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

Earth Day Celebration Suggestions: Consider Long-Term Impact of Celebration

Every year in mid-April, I start receiving phone calls and emails inquiring about Earth Day events in our area. Earth Day, held annually on April 22nd, creates a surge of interest in living “green” or in an environmentally… Read More

Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Florida Garden

Spring is a busy time for hummingbirds. After wintering in Central and South America, species such as the ruby-throated hummingbird are now returning to Florida to build nests and raise their young.1 Now is a great time to… Read More

What’s So Bad About Invasive Plants?

As my colleague Lara pointed out on February 15th, this week is National Invasive Species Awareness Week. We’ll be teaching many classes (schedule at link above) around Pinellas County to help you learn about invasive plants. So why are invasive… Read More