Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Wednesday Vignette: how many trashcan lids do you see?

You know those comment or identity verification images where you're asked how many red lights, or tractors, or bicycles you see in the photo grid pattern? Usually there are a few photos so poorly done that you can't tell what the heck you're looking at, they're kinda irritating aren't they? 

Hopefully this isn't like that.

How many trashcan lids do you see in this photo? Look closely, things aren't always what they seem to be...

Give up? 

There are five trashcan lids. How many did you see?


And geez -louise sorry for how blurry this photo is! I took it when we were smoky and I guess my eyes had gotten smoky too because I didn't realize how blurry it is! Maybe it is as bad as those photo grids I referenced...

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Weather Diary, Sept 22: Hi 75, Low 61/ Precip 0 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Please be aware...

This mossy scene can be found at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden in Federal Way, Washington. I stopped at the garden on the way up to the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival, in Seattle, in February, also known as the last adventure before lockdown and the COVID nightmare. The late afternoon light combined with the moss and green pond was such a visual treat. 

I almost wrote that it was a mood lifter, but heck, my mood didn't need lifting then. I was on my way to a garden event where I'd see friends from all over the country and spring was happening all around me. COVID was in the news—in fact the first death in the U.S. (in Washington) would be announced that weekend—but we had no idea what was headed our way.

Here was, however, a warning that not everything was as it seemed, although I had to ask myself, "really!?!" Who would think the surface of the pond was a solid surface?

There is I suppose a corollary here for the state we are in as a country, but I don't have the energy to suss it out. Instead I'll just enjoy all the green.

Weather Diary, Sept 21: Hi 75, Low 56/ Precip 0

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Agave 'Mateo'

Late in the summer of 2013 we were on the Oregon coast celebrating my parents 50th wedding anniversary. Never one to pass up the opportunity to visit a plant store I stopped in at Bear Valley Nursery where I was thrilled to find a (new to me) large Agave 'Mateo' and snapped it up. This portrait is from 2013...

Here's that same plant today...

I hate to admit it, but for several years it languished in a too-shady location in the back garden, until spring 2019 when I moved it to a large cement pot in the front garden. I believe that's why it's shape is a little open and lanky, compared to when I brought it home (top photo) or...
...compared to this specimen Gerhard—of the blog Succulents and More—photographed in his friend Troy McGregor's garden (here

It's responded to it's new location with lots of growth and increased drama in the contrast between the light green center strip and darker green margins.

From the San Marcos website: "This plant was discovered at San Marcos Growers in March 2003 by our salesman Matthew Roberts (AKA Mateo). He selected the plant from a crop of otherwise uniform Agave bracteosa that was grown from seed sowed in 1999. The seed had been purchased from Aztekakti Cacti and Succulent Seed of El Paso, Texas, who noted the source as wild collected. We speculated this plant to be a hybrid between Agave bracteosa and Agave lophantha because of the look of the plant and because the range of Agave lophantha overlaps that of Agave bracteosa."

In the back garden I have another Agave 'Mateo' planted next to the standard Agave bracteosa. On the right is A. bracteosa and on the left A. 'Mateo.

There are a couple of 'Mateo' pups in between them. If memory serves these pups are ones I removed from the front-garden plant back in 2013 when I brought it home. They were tiny little things then and got hit hard with a bad winter that year... but survived!


The stripes on this plant are nearly impossible to see, probably because it's in too much shade to really bring them out.

Since we're talking about stripes though, I thought I would share this cutie again, Agave bracteosa 'Daddy Longlegs'...

He was a generous gift that came into my collection in July.

The variegation here is reverse of what's on 'Mateo', with the dark green in the center of the leaf.

This plant should be hardy into Zone 7, but I don't know that I'll ever be able to risk planting it in the ground. It's just too rare.

Weather Diary, Sept 20: Hi 74, Low 57/ Precip 0

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Friday, September 18, 2020

Yucca Rostrata peekaboo

Yucca rostrata at a bank? Yep...

I spied these trunking specimens when Andrew and I were headed back from a late spring drive out along the Clackamas River. Coming back into town he made a swing through the drive-thru at Popeye's Fried Chicken—Andrew does love Popeye's—this Wells Fargo branch was across the street. 

I made note and planned to get back to document them, it took me awhile and then it's taken me even longer to finally share the photos, but here we are. Aren't they fabulous all lined up like that?

Of course, being me, I had to take a portrait shot of each one. Here's #1...

#2

#3

And #4

#5's symmetry is off a slight bit, and he's definitely the shortest of the bunch.

Oddly there's a pup at the base. Yucca rostrata don't throw out pups so perhaps a second seed germinated? Perhaps there was a mutation when he was young?

#6

Personally I think it looks like they may be playing peekaboo, leaning out of their little nooks only to lean back in again as soon as I turn my back.

Try as I might I never could catch them in the act.

Well done Wells Fargo, well done.

Weather Diary, Sept 14: Hi 74, Low 55/Precip 0 

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Bean fern update...

When I wrote about my "mossy branch with benefits" a blog reader asked for a close-up of the planted wooden knob on the metal screen, saying it looked like "something straight out of the dg shop"...

I'm happy to oblige, especially since I recently planted up another "knob," with plans to list it in the shop, but then thought I would let it grow on a bit before selling it. First, this is the knob that was asked about.
It's a chunk of driftwood planted up with a piece of Lemmaphyllum microphyllum—the bean fern—which is an epiphytic fern found in Japan, Korea, China, India, Philippines, and the Asiatic Islands.

Below is the very first of my bean ferns, it was so small when I planted it, it's a slow grower so kind of hard to realize just how much it's grown. If you click through to this post from early 2019 it's the plant I put on a bit of bark anchored with filament.

Here is a fertile frond. It's had several so I'm not sure if the growth is do to spores or just the plant generally expanding.

The bark holding the bean fern—along with a few tillandsia—is tucked into a hanging leaf container.

It's one of the many treasures I brought home from visits to this man's greenhouse.

It's currently hanging in my Metapanax delavayi...

Along with another hanging leaf with similar contents.

The bottom of this one is glossy green.

Whereas the top is a good brown.

This bean fern has taken awhile to settle in, but is finally starting to grow.

Here's the newest addition to the collection, the one I am considering selling.

The piece of wood that I planted it in had the perfect planting pocket for something that didn't need a lot of soil. Considering the fact that every online shopping source seems to be out of stock on Lemmaphyllum microphyllum, and when they did have them available they were selling plants this size (or smaller) for $26 maybe I should list it.

Then again maybe I don't want to part with it?

Weather Diary, Sept 16: Hi 70, Low 55/ Precip 0

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Wednesday Vignette, the will to live

Plants are amazing. 

There was a photo-shoot in my garden back in July, the container filled with Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' was having a bad moment, so I pulled it and stuck it in the garage. Then forgot about it. Then Andrew began a painting project (the south side of our house) and a ton of materials for that job were stored in the garage too. I lost track of the alstroemeria, that is until I went in digging for tarps (for the tree removal project) and saw this...

Wow! I know alstroemeria and bomarea are related, here's proof! The poor thing is looking very vine-like as it searches for some light...

Weather Diary, Sept 15: Hi 75, Low 60/ Precip 0

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Bloomday, September 2020

It's Garden Bloggers Bloomday "Toxic Air Edition"—I took these photos on Friday afternoon, being cooped up inside the house for 4 days was driving me mad, now it's been a week. Good thing I ventured out when I did, as even though the fires aren't advancing any closer to Portland, the air quality steadily got worse over the weekend.

It's so interesting to see how the thick smoke played with the color of this month's floral offerings. I've never been able to get my camera to focus on the small white flowers of this HOT pink bougainvillea, well, until now.

Nope, not flowers. I'm just so pleased with my seed-grown basil that I had to share. This is from seed-swag attendees received on the tour of Botanical Interests during the 2019 Garden Blogger's Fling.

Grevillea rivularis

Grevillea x gaudichaudii

Knautia macedonica

Rosemary, next to a pot covered with moss that's gone dormant.

Also not a flower, but rather a furry plant-eater that's taken up residence in my front garden.

Entering the back garden now, here's some strange smoke discoloration on the aralia. Looking at the flowers, working from the top down: Metapanax delavayi, Schefflera delavayi and Schefflera brevipedunculata.

Passiflora 'Snow Queen'

Lonicera x brownii 'Dropmore Scarlet'

Datura meteloides 'Double Lavender', side view...

And front view...

Echeveria NOID

Leonotis leonurus, with canna lily seed pods that have burst open.

This is the first time a lion's tail has overwintered for me, and it does always take this late into the season to bloom.

The garden is still trashed from the high winds last week (the air has been so bad I haven't spent anytime cleaning up) hence, lots of leaf debris here in addition to a blooming Aristaloe aristata...

Flower close-up

There were no completely open Passiflora 'Amethyst Jewel' blooms to share this month, just a could of partially open ones.


Here's an image of the same flowers but with the camera turned up at the smoky sky.

Finally, Nidularium procerum cv. Stripes—and with this photo it was time for me to quit playing and get back indoors. For more blooms (some of them probably equally smoky, since the west coast is still on fire) visit May Dreams Gardens.

Weather Diary, Sept 14: Hi 74, Low 55/ Precip 0 (current Air Quality Index 453)

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