The new book is ready!  You can now order Volume II of “The Civilized Jungle”

The new book is ready! You can now order Volume II of “The Civilized Jungle”

By Tommy & Patty Clarkson from the February 2018 Edition Who doesn’t enjoy tropical palms, bright jungle flowers and a mango margarita? Well, in the words of that smooth crooner of the late 70’s Meatloaf “Two out of three ain’t bad.”...
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I Planted Roots in Mexico-Bird’s Nest Snake Plant

I Planted Roots in Mexico-Bird’s Nest Snake Plant

By Tommy Clarkson from the February 2018 Edition Sansevieria trifasciata ’Hahnii’ Family: Asparagaceae (Once again, I show my age. But, how many others remember Ernie K-Doe’s 1961 hit song ”Mother in Law?” For those who are unaware of, or don’...
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Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

By Tommy Clarkson from the January 2018 Edition Aloe barbadensis Family: Liliaceae Also known as: Medicinal Aloe, Barbados Aloe, West Indian Aloe, Chinese Aloe, Indian Aloe, True Aloe, Burn Aloe, Curacao Aloe, First Aid Plant, Lily of the Desert, Wand...
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Golden Barrel Cactus

Golden Barrel Cactus

By Tommy Clarkson from the January 2018 Edition Echinocactus grusonii Family: Cactaceae Also known as: Golden Ball or Mother-in-Law’s Cushion Those who know me are aware that we’ve few cacti and succulents, as we haven’t room for a large assortment here...
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I Planted in Mexico-Variegated Dwarf Umbrella Tree

I Planted in Mexico-Variegated Dwarf Umbrella Tree

By Tommy Clarkson from the December 2017 Edition Variegated Dwarf Umbrella Tree, Schefflera arboricola ‘Variegata’ Family: Araliaceae Also known as: Dwarf Schefflera, Hawaiian Schefflera, Umbrella Plant, Queensland Umbrella Tree, Octopus Tree or Arboricola...
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I planted Roots in Mexico-Toddy Palm

I planted Roots in Mexico-Toddy Palm

By Tommy Clarkson from the December 2017 Edition Toddy Palm Caryota urens Family: Arecaceae Also known as: Solitary Fishtail Palm, Wine Palm or Jaggery Palm “OK Tommy, ‘I’ll admit to having had a toddy or two in my life, so...
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I Planted Roots in Mexico- Red Ginger

I Planted Roots in Mexico- Red Ginger

By Tommy Clarkson from the November 2017 Edition Red Ginger, Alpinia purpirata Family: Zingiberaceae Also known as: Ostrich Plume, Jungle King, Fire Ginger, Red Cone Ginger or Tahitian Ginger Nellie Neal, who waxes almost poetically about our common botanical ...
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I Planted Roots in Mexico- Amarylis

I Planted Roots in Mexico- Amarylis

By Tommy Clarkson from the November 2017 Edition Amaryllis Amaryllis belladonna Family: Amaryllidaceae Also known as: Belladonna Lily, Jersey Lily, Naked Lady, Amarillo or March The Amaryllis has only one species in its genus. All those we see around the holi...
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I Planted Roots in Mexico- Dendrobium Orchids

I Planted Roots in Mexico- Dendrobium Orchids

By Tommy Clarkson from the October 2017 Edition The orchid genus is the second largest family of all the world’s flowering plants. It has between 22,000 and 27,000 currently accepted species, in 880 genera – not counting more than 50,000 registered...
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I planted roots in Mexico – Anahaw Palm

I planted roots in Mexico – Anahaw Palm

By Tommy Clarkson from the October 2017 Edition Anahaw Palm Livistona rotundifolia  var. ‘luzonensis’ Family: Arecaceae Also known as: Round-Leaf Fountain Palm or Footstool Palm Until recently, I thought ours was simply a Livistona rotundifo-lia. But my p...
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