Well, I must say...
... I'm none too impressed with the Master Gardeners of the Lake County Extension Office. Usually I'm singing praises of them, or at least of the office in general, but after this past weekend...
As I said in another post, I attended a Master Gardener Plant Sale there this past weekend. And as I said, one of the plants I picked up, pretty much as an afterthought before heading to checkout, was a Blue Porterweed that was sitting in a collection of "Butterfly friendly" plants. Upon getting it home and reading up on this plant, I started to fear I might actually have the invasive porterweed rather than the native. And after reading up on all the differences and things to look for, it appears it is indeed the Category II invasive. It strikes me as odd and wrong that as big as UF is about avoiding invasive plants, one of their extension offices sells Cat II's. So I guess I will keep it potted instead of planting it in the landscape. On a hopeful side, they're supposed to be rather tender to freezing temps and are only 'recommended' for South Florida. So hopefully the winters will help cull any reseeds.
But along with this, of all the Master Gardeners on duty that day, only two were able to actually answer the questions I had. They had their Plant Clinic trailer set up, but each time I came to them with a plant asking for information or clarification on species, they would shrug, say "I don't know" and direct me to the Master Gardener who would help me with my questions. The other knowledgeable person wasn't actually a 'MG' but was the Ext. Office's Residential Horticulturalist. Both of these people were indeed very, very helpful. I just wish I could say the same about the other 'Master' Gardeners.
Luckily, I have been to the Ext. Office before this sale and I know how helpful they really can be. But if this had been my first time dealing with them... well... I think next time I attend one of their sales, I'm going to stick to ONLY the plants that I 90% sure about and avoid any impulse purchases.
Edit: Oh, and of the plants I picked up there: 1 Porterweed, 1 clump of Muhly grass (easily dividable into four clumps), 2 red Pentas (the tall variety that butterflies just can't seem to get enough of), a pot of pineapple sage and two Wild Coffees (which will also have to remain potted to protect them during cold winters).
This post was edited by Leekle2ManE on Tue, Oct 15, 13 at 21:56