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Springtime blooms for the garden (and our pollinator friends, too!)

Springtime color welcomes birds, butterflies, native bees and other pollinators!

Did you know that urban pollinator gardens offer not just beauty, but also places of refuge, protection and nourishment for our airborne wildlife? These blooms, mostly from Florida native plants, but also Florida-Friendly non-native nectar plants, were picked early this beautiful May morning.Florida flowers in vases

Green vase: (Florida native plants): Gaillardia, Coral Honeysuckle, Red and Pink Coccinea Sage, Blue Porterweed, Firebush

Yellow vase: (Florida native plants): Gaillardia, Rosinweed, Coreopsis, Coral Honeysuckle, Rusty Lyonia, Sparkleberry, Beautyberry

White vase: (Florida-Friendly non-native nectar plants): assorted Pentas, African Blue Basil, Mystic Spires Salvia, Red Rocket Russelia

All of the shrubs, small trees, and wildflowers listed above are very easy to grow in Polk County. If you are interested in planting a cutting garden, refer to this blog post.

This blog post was written by Master Gardener Volunteer Molly Griner under supervision of the Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator and Residential Horticulture Agent Anne Yasalonis.

For more information, contact UF/IFAS Extension Polk County at (863) 519-1041 or visit us online at http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/polk.  The Plant Clinic is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm to answer your gardening and landscaping questions. Visit us in person, give us a call, or email us at polkmg@ifas.ufl.edu.

If you are not in Polk County, Contact your local UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Clinic.

The Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Program is a volunteer-driven program that benefits UF/IFAS Extension and the citizens of Florida.  The program  extends the vision of the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, all the while protecting and sustaining natural resources and environmental systems, enhancing the development of human resources, and improving the quality of human life through the development of knowledge in agricultural, human and natural resources and making that knowledge accessible.

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