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 […]

A Gift of Cooling Purslane

My new friend disappeared under a canopy of summer squash plants, and when she reappeared she was waving a plant, roots and all. “Is this purslane?” she asked. “Looks like it from here,” I responded. I had just enjoyed a stimulating and intriguing tour of a special homestead that is a heady blend of pioneer […]

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 […]