Thursday, February 21, 2013

Cheap Thrills

I have to admit that I cannot resist a $2.99 cactus.  No matter how I try, I get sucked in every time. Add in months of gloomy Portland weather, a bad week and off to Portland Nursery I go. The car is on autopilot at this point.   

I love to cruise the Tillandsias and the little cactus and succulent starts at the Portland Nursery Division Street location.  

So one depressing day I stopped in and had to bring all these cuties home. I just had to! But now that I had all these cuties home - they need new pots!

So off to Freddie's I go to procure something cheap and cheerful to plant them in plus more cactus soil. Only the gods know how long that other bag of cactus soil has been around in the shed.  The gravel for the top, I had left over from various aquariums from the past. 

But then I also had to get additional matching pots for the cactus I already had. Everything's got to match right?  Another trip to Freddie's for a few more pots.

I spent many times more on pots than I did on plants, but they look so nice now.

The Desert Rose in the front green pot, I grew from seed from a plant my mom has in Florida.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Feels like Spring!

Flowers and leaves are busting out all over and boy does that feel good.  

Of the tree peonies that are starting to unfurl leaves, I'm already counting my buds before they've flowered.

Some pictures from President's Day.

Paeonia suffruticosa 'Bai Xue Ta 白雪塔' (White Snow Tower Tree Peony)
Paeonia suffruticosa 'Lu Xiang Qiu 綠香球' (Green Fragrant Ball Tree Peony) - This years buds are clearly visible.
I have a tiny Chief Joseph, but it made it through last summer and through the winter and is looking good.
Daphne bholua - flowing for the first time. Bought at Portland Nursery last year. It has a nice fragrance, but not as nice as some of the other Daphne.

Love these pure white flowers on a dark day.

Yvette enjoying the purple primroses.  The purple ones seem to grow the best for me for some reason?!?

Opuntia compressa (Prickly Pear) - This cactus has the nicest canary yellow flowers in early summer.

Pinus monophylla (Single-leaf Pinyon Pine) - This was a find at Cistus. I'm not sure I needed it but it was so darn cute and in 20 years I can harvest my own pine nuts.  I'll be able to grow my own pesto!

Agave parryi var. parryi (Parry's Agave) with babies. The mamma plant has been in the garden since 2006. This agave has been very reliable for me in Lents and it pups quite often often several feet away from the mamma plant.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Gardening on a Rainy Day.

Finally, we had a nice enough weekend for me to get out in the garden and get a few things cleaned up.

I noticed my first Trillium poking its head out of the bark mulch, along with the hyacinths and snowdrops.

What a difference it makes, on a gloomy day to look out the kitchen window and see the happy nodding heads of the snowdrops blooming under the Laurels.

I keep telling this tree peony to go back to sleep! I still suspect there will still be late snow and a few days of very cold yet and it scares me that this one is leafing out so soon. I think this is Paeonia suffruticosa 'Bai Xue Ta 白雪塔' (White Cloud Pavilion). 

The Lenten Roses are also busting out all over and the Crocus are emerging.

I tend to leave last year's foliage on the Lenten Roses until the flowers are up pretty high.  We haven't had any snow to smash last year's leaves down yet.

I noticed that there were lots of baby Cyclamen hederifolium 'Silver Me Pink' popping up.  I have made a point of breaking open and spreading their seed pods around last fall and it seems to have worked.The foliage is so pretty and the little flowers are so cute.

The Camellias are getting fat buds and the color is showing through the bud tips.
Camellia japonica 'Scented Treasure' - It doesn't seem to smell though!
My friend James got busy after being inspired by terrariums we saw at a local antique store in Sellwood. I showed him some areas in the pavement that had a lot of moss, so he made these. It's super cute and a cheap way to bring a little of the outdoors in. I have a bumper crop of moss too!