Passiflora, Passionflower

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 26-02-2014

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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.

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Fungus Gnats, Getting rid of Fungus Gnats

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Animal, How to's | Posted on 03-02-2014

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…

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