Phil's Habitat
Successful Columbia Space Shuttle Launch Another successful Space Shuttle launch as seen from the backyard
Mexican Flame Vine in Ice Ice formed by the protective sprinkler system during a "hard" freeze in Orlando's winter.

 

 By selecting plants with the purpose of helping the wildlife of the area, Dr. Wittman created a refuge in minature around his home in central Florida. By emphasizing native plants and select non-natives, a low maintenance yard and habitat was created to encourage other plants and animals to move in and stay. All of the images on this page are from the quarter acre lot on which the house was built. The area was clear cut of its native vegetation decades ago in order to put in an orange grove. The planet's changing climate resulted in hard freezes (early 1980's) which killed the citrus trees and "paved" the way for houses to be built.


Beautyberry Calicarpa americana
Florida Native Plant
Food source for mockingbirds, cardinals, brown thrashers, squirrels and even people. 
Beautyberry Calicarpa americana

Blue Curls Trichostema dichotomum
Florida Native Plant

Blue Curls Trichostema dichotomum


Blue Porterweed Stachytarpheta jamaicensis
Florida Native Plant

Blue Porterweed Stachytarpheta jamaicensis

Spotted Beebalm Monarda punctata
Florida Native Plant

Spotted Beebalm Monarda punctata
Plumbago Plumbago auriculata
 
Southern Africa Plant
and Florida Native Insect

White Peacock butterfly Anartia jatrophae on
Plumbago Plumbago auriculata
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