Friday, September 23, 2022

One Green World, finally!

In conversations with Portland gardening friends it seemed inevitable that at some point the name One Green World would come up. Then, when I'd admit that I hadn't visited, they'd look at me with a mix of wonder and disgust, maybe a little curiosity too. Kind of like I look at someone when they tell me they didn't like agaves. Ya, like that. 

So you know what? I finally visited!

Why exactly had I not visited? Well in my mind One Green World was all about edible plants. I have nothing against edible plants—berries are one of my favorite food groups—but I don't need to buy edible plants. People kept assuring me that they were more than "just edibles"... yep. They are, and guess what, they have agaves!

Big ones! That's a huge Agave vilmoriniana over by the rocking shipping and receiving area...

...and they really were rocking. The music was up and the employees were singing along, it can only be described as joyful. That leads to another of the silly reasons that I hadn't visited. No not the singing, the shipping. Their website is really dialed, they have a very robust online sales presence. When I run across an online nursery like that I start to suspect they aren't really so much plant people, as they are an online sales machine. Sort of like an online business I recently discovered that's selling moss (it's horrific, and no I will not link to it). 

But you know what, I was wrong. This is very much a nursery with real enthusiastic plant people and great plants.

So many great plants!

And at really good prices too (I don't think they'll be shipping this one).

I was completely floored by their agave selection! Look at all of those Agave ovatifolia 'Frosty Blue'...

OMG... little Agave 'Mateo', and so perfect!

Agave parryi 'JC Raulston'

And a mass of Agave funkiana 'Fatal Attraction'.

These next few photos were taken in a small greenhouse that I think might have been off-limits, but hey—the door was open and there was no sign saying stay out, so...I went in. Looks like a propagation space. These Mahonia haematocarpa were absolutely adorable. It's not a species I'm familiar with.

Check out this bit of magic! That little green sprig busting out of a nut...

This one is ahead of the pack.

What are they? Araucaria angustifolia, the Paraná pine, Brazilian pine or candelabra tree. Related to the Araucaria araucana, monkey puzzle tree and Araucaria heterophylla, Norfolk Island pine. Pretty cool stuff!

There is also a small display garden in front of the home on the nursery grounds.

There were many healthy loquats at the nursery, now I know where to send friends when they ask.

The most humbling moment was when I met (or remet, it seems we had crossed paths prior at a party at Sean Hogan's) Sam Hubert (horticulturist/nursery manager) and he told me they carried my book. What!? Seems he's trying to get the edible gardening folks to embrace a wider idea of what a garden can be. Do you remember what I wrote at the top of this post? Ya, one of the reasons I had put off coming to the nursery because I thought it was all about edibles and I didn't need to shop for edibles. Hmmm. Seems I need to expand my ideas as well...

So here's a fun thing. If you search their website for agaves—here—not only do you find an excellent selection of agaves to purchase, but my book shows up on the second page of the search results. How cool is that? Don't worry that there's only one on the shelf, Andrew (who I also met during my visit), assured me more were on order.

So what did I buy? Ya, you guessed it. Two Agave 'Mateo' and an Agave funkiana 'Fatal Attraction', I was shopping on brand and I will definitely be back to One Green World.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

The lady and the agave

Andrew tells me that vintage photos of agaves are extremely hard to come by. There are lots of cactus, houseplants, botanic gardens. Search for agaves though and the selection is narrowed. This one came to be mine on my last birthday (see prior plant focused photos he's given me be searching the label photo quickie). I love her expression, it looks like she's smiling at the agave, rather than the photographer.

Is the agave hers? Or did she sit down on the steps to pose as they were passing by? Where was the photo taken? The steps (especially those to the left in the background) have me thinking of NYC, but really it could be a shot from any urban area. The container is unusual*, and there's no date. Anything offer up clues to you?

* I received an email from Roger Gossler who tells me that container is a soy tub, his family had them in the early 1960's, he assumes they came from Japan via San Francisco where his dad found them.

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Monday, September 19, 2022

The pitcher plant project headquarters

I finally made a visit to Rob Co's garden! He and his wife Dahlia came to visit my garden last October and extended an invite—a year later, I finally took them up on it!

Before we get too far in, I should introduce Rob. I've known "of him" for  years—before he was an Oregonian. Back when Derek Powazek was a bay area resident, I think I came to know Rob thru him, or maybe it was Megan and Matty of Far Out Flora, they had a fun plant people group going there. Rob is the guy behind the blog The Pitcher Plant Project and is @ix.rco.xi on Instagram. 

Rob built this custom greenhouse during the Covid times. I am completely in love with it.

Shall we step inside?

I've been obsessing about basket ferns (Aglaomorpha coronans) for awhile now and I was all gaga over Rob's...

And then I spotted these planted up nepenthes pitchers! 

Plants growing on plants is one of my very favorite things, plants growing IN plants however, that takes it to an entirely different place.

I don't have any pitchers quite this large, but you can believe I'll be saving the dried up ones I do have and hoping to coming up with something like this. Don't you love the furry fern rhizomes?

I could have spent hours in here inspecting every last plant. Rob was very patient with me as I surveyed the treasures.

Look at this bowl planting! Those small Darlingtonia californica are planted right into hollowed out spots in the rock.

So cool! You know this got my mind a working on what I could create with a darlingtonia pup. Rob is a very creative guy!

Wanna see some amazing nepenthes pitchers? Here we go...

There were also several heliamphora...

And a carnivorous bromeliad! Brocchinia reducta I think (?)

There was also a flying whale, planted up with a shark fin cactus, Epiphyllum chrysocardium.

Check this masterpiece out! I think it's a Oceaniopteris gibba/Blechnum gibbum (?) planted up in a nice piece of cork. Instant trunking tree fern...

Okay, finished in the greenhouse it's time to see what's outdoors—I should note that my visit fell on a very smoky (wildfires) day, hence the odd coloration in the sky and on the plants.

Here's the view from above. Rob took me up to the back deck to survey things...yes, that's a lot of sarracenia! Rob built those custom tables himself.
And tree ferns to the left. Rob is growing a large number that just might be hardy here in the ground. Fingers crossed he plants them out as he's thinking AND they do well.

While I do love flowers in my home, I don't always pay them their due in a garden—so I wanted to be sure to stop and snap a couple shots of Dahlia's lovely dahlias.

Rob does collect plants that aren't sarracenia too (which we will get to soon... )...

Including agaves!

Sinks make great pitcher plant planters, who knew?

And how cool is this creation? Sarracenia, moss, and a creepy cool dragon eye—check out Rob's post on it here.

Have you ever seen a more fabulous mass of flytraps?

Well, then there's this one...

And this one!

But you know what? I've made you wait long enough to look at those pitchers...

Rob pointed out the different Sarracenia species and was very generous with his knowledge. 

The fact I can't share names with you is only because my brain didn't retain that level of info.

I pretty much stopped at the "oh! that's cool!" point of identification.

Rob is very good at the selfies! (it is an art form). Here we are, like Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin—only we're in the sarracenia field.

I came home with plants! I'm trying (again) to get the hang of heliamphora (my last attempt didn't make it), Rob trusted me to make a go of one of his Heliamphora heterodoxa x minor.

And check this out, a division of his Aglaomorpha coronans!
I have planted it up in this black hanging pot, gawd I hope I can keep it happy! 

Thanks Rob for the tour, your time, and the plants!
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