Julie McConnell

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Name: Julie McConnell
Date registered: October 25, 2012
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Biography

UF/IFAS Extension Bay County Horticulture Agent B.S. Horticulture, Auburn University M.S. Entomology, University of Florida

Latest posts

  1. Dotted Horsemint Attracts More than Pollinators — August 29, 2018
  2. Bay County Air Potato Challenge and Invasive Species Awareness Day a Success — July 3, 2018
  3. Invasive Species Workshop and Air Potato Challenge June 6th Panama City! — May 23, 2018
  4. Showy Spring Flowering Viburnum luzoncium — April 16, 2018
  5. Low Maintenance Ground Cover for Hot, Dry Sites — March 13, 2018

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Dotted Horsemint Attracts More than Pollinators

In 2016, I wrote an article for Gardening in the Panhandle called “Attract Pollinators with Dotted Horsemint” introducing readers to this tough native plant that supports native pollinators. If you have flowers in your garden, you probably have pollinators and a whole lot of other insects but if you want a plant that lets you …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/08/29/dotted-horsemint-attracts-more-than-pollinators/

Bay County Air Potato Challenge and Invasive Species Awareness Day a Success

On June 6th, we held an Invasive Species Workshop: Air Potato Challenge and Species Awareness day at the UF/IFAS Extension Office in Panama City. Over 700 air potato leaf beetles were distributed to more than 30 sites in Northwest Florida by citizen scientists to help manage the invasive air potato vine! We were joined by University …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/07/03/bay-county-air-potato-challenge-and-invasive-species-awareness-day-a-success/

Invasive Species Workshop and Air Potato Challenge June 6th Panama City!

June 6th is a great day to learn about all types of invasive species that threaten natural areas in Northwest Florida! The UF/IFAS Extension Bay County office will have multiple educational exhibits with living samples of species of concern from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6th. This is a multi-agency effort to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/05/23/invasive-species-workshop-and-air-potato-challenge-june-6th-panama-city/

Showy Spring Flowering Viburnum luzoncium

I’m hard pressed to tell you my favorite song, movie, or place to eat, but when we start talking plants I can come up with whole categories of favorites. I won’t commit to just one species, but when it comes to woody shrubs I am a huge fan of viburnums. We have small ones, tall …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/04/16/showy-spring-flowering-viburnum-luzoncium/

Low Maintenance Ground Cover for Hot, Dry Sites

We all know that when you have bare ground in Florida, eventually something unwanted moves in or the soil moves out. To avoid either of these negative outcomes, a good practice is to grow robust vegetative groundcovers, especially if the soil slopes and is at high risk of eroding. Turfgrass is one option, but what …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/03/13/low-maintenance-ground-cover-for-hot-dry-sites/

Scarlet Allure of Chinese Tallow

In northwest Florida as we transition into fall, we don’t usually see a spectacular display of color change in the forest or our landscapes. Mixed in with the evergreen pines, oaks, and magnolias, we get sporadic spots of yellow and red from our native hickories, sweetgum, and sumac but otherwise it can be rather dull. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/12/01/scarlet-lure-of-chinese-tallow/

Mysterious Growths on Bald Cypress

Bald cypress Taxodium distichum is a native tree that is commonly planted in landscapes because it is adaptable to many sites and grows quickly. It is an interesting tree because it has soft flat leaves that fall off in the winter like other deciduous shade trees; however, it belongs to the Cypress family which consists …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/10/23/mysterious-growths-on-bald-cypress/

Smart Sampling

One of the roles of a Horticulture Extension Agent is to help identify pests found in the landscape. Weeds are fairly easy for people to sample, simply take some pictures or dig it up and bring it into the office, but what about insects? Slow moving insects may be easy to photograph and if their …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/09/18/smart-sampling/

Why Don’t My Plants Match?

When designing landscapes, it is popular to create lines and masses of plants for high visual impacts. Plants are carefully selected to be similar in size and shape at the time of installation. They are all grouped together, so they must be getting the same care, but why do they look different years later? There are …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/07/12/why-dont-my-plants-match/

Butterfly Gardening

Have you been thinking about creating a butterfly garden but don’t know where to start? Afraid it’s too much upkeep or has to look wild and untamed? Spend a Saturday morning with the UF/IFAS Master Gardeners of Bay County to see how to design, install, and maintain a colorful low maintenance butterfly garden. Next Saturday, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/26/butterfly-gardening/

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