Tag: Nature

Smilax

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director Perseverance is a respectable trait in any person. Unfortunately, it is less than pleasant when applied to a thorny vine, such as smilax. Its determined nature is why it thrives… Read More

Plants are Beginning to Reawaken from Winter

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director Groundhogs across the United States agree, winter is far from over. Some plants and trees in our area, however, are trying their best to get a head start for spring…. Read More

Sweet Gum and Yaupon

Les Harrison is your local UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director Yaupon and sweet gum have a history dating back before Seminoles roamed this region. Yaupon was used in ceremonies as a natural “cleanse,” resulting in settlers giving it the… Read More

Hairy Vetch

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director With a name like hairy vetch, it is hard to be appreciated. Though not native to Florida, this flowering legume is common in Wakulla County without being an invasive… Read More

Leaf Litter

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director Everyone has raked a gargantuan pile of leaves in their yard to ensure the return of a pristine lawn for spring, only to have it scattered by the hapless… Read More

Wildlife turn to wax myrtle berries in winter

  Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director Winter is here in Wakulla County. While it is not as severe as upstate New York or Montana, there is a noticeable difference from six months ago. The… Read More

Palmetto

The next time you see a palmetto growing in the wild, take a moment to consider it may be the very same plant an early American explorer brushed by. Palmetto palms are prominent throughout the Big Bend area,… Read More

The Mystery of Cypress Knees

Yes, the majestic cypress knee.. We’ve all seen (if not stubbed our toes on) them, but what is the purpose for these enigmatic protrusions from the earth?

Oakworms are Culprits in Courthouse Tree Mystery

Mysterious disappearances have long held the public’s interest and fuelled speculation about what really happened to a particular person. Amelia Earhart and Jimmy Hoffa are two good examples of the gone-but-not-forgotten mystery subjects which inhabit popular imagination and… Read More

Carpenter Bees Nest by Boring Tunnels into Wood

Carpentry is an honorable and ancient profession. It requires the builder to have awareness of the environmental requirements and recognition of the construction materials at hand. It was early carpenters who built the first shelters in which humans… Read More