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How to Garden (or Not) on St. George Island, FL

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Ask Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteer James Hargrove   “I am not retiring in Min-ne-so-ta, just so you know,” is how my dearly departed wife (Diane) informed me that she had her eye on St…. Read More

Getting Older Amaryllis Bulbs to Bloom in the Garden

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Ask Wakulla County Master Gardener Volunteer Jenny Lorch Two years ago, my husband and myself bought a home with a big garden in Crawfordville, Florida.  There were several amaryllis (Hippeastrum x hybridum) plants that looked… Read More

Another great Florida Panhandle summer plant: Brown-eyed Susan

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Ask Master Gardener Volunteer Michele Hackmeyer   Recently I wrote about Firebush, Hamelia patens, a great summer shrub.  Today, it’s Brown-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia triloba, a tough summer flowering plant with a profusion of sunny yellow… Read More

Bay-Friendly Landscaping

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Ask Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteer James Hargrove Residents of Franklin County all have two things in common:  we live on or very near a bay or river, and we miss seeing the oystermen who… Read More

Sago Palm Cold Damage

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Ask Master Gardener Volunteer Michele Hackmeyer Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta) is a common landscaping plant in our area and I have several in my yard.  They are not actually palms, but members of the ancient… Read More

Mustard Spinach (Brassica rapa subsp. Nipposinica)

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Ask Master Gardener Volunteer Linda Clemens One of the first things that we plant in our fall garden is a mild, heat resistant green called mustard spinach, also known as tendergreen mustard or komatsuna.  Mustard… Read More

Building a Dry Garden Bed

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Ask Master Gardener Volunteer Michele Hackmeyer   In a previous blog, I described plants to consider using in a dry garden bed.  Now I will describe what it takes to create the bed.  Doing something… Read More

Garden idea for full sun, dry area

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Ask Master Gardener Volunteer Michele Hackmeyer   Do you have a hot, dry, full sun area that you would like to make into some kind of interesting garden bed?  First let me be clear when… Read More

Gingers

Ask Master Gardener Volunteer JoAnn Green For a lovely tropical appearance in some of your shady spots, try ornamental gingers.  In North Florida gingers are tender perennials that will go dormant in the winter after… Read More

Summer Gardening – Tips for Beating the Heat

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Ask Master Gardener Volunteer JoAnn Green   Whew!  It was a hot July, and the start of August looks like it will be about the same.  I am not long in the garden during the… Read More