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The Landscape Garden Club: No meetings during the summer months. Next meeting is September 21st.
     Plant Exchange Table
Online Plant Clinics
for May
What to Plant in June
Love Bugs
Summer Plants
The Oleander Moth

The Landscape Garden Club

The Villages Landscape Garden Club meets the 3rd Monday of every month, September through May.

The steering committee regrets that we are unable to hold a regular meeting in April. Hopefully things will change in May and we can have our meeting at Laurel Manor.

Hopefully, the next meeting is:

Monday, September 21st
2:30 — 3:30 p.m.
Laurel Manor Regional Center

Plant Exchange Table

If you've divided your plants, bring them along for someone else to enjoy at the plant give away table.

The Landscape Garden Club is open to all Village residents and guests holding a valid pass. There are no membership dues. We are an education and information club, but we manage to have a little fun tvegetablesoo. For more information or questions call Kyle at (352) 751-1324.

Online Plant Clinics

Sumter County UF/IFAS Master Gardeners are offering twice weekly Plant Clinics online.
 Monday, May 18th
 Friday, May 15th, 22nd & 29th
 9:00 a.m.
Link to Zoom Ask the MG:
(9:00 a.m. link)
   Monday, May 18th
 Friday, May 15th
, 22nd & 29th
 1:00 p.m.
Link to Zoom Ask the MG:
(1:00 p.m. link)

No online Plant Clinics on May 25th.

On the date and time listed above, copy the specified web link for 9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. and paste it into your web browser.
This will take you to the Q&A Session with Master Gardeners.

What to Plant in June

Annuals Annuals that can take full sun during the increasingly hot summer months include celosia, portulaca, vinca, and some coleus.

      Click on Annuals.
Palms Summer's warm, rainy months are the perfect time to plant palms.
Make sure not to cover the trunk with soil.

      Click on Palms.
Herbs Plant heat-loving herbs, including basil, Mexican tarragon, and rosemary.
Pinch back regularly to prevent flowering and enhance branching.

      Click on Herbs.
Vegetables Plant okra, southern pea, calabaza, Malabar spinach, and sweet potato.
It is too late to plant tomatoes.
       Click on Vegetable Gardening in Florida.

Love Bugs

So, why do love bugs show up in May? Turns out, they’re active between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and they love temperatures above 84 degrees, and May marks mating season for the nuisance bugs. They mate for four weeks in May and again in September, according to the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The University suggests keeping your car waxed to make it easier to remove bug guts from your hood and the wax will also protect your car’s paint. I searched online to see what was recommended to remove these pesky critters and here is what I found:

To remove love bugs from your car, you can try using wet dryer sheets (Bounce).  Wash and soak as much of the bugs off with water and then lightly scrub the area with a wet dryer sheet. Rinse often and use new dryer sheets. Because it may leave a residue, soap and rinse the area after with hot water and soap.

What do love bugs really love? They are attracted to decomposing plant debris, but sometimes they confuse those odors with chemicals and exhaust fumes so that’s why you may see more and more on the highways and splattered on your vehicles.

Where did love bugs come from? In the 20th century, the bugs migrated from Central America and traveled through Texas and Louisiana before arriving in Florida.

Nancy King  (click on link for email address)

I have put together a PDF file of plants you might want to include in your garden this season. Please click on the blue bar below and it will take you to the attachment, then scroll down through the pictures/descriptions of plants.
Stay safe.  ~ Nancy

*Click Here for information on summer plants.*

The Oleander Moth

The colorful oleander moth (sometimes called the "polka-dot wasp moth" or "Uncle Sam moth") lays its eggs on new leaves at the branch tips of Oleander bushes, where the larvae will feed. Oleander caterpillars can inflict serious chewing damage if left unchecked; they can completely defoliate a plant in as little as a week.

If you find oleander caterpillars, it's not too late. Removing larvae-infested foliage is the most environmentally friendly method of control. Oleander sap can cause skin and eye irritation, so be sure to wash your hands immediately after touching any cuttings, or better yet, wear disposable gloves while pruning. Hand-pick the non-stinging caterpillars or cut off damaged foliage and the larvae feeding on it. Young caterpillars only scrape the leaf tissue, so this initial damage is easy to spot and can help cut short a full-on infestation. Put caterpillars (or the plant matter covered with them) in a plastic bag and freeze for 24 hours to kill the pests. 

Mature caterpillars often migrate up walls of nearby buildings and pupate near the eaves. Removing these cocoons can help manage the next generation of this pest.

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