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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Eugenia aromatica, Clove

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 31-05-2013

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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.

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Acer Saccharum, Maple Tree, Maple Syrup

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 11-06-2012

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Acer Saccharum is one of the varieties of Maple Tree that you can get Maple Syrup from! It’s one of the neatest trees I have growing in my back yard right now even though this is only their second season from seed. Like most Maples it grows beautiful green leaves in the Spring that turn to lovely shades of reds, yellows, oranges and browns in the fall – bringing color and character to an otherwise plain and boring yard. They make excellent shade trees with their thick and full crown of leaves – many other Maples prefer to sit in part shade but the Acer Saccharum prefers more sunlight. As long as you water it during the hot Summer months when it’s younger, it should do just fine. When it’s older you probably won’t have to water at all. Acer Saccharum is very tolerant of many conditions which makes it ideal for use in suburban developments. In fact, Acer Saccharum Maple Tree will grow in nearly any soil except straight sand and will tolerate climates with snow on the ground…in fact a little snow is beneficial – I’ll explain in a little bit.

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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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