Bugs Beware

Bugs Beware

Bugs Beware

Bugs Beware! Bug spray

Bugs Beware

We have products to create this season’s pleasant outdoor experience!
We are proud to carry: citronella candles, citronella incense, bug spray and a bug ball fly trap.

Lux Fragrance Citronella Candles
Skeem Design Citronella Candles
Bug Ball with Cactus Juice & Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard
Bug Ball with bugs

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address
4808 East Scenic Hwy 30A
Seagrove Beach, FL. 32459 (google map)

phone: 850.231.2150

hours: 9-5 Monday thru Saturday | Sun. 12-5

Tea in the Garden

Tea in the Garden

Tea in the Garden

Tea In The Garden

Sunday, March 6, 2022, 12:00 – 3:00 PM at Clay Garden

Enjoy Tea In The Garden and light bites with a gorgeous view of the Clay 30A gardens. Guests will enjoy great company while raising funds for breast cancer patients along the Emerald Coast.

During the event there will live music, a photo booth sponsored by Own at the Beach Team, light bites by Swiftly Catered, complimentary rose by Good Clean Wine and Waterhouse Provisions, a silent auction and more! Big hats encouraged for a chance to win “Best Hat” prize.

Gather your friends and join us for Tea In The Garden at Clay30A benefiting Fore Her! Click for Event Flyer

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Email Amy Walsh for more information amy@foreher.org or visit the Fore Her website www.foreher.org

Tickets are:
$50 donation per person
$45 donation per person for Breast Cancer Survivors

Contact Us

address
4808 East Scenic Hwy 30A
Seagrove Beach, FL. 32459 (google map)

phone: 850.231.2150

hours: 9-5 Monday thru Saturday | Sun. 12-5

Butterfly Life Cycles

Butterfly Life Cycles

Butterfly Life Cycles

Presentation by Ted and Shannon at recent Event “Monarchs & Mimosas”

Presentation given October 22 and 23, at Clay Garden

I want to talk to you about the butterfly life cycles, which we all know as metamorphosis. All insects go through metamorphosis, but butterflies go through complete metamorphosis. Complete metamorphosis is four different life cycles or stages. Butterflies would rather mate than eat. So first the male and female mate, then the female gets busy laying eggs. She will smell the plants with her antennas and taste the plants with her feet, so that she can find the perfect food for her babies/caterpillars. Butterflies have a very specific plant that their caterpillars will eat. These are known as host plants and are just as important as nectar (flowers) plants in a butterfly garden. The female butterfly can lay up to a thousand eggs but sadly only about one percent will make it to adulthood. While laying eggs some butterflies will lay one egg at a time, some lay in clusters while others will stack eggs on top of each other. The eggs come in many different colors, shapes and sizes depending on the butterfly that is laying the egg. The egg life cycle again depending on the butterfly will last for three to five days. When the egg is about to hatch it will turn dark, and soon out comes the caterpillar.

Often the caterpillar’s first meal will be his egg shell. Then he is on to the leaves.  As they grow they shed their skin many times and sometimes will eat their shed skin. Caterpillars are easy prey so they use different ways to deter predators. Like some resemble bird poop, or have false eyes to look like a snake and some have spikey hairs that looks like they might sting. Although, butterflies do not sting, bite or harm us in any way. Swallowtail caterpillars have something very special and unique to them. They have an osmeterium; it’s a fork like tongue that emits a foul odor to deter predators. Caterpillars will grow two thousand times in size in this stage and this is the only stage that the butterfly grows. The caterpillar stage is typically 10 to 14 days. When ready he will travel away from host plant and find a place to make a silk button and hand in a J shape to get ready to make the chrysalis or pupa. The caterpillar will shed his skin one last time. When they do it will reveal the chrysalis.

In this stage the caterpillar will liquefy and reform as the butterfly. They are vulnerable as well, so they use camouflage to hide. The giant swallowtail’s pupa looks like a stick or part of a branch. While the monarch’s pupa is green and can blend in with the plants. Red admirals will shake violently when disturbed. The chrysalis or pupa life cycle is 10 to 14 days. When the butterfly gets ready to emerge the pupa will turn dark and you can see the colors of the butterfly wings. When the butterfly does emerge they are not ready to fly. They must uncurl their wrinkled wings and pump fluid from their body in to the wings. Their wings are still wet and it takes about an hour or more to dry out, and then they are ready to fly.

Once they have made it to the final life cycle, which is referred to as adult butterfly. They are ready to start the process all over again and find a mate to mate. Adult butterflies drink nectar from flowers, but they also drink from tree sap, rotting fruit, and salt and minerals from the earth. This drinking from the earth is called puddling and it helps in reproduction. Most adult butterflies live one to two weeks, but the zebra longwing (the state butterfly of Florida) can live up to 6 months. Because they eat pollen from flowers this allows them to live longer. Monarchs are another butterfly that can live a longer life. The last brood of the summer will travel to the mountains in Mexico and will overwinter there. Then when spring comes along they will make their way back to North America.

Contact Us

address
4808 East Scenic Hwy 30A
Seagrove Beach, FL. 32459 (google map)

phone: 850.231.2150

hours: 9-5 Monday thru Saturday | Sun. 12-5

Monarchs & Mimosas

Monarchs & Mimosas

Monarchs & Mimosas

Monarchs & Mimosas

October 22 and 23, 10:00-12:00 at Clay Garden

Free to the public. Ted and Shannon will host a butterfly house and a talk at 11:00! Learn more about butterflies and the plants that attract these beautiful insects.

Will you join us? View Event Flyer

Contact Us

address
4808 East Scenic Hwy 30A
Seagrove Beach, FL. 32459 (google map)

phone: 850.231.2150

hours: 9-5 Monday thru Saturday | Sun. 12-5

How to Care for your Poinsettia

How to Care for your Poinsettia

How to Care for your Poinsettia

Fun Fact

Poinsettia plants grow best during the winter months, which is why they are the most popular potted plant during the holidays. And, with good care, a poinsettia plant can maintain its beauty for much longer than the Christmas season.

Location

Because poinsettias are from Central America, they are used to a fair amount of sun. We recommend placing yours by a well-lit window, so that it can receive the proper amount of sunlight. East-facing windows are best so that they can catch the morning’s glow and bask in the afternoon’s shade. Make sure that no part of the plant touches the window pane, as this may harm the poinsettia.

Water

You should water your poinsettia whenever you feel the soil is dry or you see that some of the leaves are wilting. The key is to make sure that your poinsettia is not sitting in water by letting the water drain out the bottom. If the area where you are keeping your poinsettia tends to be dry, you may find yourself watering daily.

Temperature

These plants prefer from 65-70° Fahrenheit during the day and from 60-65° at night. The lower night temperatures help the poinsettias keep their brilliant color. Protect the plants from both hot and cold drafts from outside doors, heat registers or appliances. Never expose them to temperatures below 55° Fahrenheit

Soil/Fertilizer

Poinsettias grow in any well-draining potting soil. Fertilizing poinsettia plants is never recommended while they are still in bloom. Fertilize poinsettias only if you are keeping them after the holiday season. Apply fertilizer every two weeks or once a month using a complete houseplant fertilizer.

Pests

Houseplant pests that may infect poinsettia plants include whiteflies, Fungus gnats, mealy bugs and spider mites. Prevention is the best management strategy. When purchasing plants carefully check for whiteflies and other insects. Avoid purchasing insect-infested plants.

Contact Us

address
4808 East Scenic Hwy 30A
Seagrove Beach, FL. 32459 (google map)

phone: 850.231.2150

hours: 9-5 Monday thru Saturday | Sun. 12-5