Tag Archive: Blue

African Blue Basil: A Pollinator Favorite

Many bees and beneficial wasps will be attracted to African blue basil. Photo by Beth Bolles, UF IFAS Extension Escambia County Basil is 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, …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/05/african-blue-basil-a-pollinator-favorite/

Summer Blue Flowers Enjoyed by People and Bees

The showy chaste tree makes an attractive specimen as the centerpiece of your landscape bed or in a large container on the deck. Easy-to-grow, drought resistant, and attractive to butterflies and bees, Vitex agnus-castus is a multi-stemmed small tree with fragrant, upwardly-pointing lavender blooms and gray-green foliage.  The chaste tree’s palmately divided leaves resemble those …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/06/23/summer-blue-flowers-enjoyed-by-people-and-bees/

Grow Confidence with Blue Ribbon 4-H Public Presentations

4-H has helped this Washington County youth develop confidence to speak in front of groups.  Photo credit: Julie Dillard, UF IFAS A 2001 Gallup poll found that 40% of Americans suffer from glossophobia, or fear of public speaking.  This statistic inspired the famous joke by stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld that a most funerals, “the average person would …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/03/25/grow-confidence-with-blue-ribbon-4-h-public-presentations/

National Seafood Month – Blue Crabs

Well… we have talked about the “big two”… snapper and shrimp, but there are other popular fin and shellfish harvested from the Gulf of Mexico.  This week we look at my personal favorite… blue crab.   Probably like many of you out there, the very first sea creature I ever caught was a blue crab. …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/10/23/national-seafood-month-blue-crabs/

Florida Wildflowers: Blue Mistflower

Blue Mistflower – Image Credit Mary Derrick, UF / IFAS   Here’s a beautiful native perennial wildflower that is easy to grow and generally available in the independent nursery trade. In the wild, you can encounter them at the edges of woodlands and ponds as they prefer moist areas. Blue mistflower, Conoclinium coelestinum, performs well as a perennial in …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/11/18/florida-wildflowers-blue-mistflower/

Dry Fall In Florida’s Big Bend, But Ample Blue Skies

Winter forage crops are sitting inactive due to our dry fall, but December may bring much needed moisture. Showers began in April for Florida’s growers in the Big Bend region.  With the exception of Tropical Storm Debbie, the showers were steady, and if not generous, they were ample. Early autumn saw the frequency of showers slowdown and …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/11/21/dry-fall-in-floridas-big-bend-but-ample-blue-skies/