I don’t REALLY have much blooming in my house so I thought I’d show off the two arrangements I made for Valentines Day, and the Oncidium ‘Sharry Baby’ and Hippeastrum ‘Bogota’ that I recently acquired cuz OMG FLOWERSSSSSS!
These two pictures are of my true Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi) that I got from Mr. Subjunctive in a plant trade a couple of years ago. This is the first year it has bloomed for me, and I’ve had a fairly constant stream of blooms since the first one about a month ago. At the moment there are about 7 blooms on it. Yay flowers!
I know it’s not much but it’s better than nothing! Plus all the cut flowers are making things feel somewhat tropical and lord knows how badly we can use that here!
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It’s been a long time since I posted any mention of the yard so I figured I’d post the one (single, lonely, only) plant that has anything resembling winter interest at the moment. It’s Abies koreana ‘Horstmann’s Silberlocke’. The silvery needles look so nice contrasting with the embarrassingly ugly green fence behind it. I love how they’re curled as well, it gives another texture to the garden that I wouldn’t have otherwise. The plant is still a baby so it’s kind of awkward but as they grow they get a really nice layered pyramidal look so I can’t wait to see it in about 10 years!
One plant that will not be making the cut is my variegated Thujopsis dolbrata. It was gorgeous all summer but I have no time for a plant that’s going to brown up and look like a dog took a giant dump in the middle of my back yard for the entire winter. I’m not even sure it will survive the winter anyways. In the mean time I came across an Abies procera ‘Glauca prostrata’ that I’m going to replace it with (assuming that survives the winter in my garage).
I’m so over this winter by the way. We’ve had 5 feet of snow so far and it’s just cold. Stupid cold. So cold that -13 doesn’t sound like that ridiculous of a morning temperature because that’s what it is about twice a week. Thankfully we have all that snow otherwise I’m betting I’d lose quite a few plants this winter. Aside from the Thujopsis and a bamboo (Fargesia rufa that I planted way too late in the season) all my big plants look like they’re gonna make it just fine though, so I’m happy. Actually I’m kind of happy the Thujopsis is going because it was just too busy looking anyways. I’m not even sure the bamboo is dead because so much of it is under the snow, for all I know it could still be green. Oh wait, I forgot about that zone 7 variegated Rhododendron I planted, I’m sure that’s dead too (but I don’t know for sure because its under a giant mound of leaves and snow). Then again I bought that to be used as an annual filler so I don’t really care if that dies either (yay cheap pretty things from home depot!).
I present you with the first batch of pictures from my trip. These are mostly buildings and city scenes. Tomorrow I’ll post the pictures from Huntington Gardens so you can get your dose of planty goodness. I think the pictures speak for themselves but feel free to leave a comment about something if you want me to elaborate!
I’m boarding a train shortly to head back to the midwest so I figured I should post one last shot. This is mission San Juan Capistrano in southern California. After this it’s 2 days of train ride through the desert and great plains. We’ll go through Flagstaff, Albuquerque….and pretty much no other cities. Sometimes I forget how empty the west is. Eeeeee I’m so excited! Also, just to keep things planty, I did manage to get a Camellia plant that I’m taking home in my bags hehe
I’m way too busy having fun but I thought I should taunt you guys with this. I believe it’s Ficus dammaropsis but I could easily be wrong. The only thing I know for sure is that it’s a fig!
This was taken outside of some Los Angeles County building. I was shocked they’d have something so cool
This photo is basically irrelevant. I was going to post it last October but then my phone was stupid and it wouldn’t let me. So please, enjoy this very delayed picture of a trycirtis in my backyard. Moving on… I’m on my way to LA! I’ve never been. The only garden I’m hitting up is the Huntington Library and Gardens but I’m betting their Aloe collection will be stunning right now. I think the part I’m most excited for though is our train ride home…two days through the desert southwest and the great plains on the Southwest Chief…I can’t wait! Now that the app appears to be working again I might even post something!
Sorry about the unintentional blog holiday. Since I’ve been writing blog posts for work I’ve kind of forgotten to write for this one. I swear I’ll do better next time! Granted I think next time is going to be after the new year because I’m not seeing myself being any less lazy until then. Until then…I’ll be off blowing up Jedi on Star Wars: The Old Republic (cuz in addition to being a giant plant nut I’m also obsessed with all things star wars and that’s currently taking over my life). Until then, enjoy this recycled picture of the Bartholdi Fountain at the USBG because Ivynettle is going to DC and I’m obscenely jealous.
Edit: I will also add this picture of my spruce pot that I did because I happen to really like it and realized I haven’t posted about it cuz duh, I haven’t posted about anything.