April in Bloom

A little mishmash of photos I took this month. More Hillsborough River hikes.Wild sour oranges.Cheers to drinking in public again. 
The backyard is filled with butterflies and caterpillars right now. I just planted more native Florida pink swamp milkweed and giant milkweed for the monarchs. The zebra longwings love the wild coffee. I do, too.Pileated woodpecker. I’ve heard so many ways to pronounce this. It’s PIE-lee-ated. This month I finished The Good Lord Bird by James McBride (because Deacon King Kong was SO GOOD). I believe this here is as close as I’ll ever get to seeing a living good lord bird, the ivory-billed woodpecker.Mudlarking on the Indian River Lagoon. Brookfield insulator.
Gordon’s Gin and a little glass pot with lots of seeds (glass bubbles) that says S.D.C. on the bottom.Fish fried in a cast-iron skillet, pot of cheese grits, some Crystal.Moon over Indian River Lagoon.

And a few Florida stories to share with you this month:

Have you heard of microfishing?

More great writing from Bitter Southerner: The Florida torreya, an endangered, rare, and mythical tree

Diversity in vegetable garden beds can work wonders for healthy crops, but it’s not the companion plantings your mama taught you.

Time to kick off the best month of the year with a great Florida road trip. See you back here soon.

5 Comments April in Bloom

  1. Misti April 28, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    I’ll live and die for Pil-e-a-ted! 😉 LOL I hear the Pie version from time to time but the prior way is what I hear most often.

    There’s a stuffed Ivory Billed at the Houston Museum of Natural History and it is very sad to see. I wish one was alive somewhere.

    1. suwanneerose April 28, 2021 at 9:32 pm

      I grew up saying pie-lated and Toby grew up saying pill-e-a-ted. I thought I’d settle the debate once and for all. We were both wrong! Haha. It doesn’t sound right to me at all.
      I hope in our lifetime we see a headline with a confirmed sighting of an ivory billed.

  2. Nicole April 30, 2021 at 11:24 am

    Beautiful pics! I especially love the fried fish with grits, and wish I had some for my lunch today 🙂

  3. Julie May 2, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    That fish and grits looks so good! Road trip sounds great too!

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