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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Lilac, Syringa

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 11-05-2011

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Lilac is a neat plant, it can grow like a bush or a tree, comes in a variety of colors and is fragrant! The most common colors of Lilac are shades varying from purple to blue, though most that I’ve seen are purple. I have also seen red, white and even yellow Lilacs! The varying species of Lilac also tend to have varying levels of fragrance, though they all tend to smell similar there are some subtle differences.

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Daphne Odora, Winter Daphne

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 15-03-2011

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This plant has one of the most amazing fragrances I’ve ever smelled. The particular variety I have is Daphne Odora Marginata and is also known as Winter Daphne, I assume this is because it does not do well in hot sun but prefers cold weather. My Daphne Odora is in bloom right now and the flowers started opening up the end of February. My neighbor has a different variety of Daphne that has been in bloom for a few months now. The different varieties bloom during different times of the year, for varying lengths of time, and even require different growing conditions.

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