Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The first Bloomday of 2019

It's the first Bloomday of the New Year! I've shared many images of fuzzy Tetrapanax papyrifer buds over the years, usually saying something like "maybe this will be the year they finally bloom," well, this is the first year they're still holding their own in January (not flopped over and mushy from a freeze), but I'm starting to fear the ship has sailed on the idea of them actually blooming.

Arctostaphylos x ‘Austin Griffiths' is covered in flowers.

Absolutely covered.

Abutilon Nuabyell has been blooming since, well, forever.

Ditto with Nuabtang...

Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold' florets are starting to open.

The hummingbirds are lining up.

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Rochester'

Euphorbia rigida, just beginning its show.

Grevillea 'Ned Kelly'

Grevillea miqueliana

There are many Helleborus just about ready to open, including 'Ice 'n Roses'...

Helleborus argutifolius

And Helleborus x ballardiae Pink Frost.

Helleborus x hybridus 'Jade Tiger' is already there.

Isn't it fabulous?

There are Blueberry blooms too, it's been a freaky mild winter.

Jasminum nudiflorum (love how this looks like a stretched panoramic photo, when it's not).

And finally a couple of Mahonia, M x media 'Charity'...

And M. x media 'Marvel'...

What's blooming in your January garden? Visit our hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens for links to all the bloggers posting blooms today, the 15th of the month.

Weather Diary, Jan 14: Hi 47, Low 37/ Precip 0

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Monday, January 14, 2019

A trio of new carnivorous plants, and a book to help me learn more about them

I stopped in Cornell Farm one day recently, it seemed right after they'd gotten a shipment of adorable little 2" pots of tropical carnivorous plants from Carni Flora PDX...

I selected three: a Drosera spatulata, the spoon-leaved sundew; Drosera capensis, commonly known as the Cape sundew; and Nepenthes alata, a tropical pitcher plant.

Since constant moisture is key to keeping these plants happy, I potted them up in a few metal pots from the seed starting tray I ordered from Gardener's Supply last September (written about here) and put them on a dish with pebbles. The little pots are open on the bottom, so they can soak up water, plus—since I keep plenty of water in the dish—the humidity is higher for them too.

Hence the pitchers on the Nepenthes are staying happy and not drying out.

I love the colors on these plants...

I was a little bummed to see some of what I thought were insects on the Drosera capensis, were actually just pieces of soil or other debris. I hadn't been able to tell with just my eye, the camera provided a nice close-up. I think at least one of those below is a fruit fly though...or was.

Isn't it fabulous?

Also those spatulas!

Wouldn't it be fabulous of they had a fly-swatter like action when flying creatures buzzed by?

I wonder if they do sort of close up a bit around an unsuspecting insect? Like a Dionaea muscipula (Venus fly trap) would.

There's still so much I don't know about this whole group of plants...

Which is why I finally bought—and have started reading—Carnivorous Plants: Gardening with Extraordinary Botanicals, by Nigel Hewitt-Cooper (from Timber Press). Folks this could get really dangerous...

Weather Diary, Jan 13: Hi 52, Low 33/ Precip 0

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Houseplants (for the winter)...

Friends, yesterday marked the beginning of the January houseplant and container sale at Portland Nursery: 30% off all houseplants including indoor bonsai, orchids, citrus and cactus, and 30% off all decorative pots—at both locations from January 10th through the 23rd. I plan to have been there at opening (9 am) I'll let you know in a wrap-up post next week if I made good on that intention. In the meantime let's do a quick check-in on the basement prisoners...

A lot of these plants are exactly the type of things you'd find at the sale. Mine are only houseplants during the cold and wet part of the year, the rest of the time they're vacationing in the great outdoors.

The Nepenthes alata pitchers were extremely happy outside last summer, and they were doing fine indoors until we had a house guest for 5 days and the downstairs heater vent was opened and the heat cranked way up. I didn't make it down there to mist and keep the moisture levels up and the poor thing got really dry.

Thankfully the new pitchers are fine.

If you missed the post about this installation I go into more detail here. The shower curtain at the back is so I can mist things and not get everything behind all wet.

The green tubes hold the trash-can lid planters that go in the shady corner over the summer.

I'm really happy with how everything is doing this winter. Last year the basement was a construction zone (a half bathroom was added) and the plants were treated poorly; bad lighting, poor air circulation and a fine coat of dust coated them most of the time.

I'm even managing to keep the Aeoniums happy this year! (fingers crossed)

The fancy Begonia is happy too (Jurassic Silver Point).

This chartreuse hanging planter—created by the now defunct Gainey Ceramics—was a Portland Nursery container sale purchase years ago. One of the other rare times I was there at 9 am, I had to be sure nobody else scored my planter!

The beautiful Cryptanthsis on the left came from Evan, I've got it's name somewhere...

These all came from a nursery in Spokane, they were practically giving them away at $1.50 each...

So many plants...

Yikes, this guy needs a drink, STAT!

I end with this adorable little Agave, it's an A. albopilosa and "at agave puberty (around 3 years old) the tips of the narrow, green, upturned leaves develop little white tufts of hair" (source, with a photo of the mature plant). This was a gift from Gerhard. I wonder what treasures I 'll be adding to my collection from the sale? (to be continued...)

Weather Diary, Jan 10: Hi 50, Low 40/ Precip 0

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