Milton Garden Club announces it’s Community Pride Awards for September

Published on September 18, 2013 with No Comments

The Milton Garden Club has announced their recipients of the September Community Pride Awards.

The winners are Roger Scott, of 5862 Hogan’s Alley,and Milton City Hall, at 6738 Dixon St.

Scott, who lives near the Tanglewood Golf Course, had very little around his house when he moved to his home on Hogan’s Alley. Other than the mature live oaks and the hedge of Indian hawthorn around the house, the only plants were two large feathery blue-green pindo palms in the front yard.

Since then, Roger, who loves tropical plants, has added many canna lilies with pink, purple, and orange leaves and read and orange flowers.

He contains the elephant ears in large pots, because, besides needing lots of water, they can also be invasive.Chinese honeysuckle arches over his mailbox.

Because Roger like purple throughout his beds, he has wandering Jew planted at the base of the mailbox.

The lavender of Mexican heather, which blooms all summer, borders the large beds. There are white irises, yellow day lilies, and beautiful white gardenias in the largest of the beds.

Hidden among the plants is a stone that sparkles like granite, but which is actually a cover for the well Roger put in last year.

Yellow lantana and knockout roses in red, cherry red, and pink round out the plantings in that bed.

Closer to the house are indigenous wild Florida ferns which prefer some afternoon shade. In pots near the entrance to Roger’s house are cigar plants, coleus, giant impatiens, begonias, sky pencil, a tall skinny bush that can grow to twelve feet, geraniums, and a batflower plant, whose tiny bloom really looks like the purple face of a bat with bright red ears.

Roger also has fountain grass in his landscaping, because it stays small and has a nice feathery bloom. He keeps the weeds at bay by using bark mulch, which he buys at Lowe’s. Congratulations to Roger.

Milton City Manager Brian Watkins gives all the credit for the beautiful trees, shrubs, and flowers around City Hall to Lee Willingham, who is in charge of all landscaping for the city.

Watkins also pointed out the city has a new contract to replant the medians on Highway 90 under the direction of Willingham.

Soon Willingham and his crew will begin planting new trees, bushes, and flowers on Highway 90.

The planting, which is set to begin at the end of September or beginning of October, is expected to last four or five months until the project is complete.

If you find yourself at City Hall, take the time to enjoy all the beautiful plants, including purple pixie loropetalum, the tiny bluish flowers of flax lilies, the lavender blooms of society garlic, low-growing drift roses, dwarf Japanese yew, the deep purple-burgundy of burgundy leaves and deep pink fringe flowers, beauty berry bushes with their purple berries, native azaleas, muley grass, palmettos, yellow and orange day lilies, variegated ginger, annual white vinca, wax myrtles, red maples, Japanese maples, love oaks, cedars, and cypress trees.

The City of Milton always participates in Arbor Day by planting a tree. This year a red maple was planted in the Milton Dog Park at 6244 Old Bagdad Highway (Optimist Park).

Milton has been granted the title Tree City USA for the past fifteen years. Residents should be very proud of their City.

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