Red Shrimp Plant, Justicia brandegeeana. Pretty plant for the part shade garden. Semi-Evergreen, 3-4′ tall and wide, butterfly and hummingbird attractor, repeat blooms during the warm season. $2/4″ container.
It’s farmers market day … Alachua county this time. The market’s open 8:30 – 1:00. Come early before it gets crazy hot.
Want ideas on Florida friendly landscaping? The Alachua County master gardeners are having a Tour of Florida Friendly Landscapes Saturday, September 20, 8:15 – 1:00, in Gainesville. Be sure to put it on your calendar.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
I’ll be at Bo Didley Park in downtown Gainesville 4:00 – 7:00. See you soon!
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.
are Autumn Sage and Pineapple Sage. What you say we have a little chit chat about them.
Autumn’s botanical name is Salvia greggii and Pineapple’s is Salvia elegans. Both are in the mint family.
Both attract hummers and butterflies, grow well in sun to part shade, get about 4′ x 3′, and are in the mint family.
AS is hardy in zones 7-9, is drought tolerant, doesn’t like alot of fertilizer or water, and is a semi-evergreen perennial.
PS is hardy in zones 8-11, needs regular water, has edible leaves and flowers, has pineapple scented foliage (yep. Pineapple scented foliage. How cool is that!!), and can be a semi-evergreen perennial or an evergreen woody subshrub depending on how cold of an area you live in.
I have both in stock in 1-gallon containers for $3.99 each. Both are gorgeous, and I think you need them in your garden.
Are you looking for something to do on this rainy Saturday? Well, I have the perfect idea for you…come to Roses and Gargoyles’ “Attracting Butterflies and Hummingbirds to Your Garden” seminar! It’s 1:00 – 3:00, and it’s free. Just remember to bring a chair.
I have lots of info to share with you about how to get butterflies, hummingbirds, and moths into our gardens. Who doesn’t want all those cool little guys hanging around??