Let it snow. Let it snow. How ’bout no.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here on the Space Coast. White, “Florida snow” is blanketing medians and yards across the county … not to be confused with the common white-haired Florida “snow” bird that drives all over medians and yards across the county. Fun fact: Both are non-native, invasive species!
Ah, yes, one of my favorite phenomena, Florida “snow” is back … which is a nice way of saying we have a weed problem. But, hey, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What’s one man’s weed is another man’s … festive weed.
Oh Christmas weed! Oh Christmas weed!
Makes you want to snuggle up in a cozy blanket with Christmas carols and a cup of hot cocoa around the fire and … sweat.
Those white flowers popping up in grassy areas are actually invasive plants that can be more of a nuisance than a Christmas decoration. Frosty the Florida snow-weed is more difficult to get rid of than a Spectrum telemarketer. Just try to mow them down! Try. They defy all of Newton’s Laws. If you want to get rid of them you legitimately have to fistfight them. Get on your knees and heave-ho pull them out because that’s the only way they’re going anywhere.
The “flower” in question goes by many names other than Florida snow: largeflower pusley, Mexican clover, Richardia grandiflora, John Jacob Jingle Heimer Snow Weed …
The plant actually comes from Brazil and South America, and it generally pops up after heavy rains. It does have its perks, though.
It “provides a low-maintenance, drought- and cold-tolerant cohabitant with turf grass to help keep soil erosion in check,” writes environment reporter Jim “Caw-caw!” Waymer. Seriously, I need a screeching eagle sound effect for whenever he enters a room.
Also, Mr. Google tells me that it’s in the coffee family, so maybe we can grind it up and add some International Delight for a tasty morning pick-me-up? Apparently, it’s also used medicinally for diabetes and to help control vomiting.
Not all heroes wear capes.
No soup for you
The local Meals on Wheels program will not get a Brevard County “community-based organization” grant in the current budget year.
Meals on Wheels didn’t make the cut this…