Beth Bolles

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Name: Beth Bolles
Date registered: October 13, 2011

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Horticulture Agent, Escambia County

Latest posts

  1. The Right Loropetalum for Your Garden — August 10, 2018
  2. Cicada Killers In The Summer — August 2, 2018
  3. Ready for Summer Heat with Portulaca — June 7, 2018
  4. A Wildflower Among Weeds — April 9, 2018
  5. Plan to Enhance Your Shade — February 26, 2018

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The Right Loropetalum for Your Garden

A very popular landscape shrub installed by both professionals and homeowners is Loropetalum or Chinese fringe.  This shrub offers attractive foliage and flowers along with being evergreen. When you visit a nursery to select this plant for your landscape, realize that there are now many selections of Loropetalum available.  Learn about a few of the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/08/10/the-right-loropetalum-for-your-garden/

Cicada Killers In The Summer

During the summer months, landscapes are alive with insect activity.  The majority of insects found in home landscapes are not harmful, although the sight of a few may cause some concern.  One insect appears to be threatening but is not is the cicada killer, the largest wasp in Florida. During the warmer months, female cicada …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/08/02/cicada-killers-in-the-summer/

Ready for Summer Heat with Portulaca

There is one tough annual plant that thrives in the summer garden and provides bright color in our sun and heat. Portulaca or moss rose (Portulaca grandiflora) is strong performer, even growing well when reseeding in sidewalk cracks and stone walkways.  Of course it will be most attractive when used in containers or well drained …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/06/07/ready-for-summer-heat-with-portulaca/

A Wildflower Among Weeds

The change in North Florida temperatures from cooler to warmer is making many winter weeds more noticeable as they begin to flower and form seed. Not all of these plants should be considered for mowing or hand pulling. There are several wildflowers that grow in landscape beds and thinning areas of lawns and can be …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/04/09/a-wildflower-among-weeds/

Plan to Enhance Your Shade

Many landscapes have areas with tree canopies that lend themselves to becoming an attractive low maintenance garden area. Too often we may try to fight our shade by growing turf or pruning trees to allow more sunlight.  The low maintenance approach can be to enhance your shaded area with plants and features that are both …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/02/26/plan-to-enhance-your-shade/

Mountain Snow in the Panhandle

There are plants that gardeners may know and love from other regions that just do not perform well in the heat, humidity, and soils of our area. One example is the Japanese pieris, an attractive evergreen shrub with showy white blooms in spring. This shrub has a few specific environmental requirements that make it unsuitable …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/12/01/mountain-snow-in-the-panhandle/

An Easily Preventable Tree Planting Problem

Trees are a landscape asset for many homeowners. When a new tree is installed in our landscapes, we can’t wait for it to mature to provide shade or landscape interest.  The heartbreak for many homeowners comes when this important part of their landscape, begins to decline five to ten years after establishment.  We often consider a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/10/23/an-easily-preventable-tree-planting-problem/

Arborists Help Maintain Healthy Trees

Trees are a valuable resource. They add beauty to our community, serve as food and shelter for animals, filter the air, and cool urban environments. Trees can also be a liability when poorly maintained, damaged, or diseased. There are often times when an arborist is needed to help determine the best course of action for the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/09/08/arborists-help-maintain-healthy-trees/

African Blue Basil: A Pollinator Favorite

Basil is a favorite plant in the summer herb garden and an absolute must for those who enjoy fresh leaves for a sandwich or delicious homemade pesto. While we grow basils as a food enhancer, an added benefit is that those basil selections that form flowers are very attractive to pollinators.  If you would rather not …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/07/05/african-blue-basil-a-pollinator-favorite/

Not all Palm Fertilizers are the Same

It is common in Northwest Florida for palms to show signs of nutrient deficiencies. In general our sandy soil is often nutrient poor and available nutrients can easily move out of soils with frequent rainfall.  In landscapes where fertilization is occurring, often the wrong types of fertilizer are applied.   Fertilizer miss-application actually increases nutrient …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/06/10/not-all-palm-fertilizers-are-the-same/

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