• Gumbo Limbo (Bursera simaruba) flowers. Boca Raton, FL, April 11, 2015.

    Springtime flowers: Gumbo Limbo

    By / April 11, 2015

    You know it’s spring in south Florida when your Gumbo Limbo sticks—er, trees—start to flower: You see, Gumbo Limbos are briefly deciduous—at the end of the cool part of the dry season, they drop their leaves, and for a brief while their branches are bare: Nursery people call this “leaf exchange,” and some trees do… Read more

  • Canella winterana foliage.

    New backyard plant: Wild Cinnamon

    By / April 22, 2014

    The rainy season is right around the corner, so last month I worked on the landscape a little bit. I’d been disappointed in the performance of the gumbo limbo tree out front; it was in the shade of the towering coconut tree that dominates that front yard, and I wanted to see whether it would… Read more

  • The "medium" gumbo limbo, showing the morning's rain everywhere. Boca Raton, FL, July 2, 2011.

    Gumbo dreams

    By / July 3, 2011

    Like most people, our house backs up onto another house’s back yard. We each have a backyard fence, and there’s about an 8-inch no-man’s land in between the fences. And that gap is being colonized with some plants, both native and non-native. One of the natives is actually quite a desirable tree: a Gumbo-Limbo (Bursera… Read more

  • A trip to Gumbo Limbo

    By / May 25, 2009

    The most exciting thing about Sunday’s trip to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center (other than giving Eric his first excursion in his new backpack) was the tree snail in the parking spot next to ours: Related Images:

  • Sunday Stroll – thunder, no rain

    By / May 24, 2009

    After yesterday’s debacle, I decided not to bother checking the radar. It was clear out, so we went for our stroll. And a good time was had by all. The white-winged dove presided over Phase 1 of Operation Walk in the Park, just long enough for me to get a picture, even without my zoom… Read more

  • Saturday Stroll-with rain

    By / May 23, 2009

    This morning’s stroll, according to the radar, should have been safe. It had been raining off and on all night, but the radar images clearly showed that the rain bands that had been coming on shore all morning were petering out, and the last ones had already moved through our area. Heh. So much for… Read more

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