Category: Horticulture

Rediscovering an old favorite – The Coral Honeysuckle

By Ralph E. Mitchell We just finished our 2018 Master Gardener Training activity called the “Parade of Plants”.  Master Gardener Trainees pick a plant and then develop a short ten-minute presentation on this plant.  All of the presentations… Read More

The insidious two-spotted spider mite

By Ralph E. Mitchell Tiny, but terrible, the two-spotted spider mite is the bane of many ornamental and edible plants.  Only one-fiftieth of an inch in length, when working in groups, this plant pest mite sucks the sap… Read More

Not a lout or a lummox, just a lubber

By Ralph E. Mitchell In early March, some residents of Charlotte County began seeing small, dark-colored grasshoppers in their landscapes.  These are baby Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers which emerged earlier from the ground as they hatched out from last… Read More

Plant cannas now, enjoy the flowers later

By Ralph E. Mitchell Would you be intrigued with a flowering perennial plant named ‘King Midas’ or ‘Porcelain Rose’?  How about ‘Red King Hubert’ or ‘Madame Butterfly’?  These are cultivars of cannas that are well adapted to our… Read More