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Name that Plant – Because We Can't!

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 31st

Mystery plant

Know what this plant is? Good! Please tell us! It sprouted on its own in one of our raised beds in our Heritage Garden and we don’t know what it is.  It’s just over six feet tall and the newer leaves are fuzzy on both the top and bottom of the leaf.  The older leaves are rough. We haven’t seen any flowers on it yet. You can click the photos for larger images or come by and see the plant for yourself – it’s right outside the ticket office.

If you’re the first to correctly identify the plant for us (post your answer as a comment on this blog or on Facebook) and we’ll give you a FREE firespike plant. Previous winners, no matter how recently they won, are eligible for this contest.

Mystery plant - bottom of leaf on left side, top of leaf on right.

Mystery plant leaves

Firespike are great butterfly plants.  I’ll post more about them in the next few days, but here are a few pictures…

Firespike flower - win this plant by identifying our mystery plant.

Win this butterfly plant by identifying our mystery plant.

Name those Plants – Win a Plant!

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 25th

Win this hanging basket of gazania by being the first to correctly identify eight of the plants featured in yesterday’s What’s Blooming post.  Number and write your answers as a comment to this blog post below. Include the common name and the genus in your answer.

We’ll check the comments at least once daily and the comments will be hidden until someone correctly guesses all eight.   Click on the picture for a larger image.  If no one gets all eight, the person with the highest number correct will win!  Contest ends Friday, Jan 28 at noon.  Prizes cannot be shipped. Good luck!

Jan 28 update: we have a winner!

The correct answers are below and the reader with the most correct answers is listed in the comments section.

1  Giant dioon, dioon spinulosum

We made this one easy – you could read the plant’s name in the lower right corner when you enlarged the photo!

2  Pink ball, Dombeya x cayeuxii

Another easy one – this was posted Jan 11!

3  Red powderpuff, Calliandra haematocephala

4  ixora, ixora sp.

5  Papaya, Carica papaya

6 mango, mangifera indica

A wide shot of this was posted on Jan 21!

7 cherries jubilee allamanda, allamanda cathartica

Another easy one if you’re a regular reader of our blog – this was featured as a “Name that Plant” in September.

8  Calomondin, ×Citrofortunella microcarpa

Garden Puzzler – Win a Plant!!!

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 18th

I’m bringing back a puzzle that had everyone stumped when it first appeared a few months ago…

This fruit’s name was once used as a verb describing a specific way to preserve food.

Do you know the names of the fruit and the preservation method?

First person to post both correct terms wins a succulent!

HINTS: The fruit and preservation method are two different words (and the fruit is NOT cucumber).  The fruit’s name is no longer used as a verb but the fruit is still enjoyed today.  I’ll add more hints to this post in the next few days if no one posts the correct answer, so check back often or sign up for email notifications since I won’t post the hints on Facebook! Jan 20 hint: the fruit is a tropical fruit.

Contest Rules: Leave a comment on Facebook or the Garden Blog with your answer.  The person with the first correct answer will win. The winner will be announced on the Estates Garden Blog and on Facebook.  Plants must be picked up from the Edison & Ford Winter Estates within 7 days of contest end (and, no, we can’t ship them!).  If you have won previously, please wait 60 days before guessing again.

Name That Plant IX, WIN That Plant

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 5th

Here’s another chance to win a plant from the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Garden Shoppe.  Identify this plant, and it could be yours!  We’ll share the answer next Wednesday.

Contest Rules: Leave a comment on Facebook or the Garden Blog with your answer.  The person with the first correct answer may choose to receive the mystery plant (if available) or a peace lily.  The winner will be announced on the Estates Garden Blog and on Facebook.  Plants must be picked up from the Edison & Ford Winter Estates within 7 days of contest end (and, no, we can’t ship them!).  Previous winners are not eligible.

Name That Plant, WIN That Plant VIII

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 28th

Can you identify this plant?  Here’s a close up of one of the petals.

Contest Rules: Leave a comment on Facebook or the Garden Blog with your answer.  The person with the first correct answer may choose to receive the mystery plant (if available) or a peace lily.  The winner will be announced on the Estates Garden Blog and on Facebook.  Plants must be picked up from the Edison & Ford Winter Estates within 7 days of contest end (and, no, we can’t ship them!).  Previous winners are not eligible.