December 2022 Selection of the Month

Tiare Darder of Colchester Lane has been recognized as the December 2022 Selection of the Month by The Garden Club at Palm Coast.

Tiare was born in Cuba, came to the US when she was 18 and settled in Tampa. One day she drove through Palm Coast, fell in love with Palm Coast, and felt like it was fate that brought her here. She has been living here now for 4 years!

This very attractive landscape has cement-edged beds throughout the property. Most of her beds are complimented with whimsical wooden animals which she makes and paints herself. She also has a wooden rooster on top of her mailbox. She has a different rooster for each season.

In her doorway area, she is very proud of her potted ponytail palm that has traveled with her for 27 years! To the left side of her yard, you find much diversity, including staghorn fern, ground orchids, blue and white sage, society garlic, Brazilian dwarf morning glory, Areca palm, blue Bismarck palm, crotons, Barbados cherry tree, fig tree, spicy jatropha, multi-color amaryllis, ground roses, and her favorite plant a Tibouchina.

The backyard is on a canal with a raised brick wall bed containing assorted succulents. Another area has gardenias, milkweed, magnolias, climbing allamanda on a trellis, and several varieties of fruit trees such as plantains, lemon, lime, blood orange, grapefruits, sugar plum, 3 pineapples, and tangerines. She also grows Cuban and Italian oregano, Cuban mint, and marjoram.

In her lanai area, she propagates many of her plants from succulents, cactus, and orchids, to name a few. There are many full pots as well as hanging plants to admire. It’s as if you are in a greenhouse!

Submitted by Nancy Iandoli
Selection of the Month Committee

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