There are oh so many flowers!
Since I was already in the basement with camera in hand, I decided to document what the "garden" is looking like this year. It's a jungle folks! Standing at the bottom of the stairs looking west...
And now standing with my back to the west wall, looking east-sh.
It seems each year the collection shifts a bit, this year it was time to acknowledge my deep dive into hanging containers. I asked Andrew to install a few hooks and he went one better with chain, giving me even more options.
Current count of this hanging garden...ten.
Some hanging is also happening on the west wall itself. These planters are too heavy or too large to hang on the wire fencing vertical garden at the base of the stairs (we'll see that again in a moment).
A look at some of the succulents, which seem to be decreasing in numbers as my tastes change.
Although there are still plenty.... and look, a bromeliad has infiltrated the ranks! That awesome Deuterocohnia brevifolia came to me via a friend of a friend who is moving to Hawaii. I am thrilled.
More of the succulents...
Did you spot the poor totem pole cactus (Pachycereus schottii monstrosus) in the photo above? It's been tied to one of our "beams" supporting a joist that runs the length of the house. I wanted to get rid of the heavy pot it was in when I brought it in for the winter, but I also didn't want to just leave it laying on its side...
This massive Rhipsalis baccifera separates my desk area from the "guest room".
Beside my desk are several bromeliads...
Photo looking back from the other side, the plastic is to keep my desk dry when I mist the plants on...
...the wire fencing vertical garden I referenced earlier. These are things that hang on the fence during the summer, or on a trellis somewhere in the garden.
I cannot believe how much this plant has grown. I bought it—a Selenicereus chrysocardium—at the same sale when I bought the blooming plant at the top of this post. It was just a small thing back then!
Area documentation of the basement garden complete it's time for some arty shots, because why not? Variegated foliage of a bromeliad.
And the toothy foliage of another.
Cryptanthus something or other.
My first nepenthes, a Nepenthes alata, now several years old.
Those pitchers are just so amazing.
Another toothy (spiky!) bromeliad.
And another cryptanthus, or two...
Aechmea recurvata v. benrathii, I tucked one plant in this metal ladle several years ago. It's since bloomed and reproduced. The original plant finally dried up this summer and I had to cut it out, I think these three will bulk up and hide the empty spot.
Begonia and bromeliad.
This (NOID) rhypsalis started to produce a lot of thicker stems this summer.
More Nepenthes alata pitchers.
The teeth of Aechmea pupurosea.
What the heck, another shot of a Disocactus macranthus flower.
Quesnelia marmorata 'Tim Plowman'
A NOID epiphyllum and friends...
The cryptanthus bloomed and exploded with new growth.
We've made our way back around to the hanging plants now, where there are three different schlumbergera fixing to bust open in flower.
× Cryptbergia 'Red Burst'
Nepenthes x Miranda pitchers...
I've had mixed results trying to overwinter aeoniums, but this group (there are a few stems) have been with me for a few years now.
Mummies! Well that's what I think of, actually Mammillaria gracilis var. fragilis.
I picked up this extremely variegated Agave 'Kissho Kan' several years ago. It hasn't grown much, but then again it also hasn't died.
Cryptanthus lacerdae 'Menescal' pup on a stem.
Another aeonium survivor.
This cool cactus was a gift from Ann and Evan, it's grown a lot. I wish I could remember it's name.
Okay, getting close to the end now, just a few more photos...
Pachypodium lamerei, these plants have been with us since the early days of Andrew and I dating. That means they're over 20 years old.
And last up in the spotlight, my original (little) Deuterocohnia brevifolia.
It's about 1/50th the size of the large one I shared earlier, but I don't love it any less.
While it's rather insane that I move these plants out to the garden each spring, and back into the basement each fall, having them around me does help over the short grey days of a Portland winter. It's not everyone who has a garden growing in their basement. I am lucky.
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