Author Archives: Chris Armstrong

Trumpet Vine

Trumpet vine is also known as trumpet creeper. It is a native North American plant with glossy dark green elliptical leaves.  Clusters of trumpet shaped red, orange, or yellow flowers appear during the summer months and reach around 1 to 3 inches long before giving way to bean-like seed capsules, or pods.  It is a fast-growing perennial vine that is invasive, but with adequate care and pruning the trumpet vine can be kept under control.  It attracts hummingbirds and other pollinators.   A humming bird finally visited our trumpet vine after 20 some years. Continue reading

HBR Guide to Remote Work HD2336.H37 2021

In case you are still working from home or may have to at some point, this book provides a few tips to help you develop or improve the unique set of skills you will need for remote working. The book provides the best practices, tips, and insights from a variety of experts to help with these skills.

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Aerophyte – “air plant”

Air plants get their name due to that fact they are generally found hanging in the air. Air plants are a nickname for Tillandsia which is a genus of around 650 species.  Tillandsia are in the Bromeliad family.  To be an Aerophyte means the root system is very minimal and is used to anchor the plant base in shifting or loose desert sand/substrate or to attach to another plant or tree.  They can be found in a wide range of environments, from humid rainforests to dry and arid deserts. The bulk of tillandsia are found in Central America, South America, and Mexico but they are also native to parts of the Southern United States like Florida.

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Four O’clock Plants

Four O’clock plants (Mirabilis jalapa) were originally found in the Andes Mountains of South America.  The Four o’clock is classified as a perennial, especially in warmer zones where the chances are good that if you allow your plants to go to seed in the fall, they will self-seed in the garden.  If you plant them in pots you will need to collect the seeds and plant again for the next season.  These tuberous-rooted plants produce slightly pointed oval leaves on branching stems. The approximately 2-inch-long blooms are trumpet-shaped with five petals, and they come in several colors, often shades of pink and red.  Some four O’clock plants produce flowers in multiple colors, sometimes with marbling or other markings. This is a fast-growing plant that often sprawls in the garden. They get their common name because of the way they bloom. The flowers open in the late afternoon, typically around 4 p.m. or so, and then remain open until the next morning. They have a lemony-sweet fragrance.  Four O’clocks bloom each year starting around June and stretching all the way to frost in the fall.

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