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Kangaroos

Saturday, August 22, 2009

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Limitations and Connections

Thursday, August 20, 2009

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Maintaining Optimism

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

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A nifty native

Monday, August 17, 2009

Fruit of the Simpson stopperis brightly colored and at-tractive to birds. Among the Florida native plants surrounding the Museum House are Simpson stoppers, now bearing bright red berries that are attractive to a wide variety of birds. Stoppers are under story trees of the evergreen hammocks that generally bear small leaves, white flowers in spring, followed by orange or red fruit. Simpson stopper is Myrcianthes fragrans, and it is useful in a number of ways: as a small tree; in a grouping ...

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Saving our songbirds with trees

Monday, August 17, 2009

Can warblers find food here? Guided by the stars, the winds, and the Earth's magnetic fields, migratory songbirds - the warblers, thrushes, vireos, tanagers and buntings that spend the summer in North America and the winter in the Caribbean and South America - are beginning to pass through South Florida now. Traveling from 30 to 100 miles a day, the birds need twice the amount of food during migration as they otherwise require. But will they find enough food here to help them...

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Its a Friday night and I'm writing this blog - why?

Friday, August 7, 2009

I don't normally write a blog on a Friday evening, but I just can't contain myself. I feel compelled to shout from my rooftop - Everyone should have this plant in their yard!!!! What plant, you ask? I have a Lady of the Night, Brunfelsia nitida planted near the east side of my house. It has been there about five years. It is absolutely, positively one of my favorite plants! It has been blooming for the past week. The flowers are tubular, opening white and gradually turning shades of ...

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Put what in your pipe?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Blooming on the vine pergola is Aristolochia maxima, the Florida Dutchman's pipe, which has the Aristolochia maxima showshairs that trap flies. shape of an old-fashioned meerschaum pipe. It is not native to Florida - it grows from Mexico through Central America and into Venezuela -- but has naturalized here. The clusters of flowers on this woody vine, or liana, are brownish, without the outrageous liver color and really bizarre shape of the larger flowered species, such as...

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