look dead, can produce a beautiful result.
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 Baylife@tampatrib.com. 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 Please include a phone number and/or email (not for publication).