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The Year in Flowers Archives - Hoot Acre Farm
Yellow Aloe

Yellow Aloe

The aloe family contains more than 400 species, the most well-known of which is aloe vera, noted for its ability to soothe dry or sunburned skin. Many aloes grow well in rock gardens or arid landscapes in warm climates, and most bloom at least once a year. Source:...
Weeping Hibiscus

Weeping Hibiscus

The classic weeping hibiscus is the Anderson Crepe, a pink-flowering fantasy with an exaggerated weep. Weepers are generally left to grow bigger than shrub standards – and they’re low maintenance, requiring little trimming. They’re better used alone...
Snowbush

Snowbush

Snowbush is a soft pink fantasy of a shrub with an airy, delicate look – a South Florida favorite for its romantic, informal appeal. This plant adds a sweet touch as a single accent or cloud-like group plantings. It’s an excellent cottage-garden landscape...
Knockout Rose

Knockout Rose

Growing roses in Florida – especially steamy South Florida – is a supreme challenge. The award-winning Knock Out is a remarkable advance in rose breeding, a shrub rose that flowers with beautiful roses on and off all year but requiring no special...
White Green Leaf Begonia

White Green Leaf Begonia

White Green Leaf Begonias have pure white blooms on green foliage. Begonias flower throughout the summer up to the first frost (ha, ha!). Few other annuals can beat begonias for hardiness and continuous flowering throughout the summer. Source: Parks Wholesale Plants...
African Daisy

African Daisy

The African daisy, with lovely daisy-like flowers, originates from South Africa. Also known as the Cape Daisy, these flowers are members of the Aster family. African daisy blooms repeatedly May through Fall, although flowering diminishes and can come to a complete...
Orange King Bougainvillea

Orange King Bougainvillea

A strong vining habit that provides quick cover and beautiful, showy masses of bronze-orange flowers. Use for a lush tropical effect on arbors, trellises, and spilling over fences. Location: Oriole Drive
Florida Snow

Florida Snow

Floridians who have always dreamed of a white Christmas, are starting to get their wish. Over the last few years, you may have noticed an increased number of snow dusted lots, roadsides, lawns, and pastures throughout our area, despite temperatures in the 80s. From a...
Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus

Just in time for the holidays, Christmas Cacti are all abloom. Why? Light and temperature. Christmas cacti produce flowers in the cool, short days around Christmas. For Christmas Cactus to bloom, there needs to be at least eight days of 16 hours of dark and eight...
Lilac Tasselflower Seedpod

Lilac Tasselflower Seedpod

In much of the world, lilac tasselflower is used to treat all kinds of medical conditions and it’s a source of food to boot. Here in Florida, it’s just another weed. The flowers are followed by rounded seed heads with white, silky-haired, wind-borne seeds....
Bitter Melon Fruit

Bitter Melon Fruit

Bitter melon‘s solitary yellow flower produces an egg shaped, ribbed fruit with a bumpy surface. The fruit is only 3-4 inches long, stinky, golden yellow to bright orange, splitting open when mature to reveal bright red arils which contain seeds. Source:...