Gardening

Wildflower Alert:  The Apalachicola lobelia           ……..
By October 21, 2017 Read More →

Wildflower Alert: The Apalachicola lobelia ……..

There are fifteen different kinds (species) of Lobelia that grow in Florida, and thirteen of them can be found in the panhandle area. They range from white to blue in color, and different species bloom at different times of the year from spring through fall, and many of them are blooming now.   The shape […]

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Readying Your Raised Beds for Northwest Florida’s Best Gardening Season        ……..
By October 20, 2017 Read More →

Readying Your Raised Beds for Northwest Florida’s Best Gardening Season ……..

by Daniel J. Leonard, IFAS/UF   I had to do a hard thing last week.  My battle-worn okra, eggplant and pepper plants that had produced so reliably since June and endured all the summertime challenges (heat, insects, disease, and a hurricane to name a few) were finally pulled out of my raised bed garden and discarded.  […]

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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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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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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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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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Wildflower Alrert:  Cardinal flower             …………
By September 18, 2017 Read More →

Wildflower Alrert: Cardinal flower …………

Cardinal flower   This bright red wildflower (Lobelia cardinalis) stands out like a flag as it grows in wet areas along roadsides and waterways. It is in the same genus as some of the blue lobelias that also bloom in the late summer and fall.   The shape of the lobelia flower is distinctive with […]

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Wildflower Alert:  Skyflower           ……….
By September 10, 2017 Read More →

Wildflower Alert: Skyflower ……….

From July through September you may be fortunate to see this very blue wildflower (Hydrolea corymbosa) blooming in large groups in wet roadside ditches. (There is a beautiful population blooming along Blue Creek road in Hosford, just south of state road 20.)   The plants may reach a couple of feet in height and the […]

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