Thursday, January 23, 2020

Denver Botanic Gardens, let's go! Chapter Four of Five, rocks...

Back to the DBG! Today we're in the far corner visiting the Rock Alpine Garden as well as the Cactus and Succulent House.

Rocks were a major theme in all of the gardens we visited during the Denver Fling. I thought they were wonderful but think a few other "Flingers" may have burnt out on them.

Naturally, there were a lot of crevice gardens.

But there were also lots of boulder-sized rocks. That's the Cactus and Succulent House in the distance.


This was the only image I took inside the house. It was full of screaming children, I had to leave.

Back outside and there are...more rocks!

I think that's Yucca harrimaniae, or maybe Yucca nana, blooming to the right of the rocks.

As you've no doubt gathered from my previous posts from the Denver (+Fort Collins, +Boulder) Fling, there were also a lot of sempervivum.

All grown perfectly.

Here's a garden on top of a rock.

Those are tough plants.

Another style of crevice garden.

Acaena sp.

Oh, and there were saxifraga too...

So many rocks. I think I need more rocks...

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

What blows YOUR mind?

During our holiday trip to the Los Angeles area, Andrew was finally able to cross the La Brea Tar Pits off his list of "must-see" attractions. It was interesting, all that tar bubbling up from underneath the ground, talk of animals roaming the area and getting stuck. I especially enjoyed the large banners hung throughout, a small child who's mind was being blown, agave style...

They were part of the advertising campaign for the Natural History Museums of LA County, #MindBlownLA. More info here, random people's photos here. Fun.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Denver Botanic Gardens, let's go! Chapter Three of Five...

In case you want to start at the top, I've done two other posts on my visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens, they're here: Chapter One, Chapter Two. I plan to finish off my coverage with a trio of posts this week. Today we'll start at the beginning...

The Garden Bloggers were met in front of the garden by Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator and Director of Outreach at the DBG. He welcomed us, gave us a bit of history...

And then took off through the garden, we followed.

Not down that pathway (truth be told I never did make it down that pathway).

No we were on a mission: lunch. We ate in the center of the garden and were then on our own for a hour or so (a painfully short amount of time). I returned the next day, post-Fling, with Andrew. What follows is a mash-up of photos from both visits.

Yucca faxoniana, on the left.

Yucca thompsoniana here, and resting.

The water-smart garden...

Marrubium rotundifolium, this grows in my garden.

Agave is utahensis ssp. kaibabensis

And again, because it's beautiful.

There were a lot of different opuntia in the garden, I didn't catch the name of most of them. (update, this one is Opuntia polyacantha 'Crystal Tide').

Opuntia 'Dark Knight.'

Yucca linearifolia

Agave parryi

Salvia jurisicii Artemisia filifolia (thanks to Kenton Seth for correct ID on this as well as others)

There were several sculptures in the garden. This one I liked, most of them I did not.

And there was water...

And trough gardens...

More from the garden later this week...

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Portland Nursery Houseplant Sale

It's a tradition that I look forward to every January, the Portland Nursery Houseplant sale. I've been going for years and it's been fun to watch the event become more and more popular as houseplants continue to garner more and more interest.

Above is Tacca chantrieri, below is Tacca integrifolia—different colors of the bat plant, or bat flower. They could be yours for $79.99 minus 30%.

I started my shopping at the Division Street location of Portland Nursery. I had no specific desires, but since it's the location with the largest inventory (over 2,000 houseplants for the sale, according to their website) it seemed like good bet. Funny thing though, the entire neighborhood was without power. It took me about 15 minutes to travel the last mile of my journey because of the cars backed up at the traffic signals. I was concerned they'd be closed when I arrived, but instead employees were letting people in and shopping continued since the greenhouse-style roof let in lots of natural light.

The bromeliad selection was rather uninspiring.

Althought I did enjoy checking out how these "gardens on a pole" were put together.

Selaginella uncinata, blue spikemoss.

Schlumbergera gaertneri, in the center. "Schlumbergera gaertneri, formerly Hatiora gaertneri, is a species of epiphytic cactus which belongs to the tribe Rhipsalideae within the subfamily Cactoideae of the Cactaceae"... whew! (source).

Lots of sansevieria, but not the dark leaf S. kirkii var. pulchra I was hoping to find (I guess I lied, I did have a desire).

Sansevieria 'Mason's Congo' on the right, $149.99 (minus 30%, of course).

Mangave 'Tooth Fairy', in the front.

Euphorbia lactea 'White Ghost', I was shocked at the $74.99 price tag. I'm sure I'll be back before the sale is over on the 29th, it will be interesting to see what sells.

Myrtillocactus geometrizans, crested form. Yours for $274.99 (and 30% off, of course).

There were a lot of full carts like this parked throughout the nursery.

And a lot of people scooping up terracotta, I just managed to snap this picture in between the rushes.

Mainly because I stood their forever trying to narrow down my purchases between these three jungle cactus (all will be revealed at the end of this post).

This one was labeled Cryptocereus anthonyanus. Who the heck is Anthony and why is this plant named after his, oh, never mind.

Rhipsalis houlletiana

There were tons and tons of stag-horn ferns, both mounted and unmounted.

And look at all the nepenthes!

They also had a few Nepenthes 'Miranda'...

...with her big dramatic pitchers.

Now I've moved on and I'm at the Stark Street location. This is the first time I've seen Actiniopteris australis in person. I thought I would love it, but I do not.

Wowsa! That's a nice tillandsia...(NOID)...

The bromeliad selection was more exciting at this location.

Sadly there still weren't any of the sansevieria I was hunting for.

Did I mention pots are also 30% off during the sale? Since I already have 5,000 (only a slight exaggeration) I didn't buy any.

So, here's my haul, and yes, there's a theme. First up, on the far left, a humongous tillandisa. Of course it wasn't labeled with a specific name, but it's HUGE and all sorts of awesome. Then in the back we have what I believe to be a Epiphyllum / Selenicereus chrysocardium, aka fern-leaf cactus. This plant was labeled as Epiphyllum anguliger, but that's just not right. Next is Rhipsalis houlletiana.  I adore rhipsalis and had to add this one to my collection. Finally, a Disocactus macranthus, aka orchid cactus. This guy has golden yellow blooms. Since the sale runs through the end of the month (almost, the 29th) I'll no doubt end up back there at some point. Who knows what they might restock with...

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