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Colchicum 'Glory of Heemstede' One of the old hybrids apparently originating form the Dutch suburb of Heemstede, one of the majo...
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Monday, December 18, 2017
|Eucharis amazonica is blooming so that means Christmas is right around the corner.|
It''s been a relatively quite December, right now this is the only bulb in my collection blooming and it's of course indoors as a houseplant. Normally a hoop petticoat Narcissus or two shows up around now, and while I do have Narcissus obsoletus budded up, only time will tell if it makes to be the outdoor bloomer for the month of December.
Well, the Eucharis is doing it's think and filling the house with it's floral bouquet, mixed with the sent of Christmas tree and cinnamon candles. I love this time of year, Christmas is truly the holiday where you get to be a kid again, the anticipation of Christmas morning, or the age old traditions, like oozing, melted raclette cheese on baby potatoes at Christmas eve dinner. Family and fun, and the promise of a fresh start as the new year approaches.
Wishing you all a festive and happy holiday season, the merriest of Christmas celebrations and if I don't get to it before the new year, a bright and fantastic start to 2018.
Monday, December 4, 2017
“All that is gold does not glitter,Not all those who wander are lost;The old that is strong does not wither,Deep roots are not reached by the frost." J.R.R. Tolkien
Friday, November 10, 2017
"When the world wearies and society ceases to satisfy, there is always the garden."
I took a little walk around the garden this evening before daylight faded, it's become apparent that we have come to the end of another growing season, although the frost ended the tomatoes and peppers progress, the cabbage and kale are hanging on strong. The winter garden is just beginning and some of the bulbs are just starting the growing season. But for most this is the end of it and I've seen so many gardens around town that are tidied up with lush cover crops or straw covering the raised beds like toasty winter blankets. I'm never that ahead of the game and since half the garden was planted with winter food in mind, I guess I don't mind it looking like it's still a working place.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
It was pretty dark when I left the house this morning but based on the amount of frost I scrapped off the windshield, I'd say we go the first real killing frost of the season. I saw it coming and moved a flat of Ferraria and Morea seedlings and baby bulbs into the house. Gonna have to find something a bit more permanent for them. I still have plans for a frost free greenhouse, just waiting for that ship to come in.
So the picture is a little Thank you that got out at a local park. I donated some bulbs and the good folks at Wild Ginger gave some great irises for a small project garden near a kids play structure. Fun to watch it grow.
Chilly, frozen end to the growing season. But partly cloudy today and dry as of now.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
|Colchicum 'White Waterlily"|
Thursday, October 26, 2017
I swear it's not click bait and there is a story to it;
So I harvested some honey from the bee hives a few weeks ago and in the process I moved some frames around to a dead hive, that put a whole bunch of bees in an unknown location so they took a few days to reorient to the home hive, in the process a whole bunch of them ended up in the greenhouse, that evening it got pretty cold so they got stuck there. In the morning when it warmed up there was probably 800 bees in the greenhouse and a few of them found there way to the Crocus cartwrightianus 'Marcel' Click on the video to see what it looks like:
Crocus with bees:
It's 70 outside right now! Crazy for almost November.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.”
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. "Thomas A. Edison
So much of growing plants and especially plants well outside of the native range or habitat, is learning what doesn't work. There is the classic mantra "I killed that plant a dozen times or more before I really figured out how to grow it". Maybe that's one of the things that keeps people motivated to be a better gardener, most success comes from learning from mistakes, correcting them and moving on.
|Crocus thomasii fading colors in the late autumn light.|
|Rhus typhina 'Tiger Eyes'|
Monday, October 16, 2017
"Sometimes I wonder if the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it"
|Crocus kotschyanus 'Reliant'|
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
|Crocus cartwrightianus 'Marcel'|
|More seasonal color|
Lows in the 40's, and partly cloudy with rain in the forecast.
Monday, October 2, 2017
"The secret of life is to let every segment of it produce its own yield at its own pace. Every period has something new to teach us. The harvest of youth is achievement; the harvest of middle-age is perspective; the harvest of age is wisdom; the harvest of life is serenity."
Joan D. Chittister
Friday, September 29, 2017
"The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach."
This one is said to grow on open, stony hillsides from Southern Greece to Turkey. It's one of the smaller species and I could see it as a rock dweller far more than a meadow or woodland species for sure due to its habit.
Monday, September 25, 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017
An Italian species...if you look closely, in this less than spectacular photo, you can see the charicteristic purple anther crooks.
Can't seem to find much on the internet about the habitat, which is disappointing as I've always liked biotype plantings and true to ecotype companion plantings when possible.
The rain is moving Eastward and warmer weather is in the forecast. Supposed to be back in the 80's by mid week.
Monday, September 18, 2017
|Pacific tree frog (Pseudacris regilla)|
Friday, September 15, 2017
|Colchicum 'Glory of Heemstede'|
I should try to be more educational with this blog so here ya go:
|Note the subterranean ovaries? We will explore this adaptation in an upcoming blog entry|
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
― Dante Alighieri
Only described as recently as 1998, comes this Turkish species from the Amanus Mountains.
I really like the lighter color with the heavy tesselations and the tendency for the flowers to stay closer to ground level. The Autumn crocus are coming on hot and heavy now. I'm gonna make every effort to document them all.
The ash is falling thick from the smoke filled sky as I write this, one can almost picture Dante, ascending the 6th circle, oh wait no, that's actually the willamette Valley. So many forest fires and the "valley of sickness" is a haze filled crucible that smells of burning pitch. We need rain soon.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Thursday, August 24, 2017
So tomorrow the shipping season ends and I can get back to taking pics of the fall blooming species as the come on.
Hot, sunny and dry weekend ahead! Temps in the 90's although a sprinkle was felt today on the way into work.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
|A Total Solar Eclipse from Prospect Hill in South Salem.|
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
|Fritillaria acmopetala 'Dark Form'|
|F. Pudica “Richard Britten”|