Mary Derrick

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Name: Mary Derrick
Date registered: January 24, 2013

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Residential Horticulture Extension Agent for Santa Rosa County

Latest posts

  1. Florida Natives: Stokes’ Aster — June 22, 2017
  2. Citrus Canker in Northwest Florida — May 11, 2017
  3. Spring Festival of Flowers April 7-9, 2017! — March 20, 2017
  4. Florida Natives: Florida Red Anise — March 9, 2017
  5. Look What’s Blooming Now! — November 7, 2016

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Florida Natives: Stokes’ Aster

Florida is home to some of the most beautiful flowering perennials. An exceptional one for the panhandle landscape is Stokes’ aster (Stokesia laevis) as it is showy, deer resistant and easy to care for. Unlike other perennials, it generally is evergreen in our region so it provides interest all year. The original species of Stokes’ …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/06/22/florida-natives-stokes-aster/

Citrus Canker in Northwest Florida

In November 2013, citrus canker was found for the first time in the Florida panhandle in Gulf Breeze in southern Santa Rosa County. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) tested and confirmed the disease on grapefruit trees in a residential landscape. Since that time, citrus canker has been confirmed on citrus trees …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/11/citrus-canker-in-northwest-florida/

Spring Festival of Flowers April 7-9, 2017!

About the Spring Festival of Flowers The University of Florida, IFAS and the Pensacola State College Milton Campus invites you to join them for one of the largest festivals of the season. This is a popular event that draws plant enthusiast from near and far. This festival features plant nurseries, UF student club plant sale, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/03/20/spring-festival-of-flowers-april-7-9-2017/

Florida Natives: Florida Red Anise

Springtime brings small but very pretty red blooms on an outstanding native shrub/small tree, Florida red anise (Illicium floridanum). It occurs naturally in the wild in the central and western panhandle of Florida and west along the gulf coast into Louisiana. Its natural environment is in the understory along streams and in rich, wooded areas. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/03/09/florida-natives-florida-red-anise/

Look What’s Blooming Now!

When many of our summer blooming plants start fading, yellow cassia, Senna bicapsularis, becomes a show stopper. Late fall and early winter is when it blooms and dazzles. The bright yellow flowers appear in numerous clusters at the tips of this many branched shrub. This makes for a stunning display in sunny areas of the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/11/07/look-whats-blooming-now/

Florida Wildflowers: Blazing Star

The Florida panhandle has a treasure of native wildflowers to enjoy in every season of the year. In the late summer and fall, blazing star, also commonly known as gayfeather, can be found blooming in natural areas and along roadsides. You can also add it to your landscape to provide beautiful fall color and interest …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/09/22/florida-wildflowers-blazing-star/

Go Native: Rainlilies!

Florida is home to many gorgeous and desirable native plant species. One to consider for your landscape is the rainlily, Zephyranthes and Habranthus spp. They are easy to care for and are bothered by few pests. As the name implies, rainlilies do thrive when getting consistent rain or watering. A good soaking rain event will …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/09/02/go-native-rainlilies/

Avoid Mosquitoes Abroad and in Your Own Backyard

The Zika virus has made us all more aware of the need to avoid getting bit by mosquitoes when we travel to those destinations that have confirmed reports of Zika infected mosquitoes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the countries and territories that have travel notices to consult prior to planning a trip …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/07/07/avoid-mosquitoes-abroad-and-in-your-own-backyard/

Peppers Get Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus Too!

Peppers and tomatoes are in the same plant family – solanaceae or more commonly known as the nightshade family – and can be susceptible to some of the same diseases. This is true of Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV). The solanaceae family includes potatoes, eggplant, tobacco, petunia, tomatillo and deadly nightshade in addition to pepper …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/07/07/peppers-get-tomato-spotted-wilt-virus-too/

Does Your Lawn Guy Need a License?

If your lawn and landscape care professional applies fertilizer as a part of his/her services, then the answer is yes. Since January 2014, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has required that all commercial fertilizer applicators have a Limited Fertilizer License. So what does FDACS define as a fertilizer? You may be …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/05/18/does-your-lawn-guy-need-a-license/

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