Citrus in Florida
Citrus is one of the most vital industries to Florida Agriculture. Unfortunately, over the past few decades, the citrus industry has battled many pests and pathogens that have taken its toll on production. While many new tools ... READ MORE
John Prine wrote, “Summer’s end is around the bend just flying. The swimming suits are on the line just drying.” His poignant song serves as a valuable summative theme for concluding our summer gardening series, “In the ... READ MORE
Can You Dig It?
My brothers and I love watching the movie, “The Warriors”. This 1979 film follows a gang in New York City as they try to escape from the Bronx to their home turf in Coney Island. One line, which is yelled by a character ... READ MORE
Do you want to get inspiration to design flower beds or gardens in your yard, are looking for a free excursion for your family, or just wanting to enjoy nature? The University of Florida/IFAS Extension campus in Orange County has a beautiful ... READ MORE
A Not So Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett’s Secret Garden fills its readers with wisdom, much of it, more so about life than gardening. The final chapter of the book states, “Much more surprising things can happen to anyone who, when ... READ MORE
Fringe Tree or Old Man's Beard (Chionanthus Virginicus) is hardy from USDA hardiness zones 3A to 9B. Fringe tree is a native plant through many states, as well as Florida in North and Central Florida. It can reach up to 20 feet with a spread ... READ MORE
Flatwoods Plum from the UF/IFAS Demo Garden Sumter County-photo by L. Sanderson
If you have visited the UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County office in Bushnell, you have perhaps meandered through the demonstration garden just outside our front ... READ MORE
We are trying out a new ornamental grass called Savannah ruby grass, Melinis nerviglumis 'Savannah'. We are getting different pieces of information about it, but we are going to try it in our demo garden anyway. Some say to treat it ... READ MORE
This February had been warm with lots of blooms. Check out the flowering plants featured at the UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Florida-Friendly Landscaping Demonstration Garden.
Yellow Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) is a Florida native. ... READ MORE
The state tree of Oklahoma, Eastern Redbud is a moderate to rapid-grower when young, reaching a height of 20 to 30 feet. Thirty-year-old specimens are rare but they can reach 35 feet in height forming a rounded vase. Trees of this size are often ... READ MORE