Tuesday, February 21, 2012 Saturday, August 6, 2011
Partially masticated (by some hungry squirrels) unripe fruit of the Japanese Persimmon (Diospyros sp.).  This deciduous tree native to China, has gorgeous orange leaves in the fall that drop to reveal its lovely orange fruits, which are actually true berries like the tomato.

Partially masticated (by some hungry squirrels) unripe fruit of the Japanese Persimmon (Diospyros sp.).  This deciduous tree native to China, has gorgeous orange leaves in the fall that drop to reveal its lovely orange fruits, which are actually true berries like the tomato.

Coral Aloe (Aloe striata) is a fairly hardy, bluish green, nearly spineless aloe that produces a gorgeous bloom-spike in the winter of almost florescent orange blossoms.  It is also my favorite Aloe.

Coral Aloe (Aloe striata) is a fairly hardy, bluish green, nearly spineless aloe that produces a gorgeous bloom-spike in the winter of almost florescent orange blossoms.  It is also my favorite Aloe.

The most commonly and popularly grown orchids (family Orchidaceae) are actually epiphytes, which means they grow in trees and not in the ground.  This means that they need a pourous potting mixture, if grown in pots.  Commonly used in creating an ‘orchid mix’ is a combination of pine bark, perlite (an amorphous volcanic glass), and horticultural grade charcoal (to absorb toxins), among many other additives orchid enthusiasts use.
Epiphytic orchids have specialized roots where the older parts, which turn a silvery white, are covered with a modified spongy epidermis called velamen, which serves to absorb humidity and water from the air and substrate.  Orchid roots need air circulation.  This is why if you plant an epiphytic orchid in soil it will die.  So don’t!

The most commonly and popularly grown orchids (family Orchidaceae) are actually epiphytes, which means they grow in trees and not in the ground.  This means that they need a pourous potting mixture, if grown in pots.  Commonly used in creating an ‘orchid mix’ is a combination of pine bark, perlite (an amorphous volcanic glass), and horticultural grade charcoal (to absorb toxins), among many other additives orchid enthusiasts use.

Epiphytic orchids have specialized roots where the older parts, which turn a silvery white, are covered with a modified spongy epidermis called velamen, which serves to absorb humidity and water from the air and substrate.  Orchid roots need air circulation.  This is why if you plant an epiphytic orchid in soil it will die.  So don’t!


A leaf of a hybrid Coleus (Solenostemon sp. hybrid) is a widely hybridized and cultivated favorite summer plant in cooler climates and perennial in temperate and tropical climates .  Native to the tropical eastern hemisphere, the bright leaves of its hybrids bring a rainbow of colors to a warm growing garden.  It can be propagated easily by placing a stem cutting in water.  It is not grown for its inconspicuous flowers, which can be removed to encourage growth of its attractive leaves.

A leaf of a hybrid Coleus (Solenostemon sp. hybrid) is a widely hybridized and cultivated favorite summer plant in cooler climates and perennial in temperate and tropical climates .  Native to the tropical eastern hemisphere, the bright leaves of its hybrids bring a rainbow of colors to a warm growing garden.  It can be propagated easily by placing a stem cutting in water.  It is not grown for its inconspicuous flowers, which can be removed to encourage growth of its attractive leaves.