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Category: Horticulture

Cold Weather Alert! Protecting Cold Sensitive Plants

woman covering flowers with tarp for cold protection

What do the different cold alerts issued by the National Weather Service actually mean to homeowners? Frost advisories are given when temperatures expect to fall between 36 degrees to about 32 degrees. This usually occurs… Read More

The 2020 Peanut Butter Challenge

children eating peanut butter and snacks at a table,

Spread the Word… Peanut Butter Fights Hunger!- Update with Total Pounds of Peanut Butter Collected By Yvonne Florian and Christine Kelly-Begazo Join the 2020 UF/IFAS Extension Peanut Butter Challenge, October 1st – November 25th, 2020.  Challenge… Read More

Herbs in the Winter Garden

Potted basil varieties for sale

Herbs are a tasty way to add some zing and zip to your meals.  Most herbs are high in nutrients and phytochemicals which add health benefits as well as flavor to foods. Leafy herbs should… Read More

Announcing! New Virtual Plant Clinic with Indian River County Master Gardeners

cicada

The recent virus concerns have many of the usual county services offices closed to walk in traffic.  However, this does NOT mean these services are not available.  Some are available through the drive in window. … Read More

View of Pollinators

Duranta shrub flowers

Outside my office window is a large bush dappled in diminutive dangling white flowers.  And butterflies!  This Duranta ‘Alba’, or “Golden-Dew-Drop”, is so distracting that I find myself frequently glancing at the antics of its… Read More

Beautiful Bromeliads and Mischievous Mosquitoes

blooming burgundy bromeliad in the morning sun

In January, 2016, I moved back to Florida from another southern state.  It was great to see familiar plants and to be able to go to the beach again.I love the dizzying varieties of beautiful… Read More

Hibiscus and Some Relatives

bright red Hibiscus flower

The Malvaceae family Most all Floridians are familiar with the large tropical evergreen Hibiscus, Rosa sinenis.  It is bright and sunny and totally tropical looking with gorgeous flowers that bloom nearly year round.  Vero Beach,… Read More

Orchids: Beauty and Easy-Care

close up of orchid blooms

A half-day field trip to Orchid Jungle down in South Florida put orchids on my list of ‘MUST HAVE’ plants.  The scents and beauty of the blooms took my breath away.  There was even an… Read More

Helping Pollinators Spring Into Action

a bee visiting a flower

If you are anything like me, you might already have a few plants that provide for pollinators.  Last year, when I started to renovate my landscape, I knew I wanted to plant various spaces to… Read More