In this Issue:
  • Dotted Horsemint Attracts More than Pollinators
  • Florida Wildflowers: Butterfly Weed
  • Heating up with Hardy Hibiscus
  • Enter Your Garden Bounty into the North Florida Fair
  • So Many Irises for the Florida Garden
  • The Mystery of Florida Betony
  • Showy Spring Flowering Viburnum luzoncium
  • Florida Wildflowers: Lyreleaf Sage
  • “If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb?”
  • A Ghost in the Woods
  • Perennials

    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/

    Florida Wildflowers: Butterfly Weed

    Butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa, has been gaining in popularity in the perennials market as it attracts adult butterflies to feed on its nectar and monarch caterpillars to feed on its leaves. Gardeners are also turning to use more Florida native plants in their landscapes. Independent or native nurseries tend to be the best source for …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/07/11/florida-wildflowers-butterfly-weed/

    Heating up with Hardy Hibiscus

    Each time I travel to central and south Florida and observe the wonderfully flamboyant tropical flora, I am reminded of the unique and frustrating climatic characteristics of Northwest Florida.  Our weather is tropical enough through the summer to sustain virtually everything our friends to the south grow, but winters north of the Big Bend are …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/07/03/heating-up-with-hardy-hibiscus/

    Enter Your Garden Bounty into the North Florida Fair

    Growing up, as soon as I entered the fair gates, I always headed straight for the rides. If I was lucky, I was able to get an unlimited pass strapped around my wrist and didn’t need to worry about rationing any tickets. Although I usually didn’t remember the names of particular rides – they were …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/06/21/enter-your-garden-bounty-into-the-north-florida-fair/

    So Many Irises for the Florida Garden

    Have you noticed all of the blooming irises? Their striking shapes and colors grab my attention each time. Irises are named for the Greek word for rainbow and are often called flags. Irises, both true Iris and those with iris in the common name, are not only easy on the eyes, but also easy to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/05/04/so-many-irises-for-the-florida-garden/

    The Mystery of Florida Betony

    If you look closely at your yard, there is a good chance that you will find a plant that, depending on who you ask, is considered either a native wildflower or a weed and there are more than a few species that fit this description. If, upon even closer inspection, you find a plant with …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/05/04/the-mystery-of-florida-betony/

    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/

    Florida Wildflowers: Lyreleaf Sage

    Spring wildflowers are popping up along our roadways and along woodland edges. One of our native perennial beauties you can enjoy right now is lyreleaf sage, Salvia lyrata, with spikes of tubular lavender flowers rising about a foot above the ground. The blooms, which occur late winter through late spring, attract bees and butterflies and …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/03/26/florida-wildflowers-lyreleaf-sage/

    “If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb?”

    Weather sayings can be quite colorful. Some of them may be connected to scientific observations, while others are more superstitious in nature. What the weather will do this month can change on a moment’s notice. March is definitely one of the more unpredictable months. One week the temperatures are warm and spring-like. A few days …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/02/26/if-march-comes-in-like-a-lion-it-will-go-out-like-a-lamb/

    A Ghost in the Woods

    Imagine you are enjoying perfect fall weather on a hike with your family, when suddenly you come upon a ghost. Translucent white, small and creeping out of the ground behind a tree, you stop and look closer to figure out what it is you’ve just seen. In such an environment, the “ghost” you might come …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/01/25/a-ghost-in-the-woods/

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