Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Last Updated February 27, 2014
There are hundreds of variety of Passiflora, commonly known as Passionflower. Passionflower is native to America and may also be known as Maypop or Apricot Vine. Most varieties are vines such as Passiflora Incarnata but Passiflora varieties may also come as shrubs or even trees. Many, but not all Passiflora, have edible fruit and medicinal uses. Passiflora has been around for a very long time cultivated by Native American Indians even before the 1400′s. Archaeologists have found Passiflora seeds that were thousands of years old at some sites. The flowers are very showy and elegant, providing a tropical feel to any garden with a multitude of colors. Passiflora is certainly one of the most amazing plants for creative gardeners to have.
I never really thought I would have pest issues, especially inside my house where I keep the most of my potted plants. But I, unfortunately, bought a bag of Kelloggs brand potting soil from Home Depot and received an infestation of small Fungus Gnats. Not that the Kellogg brand is to blame – when bags have holes in them they can start an infection of pests from any source – even from other brands they sit next to at the store. I’ve also seen friends receive these same (or similar) pests from potted plants bought at Eisley Nursery in Auburn. It can literally happen to anyone, anywhere…
Posted by John Minton | Posted in Interviews | Last Updated February 23, 2014
Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Last Updated March 3, 2014
Tags: Edible, Orange Flowers, Shrub, Summer Bloom, Tree, White Flowers, Yellow Flowers
Osmanthus Fragrans, commonly known as Sweet Olive, is an evergreen shrub or small tree. Osmanthus Fragrans naturally grows up to 30 feet tall, but will remain in a smaller shrub size if grown in a container. This is one of the most amazing scented plants I grow. I enjoy it even more so than varieties of Privet or Lilac as Osmanthus Fragrans flowers last for months at a time, they are less allergenic and heavily blooms at a different time of the year than many of the plants I grow. The Osmanthus Fragrans flowers smell like a combination of perfectly ripe mouth watering peaches, apricots and vanilla. Just amazingly mouth watering and sweet.
Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Last Updated February 23, 2014
Tags: Edible, Fragrant, Green Leaves, Pink Flowers, Red Flowers, Tree
Eugenia Aromatica is the much sought after Clove tree. It’s the tree you get the Clove spice from! I’ve been dying to grow my own Clove trees for some time but it’s been hard to find seeds for sale and when I have found them they have been very expensive. The thing is, Clove trees don’t exactly grow in the USA, but as my natural curiosity far out weighs any common sense, I gave in and bought Clove seeds November 2012 from Fruit Lovers website. I followed their directions, immediately plants the seeds in sterile potting soil, keeping the seeds at approx 85°F during the day and 75°F at night in my laundry room. I lost 5 of 6 seeds, from what I can tell to rotting, and 1 that grew well. It has taken a little longer than anticipated for the one seed to take root and in the end I lost the Clove tree over the Winter.