Nov. 7, Free Plant List
It’s been a long summer but we’re back with what may be our best Open Greenhouse ever! It’s 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 7 at Neem Tree Farms, 602 Ronele Drive, Brandon, 33511. The timing is pretty strict because we have a pack of senior pups locked in the house and they can only go a limited time without making messes. If that date doesn’t work for you, we do Open Gardens most first Saturdays except for holiday weekends assuming Covid-19 is back under control.
Yes, we still have you-dig elderberry, please one per family during these crazy times. If it’s on your bucket list, be sure to bring something that holds water to transport it home and plan on planting it immediately. You’ll need something about the size of a gallon pot because the plants are spreading by suckers not seedlings.
We also have plenty of mulch and top soil to share, tons of bamboo that make great plant stakes, and a limited number of pallets and five-gallon buckets.
Candlestick senna can take over if you don’t deadhead before seeds ripen, but it’s a show-stopper that attracts cloudless sulfur butterflies year-round. We have a limited number of seedlings and lots of seeds.
ar-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.
NEW PLANTS IN THE GREENHOUSE
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!)
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
Scorpion tail — a low-growing native that attracts all kinds of bees and small butterflies.
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
Chinese Hat Plant, another cool hummingbird food
Flowering maple, also attracts hummingbirds