Wildflower Alert: Fringed campion ………

Wildflower Alert: Fringed campion ………

This beautiful wildflower (Silene catesbaei) is considered to be endangered in Florida and in the U.S., primarily because of loss of habitat.   It can be seen blooming in the Gholson Nature Park in Chattahoochee. The good news is that it is also available in some native plant nurseries, and it will grow very happily […]

By April 18, 2017 Read More →
Protect Our Environment Year-Round—Here’s How ………

Protect Our Environment Year-Round—Here’s How ………

(NAPSI)—Invasive pests threaten to destroy the forests and crops that beautify our lives and put food on our tables. Fortunately, no matter the season, you can take simple steps to help stop the spread of these damaging, non-native insects and other species. The USDA has identified 19 destructive “Hungry Pests,” the invasive species that people […]

By April 14, 2017 Read More →
April Planting Calendar from IFAS ………..

April Planting Calendar from IFAS ………..

What to Plant Annuals/Bedding Plants: New varieties of coleus do well in sun or shade and provide vivid colors and patterns for months. See Annuals: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_annual_landscape_plants Bulbs: This is an ideal time to plant many bulbs. Consider blood lily, caladium, or canna. Louisiana iris and others make beautiful cut flowers. See Bulbs for Florida: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_bulbous_flowers […]

By April 7, 2017 Read More →
Wildflower Alert: Featuring Spiderwort …………

Wildflower Alert: Featuring Spiderwort …………

There are two species of spiderwort blooming along the roadsides now.   Both of these are bright blue with three petals and six stamens with bright yellow tips.   Hairyflower spiderwort (Tradescantia hirsutiflora) gets its name because the outside of its sepals (under the petals) are very hairy.   Ohio spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis) looks very […]

By April 4, 2017 Read More →
Wildflower Alert – Swamp coreopsis or Georgia Tickseed ……..

Wildflower Alert – Swamp coreopsis or Georgia Tickseed ……..

There are around 16 different species of Coreopsis in Florida, and all of them are considered to be the official state flower.  Only one of these is pink (Coreopsis nudata) and it is now beginning to bloom in the wet sunny roadside ditches.   The flowers are in Composite or Aster family, which means they […]

By March 29, 2017 Read More →
The Florida Yards & Neighborhoods (FYN) Homeowner Program ………

The Florida Yards & Neighborhoods (FYN) Homeowner Program ………

The conservation and protection of Florida’s water resources starts at home. Homeowners’ landscaping choices can affect the health of ground and surface waters and the natural environment. The Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Homeowner program educates homeowners about how to design, install, and maintain healthy landscapes that use a minimum of water, fertilizer, and pesticides. The […]

By March 16, 2017 Read More →
Wildflowers: The Yellow Pitcher Plant ………

Wildflowers: The Yellow Pitcher Plant ………

The flower shown at the right  is one of three species of pitcher plants (Sarracenia flava) that can be easily seen growing on the side of state road 65 that goes through the Apalachicola National Forest.   It is one of the earliest of the pitcher plants to bloom, and its tall flower stalks and […]

By March 13, 2017 Read More →
These nine principles will help you reach the goal of a Florida-Friendly Yard ……..

These nine principles will help you reach the goal of a Florida-Friendly Yard ……..

1. Right Plant, Right Place Achieving a healthy, low-maintenance home landscape starts with putting the right plant in the right place. Select plants that match a site’s soil, light, water, and climatic conditions. Buy quality plants that welcome wildlife, consider plant size when you make your purchase, and aim for a diversity of trees, shrubs, […]

By March 9, 2017 Read More →
UF/IFAS researchers work to solve mystery of rare Florida tree ……..

UF/IFAS researchers work to solve mystery of rare Florida tree ……..

 An endangered species of magnolia that only grows in the Florida Panhandle has been named the 2017 plant of the year by the Garden Club of America. The timing couldn’t be better, says Gary Knox, professor of environmental horticulture with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Gary Knox, left, and Barron […]

By February 28, 2017 Read More →
Featured ‘Wildflower’ from the Florida Wildflower Foundation

Featured ‘Wildflower’ from the Florida Wildflower Foundation

Blue butterwort This is the only really blue butterwort in Florida and it is considered threatened in the state.   The flower is one of the larger butterwort blossoms, and the blue lines in the petals are particularly striking. It also has an enlarged palate, which is the furry looking part in the middle of […]

By February 25, 2017 Read More →
Growing Roses in Florida ……..

Growing Roses in Florida ……..

by Sydney Park Brown Roses are prized around the world for their beautiful flowers. Here in Florida, they grow and bloom year-round in the southern and central parts of the state and for at least nine months of the year in the northern part. Roses can be mixed into plant beds, featured as a specimen […]

By February 8, 2017 Read More →
It’s popular to grow your own veggies …….

It’s popular to grow your own veggies …….

It’s becoming more popular to grow your own, whether a large or small garden plot, or just some favorite veggies in patio or balcony pots. In our area, raised beds are also becoming popular with homeowners. Peppers, ornamental cabbages, other edibles can also be tucked into flower beds and landscaping on your property. Recent fall […]

By September 20, 2016 Read More →
Experts Say Fall Is the Time to Plant Perennials ………

Experts Say Fall Is the Time to Plant Perennials ………

(NAPSI)—Perennial plants are a gardener’s dream: They add color to borders and beds, and are relatively easy to maintain. Perennials can also be used to add fragrance and texture to gardens, as well as attract beneficial wildlife such as butterflies and hummingbirds. Planting perennials in the fall is like making a long-term investment—one that pays […]

By September 10, 2016 Read More →
Growing Strawberries ……………..

Growing Strawberries ……………..

Did you know Florida is the strawberry capital of the world during winter?  Posted by BLOGS.IFAS Florida strawberries can be planted in home gardens beginning in the fall and enjoyed through the winter and spring. Growing Conditions Strawberries need temperatures between 50°F–80°F and less than 14 hours of daylight to flower and produce fruit. In […]

By August 13, 2016 Read More →
Special Tropical Flowers ……..

Special Tropical Flowers ……..

Beautiful flowers, some perhaps not seen before: Beehive ginger   (Zingiber spectabile) is a member of the ginger family. Native to Southeast Asia , it’s mainly grown as an ornamental plant, but also used as a medicinal herb. Research shows that the plant has antimicrobial properties and a high concentration of enzymes that can prevent colon […]

By August 3, 2016 Read More →
Protect Gardens From Invasive Pests ……..

Protect Gardens From Invasive Pests ……..

(NAPSI)—Nothing tastes better than fresh-picked fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, invasive pests threaten to devour the crops in our gardens and farms, and the flowers, trees and plants in our landscapes. They are a real threat, costing our nation approximately $120 billion each year. These pests can spread quickly as they come from other countries and […]

By July 22, 2016 Read More →