Friday, May 12, 2017

Plants arriving by mail...

I have been the lucky recipient of several plant shipments which have arrived in Portland via the USPS. First up is a box-o-Agaves!

Sometime during our repeated snow and ice events last winter my Facebook friend Jennifer, in Arizona, offered to send me a box of pups. Honestly it didn't matter whether or not that every happened, just the idea was enough to make me smile. Then after I shared a couple of my gifted Mangaves wither her (ones that were looking a little weak and I knew needed a heat boost to make it) she reciprocated with this...

A pair of Agave macroacantha...

An A. angustifolia 'Marginata'

What I think is a cute little A. vilmoriniana.

And a trio of baby A. colorata...

Then there's this...

All the way from Denver (from the miserable gardener) are these Agave parryi. They had an extra long journey and first ended up at the house of Sean Hogan, then out to Cistus Nursery.

Where they were marked as belonging to moi.

Oh! And then there are the "cloudy cabbages"...my friend Gerhard recently visited Annie's Annuals and picked up a Bukiniczia cabulica. Annie's has plants available at the retail store that aren't available online or via their print catalogue. I commented asking that if he found himself back there again, and they still had them, could he please pick up a couple for me? And (lucky me) he did...

I am all sorts of thrilled to have these. Oh and the name "cloudy cabbage" comes from my friend Tim in Ohio, or rather his wife, it's quite a fitting name don't you think? Tim is the one who introduced me to this plant and is working on his second generation now (follow him on Instagram to see all sorts of great plant photos).

I'm a little nervous to plant them out in the garden but I think I've selected just the right place.

Since Gerhard was making the trip he asked if there was anything else I wanted, of course! Lupinus albifrons! He sent a pair.

And packed everything with professional TLC...

I'm also rich with fabulous plants from our recent Garden Blogger's spring plant swap. I've planted most everything without taking photos but did have to share these, since they're (to my mind) siblings of the L. albifrons, these being Lupinus sericatus. I bought this plant during a 2014 visit to Annie's Annuals, but then lost it before it could achieve any size in my garden. It's been one of those "that got away" ever since.

Thankfully Evan, The Practical Plant Geek, is all sorts of good at propagating things and I now get to try again...

Weather Diary, May 11: Hi 61, Low 47/ Precip .16"

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30 comments:

  1. So nice to have all these plant connections that are happy to share goodies :) Forgot that you lost the Lupinus albifrons and glad to see you have some replacements now. Which also reminds, I ought to get one this year...

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    1. I lost two of my three Lupinus albifrons, so now I'm back to the proper number! Hope you have luck with yours.

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  2. Those cloudy cabbages are beautiful and that's a perfect name.

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    1. I say it to myself every time I see them now!

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  3. Nothing makes the heart beat quite as fast as seeing a box marked "Plants" on the doorstep. I recently ordered from Annie's, and opening their shipping box is such fun!

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    1. I hope you'll share what you get from Annie's on your blog.

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  4. Your garden is going to be back in gear in no time!

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    1. Now if it would just stop raining...

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  5. It's like Christmas (without all that annoying other stuff) when those packages arrive! Great new additions.

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    1. Indeed, if by annoying stuff you mean winter.

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  6. Plant envy enveloped me when you mentioned Bukiniczia cabulica... Oh man, in my next garden I will have some! I've been lusting after them ever since Tim showed me his newly arrived beauties a couple of years ago. I can wait to see where you place them!!!

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    1. They're next to our driveway in a warm, well drained spot. I hope I chose well. It's a bonus that I get to see them every time I walk Lila.

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  7. It is so cool that gardeners can share plants via mail : ) They are lucky agave pups!

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    1. I hope they feel lucky. I bet they're wondering what's up with the cooler temps and rain.

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  8. Mmmm...your 'Cloudy Cabbages' are absolutely adorable. How big do they get? Do they graduate from adorable to impressive?

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    1. With any luck they'll get saucer sized. We shall see.

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  9. It's like Christmas! Happy planting. :)

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  10. The Prodigal Pups finally arrived!

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    1. I realized as I posted these pics that I hadn't confirmed with you that I actually got them. Yikes. I guess you know now. Thank you!

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  11. Christmas in May! Enjoy!

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  12. Always exciting to recieve plants through the post. Even more so when you have ordered them in the depth of winter and totally forgotten and they turn up!!

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  13. It is wonderful to get plants in the mail, but more then that I was feeling warm and fuzzy reading about the friendships you've forged, how all these folks thought of you and cared to send you these tender gifts; pretty wonderful.

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    1. Pretty wonderful indeed, I am lucky.

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  14. Those cloudy cabbages are adorable. I hope they do well for you, and the Lupinus sericatus. Well, I hope all your plants do well, but especially those two. Hopefully I've got enough of the lupine that I'll manage to put a few of them in places where they'll be happy.

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  15. Always a happy day! I love the idea of cloud cabbages.

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  16. A nice care package from sunny Arizona, I see! Of course, I'm not the only person who prefers Danger to your name - I liked meeting Bob in Denver years ago.

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  17. Wow. Finally catching up on your blog. At least a lot of my time is being consumed by the garden. Your Bukiniczia look great. So thrilled you've gotten some and I'm anxious to see how they do in your climate. Where'd you plant them? Mine are going strong, but I'm still perplexed about the autumn germination of the seeds and I have not seen a single seedling this spring so far.
    Love those lupine leaves. I'm a sucker for silver shimmer.
    Your Agave reports were certainly boom and bust. All in the name of pushing boundaries in order to try cool stuff. Your ovatifolias and bracteosas are out of this world!

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