In this Issue:
  • Why is My Squash Wilting?
  • What’s Killing My Magnolia Leaves?
  • Bigleaf Hydrangea
  • April is Safe Digging Month
  • Best Time to Prune is Now Till Bud Break
  • Plant Deciduous Magnolias for their Spectacular Spring Flowers
  • Spring 2013

    Why is My Squash Wilting?

    Why is my squash wilting? Assuming you have been giving your vegetable garden adequate water, the Squah Vine Borer may be the cause.   Unfortunately presence of  the squash vine borer, the larval form of a clearwing moth, is usually noticed only after damage is permanent.  Prevention is possible with early recognition through vigilant scouting. The adult …

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    What’s Killing My Magnolia Leaves?

    We love our native magnolias in part because they are tough, easy to care for trees. The mainstay of southern gardens, they grace us with attractive thick, waxy leaves year round and sublimely fragrant and graceful blooms. However, this past spring brought conditions that encouraged a fungal leaf disease known as anthracnose, most noticeably on …

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    Bigleaf Hydrangea

    Hydrangea macrophylla

      Bigleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) are familiar faces in the southern shade garden.  Although not originally from North America, they were introduced here over 200 years ago and perform well in the climate of the Florida Panhandle.  Here are some quick tips about Bigleaf Hydranges. Hydrangeas prefer morning sun with afternoon shade or full shade …

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    April is Safe Digging Month

    This month, recognized by the Senate and Florida’s governor, reminds diggers why calling 811 before all outdoor digging projects is important to your safety. Before installing a mailbox, fence, deck, garden or tree make sure to call Sunshine 811 to have underground lines marked.  811 is the free national number designated by the Federal Communications …

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    Best Time to Prune is Now Till Bud Break

    As spring approaches, many gardeners get out the pruning shears and prune everything in sight. That might not be the best course of action! Take a look at these tips for flowering landscape shrubs to learn more about pruning techniques that will maximize amount of bloom. Why Prune? •          Control plant size or form •          …

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    Plant Deciduous Magnolias for their Spectacular Spring Flowers

    Magnolia flowering has been exceptionally good this year. Mild temperatures have coaxed “Japanese” magnolias into bloom as much as 4 weeks early. Fortunately the absence of hard freezes (so far) has allowed us to fully enjoy magnolias’ beautiful flowering.   Most years we are not so lucky. Flowers are often damaged by late winter or …

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