Florida Springs in Peril

A recent visit to the Silver Glen Springs in the Ocala National Forest, left me wondering once again at the obliviousness of human beings when it comes to our environment—the environment that keeps us alive. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the land on which we build our homes and cities, and the […]

Green Allies in the Garden

How sweet to enter my new garden, beautifully designed by my husband, to find my favorite green allies and native New Garden at Flying Cactus friends waiting for me in group right in the center of the growing space. We had mulched heavily at the beginning of the winter in hopes of smothering some of […]

Taming the Wild Mosquito

We know they are coming. Our neighbors have asked as they already being attacked. But we still walk in relative safety in the dawn and dusk. We have not been ambushed near the creek or in the deepest part of our woods. We have left the door open by mistake and the hoards have not […]

Noxious Summer Weeds Arrive Early

A heat wave has descended and summer has barely begun. After a particularly hot early spring, followed by a few days of cool bliss (for Florida anyway), we are now in the throes of high temperatures, afternoon rain, and scores of biting flies. No mosquitoes yet, though. The weather had previously been so dry that […]