Back to Nature (Published on TBNWeekly.com - Dec. 7, 2006)
Who says Florida doesnt have seasons?
Did you miss it? For those of you that didnt get out of the city this past
week you may have missed Floridas natural changing colors. Perhaps because of
the earlier than usual cold spell, the leaves on the trees remained in colorful
display longer than usual.
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They were beautiful. Reds, oranges and golds splashed among the trees along
highways and country back roads. Backdrops of Spanish moss and orange orchards
exaggerated this colorful display. In every direction was a picture postcard.
A common complaint about Florida is the claim that there are but two seasons. This
is really untrue, but to view the seasons one needs to get away from the manicured,
hybrid, every blooming, ever green gardens. Although Florida is certainly known for
its pleasant, near all year round, weather it does get the infrequent frost,
overnight layer of ice, and frigid temperatures.
From time to time, we receive visitors from the frozen north. They are somewhat
surprised to see warm jackets, gloves, toques, scarves and hoodies on sale at our
department stores. When would anyone in Florida ever need these?
Although surprising to nonresidents, Florida has four seasons. Fall and spring are
brief and winters generally mild, but the changes are beautiful all the same.
Southern Florida winter temperatures average 68.5 (F) degrees.
Heres how the University of Florida defines Floridas seasons:
Spring: When danger of a freeze has past. This usually occurs in March for north
Florida and the third week of February for central Florida, with freezes being very
rare in south Florida.
Summer: A period of very high temperatures (90° during the day) and the
beginning of the rainy season. While northern U.S. states may experience similarly
high temperatures, Florida differs by not having cool nights.
Autumn: The rainy season ends, the temperatures become cooler and days are
shorter. Frost becomes a danger that requires careful consideration of planting
dates to extend the flowering period.
Winter: Freezes may take place. Frost tolerant plants should be considered, but in
south Florida, frost sensitive plants should generally survive through the winter
months in south Florida.
These definitions and descriptions are based on those included in the document
What to Plant When A Florida Bedding Plant Guide, by Teresa K.
Howe and W.E. Waters. Bradenton GCREC Research Report BRA1995-8.
This is a beautiful time of year to go hiking on one of Floridas many
trails. As well, the weather couldnt be more perfect for kayaking and
canoeing. Ah, gently floating down a river watching golden leaves reflect in the
what a way to spend a lazy afternoon?
We are fortunate to live in this magnificent place called Florida. Unfortunately
many residents only panorama of Florida is limited to a car window, an
umbrella upon a beach, or an aerial view from an ascending plane. Because of this
limited observation few appreciate the natural beauty Florida possesses. Because of
this lack of appreciation few are aware of the need to maintain and protect this
special place. Ignorance is bliss until the stark realization can be no longer kept
at arms length; Florida is disappearing at an alarming rate by over
Come with me and take a walk down a ferny lane. Come with me and glide down a
soothing river. Watch the reds, tangerines and yellows spill across the water.
Watch golden leaves fall upon the bayou swirls like miniature sailing ghost ships
headed for the sea. Take a moment to bridge the gap of time between what is and
what used to be
back to nature.
Karen can be reached at MyMuddyPawsStudio@gmail.com.