We let it grow where it wants if it’s not in the way of paths and it makes me happy to envision our plant nursery as a future Elderberry forest.
The Florida native shrub known as American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana), is beautiful on so many levels. It’s easy to find in our state parks, look for the wild and brilliant berry spires that ripen from green to purple from mid summer to early winter. The really beautiful reason why the berries ripen slowly along the branch that way is … More The Beauty in a Berry
Florida’s Pontederia cordata also known as Pickerelweed (another elegant name for a native, eh?) is a common wetland wildflower that blooms heavily in the late spring and early summer here in our parts. Pollinators love it, it makes a good cut flower and it’s edible.
Wildflower garden. Photo credit: Fran Palmeri This morning I was listening to Krista Tippett interview the poet and philosopher John O’Donohue, on her show called On Being. Tippett begins the podcast by defining what she thinks beauty is as inspired by O’Donohue, “I’ve taken his definition as my own, for naming beauty in all its … More Thoughts: On Beauty, Pollinators and Wildflowers
Japanese Knotweed. If you’re at all familiar you’re probably as annoyed with it as much as I am. It takes over large areas of your garden, can grow up to 12 feet tall and is impossible to get rid of. You can’t just pull it out of the ground and call it a day. The … More Foraged Fridays: Eating Your Invasives