Here it is! Warm weather is here to stay. It's been in the high 60's at night and the high 70's during the day. The rains have started just in time to water in all the newly planted seeds and plants. The mulberries have ripening berries on them and the loquats are loaded with small sweet yellow plums. These evergreen trees are some of my favorite if used right in a landscape and are great in a permaculture garden.
Really if you live in this area you should have tomato, eggplant and pepper transplants in the ground. Corn, squash, melon, okra, beans, cucumbers, sunflowers, zinnias, marigolds, etc...should be planted by seed as quickly as possible if not already done.
Don't bother planting carrots, cabbage, broccoli, collards, mustards, parsley, cilantro, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, garlic, onions, now, they all do best in the winter time here. Our climate is very different from other areas, but once you start ignoring the majority of garden books and pay attention to the experience of local gardeners, your garden will fare much better.
Here is the loquat I love so much, with it's abundance of drippy sweet/tart fruit!
I also have found two skins. Not sure if they belong to the two we killed or not. We always identify snakes before deciding to kill them or not. Most snakes are harmless, and we love to share our yard with them.
Water moccasins or cotton mouths are abundant in our area. If you want to get an up close one on one experience with the swamp and these snakes and gators, be sure to visit Jean Lafitte park off of Barataria and walk the boardwalk through the swamp. I'm sure you'll see more than one of these fat snakes.