In this Issue:
  • Love Blueberries? Thank the Blueberry Bee!
  • Gardening for Pollinator Conservation Workshop – October 13th, Quincy FL
  • Florida Wildflowers: Blazing Star
  • Attract Pollinators with Dotted Horsemint
  • Summer Blue Flowers Enjoyed by People and Bees
  • Experience the Mountains in Northwest Florida
  • Stop and Take Notice of Beneficial Insects
  • Pollinating Solitary Bees
  • Pollination of Vegetable Crops – Maximize Your Crop’s Potential
  • Florida Wildflowers: Coreopsis
  • Pollinators

    Love Blueberries? Thank the Blueberry Bee!

    This time of year, blueberry bushes are flowering and small fruit are coming onto the wild and cultivated bushes in north Florida. Many of us, myself included, look forward to the late-spring harvest of blueberries, taking our children out to u-pick operations and digging out family recipes for blueberry-filled desserts. What many do not know, however, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/01/love-blueberries-thank-the-blueberry-bee/

    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/

    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/

    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/

    Summer Blue Flowers Enjoyed by People and Bees

    The showy chaste tree makes an attractive specimen as the centerpiece of your landscape bed or in a large container on the deck. Easy-to-grow, drought resistant, and attractive to butterflies and bees, Vitex agnus-castus is a multi-stemmed small tree with fragrant, upwardly-pointing lavender blooms and gray-green foliage.  The chaste tree’s palmately divided leaves resemble those …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/06/22/summer-blue-flowers-enjoyed-by-people-and-bees/

    Experience the Mountains in Northwest Florida

    If you are lucky enough to live on the southern Alabama edge of northwest Florida, you may want to see if you can find mountain laurel blooming now near the wooded creeks.  Its native range stretches from southern Maine south to northern Florida, just dipping into our area.  The plant is naturally found on rocky …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/04/21/experience-the-mountains-in-northwest-florida/

    Stop and Take Notice of Beneficial Insects

    This spring, most garden plants are putting on lots of tender new growth. The lush foliage is like a free lunch to aphids, whiteflies, mealybugs and thrips. Before broad spectrum insecticides are used to control these pests, consider the impact on beneficial insects. Insecticides that don’t measurably harm predatory beneficial insects include insecticidal soaps and all season horticultural …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/04/07/stop-and-take-notice-of-beneficial-insects/

    Pollinating Solitary Bees

    The mining bees or adrenids are often seen in areas of landscapes that have little ground vegetation and loose soil. After mating, the female bee will excavate a very small tunnel in the ground that has several small cells attached to it. The bee collects pollen and nectar to add to the cell and then …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/03/28/pollinating-solitary-bees/

    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/

    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/

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