Just as I promised back in early June, here is the status of my Colorado gardening experiment. The other day, we got this cool sign to hang in our living room. I really love it! I am learning much about the climate and elevation. I spoke with a neighbor the… Continue reading
I believe I am suffering from some writing burnout… On Tuesday, May 10th, I finished writing the first draft of my first novel – 68,433 words! I am elated and also worn out. It has been a busy six months. Since November 2015, we moved from Florida to Colorado. In… Continue reading
Welcome to Mindful Monday – Healthy Living! Each week I try to examine new or sometimes old things about myself on my journey to becoming healthier. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life… Continue reading
It has been quite awhile since I have shown any pictures of my garden. Since it is Sunday, I thought I would share some of the beauty that is abundant in Pensacola, Florida. Peach Hibiscus Tropical Ginger Strawberry Daylilies Pink Hibiscus There is fun stuff growing in this garden! Thanks… Continue reading
I have spent so much time discussing the many plants that I have growing in my personal garden, that I wanted to share some of the indigenous plants that grow throughout Pensacola. I found many of the varieties of these plants to be drought tolerant and well suited to this area. Amazingly, a few plants have been around since the first early settlers long ago trod upon these shores.
The City of Pensacola and the surrounding beaches are a fascinating blend of sun, sea, and white quartz crystal sands. The greenish – turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico beckon to vacationers and locals alike. This is the home of the Navy’s Blue Angels, and NAS Pensacola has a presence everywhere in the community. The area is diverse with water features; from the Gulf of Mexico to the many rivers, and bayous found throughout the Emerald Coast region. This unusual natural landscape produces many native plants that have adapted to the ferocious heat and humidity of the summers.
(Photo from “Your Pensacola Beach” Facebook page, 6/18/2014)
Yaupon Holly is native to the surrounding Pensacola Bay locale. Vibrant red berries appear on the plant when a male and female plant are in the same vicinity. According to the website, Texas Junior Naturalists, at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/learning/junior_naturalists/medplants3.phtml, the berries are not safe for eating, so DO NOT attempt to try them. Interestingly, the leaves of this holly contain large amounts of caffeine. Both Native Americans and Civil War soldiers used the leaves to make a tea that was quite tasty.
An unusual plant native to Santa Rosa Island is Conradina, a type of mint, also called false rosemary. It is a low growing shrub that blooms with brilliant lavender flowers in the spring. It tolerates the full sun, high humidity, and the sandy soil, literally chocking out all the grasses in its vicinity. Visit Plantdelights.com at http://www.plantdelights.com/Conradina-for-sale/buy-False-Rosemary/Native-Plants/ for information on where you can purchase these native plants.
(Photo from Southern Living at http://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/gardens/southern-plant-muscadines)
Elizabeth Barrow, in her blog entitled, “Papershell: Gardening Et Cetra,” at http://thepapershell.com/blackberries-or-dewberries/ details the next wild plant that grows in the Emerald Coast called the dewberry. Similar to the blackberry, dewberries are a deep purple and tend to grow in low brambles. Dewberry vines line many fields and swampy low lying areas around where I live. The berries are sweet and attract many of the local birds to my backyard.
Another fun cite to visit is Wild Floridian.com at http://www.wildfloridian.com/EdiblePlants.html. Here, a listing of all the edible wild plants that grow throughout Florida is available with links to the various plants and locations.
Anywhere you live, do not be afraid to try to integrate into your gardens some of the native plants that grow naturally in your area. No doubt you will be surprised by the results. Happy Gardening!
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Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical, which may mean that she is experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been decided yet.
A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in a fantasy realm of her own making where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams.
Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category.
Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, she is reading. She also loves gardening and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.