Friday, October 19, 2018

Cornell Farm, on a perfect October day...

With our stretch of dreamy October weather — blue skies and temperatures in the 70's — I decided a quick nursery field-trip was in order and I headed over to Cornell Farm.

I carried one of these Woodwardia unigemmata around with me for awhile. I eventually put it back, and I'm still wondering if that was the right choice. There's a metal planter next to our A/C unit with a Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard' in it, it's gradually gotten shaded out and I thought this would be a nice alternative.

Look, my people! plants!

Spikes, happy in the sun.

I might need to replicate this combo in my garden, the Sedum color certainly accentuates the colorful spikes.

I hadn't previously noticed the Agaves planted in the ground, maybe they're new?

Although the state of this poor Dyckia doesn't say new. Somebody weed that poor thing!

Maybe they're afraid to get to close, since this guy is lurking nearby.

Hebe 'Grethe', that's a new one to me.

The tag says Zone 8, but I couldn't help but think of the local adage that only the small leaf Hebes are truly hardy here.

'Tis ornamental cabbage and kale season, and no, I haven't bought a single one, nor do I plan to.

The nursery was awash in Leonotis leonurus, I wonder if they ordered them in blooming?

Hmmm, very interesting. Calluna vulgaris Skyline Sydney...the chartreuse sibling to Calluna vulgaris Skyline Stockholm, which I've recently bought a few of. Two of these came home with me...

In case you were wondering, there were Mums, a lot of them.

And these guys! This nursery is the first place I ever saw skeleton flamingos. Being a lover of the pink plastic flamingos I immediately loved this version.

And who could say no to a tall container arrangement with a flamingo skeleton at the top!?

Out back it's like summer was still in full force...

Love this! I remember it from last summer (?), it just keeps getting better.

I actually had this Graptosedum 'Vera Higgins' in my basket, ready to purchase, before I asked myself what the hell I was thinking. It's October! Don't you already have enough non-hardy succulents to overwinter?

Ditto for the Sedum carnicolor...

Nope. didn't even pick this one up. See, I was learning!

That's fun! And could be yours, for $145...

I was so excited to see a name on this Opuntia, since mine has been untraceable. Sadly when I looked up Opuntia senilis, I was told it was an unresolved name...

I've walked under that grape arbor countless times, but this is the first time I've ever really noticed it.

And there were grapes!

The "old homestead" has become a cafe, which I'm sure has increased the nursery traffic significantly.

Okay, time to head in and pay for my pair of Calluna vulgaris Skyline Sydney...

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World's Rarest Species — a book recommendation

The Plant Messiah went on my Amazon Wish List back on August 1st. I have so many books in my "to read" pile, I didn't want to purchase another and add it to the pile, but I didn't want to loose track of it either. Amazon lists are good for keeping track of things like that.

Later, a friend mentioned on Facebook that she'd purchased the book and a discussion among folks who had read it ensued, it sounded so good! Someone said they'd read the Kindle version and that's all it took, I bought it immediately. The advantage of owning it on my iPad meant I could read in bed, after my "early to bed/early to rise" husband had gone to sleep (no lights required!). I enjoy reading fiction electronically, but not gardening books, the photos and things like plant lists just don't translate well to that medium — at least for me, and besides there's something about having plant books on the shelf, at the ready — but this book worked. And it's good, really good...

The Plant Messiah is Carlos Magdalena, the Senior Botanical Horticulturist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The book follows his early inspirations and entrance into the plant world, then adventures botanizing in places like Mauritius, Bolivia, Peru, Australia — all in an attempt to save rare plant species from extinction.

Among his personal favorites are waterlillies, he writes about their unique beauty, propagation challenges and discovering them in the wild. Did you know there are tropical waterlilies that survive the dry season by going dormant until the rains return — and "dry season" can mean multiple years?

The photo below is from the book (photos are at the back of the electronic version), Carlos with Nymphaea thermarum; a tiny species from Africa which only grows in hot springs.
Screenshot from The Plant Messiah

My enjoyment of the book was heightened by the fact I have visited Kew, where the author works. Learning more about what goes on behind the scenes before my visit would have been fun, but better after the fact than never.
The Palm House, photo from my 2012 visit

Should you want to learn a little more before you purchase, here are three fine articles on Carlos and the book...

The Plant Messiah Can Help Save Us All, from Beautiful Now
A Return to the Natural World, with Carlos Magdalena (A Book Review of “The Plant Messiah”), from LIBROMANCE
Carlos Magdalena is the Plant Messiah, from The Planthunter

And a video of Carlos talking about what he does (thanks Ann): People of London, Carlos Magdalena

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Weather Diary, Oct 17: Hi 75, Low 43/ Precip 0

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wednesday Vignette: what do my garden and Central Park have in common?

Walking though the back garden I sometimes get a sense of dรฉjร  vu, a feeling that my ridiculously dense, tall, plantings abutting the small lawn, reminds me of something...
I finally figured out what it is!

Substitute my lawn for the tree tops, and the plants for the buildings
And my back garden is NYC! (you see it, right?...)

Weather Diary, Oct 16: Hi 77, Low 44/ Precip 0

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A quick walk around Lan Su, Portland's Chinese Garden

I recently renewed my membership at Lan Su, Portland's Chinese Garden. When doing so I realized it's been two years since I visited! My last trip there was for the floral design showcase and their Mum-vember celebration back in November of 2016.

The day was a bright and sunny one, it was a pleasure to stroll the garden with such a blue sky.
I wonder of the moss is a result of our rain earlier in the month, or if it's cultivated to be there all the time? I'm not sure I've ever noticed it in high summer.

Thinking back to years where I've seen the bananas wrapped for winter they used to be bigger. I wonder if the old ones were replaced and this is a new planting?

Hard to believe this is right in downtown Portland...

The Daphniphyllum humile is much taller than when I saw it last, but also a little "spindly" — I hope it's doing okay.

Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon'

Did I mention it was a beautiful sunny day?

Oh my! The Metapanax delavayi has grown too...

I wonder how much pruning is done on this Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica)? I've never seen one so conical.

These Pyrrosia!!! OMG, they are perfection.

And huge! I'm thinking P. sheareri? Which I have, but mine are not this long.

Speaking of huge, their Rhododendron sinogrande has grown significantly as well.

Anemone × hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'

This garden was where I first fell for 'Honorine Jobert'.

Thanks to my blogging friend Jennifer I now have my own plant.

Another plant friend which I must visit here, the Cutleaf Emperor Oak — Quercus dentata 'Pinnatifida', it too has grown quite a bit since I last saw it.

It's form is just as awkward as my plant's.

This formerly gorgeous Edgeworthia seems to be sick, and I couldn't even find the orange blooming one on the other side of the garden. It may have been there and just blocked by a group of school children who were touring. I will look again the next time I'm there, in Mum-vember.

The persimmon was happy though, so much fruit!

And the camo-barked Pinus bungeana (lacebark pine) was looking fine...

Weather Diary, Oct 15: Hi 75, Low 40/ Precip 0

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