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THE RIVER - JANUARY 8, 2016
by Gerri Reaves
Blue daze (Evolvulus glomeratus) is a popular small evergreen shrub native to
Brazil and Paraguay. A profuse flowerer, it grows to about a foot tall with a
spread of about two to three feet
The oval silvery green leaves are only a about a half-inch wide and an inch long.
Both the fine-textured leaves and woody stems are downy and felt-like and form
The single lavender or blue flowers at the stem ends inspire the common name.
Five-petaled, white-throated, and funnel-shaped, they measure about an inch
across. Like many other species in the morning glory family, blue daze produces
flowers that live for only a day.
The plant’s year-round pretty flowers, love of heat, and ability to grow in full
sun and nutrient-poor soil have made it a popular ornamental.
It is salt tolerant and therefore suitable for a coastal landscape. It must have
good drainage because of susceptibilities to root rot and fungus.
Blue daze is most commonly used as a groundcover or border, but the cascading
stems make it a pretty hanging basket or container plant.
Propagate it with cuttings or seeds, or just let it spread on its own.
If the color blue is a priority in your choice of plants, consider going native and
increasing the benefit to wildlife. Blue porterweed (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis)
attracts hummingbirds and a variety of butterflies and is also the larval host for the
tropical buckeye butterfly.
Blue mistflower’s (Conoclinium coelestinum) feathery flowers are a nectar
source for native butterflies, including the zebra longwing.
Blue jacquemontia vine (Jacquemontia pentanthos), an endangered species in
the State of Florida, and narrowleaf blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium)
are also nectar plants for butterflies.
Sources: Florida, My Eden by Frederic B. Stresau; floridata.com; and ifas.ufl.
Plant Smart explores the diverse flora of South Florida.
Non-native blue daze has become a popular groundcover in the last few decades
photo by Gerri Reaves
submitted by Kevin Bedson
The Center for Environmental
and Sustainability Education has
announced that poet and essay-
ist Alison Hawthorne Deming will be
presenting the 2016 Rachel Carson
Distinguished Lecture. The lecture,
entitled Zoologies: Climate Change and
the Spiritual Force of Animals, will be
held on Friday, February 26, at 7 p.m.
at St. Michael and All Angels Church
Deming will explore the mystery
and wonder of our shared early experi-
ence with animals and illustrates how
much animals have contributed to the
development of the human psyche in
Zoologies: On Animals and the Human
Spirit, her latest book.
She will elaborate on themes from
her book and will examine what ani-
mals meant to early humans and
what they mean to the contemporary
imagination. In Zoologies, Deming
writes, “Animals surrounded our ances-
tors. Animals were their food, clothes,
adversaries, companions, jokes, artistic
inspiration and their gods.” She wants
readers to know that today however, we
have a very different relationship to ani-
mals than our ancestors did.
“In this age of mass extinction and
the industrialization of life, it is difficult
to touch the skin of this long and deep
companionship.” Deming’s talk will
illuminate why we must understand this
deep kinship with our fellow creatures
and why this understanding may just be
the inspiration we need to renew hope
and faith as we rise to the challenge of
In 2014, Alison Hawthorne Deming
was appointed to the Agnese Nelms
Haury Chair in Environment and Social
Justice at the University of Arizona.
She is the author of Science and
Other Poems, and winner of the Walt
Whitman Award of the Academy of
American Poets for The Monarchs:
A Poem Sequence, Genius Loci and
Rope. Her nonfiction books include
Temporary Homelands, The Edges of
the Civilized World, which was a final-
ist for the PEN Center West Award, and
Writing the Sacred Into the Real.
In 2016 Deming will be releasing
two new books of poetry, Stairway
to Heaven and Death Valley: Painted
Light with photographer Stephen
Rachel Carson’s work is the inspira-
tion for the Center for Environmental
and Sustainability Education. The lec-
ture has been named in her honor since
the center was established in 2004.
Carson’s contributions, most relevant
to the mission of the center, are public
policy based on sound science and eth-
ics, active participation of an ecologi-
cally literate citizenry, and appreciation
of the natural world through the literary
arts and environmental education.
The 2016 Rachel Carson
Distinguished Lecture is free and open
to the public. For more information visit
w ww.fgcu.edu/cese/ or contact thecen-
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 590-7025.
Millions of new year’s resolu-
tions are made every January.
Lee County Domestic Animal
Services invites Southwest Florida resi-
dents to make pets a part of their new
year’s plan and consider that a new pet
can help you achieve many of the most
popular resolutions made each year.
During Animal Services’ Yappy New
Year Adoption Promotion, adopters can
take home any pet for just $30; regular
fees are up to $95.
Consider the many ways pets can
improve your life.
• Get Fit/Lose Weight/Be Healthy
– In 2016, you can make this resolution
finally stick by adopting a dog as a work
out partner. Many dogs at the shelter
are waiting for new owners that want to
walk, jog, or run every day.
• Reduce Stress – There’s no better
stress reducer than the companionship
of a devoted pet. Research has shown
that contact with animals has many
• Spend More Time with Friends and
Family – Pets are an excellent way to
bring families together and dog walking
is a great way to meet new people.
• Help Others – By adopting you
won’t just be helping, you’ll be saving a
life. Most pet owners report that they
actually benefit more from the relation-
ship than their pet.
• Enjoy Life More – With all the
benefits of pet adoption, this one is a
The adoption fee includes spay or
neuter surgery, age-appropriate vac-
cinations, de-worming, flea treatment,
heartworm test for dogs six months and
older, feline aids and leukemia test for
cats, Lee County pet license for pets
three months and older, microchip ID,
and a 10-day health guarantee. The
adoption package is a $500 value.
For more information about Lee
County Domestic Animal Services’ pets
for adoption, go to www.LeeLostPets.
com or call 533-7387 (LEE-PETS). You
may also submit an adoption applica-
tion online. Adoption hours are Monday
through Saturday from 10:30 a.m .
to 3:30 p.m . The shelter is located at
5600 Banner Drive in Fort Myers, next
to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office off
Six Mile Cypress Parkway.
Alison Hawthorne Deming, poet and
essayist, will be the featured speaker at
the Rachel Crson Distinguished Lecture
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