Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Wednesday Vignette, a Desert Museum leftover

Somehow I missed sharing this metal sculpture in my coverage of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which is a shame because I rather liked it. So...it get's its own post now...

Weather Diary, March 19: Hi 70, Low 44/ Precip 0

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Visiting Rita Lee's Nursery

Saturday March 9th started bright and early. When I would normally still be in my pajamas on the couch I was fully dressed and in Gervais, Oregon visiting a small, family owned, cactus and succulent nursery.

I know of Rita Lee's Nursery from Hortlandia. where they've been a vendor for the last few years. I always buy something from their booth, so I was excited to visit. We started our tour (I was with a small group) in their propagation house.

So many good things! Most of which I can only guess at their names, so I won't, unless it's just genus. I believe this is a Haworthia...

Staplia at the back, Crassula in front.

The next house had lower tables with shade cloth over the top of individual rows. Seeing the nursery set-up was almost as interesting as seeing the plants. Almost.

More Haworthia. I would have snapped up one of the brownish ones, except the color was only due to stress. I'm not sure I would love it quite as much if it were green.

Under the sea Haworthia...

It became quite a sunny day, but the clouds were hanging low during our visit. On to the next house...

So many Epiphyllum!

And friends...

This Rebutia heliosa was amazing, and not for sale. Are you impressed I remembered the name? Only because my friend Nat posted it over on his nursery's Instagram page (here).

At the back of this house was a raised veggie bed. A little out of season but it made me happy to see.

Can you make out the long white "flap" at the top, running the length of this house? When the heater comes on it inflates. There are small holes along the length that allow the hot air to to escape and heat the house. Pretty ingenious!

So bright they almost look artificial.

I do not care for the bumpy Aloes, at all. Plenty of other people must...

This THIS is the one that got away. Might it be the Haworthia venosa tessellata I fell in love with here? I meant to pick one up but got distracted and then forgot to go back. I didn't even remember this plant until I downloaded my photos the next day. Damn.

Have you ever seen such a dense Aeonium? It looked like a plant that had been decapitated and was popping out new growing tips all along the stem. Except there wasn't a central stem, at least not that I could find.

Finally, there were Agaves. I swooned over these but didn't ask about price, they were in huge pots after all.

There were smaller ones too, but none I needed. I should explain I was here mainly for another genus entirely, as I have a new garden project in mind.

Agave potatorum

Agave titanota

Agave albopilosa

Another A. potatorum, I think.

Unique supports for rooting Opuntia.

Okay, back home with my haul. Rita Lee's has a great selection of affordable Rhipsalis, and that's what I was on the hunt for...

This one got the label R. baccifera, I think it's Rhipsalis baccifera subsp horrida.

R. ewaldiana, which has a slight twist to its stems.

R. tonduzii which may actually go by R. micrantha, according to online sources and now I'm thinking maybe R. pentaptera thanks to a comment below.

I did find a smaller one of those very dense Aeoniums, I couldn't resist.

And finally Abromeitiella chlorantha aka Deuterocohnia brevifolia, Navia brevifolia (basionym), Abromeitiella brevifolia, Tillandsia chlorantha....seriously! Whatever, it's that moundy thing that ends up looking like a rock covered in little spikes (here). Excellent outing! Thanks to Dale of Bear & Briar for organizing it.

Weather Diary, March 18: Hi 68, Low 47/ Precip 0

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Agaves for sale, house included

Cutting through a residential neighborhood, en route to somewhere, I realized I was only a block away from a pair of favorite Agave ovatifolia. Of course I had to take a look, that's when I saw their house was for sale...

Who knew a one-level was a rarity? And why aren't the agaves a selling point?

I really think this flyer should have featured a close up of at least one of the agaves.

But maybe they didn't want to play favorites? Do you feature the one on the right? Or the one on the left?

Here's the left side specimen.

He's on the east side of the house, so doesn't get quite as much sun as...

The one on the front, which has southern exposure.

It's huge! They're both so large they're hiding the Cor-ten round they're planted in.

The planters around the front porch could certainly have something more interesting than grass, don't you think?

Although the twin Yucca rostrata on the far side of the drive way are nice, I haven't noticed them on prior stalking stops. All this could have been yours (sale pending) for "just" $639,900...

Weather Diary, March 17: Hi 69, Low 35/ Precip 0

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Friday, March 15, 2019

March 2019 Bloomday

If ever there was a Bloomday that I felt like I could skip this would be the one. Since February's Bloomday everything has been a holding pattern, due to the cold. If you page down and are overcome with a strong sense of déjà vu that's why...

The Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Nanjing Gold' blooms have never lasted this long. Sadly, up until this week, it's been so cold their fragrance has largely been unnoticeable.

Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Akebono’ blooms are just starting to open.

Good times ahead.

I was tempted to ignore the hellebores this month, but since they're such a big part of what's still blooming I shot a few of them. Helleborus argutifolius

Helleborus NOID

Helleborus 'Ice 'n Roses'

Helleborus x ballardiae Pink Frost

Helleborus 'Onyx Odyssey'

Helleborus 'Rio Carnival'

And of course, Helleborus x hybridus 'Jade Tiger'

These cute little Iris reticulata ‘Pixie’ are almost done, but they still look great if you don't ask for a close-up.

Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' blooming in the shade pavilion greenhouse.

Grevillea miqueliana

March is when the Euphorbia really start to shine, although this year they're a little behind. E. amygdaloides var. Robbiae...

Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow'

And my favorite, Euphorbia rigida.

It's so good!

For more of what's blooming around the country visit our Bloomday hostess at May Dreams Gardens.

Weather Diary, March 14: Hi 57, Low 36/ Precip 0

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