Category: Butterfly and Hummingbird Gardening

Rare & Unusual Tropical Trees & Plants, Flowering, Fruit, Native, Palm, Bamboo, Heliconia, Hummingbird, Butterfly

Cycads

If you are only passingly familiar with cycads, you’re missing out on one of the most ancient and interesting representatives of the plant kingdom.  The first cycads arose somewhere around 280 million years ago, but came into their own in the Jurassic Period, the same time dinosaurs began to dominate, roughly 200 to 145 million years ago.  But you can’t say that’s when cycads really flowered, because they’re…
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September 15, 2012 0

The Atala Butterfly

This is an interesting article from the University of Florida about the relationship between the Atala butterfly and its host plant, Florida Coontie http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg347.  At the nursery we have a population of the Atala Butterflies, and the adults can be seen landing on the Sweet Almond flowers (Aloysia virgata) and Florida Fiddlewood flowers (Citharexylum spinosum) for nectar,…
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August 4, 2012 0

A light rain but not much more

Today is Saturday July 7, 2012. We had a light rain sprinkle for a minute or two this morning, which was enough to wet down the dust. Not enough to provide a good drink for the plants and trees. I toured the nursery and grove this morning and found many wonderful blooms. We have uploaded…
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July 7, 2012 0