Gardening

Wildflower Alert:  Fringed campion        ………
By April 18, 2017 Read More →

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 […]

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Protect Our Environment Year-Round—Here’s How       ………
By April 14, 2017 Read More →

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 […]

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Wildflower Alert:  Featuring Spiderwort           …………
By April 4, 2017 Read More →

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 […]

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Wildflower Alert – Swamp coreopsis or Georgia Tickseed        ……..
By March 29, 2017 Read More →

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 […]

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The Florida Yards & Neighborhoods (FYN)  Homeowner Program       ………
By March 16, 2017 Read More →

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 […]

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Wildflowers:  The Yellow Pitcher Plant       ………
By March 13, 2017 Read More →

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 […]

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These nine principles will help you reach the goal of a  Florida-Friendly Yard      ……..
By March 9, 2017 Read More →

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, […]

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UF/IFAS researchers work to solve mystery of rare Florida tree      ……..
By February 28, 2017 Read More →

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 […]

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Featured ‘Wildflower’ from the Florida Wildflower Foundation
By February 25, 2017 Read More →

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 […]

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Growing Roses in Florida       ……..
By February 8, 2017 Read More →

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 […]

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