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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

It works!

So it looks like the new app is working.

It's been a busy summer, I've tried to do more seed collecting to offer some stuff in this year's catalog.

Keep a close eye on this blog for the next few weeks for updates in the sale.

This Triteleia hyacinthina is on of the seeds being offered. This one is from some open Garry oak savannha, at about 300' in elevation. It's among Camas and tufted hair grass primarily.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Where have you been?

So I had a failure of my blogging app amd while I really liked the program I was using, it has gone kaput with no apparent tech support. So this is a test of the new one.

Bare with me as I figure this out. If it works I'll start posting some information about this year's bulb sale. I'm hoping to begin harvest next week and have the catalog out the second week of August.

Hot with 100 degree weather coming.

Cheers,
Mark

Testing



Can't get my blogger.to work so trying this test.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's day


Here is a mum for you!



Brodiaea californica in bud

Just playing around with a new phone and seeing if the camera is any better. Old phone finally died after 3.5 years of service. The guy at the phone store says it's as old as a T. rex and as common as a buffalo.




Calceloaria and Primula in the greenhouse.

Think the imaging is a bit better, but I need to get an app that let's you play around with the aperture and stuff.

But all that aside, my mom is an amazing person who taught me to be able to see the minutae and to appreciate nature. Most of my plant skills come from her genetic stock. You are the best mom!

82 degrees yesterday.

Cheers,
Mark

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Early May


Fritillaria purdyi

I love this one, although I say that about a lot of flowers. The season has seemed early, we did have a mild winter and an early spring. So much has come akd gone, many of the bulbs are dying back. Although this and the next Californian tend to be later then most in Amy given year.


Fritillaria biflora

Apologies for the picture quality. It was windy, but I've been so damn busy I wanted to get something out about these.



Another shot of Carl Purdy's namesake.



Penstemon barretiae

The Beardtongues are coming on strong. Gotta get the actual camera out sometime and put away this darn phone for blogging.

Rain off and on buy warming to 68 in between cloudbursts.

Cheers,
Mark

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Where the wild things are.


Aquilegia sp.
Kings Canyon area, Sierra Nevada 6000'
Seed collection by Jevra Brown.

Beautiful columbine from southern California. My friend Jevra hikes a different area of the county every year and in 2013 she brought me this collection.



Its very floriferous and I noticed some have a tendency toward reflexing the outer...petals? Or are those tepals? Immediately upon opening. Got a whole flat and spread some around some of the rock garden projects I've been working on in Salem. We will see how it fares. And if anyone knows what species it is please do let me know....seems a bit north for A. flavescens and not hairy enough for A. pubescens?



Iris tenax
Always been one of my favorite wildflowers, this one population is growing a few miles from my childhood home. I have the sometimes unfortunate job of getting to review the proposed development in plans for the city.



The site of this population will be a cineplex come this time next year. Yes, I am planning a rescue mission, no matter how much anybody might hate the idea of digging up a wildflower. The thought of it getting bulldozed and laid under 4 lifts of asphalt is a far worse fate. A tomb if you will for something that died before its time.


Fritillaria affinis
This one is in the backyard, but it made me think how great would a stand of this offset by the lovely wild iris look? They are both peaking into bloom now.

It was 80 degrees on Monday, its 66 amid raining well now.

Cheers,
Mark

Friday, April 10, 2015

Casualties of war


Erythronium sketch
By Mark Akimoff

Probably the biggest thing I miss from simpler days was being able to sit down and sketch out flowers. It gives one such a great opportunity to really study a flower completely.




Lilium bolanderi

I was dabbling with some color a few.years ago, but it just seems there isn't a spare moment left for it these days.

What inspired me to think of this, well, I had to illustrate a revision to a local landscape architects rather bland planting design for a really great garden historical garden here in town.



So I had to go buy a bunch of colored pencils and it really reminded me how much I love sitting at a drawing board.

Someday I'll find the time again.

Been lots of thunder and lightning lately in between rain showers and sun breaks. 55 degrees with a plunging barometer tonight.

Cheers,
Mark