SPECIALTY BULB LIST 2017 -Shipping has ended for the season, this list is up for reference only- Greetings, This ...
So I had the great fortune of starting my career for a little known but wonderful botanical garden nestled in the hills of South West Portla...
Mimulus rupicola So its a blessing and a curse that I am driven to make a scientific experiment out of everything I possibly can in this ...
"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." ...
Cypella herbertii William Herbert was a British botanist, illustrator and Poet, He is probably best known for some of his early treatments...
So Prometheus was a good guy and helped out the humans, I think the biggest thing he did was give us fire, which of course changed the cour...
"He was a very inferior farmer when he first began, but a prolonged and unflinching assault upon his agricultural difficulties has had...
Fritillaria davisii Thanks for helping me celebrate 5 years of Illahe Rare Bulbs. Mark Akimoff
Grape Hyacinths that is Muscari leucostomum Muscari psuedo-muscari Muscari inconstrictum A while back I had to give a lecture o...
Iris graberiana 'yellow falls' Iris hoogiana 'white falls' The light was really good in the greenhouse after work tod...
Monday, June 4, 2018
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
I have been lucky in my life to have met a few of the amazing seed collectors like Ratko and Halda, who enriched our gardens. But I have also been lucky to have met some amazing seed producers as well. Today we toured Heritage Seedlings amazing native seed production facility in the rich soil at the headwaters of the Little Pudding River outside of Mcleay.
|Lynda Boyer is an amazing seed grower, producing some very high quality native seed for restoration projects around the valley. The tour of her production fields was knowledge filled to say the least.|
|You have to look closely but this is an actual seed production block of Calochortus tolmei. Pretty cool to see little rows of plants all lined up producing copious seed pods|
|Kinda made me think of the possibilities of row cropping a few of the illahe Rare bulb selections for mass production!|
Monday, May 14, 2018
"The disadvantages involved in pulling lots of black sticky slime from out of the ground where it had been safely hidden out of harm’s way, turning it into tar to cover the land with, smoke to fill the air with and pouring the rest into the sea, all seemed to outweigh the advantages of being able to get more quickly from one place to another."
Just a thought, if work to you is just a paycheck, go do something else. Leave the seat in an environmental stewardship role to the ones who have a passion for it. Otherwise, you are just another Scott Pruitt, setting us all back decades and sucking the life from the planet.
|Fritillaria biflora 'Grayana', or is it now Fritillaria biflora var. ineziana? They seem to be always renaming the name.|
|The Rock Garden at Illahe Nursery and Gardens on a late spring evening.|
Absolutely stellar weekend weather, it hit 80 degrees, but still cooling off wonderfully at night. Looks like a good weather week ahead.
Friday, May 11, 2018
Monday, April 23, 2018
So this was in the hills above Calistoga where the fires burned this past fall.
|Ziagadenus in the Sonoma Hills|
|Mexican butterworts at California Carnivores, this epic nursery is just a few miles down the road from My grandma's house, I"m gonna miss those plant filled visits.|
|California Carnivores is a plant collectors type of place.|
|I need one of these for teaching about water quality and the carnivorous plant connection, almost every kid anywhere has heard of or seen a venus fly trap so it's the ideal intro plant to teach botany and evolutionary adapatation.|
|Made it home to see the cherrys and mustard in full bloom, a hive of bees buzzing happily away and a pretty solid week of good weather. Life is good when it's like this.|
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
|Fritillaria acmopetala 'Dark Form'|
from a year ago. There is a story about this one, but for now it's a place holder
Just a collage of some stuff blooming this past weekend.
The Trillium kurabayashii saga continues as a friend took pics of this up near Detroit lake....way out of its known range. Looks like a species undergoing a rapid range expansion. ...hmmm one for the scientists to debug? My theory is that it's a spontaneous mutation of T.albidum.