|[ Sweet Box (Sarcococca confusa) | Posted on March 5, 2014 ]
When I lived in Chesapeake, VA, these were growing freely in the woods around my apartment complex. I loved taking walks through those woods in the spring. Unfortunately, they were in the way of progress and were plowed under before I could rescue any. I was so pleased to discover this plant for sale recently at a local grower. I just had to buy it, even though it cost a little more than I was comfortable paying! The fragrance is strong but lovely, very much like a Lily of the Valley. I hope my new plant has survived the recent cold snap and will bloom again next spring.
|[ Sheep's Sorrel (Rumex acetosella) | Posted on April 25, 2013 ]
My local Ag people say that Red Sorrell is a sign of an acidic soil, which is common in our area. I was told this on a tour of our local botanical garden, during a Master Gardener class
|[ Miracle Berry (Synsepalum dulcificum) | Posted on April 25, 2013 ]
I've been growing this plant for about 4 years. It has bloomed every year but last year was the first time it ever set a berry! I have it in a pot of pure peat moss and keep it very wet but with good drainage so the water doesn't get stagnant. Usually it goes outside in full sun during the summer but last year I kept it in an apartment where it got a bright exposure but not much direct sun and it seemed happier. I hand pollinated it with a soft bristle pain brush.