I did go hiking in the Everglades last weekend and saw lots of wildflowers in bloom. I drove down to Flamingo and walked to the shoreline of Florida Bay. The soft breezes and warm sunshine was a welcome relief to the long "cold" winter we had.
I then drove north and stopped at Mahogany Hammock. I parked my car along the road and enjoyed the vista of a "sea of grass" with cypress domes in the distance.
My next stop was Long Pine Key, one of the largest remaining pine rocklands in South Florida. I hiked along some of the "fire roads" which are used by ENP staff and researchers. The fragrance of pineland Acacia (Acacia pinetorum) wafted in the warm air, mixed with the wonderful aroma of crushed pine needles as I took my walk.
Asclepias longifolia with aphids
I am developing a keen interest in using native grasses in our home landscapes and could not help but see the beauty in the grasses which were growing in the middle of the unpaved roadway through the pines.
Perhaps it is difficult to see in this photo, but there are perfectly round specimens of muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris) growing in the middle of the roadway. In late summer, early fall, these will have purple to pinkish inflorescences.
I enjoy hiking in natural places where I am inspired with ideas for landscaping in my own, "cultivated" world!