Category Archives: Cooking

Pindo Palm Jelly

Butia capitata Pindo Palms are a common landscape plant in southern climates.  Most owners are glad to give away the fruit, and surprised to know they are edible. Yellow, pineapple sweet and tart at the same time, Pindo Palms are … Continue reading

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Coastal Groundcherry

Physalis angustifolia The Coastal Groundcherry, is a species of flowering plant in the nightshade family.  It is native to the Gulf Coast shoreline of the Southeastern United States, where it is found on maritime dunes and sands.  I found these … Continue reading

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Rattlesnake Weed

Florida Betony (Stachys floridana) aka Rattlesnake weed. Florida Betony, is one of the most common plants found in Florida lawns and landscape.  Sun and a moist lawn are magnets for Florida Betony and most information found on this plant is … Continue reading

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Muscadine Grape Jam

Muscadine grapes are a sustainable fruit crop in the southeastern United States.  They are tolerant of insect and disease pests and they successfully grow at he 40 acre woods without spraying any pesticides. Typically, muscadine grapes bear dark fruit with … Continue reading

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Podocarpus Is More Than A Hedge

Podocarpus (Podocarpus macrophyllus) Podocarpus hedges are common in Florida, they make a dense screen hedge that stays green year round.  However, Podocarpus can reach 40 to 50 feet in height when not sheared and is quite attractive as a tree … Continue reading

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Pindo Palm

Pindo Palm trees originated in Argentina and grow well in Florida, Zones 7-10.  They are a very hardy  palm that will grow in almost any soil type.  The large palm trunk forms slowly and is topped by a massive circle … Continue reading

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Smilax makes me smile

I have called it Greenbrier or Bull-brier all my life, this large thorny vine has scratched me up many times as I ran through the woods of Kentucky as a boy.  I developed a dislike for this tough vine early … Continue reading

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