Here in Florida, we miss out on the changing leaves that many other areas are enjoying. Still, the weather is beautiful as cooler, dry weather moves in. Garden centers sell orchids and vegetable seedlings next to early holiday decorations. A fresh, clean breeze makes it feel like we live in paradise. Here is what’s happening in the garden this month…
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Bean leaf roller caterpillar peaking out from under a leaf. After hatching from small, yellow eggs, larva fold over the leaf and secure it with silk to create a little tent for shelter. These were a bit of a surprise, but the damage they caused to our bean plants was minimal. They mature into stunning Long-Tailed Skipper butterflies with bright blue, iridescent wings.
Dragon’s Tongue bean blossom. This heirloom variety is thought to have been first grown by the Dutch in the 18th century. These purple flowers will produce yellow beans with purple stripes.
Our lemons are finally ripe!
Meyer Lemon (Citrus x meyeri) and Barbados cherry (Malpighia glabra).
Painted Lady Hibiscus (rosa-sinensis).
A busy pollinator doing his job. One of many buzzing around this tree.
Heliconia flower. Also known as Lobster Claw.
Our new bat house. This was a fun weekend project that we will be posting about soon.
This month we adopted a turkey from Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt a Turkey Project. Every year it’s estimated that 46 million turkeys are killed for Thanksgiving dinner. These interesting and affectionate animals are much like dogs in that they love to be pet. According to our certificate, Marshall fell from a truck on his way to a live market. He now spends his days free and well cared for at Farm Sanctuary’s New York shelter.
To learn more about Marshall and Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt a Turkey Project:
What we are currently reading:
T. Colin Campbell delves further into the research behind the health benefits of a whole food, plant-based lifestyle. This book discusses the paradigm shift happening in nutritional science.