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Pizzazz for holiday staple

SAINT AUGUSTINE  – Danny Johns, a fourth-generation potato farmer who owns Blue Sky Farms and grows more than 20 varieties of spring potatoes in St. Johns County, is hoping to add some pizzazz to the holiday staple. His unique, purple sweet [Read More]

December 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

Info on schefflera and others

Q:    Can a schefflera plant be propagated? A:   Schefflera can be air layered or rooted from cuttings. A cutting will be four to six inches from the tip and placed in a container of coarse soil. Q:    How do I plant amaryllis seed? [Read More]

December 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Huntington Collection

    Still Life in the Norton Simon  Because it is by Zurbarán, Who paints Dead Saints as Still Lifes too, It costs more than you think it can – Much more than if by me or you.  Art, insufficient in itself, Can’t make its price [Read More]

December 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

Boat parades light up the night

Holiday lights will twinkle from area waters this holiday season, as boat parades take the spotlight. PALATKA’s lighted boat parade on the St. Johns River begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Boats will line up south of the Boathouse Marina [Read More]

December 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

  Is College a Good Thing?

I claim enough academic experience to have unwavering opinions on the nature of the modern academy.  I have been a student at grand universities and small colleges, famous research institutions and schools that (mirabile dictu!) put the classroom [Read More]

December 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

Propagating ice plants

Q:    We recently moved into a new house. There is a plant that has just come up in a bed and it has a pretty golden flower that looks like a lily of some sort. There were no leaves there earlier in the year. This plant just came from nowhere [Read More]

December 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

Hints for battling holiday bulge

  Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, there is a tendency to party too much, and therefore, eat too much.  If you are waiting until Jan. 1 to start worrying about the amount of calories you consume, here are some tips as to how to dress so you [Read More]

November 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

White versus yellow African Iris

Q:    Which is hardier the white or the yellow African iris? A:    The yellow African iris seems to tolerate more cold than the white. Q:   I just bought some bearded iris. I have not seen these offered here before. How should I plant and [Read More]

November 26, 2017 // 0 Comments