Feb. 1, 2020, Free Plant List
Held at Neem Tree Farms, 602 Ronele Drive, Brandon, 33511 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. If you can’t make it that day, we do Open Gardens most first Saturdays except for holiday weekends.
We have MONSTER piles of mulch, the pretties I’ve ever seen that I didn’t pay for! Oak trees were removed (thanks to the Florida Legislature) instead of just trimmed.
We also tons of bamboo that would make perfect plant stakes, and a few pallets looking for a better home.
We’re also switching our focus from native trees to fruit trees and have a large maple and two winged elms that need to be removed.
I’ve always loved rain lilies, maybe because I love rain too. A friend dropped off a big bucket of bulbs last month so you don’t even have to dig them up. They bloom year-round after rains but tolerate extreme heat and more cold than we should ever get here. They are a threatened species in Florida but they’re easy to grow in a garden.
Plants in pots (limited quantities, swaps expected!)
Several kinds of tomatoes, including Everglades, Big Boy and Better Boy
John Starnes’ favorite red pentas
Two kinds of Florida lettuce
Milkweed (tropical for now, but native seeds are starting to come up!)
Elderberry (must be planted ASAP, has very shallow roots, limited quantities)
Lots of Everglade tomatoes we didn’t get around to transplanting. One flat was planted with fruit that came from a volunteer growing in full shade. Bring small pots and potting soil for them.
Sansevieria (full sized)
Clerodendron (pagoda and bleeding heart)
Native palmetto that just popped up in the wrong spot…
Naturalized periwinkles (aka vinca)
Wild pineapple (very prickly, bring protective clothing!
A wide selection of vegetable seeds shared at the last event by a generous gardener
Passion flower — fresh seeds from the most prolific vine I’ve ever seen
Daikon Radish (mooli)
Parsley & Dill — plant extras for swallowtail butterflies!
Vitex — spectacular purple flowers that are magnets for butterflies and bees
Moringa — cuttings or seeds
Fiirebush — probably my favorite plant because it’s native and blooms year-round (as long as we don’t get a freeze), attracting bees, butterflies, bird and even hummingbirds
Coral porterweed, attracts bees and hummingbirds
Brazilian red cloak
Scorpion tail, one of my favorite natives because its tiny blooms are perfect for native bees and small butterflies.
Red and purple firespike — another hummingbird favorite that blooms all winter when they’re most likely to be hanging out in Florida
Rangoon creeper — the only thing we grow that isn’t food for people or wildlife, but you’ll understand when you smell it!
Bush morning glory
Cuban buttercup (tunera)
Ever-bearing mulberry — great fun for kids and birds