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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fritillaria liliacea

The Fragrant Fritillary
I hope I have mentioned here before a book called "Two Years Before The Mast", While there is no description of the plants, he writes about San Francisco bay before it was shortly conquered and developed for during the gold rush days. It's a really great read especially if you are at all interested in early coastal California history. Most of this species native habitat is now gone and you can see why if you read the book, 

F. liliacea with F. agrestis in the background.
The raised beds are full of flowers now, the temperatures have really moderated as well. It felt like frost was in the air on Thursday night, but so far we have dodged the bullet. Off and on showers for some of the weekend, but a bit of it was dry. 

Cheers, 
Mark

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter Past





There certainly are more bright and shiny things happening this time of year as we inch closer to spring. Easter has come and gone, which is usually the heralding of spring proper here in this part of Oregon. Or at least tax day usually means we are frost free at this point. Time to start planting some vegetables.

It was sunny this weekend and beautiful out on the ocean.

Anya and I spent Easter off the coast. She has become quite the Fisher. Crazy to think back on the days I carried her around in a backpack fishing Eagle Creek and the Clackamas River.

Oh how the time does fly. And because I could not stop for death.....Yada yada...You know how it goes.

It rained today, but mostly late in the day.

Cheers,
Mark

Monday, April 17, 2017

Fritillaria acmopetala


Over the weekend it was warm in the greenhouse and the F. acmopetala in the greenhouse were dripping a sweet, sticky necatar from the lower portions.


Sweeter then honey, but with a hard to describe, almost musk, clove like flavor.

Interestingly enough, I didn't observe any potential pollinators utilizing it.

Mark

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Fritillaria persica


Fritillaria persica

Looking lovely on a calm, April evening.

It did rain cats and dogs at times today though, with thunderstorms style cells bursting through the sun breaks.

Mark

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The second affinis


Fritillaria affinis
This is the Rogue River seed collection from around 2004.
I know it's not fully opened yet, but I was walking around late the the other evening and remembered I had planted some out by the road. Since life is so freaking busy these days I thought I would catalog it here in case I don't get back around to it.

Rain and rain and rain the last few days. But temps in the 50's for the most part.

Cheers,
Mark

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Fritillaria latakiensis


Fritillaria latakiensis

A Mediterranean species, strong stems stand up well to rough spring weather in the open garden.

The raised beds are coming on strong now as the weather has warmed a bit.


Fun to walk around the garden in the evenings and see something new almost every day.

Passing showers and sun breaks, I put frost blankets over some of the greenhouse stuff last night, because it really felt like a frost was coming, but only got to 38.

Cheers,
Mark