4/18/19: Yard of Carol Thomas

4-18-2019 group

Now that Carol is retired, she has more time to spend in her yard.  Above she shows off a path to the street that she installed at the western edge of her property and how her neighbor now has native plants in her landscape, too.  Notice how natives – not turfgrass – grow to the edge of the road.

we love native plants sign

She “advertises” at the street that her comely  yard includes mostly native plants and that it provides for pollinators …

pollinator habitat2

Wildlife, too.  We were greeted by a screech owl who emerged to check out the dozens of people in the driveway …

screech owl2

A canopy of live oaks (Quercus virginiana) provides shade and habitat …

oak canopy2

Lots of wild coffee (Psychotria nervosa) graced her yard and attracted this zebra longing butterfly …

zebra longwing on psychotria

(Pepperomia obtusifolia) is a delightful ground cover for shady areas …

pepperomia

pepperomia2

Native plumbago (Plumbago zeylandica) has white flowers and performs best in shade …

plumbago - native

Ironwood (Krugiodendron ferreum) is a not-so-common native tree …

ironwood

Snowberry (Chioccoca alba) gracefully sprawled along the edge of the driveway …

chiococca alba

Tropical sage is a wildflower that grows in shade or sun and is shown here in seed …

salvia coccinea seed heads

Carol provides scale for crownbeard (Verbesina virginica) that grows larger and thicker in full sun.  Check out its distinctive winged stems  …

carol thomas & verbesina

 

verbesina virgonoca

Dahoon holly (Ilex cassine) was flowering alongside her bee house …

ilex cassine & bee house

ilex cassine - berry

A red mulberry tree (Morus rubra) grows in the background, a Florida thatch palm (Thrinax radiata) provides contrast, and twinevine (Funastrum cynanchoides), a.k.a. climbing milkweed vine and a larval food for monarch butterflies, climbs around the owl-topped post …

thrinax - sarcostema - owl

Plants in sunny spots along the road include tallowwood (Ximenia americana) that Carol grew from seed …

ximenia

4-18-2019 group

… Bahama strongbark (Bourreria succulenta), Carol’s favorite tree and a true pollinator-pleaser grows nearby …

bourreria2

… and lots of wildflowers including blanketflower (Gaillardia pulchella) …

gaillardia

… ticklseed (Coreopsis laevanworthii) …

coreopsis

Native grasses grow nearby …

grasses w butterfly

Carol kept everyone smiling throughout her yard …

john kennedy et al

There sure was lots to see …

bird light & native grasses

 

sand dollar steppomg styone

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Written by ircnativeplants

Janice Broda is the secretary of the Eugenia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) & a founding member. She was president of the statewide FNPS from 1996 - 1998.

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