African Tulip Tree (Spathodea campanulata)

One of the most striking of winter-flowering trees found in southern Florida is the African Tulip Tree, Spathodea campanulata.  This fast-grower is monotypic, i.e., the sole species in its genus.  It is native to tropical areas of western and central … Continue reading

Protecting Your Plants From The Cold

Thanks to cable television and the Internet, we now have unprecedented exposure to data on the climate.  Surely we’re living in the Golden Age of forecasting!  Unfortunately, the professionals aren’t always in agreement on long-term projections.  This winter, for the period December through February, one source predicted … Continue reading

Autograph Tree or Pitch Apple (Clusia rosea)

In 1898, the United States became embroiled in the Spanish-American War. President William McKinley, eager to assess the relative strengths of the Spanish forces and Cuban insurgents, wanted to send a message to General Calixto Garcia, who was somewhere in … Continue reading

Vegetables and Herbs At The Nursery

The Gulf Stream is a fascinating geological phenomenon.  A warm, strong, fast-moving ocean current, it influences climate from the Caribbean Basin to western Europe.  Without it, Jackie Gleason could not have called Miami Beach “the sun and fun capital of the world.”  Show biz aside, the Gulf Stream … Continue reading

Eucalyptus deglupta (Rainbow Eucalyptus)

There are almost 900 Eucalyptus species in the world! Some are gigantic and others dwarf; some are water-tolerant and others xeric, but only one of them is native to the northern hemisphere. That species is Eucalyptus deglupta, the Rainbow Eucalyptus. … Continue reading