Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Out in the Greenhouse on a Frosty Morning

We've had a couple of cold nights, with temps down in the high 20s (F).  In the greenhouse, things are doing well. Mornings, when I return from the train station after dropping Nigel off, I go out there and sometimes just breathe. It smells like green, growing things, and the plants in there are responding to longer periods of daylight.


Echium 'Star of Madeira' is flowering

The whole plant overall is thriving

Variegated Opuntia, a recent purchase st the Portland Yard, Garden and Patio Show

When the ladies at the checkout were packing it into a carry-bag, they knocked off one of the pads. So it's sitting in a dish, getting hardened off so I can try rooting it. Then I'll have two!

The Brugs are producing flowers

This one produced a seedpod in the autumn, which has been hanging on and ripening all winter. I don't know if I should try sowing the seeds or not. Brugs are much easier to propagate via cuttings.

Echevaria flowers

I love the pink and orange!

I've been looking for a Pachypodium for a while with no success, so when I saw this one at the Rare Plant Research table at the YGP show, it basically hopped off the table into my hot little hand.

The leaves and spikes are such a strange combo of cute and lethal


These two bright red Bromeliads in burlap bags came from Garden Fever in Portland.

And this enormous Bromeliad, Aechmea blanchetiana, came from Rare Plant Research. I had to shift some plants around to fit it under the wire table, but eventually I managed to shoehorn it in.

16 comments:

  1. Sounds like this was a fun show with a lot more cool plants than the NWF&G. I see you bought Bromeliads too :) I will look forward to how you fare with the Aechmea blanchetiana. They are so awesome but I managed to kill mine. Could never get mine to root :( Might have been the supplier, just don't know. Hope you do well!

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  2. Beautiful echium bloom and great YGP (and nursery) purchases!

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  3. If you plant the seeds from your Brug, will you get a hybrid different from the plants you have? Worth a try.

    Your new (and old) plants are fantastic. Such fun to see.

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  4. Nice closeups! And that Echium up close looks like Puya blooms too!

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  5. Your greenhouse is a place of magic, Alison. My Echium doesn't look nearly as good and there are certainly no signs it's getting ready to flower. And I won't even discuss my Brugmansia.

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  6. I haven't been to San Francisco for a while to see the giant Echiums, your flowers are so pretty! So much fun you are having with your greenhouse, it's fun to see all your plants doing well. It looks like the weather is warming up a lot here, I was concerned it would get really cold and ruin all the early flowers, and I need the pollinators to be out for my plum that is blooming foolishly.

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  7. Cool stuff in that greenhouse of yours, Alison. I'm glad you are having fun out there.

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  8. I love your new purchases. Thanks for sharing your greenhouse update. It's a vicarious thrill!

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  9. Man, I'm really jealous of your greenhouse right now. I'm afraid my uninsulated garage didn't quite do the trick.

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  10. Nice Portland haul, Alison! And when I see your Echium flower and its fab foliage, I think with sadness of the gray dead stick that mine has become. I should have moved it inside...

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  11. Fun stuff happening out there, Alison! I put my Echium 'Star of Madeira' in the ground and our earlier freezes did it in. Seeing how well yours is doing in your greenhouse makes me want to try again and bring it in this time. I'm jealous that your brugs are starting to bloom again as mine stopped after Christmas and, while the foliage looks happy, there's no sign of new blooms yet. So glad you got an Aechmea blanchetiana! It will bring you great pleasure! The more sun it gets, the more orange it will become.

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  12. Hi Alison, You have so many unusual plants! Everything looks so healthy. Do they go out into the garden in the summer?

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  13. I'm imagining that first whiff as you step into your greenhouse and getting a contact high.

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  14. Isn't it nice to see things growing again? I've noticed more activity with some of my indoor plants, too. Nice additions! Hehe, I like your description of the Pachypodium.

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  15. Variegated Opuntia? Never heard of such a thing, and I'm in the epicenter of Opuntia...at least the US side of it. A good find, and glad that hopped right into your hands, too.

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  16. So many beautiful unusual plants....I especially love the first image.

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