Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Florida Wildflowers

I found this fabulous website with loads of information about using wildflowers
native to Florida in the landscape.

There's nothing I'd like better than to completely lose the St. Augustine turf that takes so much in the way of time, energy and resources to maintain. But I realize that's not gonna happen in this neck of the woods. Unfortunately, this community is not overly concerned with the amount of water it takes to maintain this very thirsty ground cover. I may just fill out their lil' application about changing the lawn to groundcover, just for the kick of it. I wanna see what they say about us putting down perennial peanut in the backyard.

Why fight the drought when there is an available and easy solution?
I will acquire as many natives as my budget allows and place them in the backyard, so that they should not be an issue with our HOA.
Wait 'til they get my request for puttin' up a clothesline!

No deed restrictions, covenants, or similar binding agreements running with the land shall prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting solar collectors, clotheslines, or other energy devices based on renewable resources from being installed on buildings erected on the lots or parcels covered by the deed restrictions, covenants, or binding agreements. A property owner may not be denied permission to install solar collectors or other energy devices based on renewable resources by any entity granted the power or right in any deed restriction, covenant, or similar binding agreement to approve, forbid, control, or direct alteration of property with respect to residential dwellings not exceeding three stories in height. For purposes of this subsection, such entity may determine the specific location where solar collectors may be installed on the roof within an orientation to the south or within 45° east or west of due south provided that such determination does not impair the effective operation of the solar collectors.


  1. Have you seen the statute on Florida Friendly planting? It supposedly helps you get around deed restrictions re: St. Augustine grass. My husband's grandparents live in a CFla HOA community and were in trouble their first year because they headed northward for the summer and turned off their water, thus negating irrigation. They wanted to replace the sod with bahia and groundcovers but found out that was not allowed. I think, though, this new legislation takes some power away from the HOAs.

  2. Oh yeah, I've done my research. This HOA is just outta control. I'm gonna fill out their paperwork just to see what they say.
    Hope things worked out for your in-laws.


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