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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Jasminum Multiflorum, Downy Jasmine, Indian Jasmine

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 18-05-2011

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Jasminum Multiflorum is a true Jasmine with 8 lobed white flowers and is very fragrant! If grown in good conditions the star shaped flowers can sometimes cover the entire plant, leaving very few leaves visible. Jasminum Multiflorum smells pleasant, slightly similar to Jasminum Tortuosum and is strong. Many people incorrectly refer to Jasminum Multiflorum as “Star Jasmine”, when in fact if this were true every Jasmine would be called a “Star Jasmine”.

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Jasminum Polyanthum

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 16-03-2011

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Description

Jasminum Polyanthum is among my favorite Jasmine! It is an evergreen twining vine that can reach more than 25ft tall. In areas like San Francisco it can bloom through out the year, Spring and Summer in most other areas. Covered in pink-white flowers that you can smell from a distance, the mouth watering fragrance is very enticing. The flowers are in fact edible! This is one of the easiest plants to maintain with occasional pruning. It may become invasive, it’s best grown in pots or containers.

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