Elizabeth Bolles

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Name: Elizabeth Bolles
Date registered: February 2, 2012

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  1. A Pollinator Favorite — June 27, 2017
  2. Not All Palm Fertilizers are the Same — May 31, 2017
  3. Garden Drama with Amazon Dianthus — May 2, 2017
  4. Native Shrub Option for our Sandy Soil — March 27, 2017
  5. Lack of Winter Chill a Problem for Fruit — February 8, 2017

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A Pollinator Favorite

Basils are a favorite plant in the summer herb garden and an absolute must for those who enjoy fresh leaves for a sandwich or delicious homemade pesto. While we grow basils as a food enhancer, an added benefit is that those basil selections that form flowers area very attractive to pollinators.  If you would rather …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2017/06/27/a-pollinator-favorite/

Not All Palm Fertilizers are the Same

Palms are often lacking nutrients in our sandy soil but realize that not all palm fertilizers are good for your plant. Look for a fertilizer where all the nutrients are in a slow release form. The fertilizer analysis will be 8-2-12-4 (Nitrogen – Phosphorus – Potassium – Magnesium). Also read further on the label for …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2017/05/31/not-all-palm-fertilizers-are-the-same/

Garden Drama with Amazon Dianthus

We may shy away from drama in our lives but drama in the garden is always welcome. One plant series that will be a prominent feature in any garden bed is the Amazon Dianthus series. Although we normally consider Fall the time to plant dianthus, the Amazon Series developed by PanAmerican Seed company can be …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2017/05/02/garden-drama-with-amazon-dianthus/

Native Shrub Option for our Sandy Soil

We often talk about sandy, nutrient poor soil in Florida and how difficult it is for growing many favorite landscape plants. Gardeners may spend considerable time and money amending soils with organic matter to improve the quality for growing plants. The low maintenance approach is to embrace your sandy soil and consider plants that thrive …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2017/03/27/native-shrub-option-for-our-sandy-soil/

Lack of Winter Chill a Problem for Fruit

Many of us are enjoying our warmer temperatures this winter, but many deciduous fruit crops really need cold temperatures in order to break dormancy for the year.  In areas that experience cold temperatures plants have evolved the ability to survive by slowing growth and protecting sensitive tissues by going dormant.  In order to break out …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2017/02/08/lack-of-winter-chill-a-problem-for-fruit/

An Important Tip When Installing Sod

It won’t be long before homeowners start thinking about sodding a new lawn or renovating areas of their existing turf. Although sodding when turf is dormant is acceptable, it is best to install sod that is green. One reason is that you can see if any sod pieces are infested with weeds such as bermudagrass …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2017/01/04/an-important-tip-when-installing-sod/

Don’t Be Afraid to Disturb the Rootball

Ten years after installtion, this plant was ultimately killed by girdling, circling roots.

A new tree or shrub is an investment for the future. When we pick an ornamental plant, we have the hope that it will survive for many years and offer seasons of beauty that enhance our landscape.  Time is often spent picking a suitable spot, preparing the planting hole, and watering until establishment.  We give …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2016/12/19/dont-be-afraid-to-disturb-the-rootball/

Look More Deeply for Causes of Plant Wilt

Plants have specific ways of telling gardeners that there is a problem but not all plant symptoms lead us directly to the cause. During drier conditions, we often use wilting leaves as an indicator that water is needed.  This can be a reliable symptom that the soil is lacking moisture but it is not always …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2016/11/16/look-more-deeply-for-causes-of-plant-wilt/

Spiny Orb Weaver Spider

The year’s mild winter and frequent rain showers have created lush lawns and gardens with an abundance of insects. As a result, we are seeing many predator arthropods taking advantage of the available feast.  One of the morning interesting creatures in the garden is the spiny orb weaver spider (Gasteracantha cancriformis) that has an interesting …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2016/10/03/spiny-orb-weaver-spider/

Best Seasons for Planting Coming Up

By the look of the crowded nurseries during March and April, the springtime seems to be the best time for planting. For our frost tender annuals and perennials this is the case but we are actually heading into our best seasons for planting trees and shrubs. The fact that above ground portions of trees and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2016/09/07/best-seasons-for-planting-coming-up/

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