Archive for the ‘Gardens’ Category

Acacia Seed Pods

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Acacia Seed Pods

Acacia Seeds Pods

The interior of the pod is beautiful!
Acacia Pod Interior

Acacia Seed and Foliage


Datura Pod

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Datura Pod


Wind Toppled Trees

Sunday, November 8th, 2020

When I walked into the kitchen I noticed both potted pine trees had toppled over.

Fallen Trees

Wind Today

Apparently even though we put a ton of weight in the bottom of the pot, the Norfolk Pine is still top heavy enough to be toppled over by the wind.

Norfolk Pine Fallen

Moved it closer to the corner of the house, hoping to prevent another fall.
Norfolk Pine Righted

This is the tree we brought in for Christmas the past several years.

Fallen Christmas Tree

Moved it closer to the house to protect it from the wind.

Righted Christmas Tree

Unfortunately, the Norfolk Pine isn’t fragrant, but nice greenery.

Norfolk Pine Bits

Thought the container of bits might be fun to knit into a small bowl.

Norfolk Pine Bits


Norfolk Pine Bits and Wool I-Cord Started
Norfolk Icord

Norfolk Pine Bits and Wool I-Cord Completed

Norfolk Icord


Succulent Activity Inside and Outside

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

Albuca namaquensis More New Growth

Albuca namaquensis

Albuca namaquensis

The Succulent in the Courtyard

Succulent

Its Flowers

Succulent Flower

Seeds Developing
Succulent Seeds Developing


Interesting Plants Today

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

Albuca namaquensis

The first sprouts of my new Albuca.

Albuca

Albuca

Senecio articulatus

And the first leaves of my Senecio articulatus

Senecio

Kalanchoe fang Cuttings with New Growth

Kalanchoe_fang

Variegated Agave

Last week I cleaned up the insect infestation on the little agave. I left the plant sitting on the floor just inside the greenhouse. Today I found that someone had taken a bite.

Crazy, since I recently found out that I am allergic to agave. Still have a rash on my arm from contact. How is it possible that an animal could eat it?

Agave Variegated

Brachychiton

2018 March–Brachychiton Pods Found in Home Depot Parking Lot

Brachychiton Pod

2018 April–Planted Brachychiton Seed

2020 October The Largest of the Trees

Brachychiton Tree


Rhipsalis pilocarpa (Hairy Stemmed)

Sunday, October 25th, 2020

Rhipsalis

Rhipsalis

Rhipsalis

Rhipsalis

Rhipsalis

Rhipsalis

Cuttings for Propagation 2020 October 26

Rhipsalis Cuttings

World of Succulents–Rhipsalis pilocarpa

Royal Horticultural Society–Rhipsalis pilocarpa


Insect Infestation of a Variegated Agave

Sunday, October 18th, 2020

This morning I noticed that my little variegated agave had some yellowing sections. I first thought it might be the result of too much sun, not enough water, or maybe both.

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

On closer inspection I found an insect infestation.

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

I used a solution of water, alcohol, and Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap to remove the insects with cotton swabs.

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

The agave was placed in a sheltered space in the greenhouse away from other plants.

How did I miss the start of the insect infestation? I have not been venturing out much because of COVID and the lousy air quality from the California wildfires. Not able to care properly for my gardens.

It is not unexpected to have insects, especially spider mites, in my gardens. We haven’t had rain for months. I did miss seasons and those all day rains that can occur in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest.

Agaves Allergic Reaction
Last week I began striping fiber from a dried agave leaf for possible use in a piece. What I found was the fiber was really too thin and that I am allergic to agave. I still have red welts on my arm. Today I tried to wear gloves when working on the little variegated agave, but it was too difficult to access small spaces. After I finished work, I washed my hands throughly several times. So far, no symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Agave Dermatitis UCLA Health


Thistle

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

Thistle

Thistle

Thistle

Thistle

Thistle

Thistle

Thistle


Butterfly–Gulf Fritillary

Sunday, October 4th, 2020

Butterfly


Oakleaf Hydrangea and Knotweed

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) and Pinkhead Knotweed (Persicaria capitata).

“Hydrangea