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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Christia obcordata ( Butterfly wing) swings into town !

As we swing into Mid May, the crop of Butterfly wings (Christia obcordata) are coming into their own after a long dormant winter. Loving our heat and humidity, this gorgeous foliage is a crowd winner everywhere.

Known for being a bit persnickety to grow, it is worth it for the unusual foliage and display that it brings to your garden.  Loving  morning sun, or bright shade, the leaves will grow larger as we head into summer.

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This weekend, we head down to Punta Gorda for our last Spring Plant sale, for the Hibiscus Festival at lovely Gilchrist Park.  The weather is suppose to be beautiful and it's a great one tank trip down from the Tampa Bay area.  For our local followers in the Punta Gorda area, this show is a "must do" to get the popular Hibiscus varieties, lovely tropicals, perennials, herbs and much more, for their summer gardens.

These lovely Cannas will make a bright statement in any yard !

Also, we are big big big on Edibles right now, and have 2 kinds of edible Passion Fruit Vines, Purple edulis and Yellow Edulis.  The vines are flowers and fruiting as we speak.  Popular for using in juiced drinks, these fruits are super healthy for you as well as tasty when combined with other fruits.  Add some protein powder, and start your day with a bang.

Also just arrived in our nursery is the popular TR Hoovey Dwarf Papaya tree.  Fast growing to about 6 feet, it will do well in-ground or in large pots. Perfect for yards or a sunny porch, you soon will have yummy papayas to enjoy, eating on their own, or add them to that Super Juice you want to make.  EZ to grow and self fertilizing, you only need one plant to get your papayas growing.

Gorgeous Papaya Trees waiting for good homes

Also high on our edible list is the Dwarf Cavandish Banana Tree. Again, grows to about 6-8 feet (you don't need a ladder to harvest), its a fast grower and producer of sweet fruit.

We had a great time at our annual Spring Plant sale last week at our yard sale and saw lots of friends and made some great new ones. Thanks for coming out !  Okay, here's our schedule going forward:

May  17 & 18 - Hibiscus Festival, Punta Gorda, FL, at Gilchrest Park - 2 days of fun in the sun with lots of plant and craft vendors, antique cars, kids activities, produce market, live music and great food.

May 24th & 31st, Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete - May 31st signals the close of the 2013-2014 regular market season, and these last 2 weeks are a great chance to visit your favorite vendors and really enjoy the large scale of this fabulous market.

Sat. June 7th, starts the Summer Market season in downtown St. Pete at Williams Park - Smaller in size, the Summer market still offer great produce, great Foods, great Plants (that's us !), and great Crafts. Located in Williams Park, the trees provide lovely shade and coolness for us all summer long.

And as always, you can contact us by email anytime for your plants needs. We can make appointments for you to peruse our selections and easy pick up in St. Pete all during the week.

Happy Gardening !

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