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What’s blooming right now?

Known by many names such as Camphorweed, Stinkweed, Salt marsh fleabane, Sourbush and Cattle-tongue, Sweetscent is a short-lived perennial wildflower that occurs naturally in freshwater and salt marshes, swamps and coastal hammocks throughout Florida. It typically blooms summer through fall. Its sweet-smelling leaves and flowers are very attractive to butterflies. Bees love this plant, too.

via Florida Wildflower Foundation

SweetscentIf you live in Florida, you’ll find a wealth of wild flower information on this site, including news about what’s blooming right now to growing your own wildflowers.

If you’re a writer, this site keeps you from saying your characters walked in the woods at a certain time of year and enjoyed the wildflowers–and then finding out after your novel is published that those flowers don’t bloom for another month.

If you’re lucky, you’ll find similar resources in your state.


Malcolm R. Campbell is the author of Conjure Woman’s Cat, a magical novel set in the Florida Panhandle. The Kindle Edition is on sale for 99 cents 7/21-7/23/17



‘Braiding Sweetgrass’ named for environmental literature award

from Northland College:

Sweet-Grass (2)ASHLAND, Wis. — The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College announced today that Robin Wall Kimmerer’s “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants” is the winner of its 2014 nature writing award.

Kimmerer will receive a $1,000 cash prize and an invitation to visit Northland College next fall for an award ceremony and reading. Kimmerer spoke on campus in March as part of Indigenous Cultures Awareness Month at Northland College.

Established in 1991, the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award recognizes remarkable environmental adult literature that captures the spirit of the human relationship with the natural world, and promotes Olson’s values, said Lissa Radke, who sits on the selection committee.

Chosen from 51 nominations, “The SONWA committee chose ‘Braiding Sweetgrass’ because of its skillful weaving of very different fields of knowledge: indigenous teachings that consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers and extensive scientific research about botany and ecology,” she said.

“We’ve not read a book that brought together these diverse discoveries in such a lyrical and almost spiritual way,” Radke said.

Kimmerer - click on photo for Center for Humans & Nature site

Kimmerer – click on photo for Center for Humans & Nature site

Kimmerer lives in Fabius, New York, where she is a mother, scientist, enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of environmental biology and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

Published by Milkweed Press in 2013, “Braiding Sweetgrass” takes readers “on a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise,” writes Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, Love.”

Her first book, “Gathering Moss,” was awarded the prestigious John Burroughs Medal in 2005 for outstanding nature writing. Sigurd Olson was a recipient of the same award in 1974 for his book, “Wilderness Days.”

The SONWA selection committee also noted two finalists: “The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be,” by J.B. MacKinnon and “The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light,” by former Northland College instructor Paul Bogard.

“This is the first year the SONWA committee has named finalists, and it’s because the top three books were all so good,” Radke said.

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