I read a little poetry every morning; it's an easy thing online. This is a wonderful short poem by Katrina Vandenberg posted on Poetry Daily.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Our Tetrapanax flowered in the collection last year, too late in the season to set viable seeds. If I see seeds develop on this plant I'm killing it and every other one I can find. This is one scary plant. One very cool scary plant.
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Dragon Agro Products. It's not developed the trunk diameter this plant has, but it did start out much smaller. It's almost as tall. None of the three have pupped so far and obviously none have survived a winter in the garden yet. We'll have to see how it goes.
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Thursday, September 27, 2012
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Lindera obtusiloba, and that's where she returned it to after we took these pictures.
Who invents these things?! Oh yeah, evolution. Clearly mimicking a snake is a cool ploy to discourage birds from eating them. If you look at the "eyes" in the top picture, note the comma shaped white areas. Those are apparently there to suggest the reflection of light in a moist (sorry GrayC) eye. Is that crazy or what?
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The plumerias in the bottom pot were rooted cutting this spring. There are three and none of them flowered this year. I chose the two smaller ones for their multicolored flowers, the larger for an intense fragrance. The orange and yellow flowering plant growing beneath them is Chrysothemis pulchella 'Black Flamingo', a sub-tropical gesneriad with a wet/dry dormancy cycle. Since the plumerias can go through the winter with a minimum of water, the whole pot can live in the bright, unheated part of the basement. The top of the chrysothemis will disappear but will come back from dormant tubers next year. The plumerias can theoretically go totally dormant but I have more luck stringing them along. I water the pot every four weeks or so and a few unexpanded leaves hang in all winter. Next Spring I'll just add water and warmth and presto, rebirth. That's what spring's about, right?
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