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End of Winter – Subtropical Bloom

Although subtropical seasons are tightly bound to wet and dry, there is a subtropic winter. But by February it’s gone. no chance of temperature below 50 winds shift from NE to SW humidity increases dramatically chance of thundershowers temperate climate plants thinks it’s June dormant tropical plants revive subtropical plants bloom Mango Mango bloom marks […]

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Ginger Monster

Now, it’s as cool and dry as South Florida gets. harvested the last bananas a week ago the lawn needs little attention weeds are dormant or dead and the vines for root and tuber plants are drying up It’s time to harvest them. But I have mixed feelings. Wandering through the landscape, these plants are […]

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Turquoise Water – Not

  Ah transparent turquoise water blended in an azure sea, framed by palm lined, white sand beaches, crystal sky, and a warm tropical sun. It’s a magical, delightful, intoxicating image and experience. But in the subtropics, the ocean isn’t alway this way. Today, it’s everything it shouldn’t be, cold, dark, opaque, foreboding, and ugly. Not […]

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Manatee Time

Well, our annual two days of winter have arrived. Highest temperatures will be in the 50s, lows are in the low 30s. Infrequently, the lowest temperatures dip into the upper 20s. This year it’s forecast to be an exceptionally cold one. For those adjusted to usual 80 degree subtropical temperatures, that cold. I’m one of […]

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Hurricane Lessons – 2017

The 2017 hurricane season is officially over. And that’s good because it’s been a tough one. I’ve been lucky. Whew! 2016 Season Lessons 2016 was my first real encounter with a major hurricane, Hurricane Matthew. Five days out, it was initially projected to be a category 4 to 5 storm with it’s track coming right […]

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