Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Joan Feely has immersed herself in old photographs, slides, and miscellaneous ephemera from which she will produce a coherent presentation that you will be able to see at the Lahr Native Plant Symposium on March 27. Register quickly (on the USNA website) as tickets are not unlimited. The 8x10 black and white I'm holding shows the initial construction of the limestone wall along the stream in the north woods section. If I understood correctly, the wall dates to the beginning of FV.. .
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Australian Native Plants Nursery in Ventura California. Good nursery; I've a few of their plants in Florida including Xanthorrhoea, the Grass Tre. Wonderful selection, good plants, not inexpensive.
Posted by ChrisU at 5:50 PM
Normally, if at all possible, when seeds are collected to be grown into plants that will be planted here at the Arboretum, a dried specimen is collected at the same time. We then receive the seeds, germinate them, plant the plant in a collection and monitor it. At some point it flowers and fruits. Our goal is to have vouchers, one with flowers, another with fruit for all of our plants. After Amanda's work today, we know where we stand in regard to our collected Chinese Maples.
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Thursday, February 25, 2010
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Camellia sasanqua Agnes O Solomon and Meliosma.....it took many years to grow them but the storm dropped them in an instant
Then it only took Nathan, Amanda, and I 15 minutes to cut each one up, load it, and haul it to the Brickyard. It's sort of sad but it really does make room for new plants. When I was a much younger man, I gave lip service to this truism, but took the passing of individual plants very much to heart. Now that I am older and my gardens are filled, it truly is a good thing to have space for a new plant or two....even three. I find that as the years go by I am less and less disturbed by the passing of, even those plants I have strong feelings for. It isn't that I've become colder or less enthusiastic. I don't think. It's just that the garden does go on and it's okay.
Posted by ChrisU at 5:24 PM
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
The days are getting longer and I'm finding more and more interesting things flowering in the greenhouses
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I was poking around the warm greenhouse, smelled the Murraya, went in for a look, and found these red fruits about 2 cm long. Though the plants flower readily and frequently; the fruit is not so common. Murraya is a tropical member of the Rutaceae, or the Citrus Family. It's a small tree with a big fragrance. I remember when Brad bought these standards because I had been considering buying one from that same store; they were pretty plants for a good price. I decided the house couldn't hold one more large plant, particularly one that needed direct sun. I'm still not sure if I made the right decision.
These plants are very happy living in a glasshouse, but honestly, if you have a large window that gets at least 3-4 hours of sun in the winter (and you can summer it outside), it's not difficult to maintain, flowering sporadically throughout the year, usually most heavily in spring/summer. The chalky white branches contrast nicely with the dark green foliage. I prefer its fragrance to that of a Gardenia and its a lot easier to maintain.
Posted by ChrisU at 3:13 PM
Playing the conversation back in my mind, I realize that Joan told me last week that this seed had germinated. Nonetheless, I managed not to notice it when I was admiring the Cotinus seedlings. This is a beautiful plant and I remember distinctly collecting the seed. I'm violating my own prohibition on using pictures not taken the day of the post because....well....I took the bottom picture on the trip two years ago. You have to take my word for it without scale, but the fruit is 7-8 mm in diameter. You don't have to take my word for the wonderful color and luster. The habit was a little loose, but the leaves are dark and attractive. This Holly casts a light shadow on the Internet and I didn't see it available from any retail source, but it's the sort of plant that probably is sold in small quantities by local nurseries in its native range (the SE US).
Posted by ChrisU at 2:45 PM
The toppled Cedar on the other hand will obviously not regrow. Today we decided that the best and least invasive way to remove it was to have a large crane lift it out in two or three pieces. The bad news is that it was part of a random drift of Cedars running from just below the road down the valley past the pagoda: an attractive feature viewed from the road. The good news is that it cast a lot of shade and all the new light will allow existing planting to develop to their fullest potential.
Posted by ChrisU at 2:27 PM
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sophranthe 'Blazing Treat', Angraecum comorense 'Gwen Copley', and Dendrobium speciosum at the US Botanic Garden Orchid
great show not only for sheer spectacle but for the rare and unusual specimens dotted amongst the sheer mass of flowering orchids. It's overwhelming; I don't even know Sopranthe; the UBC Plant of the Day last week was Darwin's Angraecum, and I was excited to see Dendrobium speciosum because Pat gave away a number of divisions from his personal plant last year and I have one. I can only hope someday to turn it into something like this plant!