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Spring — a time of renewal, planting and planning

Spring in the wildflower garden — a time of renewal, planting and planning by Claudia Larsen “Like a great poet, Nature knows how to produce the greatest effects with the most limited means.” — Heinrich Hein, German poet (1797-1856) Who doesn’t love spring? It puts us in a happy place to see plants bursting forth with new green…

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Bird's nest

Winter in the Wildflower Garden

Winter is a wonderful time to evaluate your garden. It’s a time to ask yourself, how has my garden changed through the seasons and what can I do to prepare it for spring?

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Bloom Report: Fall color, Florida style

Fall color hard to find in Florida? Not if you travel along rural roads. Now is the time to be looking for wildflowers throughout the state. Fall wildflowers are in full bloom, with the best places to find them being open areas without homes or businesses. Those areas, including woodland edges, provide the bright light that many species of native wildflowers thrive in. And rural areas are better than urban environments for two reasons – more natural stands of wildflowers, and expectations for manicured landscapes are lower.

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Blanketflower (Gaillardia pulchella) by John Moran

What is a Florida native wildflower? Our definition

The Florida Wildflower Foundation defines “Florida native wildflower” as any flowering herbaceous species, or woody species with ornamental flowers, which grew wild within the state’s natural ecosystems in the 1560s when Florida’s first botanical records were created.

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Time to plant seeds!

Fall has arrived, and for those who would like to be able to enjoy a touch of native beauty in the spring, this is the perfect time to plant.

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In the wild: Threatened gopher tortoise lives among wildflowers

While the threatened tortoise is famous for bunking 400 animals at various turns and times of year in his burrow, his boon to native plant survival is also real. Hearing biologists and land managers in our gopher tortoise advisory group and hosting torts on my own land, I’m convinced that the oral health, beauty and variety in our pinelands tie to whether Gopherus polyphemus lives or dies.

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