In this Issue:
  • Time to Cut Back Tropical Milkweed
  • Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly
  • Improve Your Life with Panhandle E-Extension Newsletters and UF/IFAS EDIS Resources
  • Controlling Brush & Invasive Species Workshop
  • Mysterious Growths on Bald Cypress
  • Golden Fall in the Panhandle
  • Ethnobotany: Where History and Medicine Meet the Forest
  • Rain Gardens – A Solution for Runoff
  • Florida Natives: Stokes’ Aster
  • Landscaping in Coastal Areas
  • Native plants

    Time to Cut Back Tropical Milkweed

    We have grown to love monarch butterflies, with their striking orange and black markings and their fascinating annual migration from southern Canada 3,000 miles south to Mexico. To help them, we have increasingly planted milkweed, the only plant on which their caterpillars will feed. In northwest Florida, the milkweed species most planted has been tropical …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/12/14/time-to-cut-back-tropical-milkweed/

    Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly

    Photo by Sydney Park Brown UF/IFAS Holly has been considered sacred in some cultures because it remained green and strong with brightly colored red berries no matter how harsh the winter, even when most other plants would wilt and die. According to Druid lore, hanging the plant in homes would bring good luck and protection. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/12/14/deck-the-halls-with-boughs-of-holly/

    Improve Your Life with Panhandle E-Extension Newsletters and UF/IFAS EDIS Resources

    If you are a regular reader of Gardening in the Panhandle, you know that this e-newsletter covers many topics related to ornamental and vegetable gardening, Florida-friendly landscaping, pest management, and lawn and garden fertility. But did you also know that UF/IFAS Extension in the Florida Panhandle has four other E-newsletters covering topics such as Florida …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/11/27/improve-your-life-with-panhandle-e-extension-newsletters-and-ufifas-edis-resources/

    Controlling Brush & Invasive Species Workshop

    Encroaching brush, whether native or invasive, can be a problem for properties large and small. Fighting woody brush and other hard-to-kill weed species can be challenging for property owners. Many factors affect the effectiveness and efficiency of control efforts. Timing of the application is a key factor that many property owners fail to consider. The …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/10/26/controlling-brush-invasive-species-workshop/

    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/

    Golden 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. Here in the Florida Panhandle, fall color means wildflowers.  As one drives the roads …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/10/02/golden-fall-in-the-panhandle/

    Ethnobotany: Where History and Medicine Meet the Forest

    Ethnobotany lies at the intersection of culture, medicine, and mythology. The “witch doctors” and voodoo practitioners, the followers of the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, and the wise elders of ancient Chinese civilizations are all ethnobotanists. So, too, are the modern day field biologists who discover and develop medicinal plants into an estimated half of our …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/08/11/ethnobotany-where-history-and-medicine-meet-the-forest/

    Rain Gardens – A Solution for Runoff

    Tropical Storm Cindy’s early arrival soaked northwest Florida this month, followed by even more heavy rain. Homes in low areas and along the rivers flooded and suffered extensive damage. That being said, we are just entering our summer “rainy season,” so it may be wise to spend extra time thinking about adjusting your landscape to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/07/05/rain-gardens/

    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/

    Landscaping in Coastal Areas

    People from other parts of the country often move into Florida with expectations of their landscape beyond its capabilities. Those gorgeous peonies that grew up north or the perfect tomatoes they grew in California seem to wither in the heat or succumb to any number of insect or fungal pests. Adapting to our conditions takes …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/06/15/landscaping-in-coastal-areas/

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