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Hickory Horned Devil Caterpillar

So I see this very big, alien looking caterpillar cruising through the garden the other day. No idea what it was, so took pics then did some googling to figure it out.

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Hickory Horned Devil Caterpillar

Turns out it’s a hickory horned devil caterpillar that becomes a regal moth or royal walnut moth, which is one of our native moths. The scientific name is Citheronia regalis. Even though it looks like it would hurt if you touched it, it’s harmless.

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Regal moth
(Moth pic courtesy of Donald W. Hall, University of Florida.)

The caterpillars usually eat on walnut, butternut or white walnut, hickory, pecan, Sweetgum, persimmon, and sumac trees.

So if you see this crazy looking caterpillar, don’t kill it! Show it your kids (my great niece and nephew thought it was the neatest thing ever), then let it go about its business. Soon you’ll have a beautiful moth doing its nighttime pollinating in your garden.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Union Street Farmers Market Day

It’s Union Street Farmers Market day! Here are the plants that are looking good and ready to sell: pink jacobina, ornamental pomegranate, “Cora” vinca, “Panama Red” cranberry hibiscus, peach Turks Cap, “Henry’s Garnet” Sweetspire, yellow orchid vine, white Lady Banks Rose, Old Blush Rose, Verbena bonariensis “Lollipop”, and “Tropic Flame” Crossandra.

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I’ll be at Bo Didley Park in downtown Gainesville 4:00 – 7:00. See you soon!

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Farmers Markets

R&G is back in business! We’ve been approved as vendors at the Alachua County Farmers Market and the Union Street Farmers Market. I’m so excited!

Saturdays, 8:30 – 1:00, we’ll be at Alachua County and Wednesdays, 4:00 – 7:00, we’ll be at Union Street in downtown Gainesville. We’re starting to grow more of our own plants, so it’ll be fun to offer some different varieties of plants for sell.

So put us on your calendars and come see us!

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Kate’s New Garden

Here’s a sneak peek at before and after pics of the garden design and install I completed yesterday for my client Kate. This is just one of the beds. I’ll post the rest of the pics soon.

Here’s the before pic …

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Before pic of garden design install

And here’s the after pic. The juniper and small cube shaped shrub were removed. Then African iris, pink caladiums, and sunhosta were added. Pinestraw was used as mulch.

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After pic of garden design install

The existing pygmy date palm stands out more now and the bed has much needed color and movement.

More pics to come soon.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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New This Week …

… at the Garden Boutique :

“Toryu-Shibori” Ornamental Pomegranate. Is that bloom gorgeous or what! This is a medium sized deciduous tree that blooms heavy in the spring. It grows upright for the first couple of years, then it starts growing an arching habit. Full to part sun. Fast growing. Low maintenance. $29.99/3-gallon

"Toryu-Shibori" Ornamental Pomegranate
“Toryu-Shibori” Ornamental Pomegranate

Globba schombutgkii “Dancing Girl Ginger “.  Very cool yellow flowers bloom late spring to frost. Deciduous perennial for your shade / part shade garden. Great for containers or in the ground. Grows about 2′ tall and wide. $9.99/1-gallon.  

Globba Schomburgkii "Dancing Girl Ginger"
Globba Schomburgkii “Dancing Girl Ginger”

Jacobina carnea pink. Cool plant for the shade/ part shade. Grows 3-7′ tall and wide. Blooms spring to frost. Hummingbirds love this plant. $5.99/1- gallon.

Jacobinia carnea Pink
Jacobinia carnea Pink

Gaura “Siskiyou Pink”. Great plant for that hot dry area of your garden. Grows about 2′ tall and wide, likes full to part sun, and doesn’t like to be over watered or over fertilized. Blooms pretty pink and white blooms spring to frost. Attracts butterflies. $4.99/1-gallon.

Gaura "Siskiyou Pink"
Gaura “Siskiyou Pink”

“Silky Red” Milkweed. One of the best plants for attracting hummingbirds and butterflies. Grows 2- 3′ tall and wide. Blooms spring to frost. Reseeds itself.  It’s a nectar and host plant, which doesn’t happen very often. $4.99/1-gallon.

"Silky Red" Milkweed
“Silky Red” Milkweed

“Wendy’s Wish ” Salvia. Another great hummingbird and butterfly attractor. Grows 3-4′ tall and wide. Blooms spring to frost. Perennial. Deer resistant. Sun to part sun. $4.99/1-gallon.

"Wendy's Wish" Salvia
“Wendy’s Wish” Salvia

Vinca Cora pink. Great tender perennial for sun to part sun. About 1-1/2′ tall and wide. Great for containers or garden beds. $1.50/4″ container.

Cora Vinca
Cora Vinca

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs