Category: Agriculture

Tropical sage is a cheerful little native flower

By Ralph E. Mitchell Some native plants do not have the “zing” that many of our more exotic plants possess.  However, one native that does give a show is the tropical sage.  Also called wild sage, fireweed, scarlet… Read More

Once called “wild bananas” and “false birds-of-paradise” , this plant now answers to heliconia

By Ralph E. Mitchell Heliconias do great in Southwest Florida!  This native to tropical America easily adapts to a variety of home landscapes and sports colorful bracts of red, yellow, orange, and pink which adorn deep green leafy… Read More

‘Blue daze’ – deep sky-blue flowers in abundance

By Ralph E. Mitchell I first saw a hanging basket of ‘Blue Daze’ at a garden center where I worked in Rhode Island sometime in the late 1980’s.  I had never seen a plant that so aptly fit… Read More

Cool season cole crops – grow your own – part II – cabbage, collards and kale

By Ralph E. Mitchell Cabbage, collards and kale are just as easy as broccoli to grow. The season is here to get these vegetables into the ground and growing. Started now, cabbage, collards and kale will grow and… Read More