Here in FL and in TN the big box stores and private nurseries sell all kinds of plans that DO NOT live or thrive in the climate where they are sold. I have seen people on gardening groups complain about this. I look at the zones on the tags and if no zones or my zone isn't included I don't buy the plant. About half the plants sold where I live can't tolerate the intense sun, heat, dry season and humidity. And we are sub-tropical, not tropical. We do get frosts at night in the winter. That will finish off a lot of true tropicals that should not be sold here. Looking at what others are growing didn't work for me. Almost every rosebush as already died yet those I see in town are thriving. Same with several other flowering shrubs I bought. I think there is a difference in the sand fertility from one area here to another as well as the extreme climate. I'm on a few gardening groups and am learning a lot.
I reminded my husband again to remove any cat food the outside cats don't eat. I didn't check to see if he did it. I don't use bird feeders due to all the stray and feral cats. It would only draw them and more birds would lose their lives.
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