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Lantana camara (Spanish Flag)

The ‘Lantana Camara’ is a shrub that has some small, and beautiful looking flowers that attracts both human visitors and butterflies (just keep the dogs, pets and small children away from the plant since contact with the plant has a certain amount of toxicity inherent in it). It looks beautiful as part of gardens, hanging […]

Opalka – A Heirloom Tomato

Heirloom tomatoes are just that, family heirlooms – grown from seeds saved over generations by families that grew or liked a particular tomato. Tomatoes can have up to thirty-one flavor components and, like wine, are described by growers with phrases like “intensely rich with sweet overtones” and “smoky and complex.” The whole principle is to […]

Red Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii ‘Red’)

The species name “greggii” was named for Josiah Gregg, (1806-1850). He was born in Overton County, Tennessee. In the summer of 1841 and again in the winter of 1841-42 he traveled through Texas, up the Red River valley, and later from Galveston to Austin and by way of Nacogdoches to Arkansas. He cataloged a number […]

Dianthus (with Carnation being a popular variety)

The dianthus family was known as early as 300BC; Dianthus is a genus of about 300 species of flowering plants in the family Caryophyllaceae, native mainly to Europe and Asia. Common names include carnation (D. caryophyllus), pink (D. plumarius) and sweet william (D. barbatus).

Origin of name: from the Greek ‘dios’ which means divine and […]