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Caring for poinsettias after the holidays

poinsettias

Here’s an interesting fact: a poinsettia’s bloom is triggered by dwindling day length. That means that if you tuck your holiday poinsettia into a flowerbed for next year, it needs to be in an dark spot. The poinsettia… Read More

Pre-Holiday Stress: A Remedy to Consider

bridge over natural Florida lake

December can be a time of busyness and stress. How easy it is to get totally “wrapped up” (so to speak) in holiday projects and plans! One of the best antidotes to pre-holiday stress is to spend a… Read More

Muhly grass is a showstopper this time of year

Muhly grass

Have you seen this blooming ornamental grass in landscapes around central Florida? This fall showstopper is Muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris), an easy-to-grow native grass. Muhly grass is clumping and is showy in the fall.  It looks attractive in… Read More

Should I be worried about the puss caterpillar?

Puss caterpillar

This little guy has been all over the news recently and can be found in our yards in Polk County.  The puss caterpillar, the larvae of the Megalopyge opercularis (or southern flannel moth) is one of the most… Read More

Create your own native plant garden—in containers!

Bee on Rosinweed

Did you know you can create a small habitat of Florida’s native plants – even if you live in a patio home, apartment or condo? By planting native plants in containers, you too can enjoy the presence of… Read More

A few tips on including flowers with wildlife value in your yard

Bee on Rosinweed

Creating a maintaining a landscape that attracts desirable wildlife, such as bees, butterflies, and birds, is easy to do.  Follow these simple tips to get started! 1. Start small – and have a bit of a plan. Gardens evolve… Read More