Friday, March 31, 2017

Month-end Fav's, new plants!

Decisions decisions! I thought about doing this month's "favorites" post about the plants that have surprised me, ones hanging-on, despite our horrid winter and early spring. But some of them are so pathetic looking, really they could still go either way. So get a look at the new plants I've brought home recently, as I realized there are quite a few I haven't shared here yet...

First off, this group came from a spur of the moment (as in "hey...I really should go buy some plants") trip to Portland Nursery. If it looks familiar that's because I previously posted this picture on Facebook. Clockwise starting with the big silver fern: Cheilanthes tomentosa (wooly lip fern), Aeonium 'Kiwi'Foeniculum vulgare 'Nigra' (bronze fennel), Raoulia australis, Leptinella squalida ‘Platt's Black’ and Athyrium filix-femina 'Limelight Lady' (plus yes, a second Raoulia australis)...

If you're curious to learn more about any of the plants in this post, click on the link in their name. I'm feeling too lazy to work the cultural info in here.

Another day, another trip to Portland Nursery (albeit a different location). This Calluna vulgaris 'Multicolor' became mine. I like how it looks a little like it's whirling.

The bright green of the foliage made me happy too, plus it will eventually turn gold and later orange and red. A plant of many colors.

I mentioned these little guys in this post, but I don't think I admitted that I bought a pair (that Podophyllum tucked in the stock tank was a NWFG Show purchase).

Dryopteris affinis 'Crispa Gracilis'

I'd purchased one of these Agave utahensis v. eborispina at 'Digs on Alberta' awhile back, but thanks to their 50%-off sale last weekend, I now have two more.

I made a trip to Cistus a few weeks ago, specifically to get this vine, Akebia longeracemosa 'Victor's Secret'.

Completely ridiculous name, but check out the flowers - here. And aren't the new leaves the cutest? Like a little koala-bear paw.

Because, you know, I have so much experience with koala-bear paws.

I also grabbed another Astelia nivicola 'Red Devil', because the two I have did marvelously over the winter.

And a 4" container with two Dasylirion wheeleri in it. Beacause I LOVE THEM.

It's already doing that curl at the end of the leaf thing!

The same trip to Cistus had me nabbing this Protea cynaroides (aka King Protea). Why? Well for no other reason than I am still sad about my winter loses and felt like buying something extremely ridiculous and decadent. So there.

Yes it will spend life in a (big) container. No it probably won't ever bloom. Que sera, sera.

Of course there are more spikes, Opuntia ennacea 'Browse Cherry'.

Andrew and I made a return trip to Cistus last weekend to be part of a work party, helping to clean-up winter's destruction in their display gardens. All who helped out were all gifted a couple of plants and this blurry stick is my biggest prize of the day. I am SO EXCITED.

Why? Well because it will become this, Manihot grahamii. I took this photo on a Cistus visit in 2010. I should have grabbed it then, because this plant has eluded my grasp ever since. I can't believe I've finally got it!
We'll end with Euphorbia stygiana (becasue those leaves!!!), I grew one a few years back, which I lost to a harsh winter, I felt like having it again. I also bought a Yucca linearifolia at Cistus that day, but neglected to take a photo of it. Oh well. Now hopefully it will stop raining every single day, so I can start planting...

So what have you bought this gardening season? Or...maybe you're holding off, not yet buying, simply admiring what you've already got? Either way, tell us about it!

Weather Diary, March 30: Hi 57, Low 43/ Precip trace

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

But first we went to K's...

Back in January, when I made my much-needed escape to the sunshine of southern California, I got to tour the private garden of K, friend and neighbor of Hoov of Piece of Eden fame. Hoov had mentioned the possibility, but I was still happily surprised when she hustled Kris and I over to see K's before looking around Hoov's own garden...

This is street-side, below the garden proper.

And this a sort of off-street parking area, and entrance to the garden.

California here I am!

My eyeballs (and skin) were thirsty for sunshine and beauty. I was so overwhelmed with the ugliness of winter at home (I left this behind when I boarded the plane) that I felt a little gardening brain-dead as we walked the garden, like someone who hasn't eaten for days, suddenly at an all you can eat buffet.

This was my first sighting of the Tillandsia, which K later shared with me.

It's been tentatively ID'd as Tillandsia bergeri. Oh hey, and I grow that fern in Portland!

What a nice place to soak up the sunshine.

And have you ever!? What a huge Staghorn Fern...

I covet this Bromeliad.

Another plant I grow, that is if this is Aloe dorotheae...but of course mine is in a container.

Agave happiness...

There were several perfect A. parryi.

I think this big guy is A. 'Mr. Ripple'...

The most beautiful Agave vilmoriniana 'Stained Glass' I've ever seen (we'll get another view, from below, in a bit).

Perhaps Aloe cameronii? (ID lifted from Kris)

*Sigh* a couple of HUGE Agave 'Blue Glow' and A. macroacantha (in the middle).

Close-up of the 'Blue Glow'...

Close-up of the A. macroacantha.

Maybe Agave colorata, backed by A. bovicornuta (?).

Dunno, but it's fabulous.

That might be Aloe marlothii in the front, and one of the Agave attenuata hybrids in the back.

We know this beauty is Agave desmettiana 'Joe Hoak'...

Euphorbia polygona (?)

More of the Agave attenuata hybrids.

Blooming is Aloe 'Moonglow'...

Nice mash-up!

Kris thinks this is Aloe ferox (sounds good to me!)...

The star of the garden, back for another showing....Agave vilmoriniana 'Stained Glass'.

Aloe chabaudii

Aloe brevifolia, I believe.

Agave gypsophila 'Ivory Curls', in the front.

I wanna call this one Agave lophantha, but I don't think that's right. If I was one of those crazy companies that goes for catchy, meaningless (stupid), common names I would call it Agave 'Sharp Stuff'...

Before leaving we walked though the smaller back garden.

Where there were more striking Bromeliads.

And this cutie! Thank you so much K, for letting us wander through your gorgeous garden and the gift of Tillandsia! Thanks also to Hoov for getting us in to see K's garden...

Weather Diary, March 29: Hi 58, Low 46/ Precip .24

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