Monday, August 30, 2021

Gardening vertically

Recently I've shared a few examples of my newer vertical gardening efforts—the mounted bromeliads, the hanging staghorn and the pizza screen staghorn—but there are lots of other plants hanging around too, like this group on the backside of the garage... 

I may have tucked too many bromeliads into this container, they're making the most of it though.

The flat-mount garbage can lid, now wrapping up its second summer (the making of: here).

Another wide-angle shot.

It's not a vertical planting, but you may have caught sight of it above and wondered. When my stock-tank full of Podophyllum pleianthum took a turn this spring and eventually gave up the ghost I was also trying to make order out of a garden I could no longer orchestrate (broken ankle). Part of that meant bromeliads I had planned to go vertical with (or find other interesting homes for) but needed to just stash. Empty stock tanks are handy for that.

On to the "green wall" moving from east to west/left to right...

Stepping back to include the east end of the shade pavilion...

...and the west end of the shade pavilion...

Nepenthes 'Miranda' has been putting out these amazing pitchers all summer long.

This poor rhipsalis is off at the end of the shade pavilion where it can barely be seen.

It's looking really good right now and definitely deserves better placement.

Stepping back to appreciate our "new" cushy chairs...

And I should also give a nod to the increased light due to the conifers our neighbors removed at the end of last summer—those light-sucking, debris-dropping trees that used to hug the fence-line. It is so nice to have them gone!

Looking across the patio now, facing west. 

The panels of rusted wire screen were hung to grow a vine on, but since the vine(s) are failing to occupy that space I hung a planter with some random jungle cactus bits. 

A similar panel of expanded metal on the side of the garage...

More jungle cactus and a few cryptanthus. I am shocked the cryptanthus have held on to their color like this all summer long, afterall they're hanging on a north-facing wall and get no direct sunlight.

I've also upped my game on the Trachycarpus wagnerianus trunks since I last wrote about them. A little birthday $ had me once again ordering from Bird Rock Tropicals and tucking in some colorful tillandisa.

A piece of Hylocereus megalanthus (dragon fruit) and a few rhipsalis cuttings were also tucked in.

Can you imagine if I could garden like this year round?

These trunks would be covered with ephyphites!

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