A sweet onion harvest
|The sweet Granex onion harvest was variable from 5 inches across to less than an inch.|
|Onions not suitable for drying included some blooming onions, ones without a enough leaf to hang by, and those that were too small to bother with.||I pureed the rogue onion soup this time.|
|A hairy chickpea pod|
|Cucumber vines in a container and the chickpeas next door.||The Ashley cucumbers are fat.|
A Mother's Day (Re)Treat
My daughter proposed a meetup in central Florida for Mother's Day. I headed south and she headed north and we met at 8:30am in Frostproof, an historic town set between 2 large lakes. The plan was to hike in 2 preserves and then have lunch before heading back to our respective homes. She knows me well. What a great day.
|Frostproof, Florida mural at the unlikely-sounding intersection of Wall St. and Scenic Hwy.|
We met at the Frostproof library, left my car there, and headed out together to Hickory Lake Scrub where there are 14 rare and endangered plants. Some are endemic only to the scrubs on the Lake Wales Ridge in the center of Florida's peninsula.
I learned a few new plants for me, including this beautiful scrub morning-glory with its soft pastel blue color. I also liked the Feay's palafox shrub--such beautiful flower heads. I could have spent more time there, because there is so much to see in a scrub if you just slow down to observe.
|Feay's palafox (Palafoxia feayi), a Florida endemic shrub in the aster family with a beautiful flower head.|
|Dori on the bank of the Peace River.|
After the 2 hikes, it was time for lunch. Dori had scoped out a cool 50's diner called Frostbite, where you can get "ice cream and more." I enjoyed my apple, pecan, & chicken salad; Dori liked her shrimp & chips; and then we did of course order ice cream sundaes. What fun.
|A spider lily in the Peace River Hammock.|
|Clouds outline the landscape in the Ocala National Forest, the 2nd largest forest in Florida.|
Do you know your snails?
|Rosy wolf snails doing their thing on our sidewalk.||Another view of the snail sex.|
|It runs in the family: my grandson Weber is majoring in chemistry and food science at University of Delaware. He'll be putting his education to good use at his summer job at a Delaware farm.|
|Ooh, the Stoke's asters (Stokesia laevis) are attracting the native bees.|
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