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The land around your own home, be it a winter, summer or seasonal home can be a place to create and dabble in the active-meditation of gardening with wildflowers. Creating a place to view nature unfold. Engaging in the engrossing details of attending to life of plants, soil and the habitat of tiny creatures, often brings on a certain serenity. Time can fly. There comes a beauty of a calm countenance. Wearing a shade hat, and long sleeves if necessary is good for sun sheltering the skin.

One can leave a wildflower garden for a season and come back to check in on what nature has unfolded.

Quite a bit of landscaping is in the hands of paid gardeners, in South-Eastern Coastal Florida. This is excellent for landscaping and gardening businesses. From A1A to Dixie Highway, this lends a nicely manicured air to much of the area. You can carve out even a portion of the land on larger estates, or small condos (if you have a not too stringent grounds policy) and experiment with your own historically-known-to-be local wildflowers, and more. Or pay your gardeners to do it for you and still participate by observing, choosing the plants and so forth.

I still am not convinced that what I am told are local flowers really are local. But, at least there are stories enough about the plants being told for a good number of years.

Info, and seeds for Florida Wildflowers at the website:


Another interest that has been on the back burner for 16+ years, growing roses in South-East Florida. I have seen rose gardens gone wild, and riotous  in locations across our country, and our world. These, as well as gone-wild peach trees (in a tucked away place in Central Park NYC), or berries gone wild on islands in the Puget Sound of of Washington State all have been treasures to come upon during walks and sojourns,  in my lifetime. They are inspirations for me to plant for myself, and maybe, to leave the plant for nature to take hold of over time, and see what she will do with it. What she will leave for others if left to her own ends.

(the permaculture and food forest projects still to visit and participate in. )

I found a woman in Miami who has a website with heartening info :  “Most major problems, such as the humidity, diseases and root knot nematodes in the soil can be easily bypassed by choosing the right kinds of roses for our region.”  http://www.askdenisa.com/2011/09/growing-roses-in-south-florida-ask-denisa’s-ultimate-rose-guide-part-1-of-3/