Gardening In The Panhandle

Dog Days of Summer – A Good Time to Plan for Fall

The “Dog Days” are the hottest, muggiest days of summer. In the northern hemisphere, they usually fall between early July and early September. The actual dates vary greatly from region to region, depending on latitude and climate.   In ancient times, when the night sky was un-obscured by artificial lights, the Romans used the stars …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/07/28/dog-days-of-summer-a-good-time-to-plan-for-fall/

New Crapemyrtles with Burgundy Leaves from Spring through Fall

Burgundy-leaved crapemyrtle is one of the most exciting breeding accomplishments in years. Unlike previous selections, many new crapemyrtle cultivars have leaves that retain dark burgundy coloration from spring budbreak through fall leaf drop. These plants add bold leaf color to a plant already known for its flower power. Delta Jazz™ was the first crapemyrtle with burgundy-bronze leaves all …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/07/21/new-crapemyrtles-with-burgundy-leaves-from-spring-through-fall/

Pesticide Safety Tips

You hear it all the time. Be sure to read the label before using any pesticide. Honestly though, is this a practice you really follow? It should be. Sometimes we do not consider pesticides dangerous since we can buy them in most any retail store or garden center. Companies surely would not sell something to …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/07/21/pesticide-safety-tips/

An Unwanted Beach Visitor: Beach Vitex

Many beachfront dwellers have intentionally planted beach vitex because of its attractive purple flowers. Photo credit: Rick O’Connor Now that summer is in full swing, many of us are spending more time on our gorgeous Gulf beaches. Sea turtle nesting is in full swing, and everyone gets excited at sightings of dolphins, sharks, and the …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/07/21/an-unwanted-beach-visitor-beach-vitex/

Soybeans: A Surprise Vegetable

Vegetable Soybean PodsImage Credit Ann Blount, NFREC, UF IFAS Extension I am sure you are familiar with soybeans, but probably not in the way we’ll describe it.  If you frequently visit health food stores, or the health food section of your supermarket, you’re bound to have seen this vegetable in its dried form.  It’s a …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/07/15/soybeans-a-surprise-vegetable/

Florida Betony: Both Edible Native and Weed

Florida Betony (Stachys floridana), commonly called rattlesnake weed, is a Florida native plant. It’s thought to have been confined to Florida until it was moved to other Southeastern states during the 1940s or 1950s in nursery containers. It is now found from Texas to North Carolina. Its square stems are characteristic of the mint family …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/07/15/florida-betony-both-edible-native-and-weed/

How Do I Find Plants to Suit My Landscape?

We all seem to have this dilemma: A desire to re-landscape or just add a few plants to an area, but not knowing what would be the best choice. Plants need to be compatible with their location. The right plant should be chosen for the right place.  Many have particular light, moisture and zone requirements …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/07/15/how-do-i-find-plants-to-suit-my-landscape/

Fruit Rusts Ruin Harvests

Cedar-Apple rust or Cedar-Quince rust (Gymnosporangium) symptoms on pear fruit. Image Credit Shep Eubanks, UF IFAS. This is the season for fruit harvesting, particularly for those fruits in the rose family such as plum, quince, peach, pear and apple. Many avid home horticulturists have been enjoying the fruits of their labor, but some have been thwarted …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/07/08/fruit-rusts-ruin-harvests/

You Don’t Have To Pamper Pampas Grass

You don’t have to pamper pampas grass!  This attractive perennial, which is native to Latin America – Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, is practically trouble-free.  It’s well adapted to all areas of Florida.  Pampas grass grows in large clumps, eight to ten feet high.  In late summer, it produces showy silver –white or pinkish silken plumes, …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/07/08/you-dont-have-to-pamper-pampas-grass/

Wild Wisteria

Making cut before herbicide application Photo Credits: Larry Williams & Sheila Dunning, Okaloosa County Extension Agents Question: We planted Wisteria for its beautiful spring flowers and it grew and grew and took over everything. Now we’re trying to get rid of it. New plants are sprouting everywhere – up to ten feet away from the …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://holmes.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/07/08/wild-wisteria/

Older posts «