Friday, April 21, 2017

Blooming Junction: Agave report...a follow-up, after a difficult winter

Some of you may find this post disturbing. I understand. I however am thrilled I got to see these plants before they were all yanked and replaced. It's interesting to see how they responded to the extremes of our winter. Look at this as research, and if you want a refresher on how good this all looked last October, click here.

Friends and I visited Blooming Junction last week. If they thought it was odd I was photographing dead Agaves nobody said so, I guess they know my obsession runs deep. We'll start our Agave death tour in the display garden. I believe this is an Agave montana 'Baccarat'.

Or maybe I should say "was"... I wish I knew exactly how much colder it was out here, vs. in the city where I live. I doubt they got the ice we did (that's typically brought on by proximity to the Columbia River Gorge), but it was probably a great deal colder.

Maybe Agave havardiana?

I hope they let this one grow out of it. Of course that's assuming we eventually get some warmth. Who knows what this summer has in store for us.

I don't remember seeing this one before. I'm pretty sure it's an Agave parryi 'J.C. Raulston'.

Perhaps Agave ocahui? I have to admit I found this one strikingly beautiful, as is.

Agave bracteosa, a winner even out here!

It's the 'Calamar' selection — meaning it's solitary, no pups.

Agave ovatifolia, the center is still solid!

So now we venture over to the berm along the main road. This was full of Agaves last year, now only these A. ovatifolia remain, the others have been cleaned out.

Poor things.

Evidence of clean-up.

Will they let it grow out?

I just have to say I am still impressed a nursery in Western Oregon took a leap of faith and planted all of these Agaves out, knowing this might happen some day.

This was a freak winter. They could have happily grown on for many more years.

I hope they'll give them a chance, to see if they can recover.

I walked further along the berm, to see what I could see. This is a different Agave (I'm not gonna attempt an ID) and it's looking strong.

Not so much here.

Or here...

Well, we know what this one was.

Ugh. Thanks for trying Blooming Junction! Please don't give up...

Weather Diary, April 20: Hi 60, Low 43/ Precip .15"

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Twenty Six Feet

Add we have a new record...

I stepped out to get the mail the other day and glanced down. Oh my.

That's a baby Tetrapanax.

Which traveled all the way across our front garden and under our sidewalk to come up next to the house, approximately 26-feet away from mama over there in the corner (tall stalks, just leafing out).

The previous record was about 11-feet, that one went north, under our neighbor's driveway and came up in their front yard. Wow, 26-feet, that's impressive. Nice work Big T!

Weather Diary, April 19: Hi 56, Low 47/ Precip .37"

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wednesday Vignette; Saguaro — four ways

Back to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix for a look at some crazy Saguaro business...

First up a little crested vignette action. Kind of reminds me of my mystery purchase at last weekend's plant sale...

Next may I offer...the man-bun...

And the metal version. I believe this one is made out of the business-end of multiple pickaxes.

And last, the traditional Saguaro vignette, marching up a rocky hillside.

Weather Diary, April 18: Hi 64, Low 48/ Precip .06"

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Not bad, for a couple of days "work"...

I've not been shy about sharing my plant acquisitions this spring. Some of you have expressed concern that I might not have the space to plant the things I've already shown (I do, winter opened up a few say the least), so hold on to your hats, cause it's about to even get more fabulous!

Last Thursday was our traditional "field trip" before Hortlandia (Hortlandia being the spring HPSO plant sale), an outing that friends and I have been doing for 7 years now (okay that's crazy, 7 years? How is that possible?). Thursday afternoon I shared a photo on Facebook, of plants shoved in the back of my car, but here's that view after things were edited down, to reflect only my purchases...not bad eh?

Our first stop was Blooming Junction out in Cornelius, OR. Last October I wrote a post about their in-ground Agave plantings, I was eager to see how they looked after our horrid winter, it's not good. I hope to share (not pretty) photos on Friday.

However, if pretty Agaves are what you want then feast your eyes on these babies! (note to mom and dad...this is what your gifted plant $ bought, thank you!)...

Agave ovatifolia 'Frosty Blue', which will be going in the front garden...

Agave montana 'Baccarat', also going in the front garden. I need to do a "state of my Agaves" post soon. As you might imagine these are replacements.

Look at those dramatic markings!

And Salvia apianam which will also be going in the front garden. Oddly I have a plant that actually made it through last winter, when it probably shouldn't have. We'll see how this one does.

Our next stop (because it was on the way back to the Highway) was at Starkey's Corner. I bought a Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern). I already know exactly where it's going, and don't worry, it won't be allowed to spread.

Back in town we stopped at Xera Plants, where I made this most excellent haul...

Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Ogon Nishiki', love the new orange growth on this one. I think this is my fourth of this plant...

Disporum sessile 'Variegata' — new to me — but I adore Disporum cantonese ‘Night Heron’ and thought this would look good near it, with a few blue-leaf Hosta.

This charming Agave, A. neomexicana, has proven quite reliable here. Thus I needed another.

Those spikes!

Agave applanata 'Cream Spike', isn't it sexy? I was given a gorgeous one of these a couple of years ago but unfortunately it rotted over the winter (even though it was indoors). I had no plans to replace it but when I saw this one I knew it was meant to be.

Plus pups!

After we finished up at Xera the next stop was Flat Creek Garden Center in Gresham. I'd been told this was a great "unknown" spot for cool plants. It's where I made my only impulse ("where the heck is that going to go?") purchase of the day. Calycanthus floridus 'Athens' — why? Green flowers that smell like the most amazing cantaloupe you've ever eaten.

Oh and there were a bunch of 25-cent succulent cuttings in the office. I grabbed this one.

The last stop on the day was at Portland Nursery on Division.

I'd been thinking I needed another Juniperus conferta 'Blue Pacific', so when one was right there, front and center, in a display when we walked in, well I had to grab it.

I also picked up a couple of 'Hot Chocolate' Nicotiana. I'm very excited about these!

Then on Saturday it was time for Hortlandia itself. Portland's Expo Center filled with all the areas best nurseries and their plants, yes please! Here's my haul from that event...

Polystichum polyblepharum, this fern is earmarked for a little project I'm working on behind the garage. I hope it turns out as cool as it looks in my head.

There was another fern purchased that isn't shown in the group shot, a Coniogramme emeiensis 'Golden Zebra'. I picked it up late, right before I needed to report for my volunteer shift. So my kind friend Alan (aka the Mardi Gras Gardener) added it to his haul and I need to pick it up from him soon.

I decided to try Begonia pedatifida again. Everyone else seems to have great luck with this beauty, so I will find a new spot for it...away from the two I've lost.

Epipactis gigantea 'Serpentine Night' — "A scintillating duet of purple leaves and orange orchid flowers make this a must for any collector. See it and you will want it. I know, I've been there. Grows well to 16" — I've passed this one up a couple of times in the past. Not this time!

Finally, the spikes. First up, Agave 'Kissho Kan' a crazy example of variegation gone wild. I like it for its freakishness.

This! I don't know why, but I had to have it. Normally crested/monstrose growth gives me the shudders, but this guy just looked so cute.

Unfortunately the label is of no help, that's not really an Opuntia is it?

Anyone care to venture a guess as to what this is?

And finally, Rhipsalis baccifera subsp horrida, I've been on the look-out for a great Rhipsalis for awhile and was thrilled to find this one.

Only one more big shopping adventure this spring, that's the open house at Rare Plant Research on May 20 and 21. Time to start planting! (a few nice dry days in a row, please?)

Weather Diary, April 17: Hi 59, Low 48/ Precip .25"

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