Solanum lycopersicum, Tomatoes

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 06-03-2012

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Growing Tomatoes is one of the most common and rewarding plants to grow in a home garden. Until you have some home grown Tomatoes, you simply have not had a real Tomato. My favorite Tomatoes are the Yellow Pear Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Roma Tomatoes and the big and juicy Beefsteak Tomatoes! These are safe to start with if you aren’t sure what you are after – they are all about the same to grow and all have varying flavors and fruit sizes!

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Mimosa, Silk Tree, Albizia Julibrissin

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 16-07-2011

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Introduction

Albizia Julibrissin is probably better known as a Mimosa tree or Persian Silk Tree. Mimosa is a beautiful fern-like tree with fragrant 2 inch pink pompom type flowers that produce seed pods in the winter months. Mimosa trees can reach 30 to 40 feet tall. The smell brings back many childhood memories, it’s a summer blooming tree – in the heavy heat and sun – about May through September.





Zaluzianskya Capensis, Night Blooming Phlox, Midnight Candy

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 29-06-2011

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Zaluzianskya Capensis is known as Night Blooming Phlox and Midnight Candy. During the day Midnight Candy Phlox flowers are closed and have no scent but as the sun sets and the blooms open up, they release a wonderful scent! Many people say Midnight Candy smells like almonds, vanilla or honey. I personally think that Midnight Candy Phlox smells like vanilla baby powder! It’s a really good sweet smell, you could almost eat the flowers!

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Ligustrum Japonicum, Japanese Privet

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 16-06-2011

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Ligustrum Japonicum is an evergreen shrub with dark green leaves and amazing clusters of white honey-fragrant flowers in Spring. Ligustrum Japonicum grows about 10 feet tall and up to 6 feet wide. Also known as Privet, it is among the most popular varieties of Ligustrum and may also go by the name Texas Wax Leaf Privet. Ligustrum Japonicum is often used as a hedge. It’s hardiness and ability to grow tall and provide shade make it a flexible landscaping plant. The flowers remind me of Lilaca stronger sweeter scent than Lilac typically carries. 

 

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Camellia Sinsensis, Green & Black Tea

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 27-05-2011

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Camellia Sinensis is one of the primary plants that we get (green and black) tea from. There are a few variations of tea plants but C. Sinensis is the “garden size” one growing to 6 feet tall, while other variations can grow in excess of 10 feet or more in the form of a tree. Camellia Sinensis ranges from shrub to bush and has fragrant white flowers with yellow centers. Camellia Sinensis likes full sun and moisture so don’t dry the soil out. It’s definitely a slow grower and it also has a dormant period in the Winter. When Spring comes around it will start to bud and grow new leaves at the top of the branches. These new growths are what we use to make tea. Camellia Sinensis will grow fruit containing seeds, if planted they will grow. If you plan on harvesting tea from plants grown from seed it can take 3 years or more to grow a plant big enough to harvest from.

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Lonicera Japonica, Japanese Honeysuckle, Halls Honeysuckle

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 21-05-2011

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Lonicera Japonica is commonly known as Halls Japanese Honeysuckle. It’s an invasive, med-fast growing vine that flowers from Spring to Summer with white and yellow flowers. Unlike most plants whose flowers are all one color per plant, the flowers on this Honeysuckle are entirely white or yellow, it’s a really neat attribute (see the picture for example). While there are numerous variety of Lonicera/Honeysuckle, Lonicera Japonica is probably the most common, especially in my area.

In the Spring when Lonicera Japonica is in full bloom, you can smell it from hundreds of feet away, the distinct taste of honey floats from the flowers through the air and attracts thousands of bees and all the humming birds in the area.

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