Umbrella Tree

Umbrella Tree

The Umbrella Tree is another beautiful and unusual plant that’s now blooming in South Florida. native to Australia, Java and New Guinea grows to 50′ has beautiful deep green palmate leaves large, tentacle like appendages covered with 100’s of crimson red blooms has few pests the bees love it and it tolerates poor soil, heat and drought In other words it’s a great plant for south […]

What a Flying Machine!

What a Flying Machine!

These machines nostalgically transport me back to my youth. Back then, the startup and sound of those radial engines enthralled me. Every Sunday, after our afternoon drive, my father would stop at the airport and we’d watch Frontier Airlines depart. In those days, there wasn’t an airport fence. And an aspiring, pre-school pilot like myself, could freely interact with the flight crew. In fact, it wasn’t […]

Mango Time

Mango Time

It’s Mango time in South Florida. Our little tree won’t be yielding for a few years. But there are lots of Mango trees in South Florida. Since late spring, their dangling fruits have promised an abundant and tasty harvest. That’s not always a given as their winter blooms are susceptible to South Florida’s damp winters and infrequent cold blast. Mangoes come in many different varieties, each with it’s […]

It’s Hot!

It’s Hot!

It’s that time of year in South Florida. The sub tropical sun boils Florida’s water vapor producing some of most unbearable heat and humidity around. It’s a time of year that Floridians can just barely endure.  But those who stick it out the next 2 months, figure it’s a fair trade for the 10 months of ideal weather that follows. In Florida, air conditioning and the […]

Poinciana

Poinciana

There isn’t a single week of the year, that something isn’t blooming in South Florida. Large tropical trees are usually the most dramatic bloomers. And at this time of year, the  Poinciana is probably the most prominent tree. Mostly, it blooms a deep fiey, scarlet-red. But there are also yellow varieties which I occasionally see around town. The contrast of greens to the reds are […]

Razed Paradise and Put in a Residential Lot

Razed Paradise and Put in a Residential Lot

The Lot After a little paradise was lost, I needed time to recover from shock, before writing this. Now, looking out my office window, I’m surprised at just how harsh it is. the flat, rilled sand looks just like the mine tailings piles I helped create and then reclaim in the 70’s(karma?) like the tailings piles, there’s not a living thing there now the reflected heat and […]

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