Category Archives: Florida native plants

Wax Myrtle…..

After TheTree went down,I planted the Sweet Gum tree.
Close to it,I planted a Wax Myrtle shrub Myrica cerifera.

Just because I wanted to introduce more Florida native shrubbery to the garden.
I don’t know if this is normal,or the warm winters we’ve had the past few years,but it seems to be an early bloomer.
which I was not,but that’s for a whole other post….
It’s growing next to a Jamaica Caper Capparis cynophallophora
a Simpson’s Stopper Myrcianthes,and a Beauty Berry Callicarpa.
All growing by the water’s edge.
I’m aiming for a natural type hedge,by the water,which will provide cover and food for the birds,butterflies and bees.

So far,along with the help of the feeders,it’s working…..


For years,a few neighbors and I have been working on cleaning out the bank of the water behind TheGreatWall.
This past spring,I enlisted help to do a major clean-up.,on the bank behind TheGreatWall.
The bank was replanted with Walter’s Viburnum,

Simpson’s Stopper Myrcianthes fragrans,
simpsons stopper

Jamaica Caper  Capparis cynophallophora.
Along with a Beauty Berry  Allicarpa americana,and a Sweetgum tree,…and a native Cassava Manihot escuenta,….which decided to join in…Spread by the birds I thinkthe objective was to return the bank and the water to as original as I could.
So,imagine my surprise to find these….

Egg casings from an Apple Snail
I found these shells on the bank of the water…

…And then,the other day,this guy/gal came to visit…..
An Anhinga…
…drying themself off…IMG_1409



and all dried off…..

After all the hard work,now it all seems worth it.
To see nature return to it’s beginnings.
To see creatures return.

Now,if just everyone could see things the way they should be…..