Under the Jakfruit Tree

It is a good time of year to check in on another winter bloomer that attracts hummingbirds, the Powderpuff shrub (Calliandra). Attaining a height of 6-12′, the red and white varieties only bloom in the winter, while the pink variety blooms year round. Richard Lyons Nursery has all three varieties for sale.

Under The Jakfruit Tree

As I sit here writing this, I look out the window to a very dreary drizzly day with temperatures only in the upper 50s to low 60s and no sunshine to be seen anywhere. Still, unlike the northern states which are in the middle of their winter with all plants dormant, we still have many trees and shrubs in bloom. The Hong Kong Orchid tree (Bauhinia blakeana), with its pinkish-purple blossoms attracts hummingbirds in droves. Also, a relative of the Hong Kong Orchid tree, the Butterfly Orchid tree (Bauhinia divaricata), is also blooming now with pinkish-white stringy blossoms. This too is an excellent hummingbird nectar source, as well as a nectar source for our local butterflies. One more important nectar source for hummingbirds and butterflies which is often overlooked is Bougainvilleas. This is due to people associating this plant with long thorny unruly canes. However, there are so many cultivars and hybrids to choose from that are thornless, or more shrub like, or even somewhat dwarf in growth habit that can be used in the landscape, or even large decorative planters.

Unseasonably Warm – Under the Jakfruit Tree

We have been experiencing unseasonably warm weather which is unusual for this time of year. 
As a result many of the trees and plants are growing more than usual. 
Remember to keep your plant well hydrated. The humidity  is low as do evaporation is high. 
We are presently harvesting Jujube, Carambola, Sapodilla and Bananas. 
In addition we have several varieties of herbs ready for sale. 
Come on down we will tour the nursery in a golf cart and show you many of our trees when full grown. 
Several of our flowering trees are in bloom,  for example the true Hong Kong Orchid tree. Bauhinia Blakeana which in the #1 tree to attract Humming Birds. 

Until next time

Richard 

Under the Jakfruit Tree January 3, 2019

Sapodilla

I hope everyone had a good Holiday! 
Now we can settle down to normal. 
We are presently harvesting Jujube, 
Sapodilla, Carambola and some Chinese cabbage. 
The weather has been unusually warm for this time of year which has caused normally dormant trees and plants to slow down growth wise. 
Plants however are growing nicely. 
We have a good assortment of herbs for sale. 
I continually get calls regularly for citrus trees. Because of Citrus Greening which is a fatal and incurable disease we do not recommend nor sell citrus trees. In addition almost all citrus trees are grown in North Florida in quarantine on a root stock not suitable to our alkaline South Florida soil. The result is that the fruit tends to be pithy and not sweet. 
That’s 
all from under the Jakfruit tree, until next time. 
In the mean time we ask that you like us on Face Book and Yelp. 

Richard.