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Returning……

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,
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Simpson’s Stopper Myrcianthes fragrans,
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Jamaica Caper  Capparis cynophallophora.
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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.
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So,imagine my surprise to find these….
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Egg casings from an Apple Snail
I found these shells on the bank of the water…
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…And then,the other day,this guy/gal came to visit…..
An Anhinga…
…drying themself off…IMG_1409

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and all dried off…..
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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…..

6 Degrees of Shelling

I’m ChrisC and I have an addiction…
A serious addiction…
To shelling…..

I LOVE shelling!
I am addicted.
There,I said it.What a relief!
I go at least once a week to the beach.
And any chance I get to steal away to Sanibel Island,I go.
I can’t seem to help myself.
Any beach I go to,I look for shells.
I have shells all over my house….
In my kitchen….
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In my laundry room,even….
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Not to mention everywhere else in the house.Bedrooms,bathrooms,entry,living room,dining room,even the lanai at TheGreatWall….
I blame my mother.
Don’t we all?
She started me on this path….

So what does this have to do with gardening?
or 6 degrees of anything?
Bear with me….

Remember back here,I wrote about cleaning out the back of the garden?
It had become overgrown,and weedy with invasives.The past few years,I’ve been trying to replace the invasives with Florida natives.
Today,the bank by the water is replaced with Simpson’s Stopper…
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The old Bay Oak,which was damaged by TheTree,has started to recover and has been joined by a Sweet Gum tree….
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….and is surrounded by a Beautyberry,and a native Cassava.
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…a Jamaica Caper
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…and a Walter’s Viburnum
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So what does this have to do with shelling,you ask?
If you’ve followed me this far,bear with me…
Our lake has been considered as endangered,by Hillsborough County,but they have done nothing to help clean it up.The lake is fed by three springs,but areas of it are overgrown with hydrilla and invasive plants.A few of of us have taken it upon ourselves to do our part.Cleaning things out.Removing garbage,etc.Replanting with natives.
Already we have seen a return of an alligator and turtles.
By the way,what degree am I up to?

So,today,when I was walking back there,what should I see?
Egg casings of Florida Apple Snails!
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I found a few laying on the bank of the water.
In case you haven’t noticed,I’m not good at before photos…

But this is what they look like all cleaned up….
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I lost track,but did I make
6 Degrees of Shelling?