Gardening

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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Wildflower Alert:   Rose of Plymouth           …….
By June 17, 2017 Read More →

Wildflower Alert: Rose of Plymouth …….

In northwest Florida, we have thirteen species of Rosegentian (the genus Sabatia, and also called rosepinks or marsh pinks). Generally speaking, this group of wildflowers typically have five pink petals (although some have white flowers and more than five petals).   They usually bloom in the summer months, and grow in wet or damp areas. […]

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Wildflower Alert:   Rose rush
By June 11, 2017 Read More →

Wildflower Alert: Rose rush

This pale lavender wildflower (Lygodesmia aphylla) blooms at the end of slender and almost leafless stems around two feet tall that wave in the slightest of breezes.   It is a composite in the aster family, but unlike many composites, it does not have disk flowers, only ray flowers that are about an inch long. […]

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Wildflower Alert:   Fewflower milkweed           ……..
By May 21, 2017 Read More →

Wildflower Alert: Fewflower milkweed ……..

Along the edges of damp roadsides, marshes, swamps, and bogs you may spot a bright red/orange flower on a tall slender stalk, like a flag catching your attention.   This beautiful flower (Asclepias lanceolata) is in the milkweed group of wildflowers, a group which has a very interesting flower structure when you get close enough […]

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Wildflower Alert – Butterflyweed         ……….
By May 20, 2017 Read More →

Wildflower Alert – Butterflyweed ……….

This bright orange wildflower, one of the milkweeds that grow in our area (Asclepias tuberosa), may be seen blooming along sunny and sandy roadsides. It is beginning to bloom now, and will continue on through the summer.  It has many narrow leaves and is the only milkweed in our area that has clear instead of […]

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Wildflower Alert:  Pinewoods milkweed            ……..
By May 8, 2017 Read More →

Wildflower Alert: Pinewoods milkweed ……..

In our region, this is the largest milkweed with the biggest leaves.   Pinewoods milkweed begins to bloom in April and is an excellent food source for the returning Monarchs to lay their eggs on.   The botanical name is Asclepias humistrata, and humistrata means sprawling, which is what the long stems do. The leaves […]

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Wildflower Alert:  Eastern prickly pear cactus       ………
By May 3, 2017 Read More →

Wildflower Alert: Eastern prickly pear cactus ………

This plant (Opuntia humifusa) is widely spread across the central and eastern parts of the U.S. It thrives in sunny, hot and dry areas. Its stems are flattened and have very strong spines on them and for this reason it is sometimes called Devil’s tongue. Its pear-shaped juicy fruit is red and edible, tasting somewhat […]

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Tips on growing succulents          ……….
By May 3, 2017 Read More →

Tips on growing succulents ……….

  If you want to try planting your own succulents, here are a few basics: Pick the right pot. The most important thing about making a pot first succulents is that it drains properly. Usually the best choice is a ceramic pot with a hole in the bottom. Pick a good soil. Succulents are hardy, […]

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Start Preparing Now for Whiteflies this Fall in Vegetable Crops       ………
By April 25, 2017 Read More →

Start Preparing Now for Whiteflies this Fall in Vegetable Crops ………

 by Josh Freeman Metalized plasticulture may be a worthwhile investment this fall to disrupt high populations of whiteflies, aphids and thrips that built up from another mild winter.  Credit: Josh Freeman I realize that most vegetable producers have just settled into their spring crops, everything is well on its way, and you can put it […]

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