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A bug is afoot – a leaf-footed bug

One spring/summer plant pest that really bugs me is the leaf-footed bug.  Just as its name implies, the back legs of this insect have  leaf-like projections easily seen by the naked eye.  The leaf-footed bug… Read More

Not a lout or a lummox, just a lubber

In early March, some residents of Charlotte County began seeing small, dark-colored grasshoppers in their landscapes.  These are baby Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers which emerged earlier from the ground as they hatched out from last year’s… Read More

A fine vine is the sky vine

It is good to know the botanical name of a plant as the common name can be varied and confusing.  For instance, the plant known as Thunbergia grandiflora, is commonly known as the Bengal clockvine,… Read More

Soil testing is fundamental

I have heard that one of our soil’s best attributes is for keeping plants upright – our Florida terra firma takes a great deal of ridicule!  “Moon sand” or “beach sand” are common terms used… Read More

Can you grow a coconut palm in Charlotte County?

By Ralph E. Mitchell Can you grow a coconut palm in Charlotte County?  The short answer is both “yes” and “no”.  While this magnificent symbol of the tropics makes a wonderful landscape feature in some… Read More