Thursday, September 19, 2019

Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron’

Early one morning last month I was out watering and snapped a photo of my Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron’ (aka Japanese Blood Grass), lit by the sun.

Before I posted the photo to Instagram I checked to make sure I had the name spelled correctly and pulled up the Missouri Botanical Garden website, where they identified it as "one of the ten worst weeds in the world." Wow, that's a serious claim.

Earlier this week I pulled into a parking lot and saw this...

That's a pretty consistent behavior! (we must break free!) I wonder if it will continue down the side of the retaining wall blocks, growing through each and every crack? That could create quite the interesting pattern.

Weather Diary, Sept 18: Hi 68, Low 54/ Precip .15"

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Wednesday Vignette, tools of the trade

Walking through Kelly Grummons' opuntia house I spotted this collection of tools. Should you want to cut off an opuntia pad, or two, here's everything you need to be safe. That knife is especially fabulous...

In case you missed it we took a full garden tour yesterday.

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Weather Diary, Sept 17: Hi 66, Low 57/ Precip .95" (so much rain!)

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Visiting the garden of Kelly Grummons

The day after the 2019 Garden Bloggers Fling wrapped, Andrew and I headed to the Denver Botanic Garden. I'd had a painfully short time to explore during the Fling, and Andrew was being a good sport. Once there, we bumped into Panayoti Kelaidis (all around amazing plantsman and Senior Curator and Director of Outreach at the garden), before I knew it he'd connected us with Kelly Grummons, for a tour of Kelly's private garden. After we finished at the DBG we called a car and shortly after arrived at a stranger's door.

When Panayoti was arranging the visit he excitedly said "Kelly has an Agave gracilipes that's blooming" I appreciated this shorthand for "you're gonna love this garden," here's the blooming agave...

Plant...

Bloom...

Allium altaicum

I wish I could tell you what these blooming plants are, some sort of yucca, I believe (*update, Yucca rupicola, thanks Bob Nold*). This was day five of our Colorado adventure and my brain was full. Kelly was an unbelievably knowledgeable man (Panayoti called him "arguably the best horticulturist in the Rocky Mountain region") but I simply was on information overload and could not keep up with him. I wish I had recorded our visit, seriously.

This little cutie! I also wish I could remember her name (I think she is a she...), she was very entertaining and playful.

Crambe maritima, I believe.

Looking back...

Looking forward...

That Agave parryi v. neomexicana x utahensis, or as Kelly calles it "deep blue form New Mexican agave" was a beauty.

I came home with one, and you can have one too...(available here)

The veggie garden...

Kelly (on the right) told me where to get these large wire frames, but I cannot remember, anybody know? Oh and that's Andrew on the left. We both donned our plastic capes as the skies opened just as soon as we arrived at Kelly's. We looked ridiculous, but stayed dry.

The opuntia house was total spiky magic!

Opuntia davisii x kleinii 'Golden Lion'

Opuntia aurea 'Mandarin Sunrise'

And a few more that I didn't catch the name of...

Here's Kelly's website, it's worth perusing...

Moving into another propagation area...

This! OMG this. He was okay with me taking a photo, and believe me it felt as textural as it looks. Kelly has taken steps to get it into production, hopefully we'll be able to purchase one soon.

More from inside the greenhouses...

Back outside...

And there's sun!

I believe this is Yucca elata...

I think this was a camera accident, but I rather like it.

Eremurus was a stunner all through our Colorado travels.

Opuntia polyacantha 'Peter Pan', so called because it never matures and never blooms, forever staying in this, it's juvenile form. I ordered a pair as soon as I got home (Kelly didn't have them onsite).

Just a few more photos before we depart...

The moral of this story—in case you haven't already figured it out—if Panayoti Kelaidis suggests you visit a garden, do it!

Weather Diary, Sept 16: Hi 69, Low 56/ Precip .01"

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Monday, September 16, 2019

A vase full of sarracenia...

Several of my sarracenia pitchers had bent and fallen over. I'm tempted to blame the squirrels, as I've seen them jump right through the plants in a frenzy, looking for somewhere to hide their nuts. I also learned this weekend that if a pitcher is particularly full of insects it can become so heavy it falls over...

Whatever the cause, the look wasn't especially great, so I trimmed off all the broken bits and put them in a vase on the dining table.

All the better to appreciate their unique coloration.

A few nights later I was making dinner when a big fat fly followed Andrew in the door. It buzzed around the kitchen trying to get into the food.

And then followed the food to the dining table, where it quickly became more obsessed with the sarracenia and dived right into one.

We ate our dinner listening to it buzzzzzzz trying to get out.

Once we were done I grabbed the pitcher the fly had flown into and took it outside and shook it upside down. The fly flew out and wasted no time getting the hell away.

Since the pitchers were already doomed I saw no point in letting the fly die too. It was quite nice though, to have it otherwise occupied while we ate.

Weather Diary, Sept 15: Hi 65, Low 58/ Precip .78" (!!!)

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