Tag Archives: Florida

Papaya Tree

Some time last year I had a red papaya a friend had grown in his back yard in central Florida. It was a great tropical treat and I saved some of the seeds. I did not remember that I actually … Continue reading

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Gopher Tortoise

Gopher tortoises, or “Gophers” as they are commonly called, live in extensive subterranean burrows in dry upland habitats of the southeastern United States.  Gopher tortoises are found in longleaf pine sandhills, oak hammocks, scrub, pine flatwoods, dry prairies, and coastal … Continue reading

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Eastern Fence Lizard

One of my favorite residents of the 40 acre woods is the Fence Lizard.  They are always working to keep the bugs under control and they are very entertaining to watch as they chase each other about fighting for the … 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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Strawberries

When I was a boy in Kentucky I looked forward to the fresh taste of strawberries every spring.  Nothing is sweeter than a fresh ripe strawberry plucked from the vine.  I would eat all I could and on occasion sell … Continue reading

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American Nightshade

Solanum americanum Many varieties of nightshade grew around the farms and fields in Kentucky,  I stayed away from these plants because I heard that they were deadly poisonous.  Moving to Florida I found some nightshade plants growing in my landscaping. … Continue reading

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Fuyu Persimmon

One of my favorite fruits is the Fuyu Persimmon.  My Mother has a beautiful tree that produces a huge crop of Persimmons every September.  The Fuyu is a non-astringent type of Persimmon making it edible both before and after fully … Continue reading

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