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Purple rain, purple rain. All hail the Queen’s Wreath!


March 28, 2022

The Queen is dripping. The waterfall of purple flowers cascading over trellises and featured in spring selfies is known as Queen’s Wreath. This tropical vine commands attention. Wrapping and twining up a supporting structure, these sandpapery ... READ MORE

Category: , Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Lawn, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Central Florida Gardening, Cflandscapes, Color, FFL, Florida Friendly, Flower, Flowers, Hwooten, Landscape, Landscapes, Petrea, Pollinator, Pollinators, Pretty, Purple, Purple Flowers, Queen’s Wreath, Right Plant Right Place, Sandpaper Vine, Spring, Spring Flowers, Tolerant Plant, Tropical, Tropical Plant, Vine, Vines

Cold Protection for Palms, Fruit Trees, Flowers and Vegetables


January 28, 2022

Worried about the cold weather and if your plants will get injured in the freeze? Cold sensitive plants can be protected from injury or the amount of damage reduced if you give them some protection from the cold. What plants need to be protected?Tropical ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, Pests & Disease, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Central Florida, Cold, Featured, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Flowers, Frost, Frost Cloth, Fruit, Fruit Tree, Orlando, Protection, Tsilvasy, Vegetable
Wasp on fennel

Protecting pollinators around the backyard


November 4, 2021

We have all read how important pollinators are to an ecosystem. We have also heard of all the causes for the decline of several species, but maybe we haven’t sat down to think of what we can do to improve their health around our homes. ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Crops, Farm Management, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Recreation, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Backyard, Bee, Biodiversity, Butterflies, Cover Crops, Extension, Flowers, IFAS, Nectar, Pesticide, Plant, Pollinator, Pollinator Garden, Protection, UF, Wasp, Wildlife
Coreopsis in bloom

Summer Flowers in 15 minutes: An On-Demand Webinar Series


July 2, 2021

Join UF/IFAS Extension Polk County experts for an on-demand series of four, 15-minute online educational workshops to help you plan a beautiful summer garden of flowering plants. Topics include summer flowering annuals, perennials, wildflowers, ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes
Tags: Annuals, Bulbs, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Florida-Friendly Plants, Flowers, Gardening, Perennials, Polkgardening, Summer Flowers, Wildflowers
Pollinator week header

Celebrate Pollinator Week June 21-27


June 21, 2021

Calling all gardeners (and all who want to be gardeners)! Would you like to learn how to help our natural environment and add beauty to your yard? Join in this year’s annual international celebration of Pollinator Week! This event brings ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Wildlife
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Butterflies, Central Florida, Florida, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Florida-Friendly Plants, Flowers, Gardening, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Polk County, Polkgardening, Pollinators

Florida-Friendly Edible Landscaping


April 19, 2021

The principles of the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ program are often applied to lawns and ornamental landscapes, but they can be applied to edible landscapes containing vegetables, herbs and fruit trees too! By following the nine FFL ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Florida Friendly, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Flowers, Fruit, Fruits And Vegetables, Gardening, Herbs, Horticulture, Ocextension, Pests, Tsilvasy, Vegetable, Vegetable Gardening, Water Conservation
Oak Leaf Mulch

Fallen Oak Leaves Make a Great Mulch


March 6, 2021

It is a great time of year to refresh your landscape beds with mulch. A good source for (free) mulch is fallen oak leaves, which are in abundance this time of year. Oak leaves are a lovely shade of brown, are a great compliment to other mulches, ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Central Florida, Compost, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Florida-Friendly Plants, Flowers, Free Mulch, Gardening, Landscaping, Mulch, Oak Leaves, Plants, Polk County, Polkgardening, Polkmg

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