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Nov 3, 2021

Creeping cucumber overlooked until its presence is established

Creeping is a term that implies malevolence which concludes with an unpleasant surprise.

There are many creeping impersonators preparing to lurk in neighborhoods with faux menace, and a few shifty weeds in the landscape.


Oct 28, 2021

Maples will soon emerge from obscurity to display burst of colors

The change of seasons from summer to autumn brings out new colors in the countryside and residential areas.

The transformation of tones depends on both the region of the country and the species putting on the show.
In regions further north, many of the deciduous trees add to the polychromatic exhibition, complementing the late season native flowers.


Oct 20, 2021

Daylilies provide most return for least output

“A penny saved is a penny earned” is the famously frugal advice from Poor Richard’s Almanac.

The author Benjamin Franklin, elder statesman and founding father of the United States, offered this simple pearl of wisdom to 18th century American.


Oct 13, 2021

Blazing stars at summit of native wildflower bloom

Being on top is usually a good position. It is the place which denotes exceptional accomplishment and has the best view, especially of those below who are looking up in anticipation of reaching the pinnacle.

There is one genus of a native wildflower that begins its colorful display at the top, literally. The blazing stars activate its annual flowering at the top of its towering bloom spike and works its way down the green stalk.


Oct 6, 2021

Long-tailed skipper and butterfly pea add color to panhandle’s early autumn.

“Eat your vegetables,” is the anthem of almost every parent during mealtime when juveniles are involved.

For one set of butterfly parents in Santa Rosa County, there has never been the need to entice their young to consume the peas. The long-tailed skipper’s larva is known for an appetite which focuses on a variety of pea species, along with a few others.


Sep 29, 2021

Passion flower is obsession of Gulf fritillary

In contemporary Santa Rosa County, there are some colorful native insect residents which have a desire for specific plants. Monarch butterflies are one species, but another is the Gulf fritillary.

The object of the Gulf fritillary’s dining obsession is the passion flower.


Sep 22, 2021

September important month for native plants

The month of September is known as the gateway for a variety of events. Historically, it was the beginning of the school year.

September is an important month for many native plants in Santa Rosa County. This ninth month of the year with its dwindling hours of sun is the time seeds mature and plant growth slows.


Sep 15, 2021

A few hawk moths are a curiosity; too many require control

Initial impressions can sometimes be deceiving.

At any point in time the subject of interest may be in a brief transitory state which soon passes into a condition more representative of the creature’s true nature, especially insects.


Sep 8, 2021

Prepare for birds to make their way south

Labor Day 2021 is in the rearview mirror and the kids are back in school. Even though the solar equinox is in the future, residents to the north are reacting to the ever-consistent celestial indicators that fall will be here soon.

Sep 7, 2021

Walnut trees have what they need to survive in the wild

Juglans nigra, as black walnuts are botanically identified, is a native tree with a variety of features and uses valued by humanity. The southern range of this tree is the non-coastal zones in counties of north Florida and is not adapted to coastal environs with sandy alkaline soils. It grows in the wild and planted […]
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