Tag: native plants

Wildflower, weed, … or groundcover?

Often, the question of “wildflower vs. weed” is a matter of location. I recently decided to test that concept with the native succulent “weed” Portulaca pilosa, a.k.a. pink purslane.     Trivia factoid #1 – One nickname for… Read More

Exotic Plants Starving Birds! 12 Things You Can Do to Help

Birds Are Starving Exotic (non-native) plants do not support the caterpillars that native birds need for food, causing birds to starve to death.  If birds can’t find enough caterpillars, they can’t reproduce and they and their young starve…. Read More

It’s Spring Planting Season

We all want a beautiful, flourishing, healthy landscape.  Before you go and spend a bunch of money at the garden center, here are a few things to consider so you won’t waste your time and money. Make sure… Read More

Attracting Beneficial Wildlife to Your Yard

Ah, the sound of birds chirping. toads croaking and turkeys gobbling, music to my ears. Many of us take these sounds for granted. However, if you have ever spent time in the concrete jungles of cities, these sounds… Read More

Q and A: I read your comments about Gaillardia in the January and February issue of Florida Gardening magazine. Are you talking about buying the actual plants and planting them or do you mean starting them from seeds? I have had a good bit of luck harvesting the seeds from dead or spent heads in the summer, refrigerating them and then sowing them in the winter for a spring and summer bloom.

From Mark, by email Answer: Gaillardia pluchella, simply known as gaillardia, is a very cold tolerant native plant. As such, it can be started from seeds, or planted as young seedlings in winter without concern for cold weather… Read More

The Marshes, they are a-changin’

Discovering something new is possibly the most exciting thing a field biologist can do. As students, budding biologists imagine coming across something no one else has ever noticed before, maybe even getting the opportunity to name a new… Read More

Coastal Erosion–a problem with new solutions

Life on the coast has tremendous benefits; steady sea breezes, gorgeous beaches, plentiful fishing and paddling opportunities. Nevertheless, there are definite downsides to living along it, too. Besides storms like Hurricane Harvey making semi-regular appearances, our proximity to… Read More