It’s been a crazy 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, a giant wheelbarrow filled with slightly used perlite, stacks of buckets for planting or storage, and a limited number of pallets.
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.
NEW PLANTS IN THE GREENHOUSE
We’re doing the plant swap a little differently this time out. We have lots of seedlings growing in flats, you-dig seedlings or seeds for all these plants, but we also have some potted plants left over from a crazy summer. They’re $3 each or two for $5.
Plants in pots
Everglade tomatoes, also seedlings in flats for free
Ever-bearing mulberries, also east-to-root cuttings
Giant milkweed, also cuttings
Dwarf poinciana, also seeds
Tunera, also cuttings and seeds
Indian borage, aka Cuban oregano, also cuttings
Moringa, also seeds or cuttings
Turmeric, also you-dig
Ganganal ginger, also you-dig
Epiphyllum oxypetalum, Orchid cactus, also cuttings
Native yellow canna
Sansevieria (full sized, please plant in pots not the ground!)
Clerodendron (pagoda and bleeding heart)
Native palmetto that just popped up in the wrong spot…
Naturalized periwinkles (aka vinca)
Passion flower, not native but bears an amazing amount of fruit
Wild pineapple (very prickly, bring protective clothing!)
A wide selection of vegetable seeds shared at our last events
Seeds for the most prolific Key lime I’ve ever seen, also cuttings
Beautyberry, also cuttings
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, also cuttings
Katuk 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, cuttings or seeds
Native wild coffee
Coral porterweed, attracts bees , butterflies and hummingbirds
Brazilian red cloak
John Starnes’ favorite red pentas
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)
Chinese Hat Plant, another cool hummingbird food
Flowering maple, also attracts hummingbirds