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"I am a pessimistic about the human race because it is too ingenious for its own good. Our approach to nature is to beat it into submission. We would stand a better chance of survival if we accommodated ourselves to this planet & viewed it appreciatively instead of skeptically & dictatorially."
E. B. White
WHERE? Central Florida. Orlando area. Zone 9B-ish.
WHO? Two people crazy about all things outdoorsy. One doing most of the planting, writing and pic taking. The other lovingly supporting this typer's addiction in every conceivable way.
WHAT? Sustainable gardening. Some saving ideas. Some artsy fartsy stuff. Some food politics rantings. Birds. Garden creatures. Cats...perhaps too many? Dogs...in the future.
HOW? Lots of experimenting & a little following instructions set by others before us.
WHY blog about it? To track the garden's evolution. To share stuff we've learned. To use as a to-do list. To hang our photos.
Comments are welcome! But please don't tag me, tweet me or poke me. That would be the end of us.
"I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority." —
Passion Fruit Sapodilla Eureka Lemon x3 Meyer Lemon Persian Lime Key Lime Thornless Key Lime Calamondin Orange Orange (unknown cultivar) Orange Valencia Orange Hamlin Ponkan Mandarin Kumquat (Meiwa, I think) Loquats x 2 Elderberry Barbados Cherry Grumichamas Cherry of the Rio Grande Feijoa x 2 Ugni Molinae--Chilean Guava x2 Blueberry x2 Miracle fruit Pitomba White Sapote Mexican Papaya Bunch Grape (unknown cultivar) Muscadine Grape Issai Self Fertile Kiwi Kiwi of unknown cultivar Fig Brown Turkey x 2 Peach x 2 (unknown cultivar) Star Fruit Moringa (not technically a fruit but edible) Pomegranate Longan Blackberries (Navajo, Apache & Dickson) Fuyu Persimon Giraldi Dwarf Mulberry Shangri-La Mulberry Jujube Li Jujube Lang
Seedlings Goji Berry Sugar Apple Anonna Squamosa Eureka Lemon Indian Jujube Pear x 2 (unknown cultivar) Limequat x 2 Loquat x4 (unknown cultivar)
Plants I will not love again
**To see pics and additional info go to the top left of the blog and type the plant's name in the "search blog" box**
♠ Bolivian Sunflower (Tithonia diversifolia). Lovely IF you have the space for a gigantic shrub. ♠ Mexican Petunia (Ruellia brittoniana)...weedy! ♠ White Buttercup- Pic posted on June 6. Lovely but becomes very weedy in the end. ♠ Spider plant...in pots it is okay, but when planted on the ground...oh boy, talk about weedy! ♠ Potato vine, the regular fast spreading ground cover sold in stores. Impossible to ever get rid of!
BIRDS ON STAFF
Northern Cardinal Black Sparrow Blue Jay Red Shouldered Hawk Red-Bellied Woodpecker Downy Woodpecker Pileated Woodpecker Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Carolina Wren Tufted Titmouse Northern Mockingbird Eastern Towhee Mourning Dove Carolina Chickadee Red-Winged Black Bird Painted Bounty Brown Thrasher Ruby-throated hummer Grey Catbird Sandhill Crane Motled Ducks White Ibis
ASSORTED CRITTERS Anole lizards Tree frogs Assorted frogs and toads Black racer snakes Dragon flies Lady bugs Bad bugs whose presence I won't dignify by naming them here ☺
BUTTERFLIES ON STAFF
Monarch Zebra Longwing Palamedes Swallowtail Spicebush Swallowtail Cassius Blue Buckeye Gulf Fritillary White Peacock Tiger Swallowtail Giant Swallowtail American Painted Lady Pearl Crescent Pipevine Swallowtail Black Swallowtail Red-Banded Hairstreak Viceroy Cloudless Sulphur Cassius Blue Red Admiral Long-Tailed Skipper Julia
The list is always changing...if you'd like seeds for any of the plants you see here just ask, chances are I either have some now or will gather some soon.
Just post a comment and that will trigger an email to me. Blogger does not automatically trigger an email to you with my response so you'd have to come back and check it...a little work, I know, but so worth it, no? ☺
The Happiness Hypothesis, Jonathan Haidt
The Myth of Mental Illness, Thomas S. Szasz
Zen & The Art of Motorcycle maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig
Wine & War, Don & Petie Kladstrup
The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran
From Beirut to Jerusalem, Thomas Friedman
Questioning the Millennium, Stephen Jay Gould
The Mismeasure of Man, Stephen Jay Gould
Siddharta, Hermann Hesse
The Battle for God, Karen Armstrong
The Lost Continent, Bill Bryson
Neither Here Nor There, Bill Bryson
The Mother Tongue, Bill Bryson
How the Mind Works, Steven Pinker
The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker
Toxic Psychiatry, Breggin
Care of the Soul, Thomas Moore
Modern Man in Search of a Soul, C.G. Jung
The Journey to the East, Hermann Hesse
How Proust Can Change Your Life, Alain de Botton
Status Anxiety, Alain de Botton
On Love, Alain de Botton
Kiss & Tell, Alain de Botton
The Romantic Movement, Alain de Botton
The Consolations of Philosophy, Alain de Botton
Proust Was a Neuroscientist, Jonah Lehrer
On Being Certain-Believing You Are Right Even When You Are Not, Robert A. Burton
Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman
Liars, Lovers & Heroes, Steven Quartz
The Problem of the Soul, Owen Flanagan
The Noonday Demon, Andrew Solomon
Doubt-A History, Jennifer Hecht
The Mind & The Brain, Jeffrey Schwartz
The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks
The Question of God, Armand Nicholi
Looking for Spinoza-Joy, Sorrow, & the Feeling Brain, Antonio Damasio
The Spirituality of Imperfection, Ernest Kurtz
Descartes' Error-Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain, Antonio Damasio
AHistory of Knowledge, Charles Van Doren
The Gun Seller, Hugh Lauri
Anything by Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, Neruda, Machado, & Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Garden & Food Politics Books
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver
The End of Food, Paul Roberts
Hot, Flat and Crowded, Thomas L. Friedman
The United States of Arugula, David Kamp
The Ethics of What We Eat, Peter Singer & Jim Mason
Second Nature, Michael Pollan
In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan
The Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan
Seed to Sed, Suzanne Ashworth
Teaming with Microbes--A Gardener's Ghide to the Soil Food Web, Jeff Lowenfels & Wayne Lewis
Plant Propagation, The American Horticultural Society
Garden Insects, Whitney Cranshaw
Florida Butterfly Caterpillars & Their Host Plants, Marc Minno
Native Florida Plants, Robert G. Haehle & Joan Brookwell
Seed Sowing & Saving, Carole B. Turner
Plant Propagatin A to Z, Geoff Bryant
Florida's Best Fruiting Plants, Charles Boning
Herbs & Spices for Florida Gardens, Monica M. Brandies
The Ultimate Book of Herbs, Jessica Houdret
Roots Demystified, Robert Kourik
Your Edible Landscape-Naturally, Robert Kourik
The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control
aka Moco ScissorHands (long story...)
I am wary of a weedless garden & flawless people.
The man who makes all wonderful, beautiful, & meaningful things in my life possible.
Likes My hubby's smile ♥ The way light can make the ordinary extraordinary ♫ Miles Davis. Beans ♪. Classical music ♫. Chess. People who say weird stuff like please & thank you☼. Keb'Mo♫. Sea food and home-made dulce de leche, but not together. Austin Powers. Mosaic art. Jaime Oliver & Alton Brown. Swimming. A car that is paid for. Modigliani. Home-grown food. Sinatra♫. Wine, bread & cheese. Emil Nolde watercolors. Chickens. Our cats, Moco, Lulu & Frida Kahlo. Not setting the alarm clock for the next morning. Nina Simone ♫. Calamata olives. Rain. Stained glass. Running. J.Prevert. Good toilet paper. Barbara Kingsolver. Opera (Pavaroti!)♫. Jalapeños. Bicycles. Bach♫. Green beans but not overcooked. Martial arts. People with good manners. Good leaf tea (as in the real thing). John Coltrane♫. Baking. Swiming laps at night in an empty pool ☼. Dogs. Dark chocolate. Bill Bryson & Alain de Botton's writing. Home-grown. Home-made. Home-bound. My husband's everything. IKEA. Jamie Oliver. Hand-written & hand-made cards. Christiane Amanpour (can you say cojones?!?!). Steven Pinker & Stephen Jay Gould...although I humbly disagree with some of their view points. Coffee! Bear Grylls. The sounds of fallen leaves being shuffled by the wind. Running under a full moon.
Dislikes Tagging & Poking. Awards. People who are not punctual. Getting my hair and my gigantic head into my swim cap. People who ruin an apology with an excuse..."Sorry, I did not mean the things I said"? Shouldn't we be saying "Sorry because I meant the things I said"? ...Okra. Oprah. Blogs with music. Socks. Websites with music. Lip plumping procedures. Ungrateful people. Losing at anything, chess, golf, racquet ball, watermelon seed spitting. Overcooked veggies. Cold butter. Living beyond my means. Unkept promises. The color mauve. Brussel sprouts. Non-viable seed. Additives. IRONING. Credit cards. Bad toilet paper. Celine Dion. Make up. Lightning that hits too close to home. DROOL. Gardening gloves. Store bought greeting cards. Putting pillows back inside their pillow covers after washing. Vermin. Fake plants. Tickles. Blotanical. Tornado warnings. Tornadoes without warnings. Genetically altered anything. All things Disney. Stupid questions...As in the ones asked through the voice of laziness--without giving any thought or consideration to its possible answer prior to asking? Cleaning the fridge. Lipstick.