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Tag: Central Florida

Monarchs get all the love: How to increase butterfly diversity in your yard

When it comes to butterfly gardening, monarch butterflies seem to get all the love.  Monarchs are the butterfly “homecoming queens”! They are drama queens, too, as they lead fascinating lives of intrigue, participating each year in a miraculous-seeming… Read More

Saving up for the holidays

Throughout the year, I collect pinecones, acorns, grasses, and seedpods in my yard and on hikes (where permitted).  However, in the fall I really step up my activity.  Mother nature is drying some of them for me this… Read More

Bees and Wasps: What to know and when to be concerned

There has been a lot of publicity surrounding the Asian giant hornet in the United States, but as of today, the hornets (Vespa mandarinia) have only been found in Washington state. Of course, insects can be transported across… Read More

Plants Need Social Distancing Too

Social distancing has become an all-too important description of our healthy relationships with one another during the pandemic.  Did you know plants can benefit from “distancing” too?  In fact, for central Florida gardeners, “distancing” in our landscapes has… Read More

What fruits can you grow in Central Florida?

Fruit Gardening Webinar Series Here at UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County, we just finished up our “Get Your Grove On” webinar series. The series ran from September 23rd-October 21st and met for an hour every Wednesday at lunch time…. Read More

Weed of the week : Ragweed Parthenium

Welcome to Weed Science Wednesday, a weekly series aimed at helping homeowners and horticulture professionals to better identify and manage common landscape weeds in Florida.   The weed of this week is ragweed parthenium (Parthenium hysterophorous). This weed… Read More

Gardening During the Pandemic: Finding a Refuge

Gardens have been associated with healing since ancient times, and people have long turned to gardens as places of refuge.  During these current days of health, economic and other concerns, the need for healing and refuge is paramount. … Read More

Caladiums: Big Color for Shady Gardens

Caladiums are tuber plants in the Araceae family, which are best known for their fabulous foliage.  Even if you have what is construed to be a “brown thumb”, you will be pleasantly surprised at the ease of the… Read More

Brahminy Blind Snake

Perhaps while working in your yard you have come across an animal that looked very much like an earthworm… but not quite… have you considered it might be a snake?  Next time, take another look.  If it is… Read More