In this Issue:
  • Observing Springtime Cycles in a Warming World
  • The Color of Fall in the Panhandle
  • Gardening for Pollinator Conservation Workshop – October 13th, Quincy FL
  • Attract Pollinators with Dotted Horsemint
  • New Twist on an Old Favorite – Abelia
  • Pollination of Vegetable Crops – Maximize Your Crop’s Potential
  • Still Time for Parsley
  • Can Your Landscape Support Breeding Butterflies?
  • Florida Wildflowers: Coreopsis
  • Design Your Own Butterfly Garden
  • Butterflies

    Observing Springtime Cycles in a Warming World

    It’s mid-February, and regardless of the groundhog’s prediction, spring seems to have arrived in northwest Florida. In my neighborhood, all the azaleas have bloomed. While beautiful, it’s something that usually doesn’t happen around here until well into March! According to NOAA and NASA climate data, 2016 was the hottest year globally on record, followed by …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/02/23/observing-springtime-cycles-in-a-warming-world/

    The Color of Fall in the Panhandle

    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. In Northwest Florida the color of autumn isn’t just from trees. The reds, purples, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/10/07/the-color-of-fall-in-the-panhandle/

    Gardening for Pollinator Conservation Workshop – October 13th, Quincy FL

    A “Gardening for Pollinator Conservation” Workshop will take place Thursday, October 13, at the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) in Quincy. Pollinators are important in conserving native plants, ensuring a plentiful food supply, encouraging biodiversity and helping maintain a healthier ecological environment – – – the so-called “balance of nature.” Come learn …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/10/07/gardening-for-pollinator-conservation-workshop-october-13th-quincy-fl/

    Attract Pollinators with Dotted Horsemint

    If you are looking for a late summer blooming plant that attracts pollinators and survives in a tough spot, dotted horsemint (Monarda punctata) is for you! This native plant thrives in sunny, well-drained sites but will also tolerate moist garden spots. It grows quickly and blooms prolifically – attracting pollinators by the dozens. A plant …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/09/16/attract-pollinators-with-dotted-horsemint/

    New Twist on an Old Favorite – Abelia

    Abelias have been a landscape staple in the Southeastern United States for over a century. Numerous types have been used over the years, but two of the oldest forms still used in landscapes are Glossy Abelia Abelia x grandiflora and Abelia ‘Edward Goucher’, dating back to the early 1900s. Glossy Abelia is a large informal shaped …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/03/28/new-twist-on-an-old-favorite-abelia/

    Pollination of Vegetable Crops – Maximize Your Crop’s Potential

    It won’t be long until row crops and vegetable gardens are planted and thriving once again next spring. A sometimes taken for granted, yet critical element of any prosperous crop is successful pollination. Most of us know what “text book” pollination means, but did you know in cucurbit plants, (squash, melon, pumpkin) at least 1,000 …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/02/03/pollination-of-vegetable-crops-maximize-your-crops-potential/

    Still Time for Parsley

    Parsley is one of the most well-known herbs, and if you missed the fall planting, there is still time to choose a preferred selection for late winter/spring planting. An herbaceous biennial, parsley is an easy herb for containers or small garden spaces. You may purchase a small pot at the nursery or grow from seed.  …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/01/27/still-time-for-parsley/

    Can Your Landscape Support Breeding Butterflies?

    Adult butterflies are pretty easy to attract to your landscape if you provide flowering plants, but getting them to lay eggs in your garden is a little trickier. Butterflies go through complete metamorphosis which means that they have four main life stages. The first is the egg, second they hatch into caterpillars (larvae) which feed …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/09/29/can-your-landscape-support-breeding-butterflies/

    Florida Wildflowers: Coreopsis

    In our demonstration garden we are enjoying the small but vibrant blooms of our state wildflower Coreopsis, also commonly known as tickseed. After many years of its use in the Florida highways beautification program, Coreopsis was adopted as Florida’s official state wildflower in 1991. Florida can boast of 16 different species of Coreopsis that occur …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/09/24/florida-wildflowers-coreopsis/

    Design Your Own Butterfly Garden

    Butterflies are not only beautiful to look at in your landscape; they serve as important pollinators and indicators of the health of our environment. Attracting them to your garden and incorporating some features to get them to stay and make it their home involves a little planning ahead of time for optimum results. Choose a …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/07/07/design-your-own-butterfly-garden/

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