Category Archives: gardening

Fall at Last!

Fall has arrived –  at last! It comes late to south central Florida. Almost Thanksgiving and still in the muggy 80s yesterday, but today it’s a cool, gray, damp, blustery day.  Barely 70. Chilly for these parts! Wanting to get … Continue reading

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The Screech Owl

I heard a high-pitched whinnying sound tonight at dusk. Coming from a woodsy area across the street. There are no horses around – at least not up in trees. So I googled “bird that sounds like a horse.” It’s a … Continue reading

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The Oasis

Every once in a while you’re going about business as usual and find yourself in the middle of something special. Yesterday was that kind of day. It was a warm August morning in my part of Florida and getting warmer … Continue reading

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Shrub Casualties

When I’m pissed off or frustrated or depressed because my life isn’t going the way it should be going, I can sulk, or I can suck it up, or I can  go outside and prune my big overgrown viburnum shrubs … Continue reading

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Beautiful Prose: Excerpt #1

I’ve read a lot of books over my lifetime, and some of the writing has touched me so deeply with its beauty or humor or originality that I’ve put together a collection of my favorite excerpts. I’ve decided to post … Continue reading

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Making the Most of a Florida Summer

I’m a native-born Florida girl. Deep roots here and I’m not leaving. But I hate the hot, humid, swampy, sweltering, bug-filled summers. I’ve never gotten used to them. But, having said that, I refuse to waste an ounce of energy … Continue reading

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The Plant Pincher

There’s a natural law that posits “As soon as you get rid of something, you’ll need it.”  Maybe not the next day or even the next week, but sometime in the foreseeable future, I guarantee.  Of course, logic would dictate … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren

On a freezing cold Minnesota winter night, a smart little girl plays in her father’s college science lab, surrounded by instruments and gizmos, more at home in the lab than the house she grew up in. Her quiet preoccupation with … Continue reading

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Butterflies and Bumble Bees

I stepped outside to a golden sunshine blue sky day, a high spring day all full of itself. As I reached for the clothesline I saw that my 8 foot tall flowering dewdrop shrub just three feet away from me … Continue reading

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An El Ninõ Winter

Mother Nature doesn’t seem to know which end is up this winter. El Ninõ has her rattled as he messes with her weather patterns all across the continent. On my morning walk I saw the yellow leaves of fall next … Continue reading

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