Field Guides for the Beginning Naturalist


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Show Notes
+Texas Mushrooms Field Guide by Susan Metzler and Van Metzler
+Wildflowers of Texas by Michael Eason
+Wildflowers of Texas by Geyata Ajilvsgi
+Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses by James H. Miller and Karl V. Miller
+Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Southeastern North America by Seabrooke Leckie
+Caterpillars of Eastern North America by David L. Wagner
+Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America by Jim Brock and Kenn Kaufman
+Butterflies Through Binoculars: Floridaby Jeffrey Glassberg
+Butterflies Backyard Guide by Erin Gettler
+Field Guide to Common Texas Grasses by Stephan L. Hatch, Kelly C. Umphres and A. Jenét Ardoin
+Grasses of the Texas Hill Country by Shirley Loflin, Brian Loflin, Stephan L. Hatch
+Grasses of the Texas Gulf Prairies and Marshes by Stephan L. Hatch, Joseph L. Schuster and D. Lynn Drawe
+A Field Guide to Texas Trees by Benny J. Simpson
+Rare Plants of Texas by Jackie M. Poole, William R. Carr, Dana M. Price and Jason R. Singhurst
+Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast by Laura Cotterman Damon Waitt Alan Weakley
+Aquatic and Wetland Plants of the Western Gulf Coast by Charles D. Stutzenbaker
+Wildflowers of the Big Thicket, East Texas, and Western Louisiana by Geyata Ajilvsgi


A Short Re-Introduction

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Show Notes
+The Garden Path Podcast on the Garden Blogger’s Fling website


Sand Scrub, Dry Prairies, and Cypress Swamps: A Convergence of South Florida Ecosystems | Stephanie Dunn

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Show Notes
+@SteffLeigh on Instagram
+Cadence Living

Books Stephanie Recommends:
Ecosystems of Florida by Ronald L. Meters and John J. Ewel
Florida’s Natural Ecosystems and Native Species Volumes 1,2, & 3
Florida’s Uplands by Ellie Whitney and D. Bruce Means
Florida’s Wetlands by Ellie Whitney and D. Bruce Means and Anne Rudloe
Florida’s Waters by Ellie Whitney and D. Bruce Means and Anne Rudloe
Atlas of Florida’s Natural Heritage: Biodiversity, Landscapes, Stewardship, and Opportunities by Gary R. Knight
Exploring Florida’s Botanical Wonders by Sandra Friend
Complete Guide to Florida Wildflowers by Roger L. Hammer
Exploring Everglades National Park and the Surrounding Area by Roger L. Hammer
Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition – Everglades to Okefenokee | 1000 miles in 100 days by Carlton Ward Jr.
The Forgotten Coast – Florida Wildlife Corridor Glades to Gulf Expedition by Mallory Luke’s Dimmitt, Joseph M. Guthrie, and Carlton Ward Jr


Quick Re-Introduction and Welcome to New Listeners…

Hello! If you are here from the Garden Blogger’s Fling website, welcome! I’m glad you found this little corner of the gardening world!

You can read a bit of how and why I started the podcast here but the basics are that The Garden Path Podcast was formed in late 2015 when several of the gardening podcasts I had been listening to stop producing content. I began by reaching out to friends and family to create episodes before slowly chatting with other gardeners I admired and wanted to get to know! In late 2019 I decided to put the podcast on hold for a while as I was feeling burned out and it wasn’t until coronavirus and quarantine started that I dusted off the podcast and began recording solo episodes. I’ve taken the last few months to figure out where I want to go with the podcast and at the moment I am slowly steering this podcast towards getting gardeners into a broader interest of nature—becoming better naturalists! I hope that you bear with me if you’ve listened to the podcast before and were here for guest interviews! I still may have some from time to time but for now I’ll be working on sharing shorter, solo episodes about gardening and nature!

If you’ve not listened to the podcast before you can subscribe here or find the podcast on just about any podcatcher service from Apple Podcasts to Spotify! I’m also working to get episodes up on YouTube, something I started off doing early on but abandoned when life got complicated with a toddler a few years ago. Said toddler is now going to be a six year old so my time management is a little better these days!

If you want to listen to older episodes the side bar over there –> is a great place to click around and find something of interest to listen to! There are folks from urban farmers to Florida naturalists and beyond, something for everyone!

I’ve also been a guest on several other podcasts:
+Organic Gardening in the Southern Garden: Interview with Misti Little of the Garden Path Podcast on The Beginner’s Garden Podcast with Jill McSheehy
+053: Environmental Podcasting, Gardening and the Florida Trail with Misti Little of The Garden Path Podcast on A Sustainable Mind
+Misti Little, The Garden Path Podcast on the SodShow

And you can always find me on @thegardenpathpodcast on Instagram, over on YouTube and blogging at Oceanic Wilderness.

I hope you stay and listen and connect with me online! I’m always looking to get to know other gardeners and naturalists out there!


A Peek at My Fall Seed Order

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Music: “Heat” by Derek Clegg

Seeds talked about in this episode:

Sunflower ‘Zohar’
Sweet Pea ‘Perennial Blend’
Celosia ‘ Chief Red Flame’
Ageratum ‘Blue Planet’
Plains Coreopsis
Poppy ‘Black Swan’
Mustard ‘Red Giant’
Carrot ‘Atomic Red’
Showy Milkweed
Common Milkweed
Kale ‘Nero Toscana’
Corn ‘Rio Grande Blue’

Native Seeds
Carolina Rockrose
Halberd-leaf rosemallow
Ludwigia alternifolia
Centaurea americana


July in the Garden

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Music: “Breathing” by Lee Rosevere


Botanical Biodiversity in Florida’s Big Bend | Lilly Anderson-Messec

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One of my favorite milkweed species is having a real banner year. Large-Flowered Milkweed / Asclepias connivens is not easy to miss, despite its muted coloration. The large, 1inch wide blooms are fairly easy to spot, even in the grassy, wet prairies where they are found. The pale green, comically large hoods on this species softly curve in towards the gynostegium, a compound structure that includes the fused column of the stamens (male reproductive parts) and the heads of the styles (part of the female reproductive parts). Like most orchids, milkweeds have pollinia (sticky packets of pollen) rather than loose pollen grains. The pollinia are housed inside the stigmatic slit, visible in these photos at the base of & in between the five hoods of the bloom. Insects visiting for nectar accidentally slip a foot into the slit, and the pollinia stick to them as they pull it out (if they don’t get stuck for good and die 😬) I have never seen so many individuals blooming as I have this year, they also seem to be especially robust, floriferous and large. Some plants reaching over 4ft tall. #asclepiasconnivens #largefloweredmilkweed #baldwinsmilkweed #floridanativemilkweeds #asclepias #floridanativeplants #apocynaceae #asclepiadoideae #nativemilkweed #baldwinsmilkweed

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Music: “Breathing” by Lee Rosevere

Podcast originally aired on Orange Blaze Podcast

Show Notes
+Lilly on the Wild Wander YouTube Show
+@Lilliumbyrd on Instagram
+The Other Florida by Gloria Jahoda
+What is the Cody Escarpment? via SRWMD
+The Rare Torreya Tree via Florida State Parks
+Bringing Nature Home by Doug Tallamy


That’s Not A Pumpkin!

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Old & New Memories in the Garden

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Problem Birds & Deer, Summer Harvests, and the Return of Humidity

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