Gardening

Golden Fall in the Panhandle ………..
By October 16, 2017 Read More →

Golden Fall in the Panhandle ………..

by Sheila Dunning Silkgrass Pityopsis spp. Picture by: Sheila Dunning Each fall, nature puts on a brilliant show of color throughout the United States. As the temperatures drop, autumn encourages the “leaf peepers” to hit the road in search of the red-, yellow- and orange-colored leaves of the northern deciduous trees. Here in the Florida Panhandle, […]

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Wildflower Alert: Coastalplain Balm
By October 14, 2017 Read More →

Wildflower Alert: Coastalplain Balm

This lovely pink wildflower (Dicerandra linearifolia) is an annual that abundantly seeds to form large populations in open dry sandy areas.   It is in the Mint family, and where there are many flowers blooming, the pungent fragrance can fill the air.   There are numerous showy blossoms on each stem and the plants are […]

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Whiteflies Invade the Panhandle ………..
By October 13, 2017 Read More →

Whiteflies Invade the Panhandle ………..

by Matt Lollar Over the last month or so, home gardeners and commercial growers alike have noticed what look to be large dust particles floating through the air. It’s probably not uncommon to have inhaled a few or even a few hundred of these mysterious particles. Most likely, these “particles” aren’t dust at all but whiteflies instead. Whiteflies are small (less than […]

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It’s Fall … Now what Do I Do with my Lawn?
By October 12, 2017 Read More →

It’s Fall … Now what Do I Do with my Lawn?

by Les Harrison While yard work is important to maintain an attractive lawn, if done successfully, the resident can spend quality time in other pursuits like watching the wildlife from the front porch. With the passing of September the end is in sight, well at least the end of summer, and hopefully summer-like weather. The hot humid days […]

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Wildflower Alert: Spotted horsemint ……..
By October 6, 2017 Read More →

Wildflower Alert: Spotted horsemint ……..

Spotted horsemint This wildflower (Monarda punctata) shows its colors in two different ways – one is by the pink bracts (that are actually modified leaves) and by the yellow-spotted flowers tucked in between the bracts. It is in the mint family, and all parts of the plant have a pleasant aroma.   This is a […]

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October planting news ………
By October 1, 2017 Read More →

October planting news ………

Provided by IFAS October   What to Plant Annuals/Bedding plants: Plant digitalis (foxglove), petunia, and shasta daisy in the fall garden. See Annuals: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_annual_landscape_plants Bulbs: Fragrant daffodil varieties for North Florida include ‘Carlton’, ‘Fortune’, ‘Silver Chimes’, ‘Thalia’, and ‘Sweetness’. See Bulbs for Florida: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_bulbous_flowers Herbs: Some to try from plants or seed include dill, fennel, oregano, and sage. See Herbs: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_herbs Vegetables: Plant bulbing […]

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Wildflower Alert: Flattop Goldenrod
By October 1, 2017 Read More →

Wildflower Alert: Flattop Goldenrod

This is a dominant fall wildflower (Euthamia caroliniana) blooming along dry roadsides throughout our area and also in the eastern states.   It is a bushy plant averaging around three feet in height, covered with hundreds of small yellow composite flowers.   It is not a true goldenrod (genus Solidago) although at one time it […]

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October Gardening Calendar ……..
By October 1, 2017 Read More →

October Gardening Calendar ……..

The North Florida Edition.  

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Battling Scab in Panhandle Pecan Trees ……..
By September 27, 2017 Read More →

Battling Scab in Panhandle Pecan Trees ……..

by Blake Thaxton Pecan tree grove in North Florida. UF/IFAS Photo: Thomas Wright. Pecans are grown throughout the Panhandle of Florida. The western side of the Panhandle tends to be acreage dedicated to home gardeners, while the eastern counties have more commercial acreage. Regardless, many in the agriculture community are interested in pecans, because they either […]

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Wildflower Alert: Mistflower ………
By September 22, 2017 Read More →

Wildflower Alert: Mistflower ………

In late summer through fall, you may see this blue wildflower (Conoclinium coelestinum) blooming along the wet edges of roads in our area.   It is in the composite family and the bloom consists of many small tubular flowers in numerous blossom heads.   These plants spread easily and can form large colonies.   The […]

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