A: This has been a banner year for wild flowers; with the recent rains the local landscapes are full of beautiful surprises. I sent photos of the flower to the University of Florida Herbarium and they identified it in the genus Sabatia, possibly ... READ MORE
Q: What is this pretty wildflower I am seeing along the roadsides here in Callahan? It is tall, maybe about 4 to 5 feet.
A: Thanks for bringing in a sample to the office. I my sent photos to the University of Florida to verify its identity ... READ MORE
A: This is a native perennial wildflower, which usually blooms from the spring through the fall, but we have had such a mild winter this year, it just never went into dormancy. The plant is called Innocence, Roundleaf bluet, or Fairy Footprints, ... READ MORE
A: Hollyhock, Althaea rose, can indeed be grown here as an annual or perennial. Many garden enthusiasts love to start hollyhocks from seed but they are also a good choice for beginning gardeners. They should be planted in a bright, sunny ... READ MORE
Q: I have two, three year old hibiscus plants. They are in full sun with a southern exposure. The foliage is dark green and very healthy. I fertilize about once a month with azalea fertilizer. The plants produce buds but no blooms. They ... READ MORE
A: Hibiscus mutabilis, Confederate Rose is an old-fashioned perennial or shrub hibiscus. Flowers are double and are 4 to 6 inches in diameter; they open white or pink, and change to deep red by evening. Bloom season usually lasts from summer ... READ MORE
Q: I found this in my neighbor’s yard. It grows about waist height – can you tell me what it is? My friend says it is a hibiscus but it doesn’t look like the leaf of any hibiscus I know.
A: I am using your photo, which helped ... READ MORE
Q: I live in an area surrounded by wildflowers and I have noticed the goldenrod is blooming. Some people say the goldenrod causes my allergies but others say it is pollen from another plant. I don’t want to remove my wildflowers unless it ... READ MORE
A: I believe you are thinking about Ornamental cabbage or Flowering kale, Brassica oleracea, which comes in a variety of colors from pale green to shades of red and purple. This is a cool season ornamental for us, similar to the time of year ... READ MORE
STARTING A BUSINESS FROM YOUR KITCHEN
Do you like to bake bread, make pastries, pasta, candy, jams, jellies and preserves? Do you want to earn extra income from creating and selling these products? If you answered yes to the above questions ... READ MORE