October 2020 Garden Selection of the Month

Mavilde and Manuel Gomes of Elliot Place have been recognized as October 2020 Garden Yard Selection of the Month by The Garden Club at Palm Coast.

Mr. and Mrs. Gomes moved from Connecticut to Palm Coast in 2004 when they retired.

Walking up their driveway on both sides they have a stone area with newly planted orange bird of paradise, a tractor seat plant (Ligularia reniformis), and several colorful crotons in which Mavilde likes to plant 2 varieties together to add color and texture.  Then your eyes are focused on their beautiful front door garden area with neatly planted pink curcuma ginger lilies, amaryllis, ponytail palms, 2 poinsettias, a plumeria, orange and white bird of paradise, pink caladium, hanging baskets with succulent varieties, 2 spectacular single-stemmed pom-pom shaped yucca plants beaked with a stunning spray of bluish-green thin blades that are 2 feet long. Centered in the middle there is a tranquil oval egg-shaped green water fountain that compliments this front yard.

There are several varieties of fruit trees throughout the landscape such as oranges, tangerines, lemons, bananas, guava, papaya, nespera loquat, fig and olive trees.

The back yard faces a golf course and a fishing pond so they have planted a hedge of Queen palms, bottlebrush, Phoenix roebelenii, river birch tree, fan palms, oleanders, crape myrtles, Schefflera arboricola, several crotons, and bird of paradise.  On the left side yard she has 3 large staghorn ferns. She also has a starfish cactus (Stapelia gigantea).

Mavilde is known to have a green thumb as she has much success with anything she plants.  Her friends and neighbors bring over their sad plants and she always brings them back to life!

Submitted by Nancy Iandoli
Selection of the Month Committee

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