Monthly Archive: September 2015

Can Your Landscape Support Breeding Butterflies?

Giant Swallowtail on citrus leaf. JMcConnell, UF/IFAS 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 …

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Landscaping for Wildlife with Food Plots

Cool Season Wildlife Food Plot. Photo by Jennifer Bearden, UF / IFAS Many of us enhance our home landscaping with bird feeders, bird houses, bird baths and other items so that we can attract wildlife. To accomplish the same thing, many rural landowners plant wildlife food plots. While large landowners often plant several acres, food …

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Art and Plants Come Together at the “Art & Garden Fall Family Festival”

The University of Florida/IFAS presents Art & Garden Fall Family Festival, October 3, at the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC), Quincy Campus. Join us that day and discover creative ways to explore visual art and the art of gardening through demonstrations and fun activities for the whole family. Speak with experts about all …

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National Estuaries Week! – What We Can Do

In the last edition in this series we discussed some of the issues and problems our estuaries are facing. For the final edition for National Estuaries Week we want to leave you with some ideas on you can help improve things.   The first issue we dealt with was eutrophication – or nutrient overloading. The …

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Florida Wildflowers: Coreopsis

Native Lanceleaf Coreopsis. UF/IFAS Photo: Thomas Wright. 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 …

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National Estuaries Week! – Problems in Our Bays

The red area indicates where dissolved oxygen levels are low. I don’t want this to sound like a “Debbie Downer”… but there are problems with our estuaries and panhandle residents should be aware of them. There are things you can do to correct them – which we will discuss in the final issues of this …

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Armyworms Wage War Via Guerrilla Warfare

Armyworms come in a wide range of colors and sizes.  A few of the prominent species living in Florida are beet, southern, and fall armyworms.  And the term “living” is not an exaggeration,  because Florida is one of the lucky states where it is warm enough for armyworms to overwinter.  They are the snowbirds that …

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Fall Color with Muhly Grass

As September rolls into October and we finally experience cooler temperatures, I always look forward to seeing one of my favorite native grasses in full bloom. Muhlenbergia capillaris, or Muhly grass, is an extremely versatile plant in the home landscape. It is both flood and drought tolerant and easy to maintain. A true local, it …

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National Estuaries Week! – Sea Level Rise and Climate Change

  This area along Florida’s east coast is experiencing coastal flooding.Photo: University of Florida As we come towards the end of National Estuaries Week we will now look at some issues our estuaries are facing. Sea level rise is one that generates a variety of responses from the public. For some it is of concern, …

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National Estuaries Week! – Our Ports

Many may not know that one of the reasons the Spanish selected Pensacola as the site of for their first settlement in the Gulf of Mexico was the deep water port. As mentioned in the first issue in this series, the estuaries of the Gulf of Mexico are drowned river valleys and are typically very …

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