Gardening Archive

  • Jade Vine Strongylodon macrobotrys Fabaceae   Everywhere (horticultural) I’ve been this week I’ve run into, almost literally in my face,  a head-turning green-flowered vine, well named jade vine.    Today is […]

    Jade Vine on St. Patrick’s Day

    Jade Vine Strongylodon macrobotrys Fabaceae   Everywhere (horticultural) I’ve been this week I’ve run into, almost literally in my face,  a head-turning green-flowered vine, well named jade vine.    Today is […]

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  •       The Spiderwort Family, Commelinaceae (com-ah-lynn-ACE-ee-ee) combines the world’s most ephermal flowers with the world’s toughest foliage. These plants share the common features of having soft, watery, often […]

    Dayflowers and Spiderworts

          The Spiderwort Family, Commelinaceae (com-ah-lynn-ACE-ee-ee) combines the world’s most ephermal flowers with the world’s toughest foliage. These plants share the common features of having soft, watery, often […]

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  • Ash Fraxinus species Oleaceae Today near Stuart, Florida, I saw ailing Red Bay (Persea borbonia) trees, probably thanks to Laurel Wilt Disease. The victims had characteristic black staining in the […]

    2002 Was Bad for the Lorax

    Ash Fraxinus species Oleaceae Today near Stuart, Florida, I saw ailing Red Bay (Persea borbonia) trees, probably thanks to Laurel Wilt Disease. The victims had characteristic black staining in the […]

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  • Zinnias can take the heat.  Behind my house is a big old flower pot that used to be in the front yard. It fractured, maybe hit by a car, so […]

    Zinnias Like It Hot

    Zinnias can take the heat.  Behind my house is a big old flower pot that used to be in the front yard. It fractured, maybe hit by a car, so […]

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  • Carmona microphylla (Ehretia buxifolia) Boraginaceae Walking in downtown Miami yesterday, my eye was drawn to a particularly fine-looking, uniform, sharply clipped hedge. So I sauntered up for a look and […]

    Fukien Tea

    Carmona microphylla (Ehretia buxifolia) Boraginaceae Walking in downtown Miami yesterday, my eye was drawn to a particularly fine-looking, uniform, sharply clipped hedge. So I sauntered up for a look and […]

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  • Way back, in biblical times and that long again ago, frankincense was a gift to treasure. Used as an incense, stimulating chewing gum, and in fragrant oils, the valuable fragrant […]

    Frankincense, Myrrh, and Gumbo Limbo?

    Way back, in biblical times and that long again ago, frankincense was a gift to treasure. Used as an incense, stimulating chewing gum, and in fragrant oils, the valuable fragrant […]

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  •   Just for the fun of it I have a Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula) on the back porch. Back in the winter months on a whim I ordered it […]

    Venus Fly Trap

      Just for the fun of it I have a Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula) on the back porch. Back in the winter months on a whim I ordered it […]

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  • Piper betle Piperaceae The pepper family is a family of medicinal-ornamental cultivated novelties: baquina, black pepper, kava- kava, peperomias, and today’s highlight, betel leaf. Don’t confuse betel leaf with betel nut, […]

    Betel Vine

    Piper betle Piperaceae The pepper family is a family of medicinal-ornamental cultivated novelties: baquina, black pepper, kava- kava, peperomias, and today’s highlight, betel leaf. Don’t confuse betel leaf with betel nut, […]

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  • Although agaves are a bit “desert” for many Florida pseudo-tropical applications, everything has its place, and we do have two “native” species, which probably came here with Native Americans ever-so-long […]

    Agaves

    Although agaves are a bit “desert” for many Florida pseudo-tropical applications, everything has its place, and we do have two “native” species, which probably came here with Native Americans ever-so-long […]

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  • There never seem to be enough well-behaved, non-invasive-exotic, un-ugly spreading groundcovers for shaded spots. Some may feel with good reason that “spreading” and “well-behaved” do not fit in the same […]

    Philodendron ‘Burle-Marx’ Fills Space in the Shade

    There never seem to be enough well-behaved, non-invasive-exotic, un-ugly spreading groundcovers for shaded spots. Some may feel with good reason that “spreading” and “well-behaved” do not fit in the same […]

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