Gardening

Wildflower Alert:  Flyr’s nemesis            ……..
By August 11, 2017 Read More →

Wildflower Alert: Flyr’s nemesis ……..

I don’t know how this wildflower (Brickellia cordifolia) got its common name but I usually just call it Brickellia.   It is a rare plant, but native plant nurseries often carry it, and it does very well in cultivation.   It has also been found on some roadsides in our area, so keep an eye […]

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Wildflower Alert – Procession Flower           ………..
By August 8, 2017 Read More →

Wildflower Alert – Procession Flower ………..

This sweet little pink wildflower (Polygala incarnata) blooms from spring through fall, growing in open and damp habitats.   The flowers are on a long slender stem that may reach twenty inches in height. The individual blossoms are bunched together at the end of the stem, and bloom over time in procession from bottom to […]

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North Florida Planting in August           ……..
By August 1, 2017 Read More →

North Florida Planting in August ……..

Courtesy of IFAS/University of Florida  

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Wildflower Alert:   Pickerelweed            ……..
By July 31, 2017 Read More →

Wildflower Alert: Pickerelweed ……..

This is a perennial wetland plant (Pontederia cordata) that grows in wet ditches and along pond edges. It blooms from spring through fall. It can grow up to three feet tall with long wide heart-shaped leaves. It forms large colonies of plants. The flowers are a beautiful blue and grow in a showy spike at […]

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WILDFLOWER ALERT:  Largeflower Rosegentian          ……..
By July 24, 2017 Read More →

WILDFLOWER ALERT: Largeflower Rosegentian ……..

There are a dozen different kinds of Rosegentians (Sabatias) or Marsh pinks that grow here in north Florida; nine of these have pink petals and four have white petals.   Of the four species with five pink petals, this one (Sabatia grandiflora) has the largest flower (larger than a quarter coin). It grows almost totally […]

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Wildflower Alert:  Showy milkwort
By July 17, 2017 Read More →

Wildflower Alert: Showy milkwort

This wildflower (Asemeia violacea, formerly Polygala grandiflora) is in the Milkwort family; the flowers in this family have a similar structure.   There are two large “petaloid” sepals that look like and are the same color as the petals, and these are called the wings.   There are three smaller petals fused together with the […]

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Wildflower Alert:   Lanceleaf blanket          ……….
By July 10, 2017 Read More →

Wildflower Alert: Lanceleaf blanket ……….

Lanceleaf blanket flower       …….      This wildflower (Gaillardia aestivalis) is sometimes called the Sandhill blanket flower because it usually grows in open and dry sandy areas.   One of the reasons it may get its common name of blanket flower is because large numbers of these plants can cover a large […]

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Wildflower Alert:  Climbing butterfly pea
By July 4, 2017 Read More →

Wildflower Alert: Climbing butterfly pea

This perennial vine (Centrosema virginianum) grows throughout our area in disturbed areas, fields, roads, and open pinelands.   It begins blooming in June and continues on through September. The lovely flowers are over an inch wide and the colors range from light blue to a darker lavender, usually with a white spot in the center. […]

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Pollinators: More Than Just Bees       ……….
By June 28, 2017 Read More →

Pollinators: More Than Just Bees ……….

(NAPSI)—Bees are synonymous with pollination—and for good reason. Their size, shape and physical characteristics—fuzzy bodies that so effectively collect and transport pollen—make them efficient foragers. Additionally, they are conditioned to collect ample pollen to take back to their brood, a behavior that has helped reinforce their reputation as “busy bees.” It’s important to recognize, however, […]

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Wildflower Alert:   Manyflower beardtongue
By June 27, 2017 Read More →

Wildflower Alert: Manyflower beardtongue

This wildflower (Penstemon multiflorus) gets part of its common name from the many (up to 30) white blossoms that bloom along the tall (up to 4 feet) flower stalks.   There are often many of these plants blooming together and you may see them along sandy roadsides and in flatwoods.   It may bloom as […]

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