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Peacock gingernew spring growth

Peacock ginger
new spring growth
this was a pass-along from Meta

I almost went into a screaming fit when I walked up to my brother’s citrus tree. Despite knowing this was the larvae of a giant swallowtail butterfly, Papilio cresphontes, my poor, shocked mind could see nothing but giant worms.

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Resting on the surface of the leaf, these giant 3 inch worms are likely young larvae, and are said to resemble “bird droppings.”

Somewhere in the near future, they will look like this:

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A friend of mine forwarded some photographs her son had taken in Texas, where he lives, and I got permission to share this one with you.  Apparently, it is very common to see old cars sitting out in the Texas fields. This one just happens to be surrounded by blooms of Bluebonnet and Indian Paintbrush.

Photo by Mark Cook

Photo by Mark Cook of Texas

"Look, Ethyl! Them taters and string beans are looking good!" Yukon Gold potatoes about 1 month old

“Look, Ethyl! Them taters and string beans are looking good!”
Yukon Gold potatoes about 1 month old.
String beans were planted about 3 times.

For the benefit of new vegetable gardeners who are planting potatoes for the first time, this is what they look like when they pop out of the ground.

My Siamese cat’s foot is in the upper left corner of the photo to demonstrate that these are newly sprouted potatoes, just barely an inch out of the ground.

One bag of Yukon gold seed potatoes from Wal-Mart will plant three-quarters of a 50 foot row. Planted March 15, they will be ready to harvest in 90 days.

Yukon Gold potato seedling

Yukon Gold potato seedling
Photo taken March 29, 2016

Once again, it’s time for Cunningham’s Herbal Faire for those of you who live in Jacksonville, Florida. Mark your calendars for April 2 and 3, 2016.

If you need driving directions, type “Cunningham’s” into the search box at the top of the page.

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"Pollen After the Rain" It collected in a low spot, dried, cracked and is about 1/4 inch thick

“Pollen After the Rain”
It collected in a low spot, dried, cracked and is about 1/4 inch thick

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