Blueberry, Vaccinium

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 12-03-2014

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Introduction

Blueberries, one of my Summer time favorites! Otherwise known as Vaccinium, the Blueberry bush grows edible blue berries with beautiful foliage that ranges from purple to green to red and brown fall colors. The Blueberry bush is native to North America and there are many different variety of edible blueberry bushes. Full of manganese, vitamin C, vitamin K and dietary fiber blueberries are one of the tastiest healthy foods! They fruit very well, are easy to manage and easy to grow.

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Osmanthus Fragrans, Sweet Olive

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 05-10-2013

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Osmanthus Fragrans, commonly known as Sweet Olive, is an evergreen shrub or small tree. Osmanthus Fragrans naturally grows up to 30 feet tall, but will remain in a smaller shrub size if grown in a container. This is one of the most amazing scented plants I grow. I enjoy it even more so than varieties of Privet or Lilac as Osmanthus Fragrans flowers last for months at a time, they are less allergenic and heavily blooms at a different time of the year than many of the plants I grow. The Osmanthus Fragrans flowers smell like a combination of perfectly ripe mouth watering peaches, apricots and vanilla. Just amazingly mouth watering and sweet.

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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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