Archive for the ‘Plants’ Category

Rescued Cactus

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Rescued Cactus

Rescued Cactus Two Blooms

Rescued Cactus

Rescued Cactus Second Bloom


Trapped and Rescued Cactus Buds and Blooms

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Rescued Cactus

Trapped Cactus

Rescued Cactus Cuttings August 2017

Trapped Cactus

Rescued Cactus Bud About to Bloom

Trapped Cactus

Rescued Cactus Bud About to Bloom Length

Trapped Cactus

Rescued Cactus Bloom Evening Day 1

Trapped Cactus

Rescued Cactus Morning Day 2

Trapped Cactus

Rescued Cactus Bloom and Second Bud

Trapped Cactus

Rescued Cactus Bloom

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus Infestation

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus Infestation Detail


Bunny Boy in the Courtyard Garden

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Bunny Boy

Bunny Boy Dug a Hole Then Collapsed for a Nap in the Sun


In the Garden 20180511

Friday, May 11th, 2018

While removing spent Brug flowers I found this–

Brug Seed Pod

How Did I Miss It?

Brug Seed Pod Length

Tragopogon porrifolius

Tragopogon porrifolius

Bunny Boy

Bunny Boy Taking a Break After Running Around in the Garden


More Tragopogon porrifolius Activity

Monday, May 7th, 2018

The First of the Seed Poofs (nearly dispersed)
First Poof

More Poofs in the Making

Poof

Poof

Poof

Poof

Gorgeous Gauzy Fiber

Poof

Poof


More “Weeds” Added to My Garden

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

I have been attempting to grow Tragopogon porrifolius in my gardens for a couple of years. Last year I snagged seeds from every plant that I saw in a vacant lot. Tossed the seed all over my courtyard garden. Not a single sprout.

Last week we noticed five Tragopogon porrifolius plants in bloom behind our neighbor’s house. We asked if he would like us to remove them. He said sure. We transplanted all of the plants into our courtyard garden.

I love all visible parts of the plant. The height of the plant is approximately 3 ½ feet.

Plant

Flower

Flower

PrePoof

Poof

Poof Detail

Seeds

Plan to collect seed and pop them in several locations in my gardens. Also will be planting some in pots for backup.

One of the common names for Tragopogon porrifolius is oyster plant. Why? Apparently the taproot can be eaten and its flavor is similar to oysters.

Weed Root

The Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley

University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources, Statewide Integrates Pest Management Program


Succulent Seedlings

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

Decided to clean out my box of seed collected from a variety of sources. Found an envelope labeled succulent seed, grass-like, with a harvested date in 2016.

Half filled one inch paper pots with cactus mix. Planted 5 seed in each pot–one each corner and one in the center (March 21, 2018).

Succulent

April 23, 2018 I found sprouts emerging from what appears to be small bulbs. The seedlings are so small and fine, I missed the transformation from seed to seedling.
Succulent

Pretty sure the seeds were harvested from this plant.

Succulent
Succulent
Succulent

Recently the plant had numerous small white flowers, followed by seed pods. I had been tossing the seed into a cactus mix filled terra cotta pot.

Succulent
Succulent
Succulent

Succulent

Succulent

Yesterday (April 27, 2018) I placed five succulent seed on a dampened bamboo towel.

Bamboo Fabric
Succulent Seeds
Then placed the lot inside a plastic bag.
Succulent Seeds

The plan is to keep the bamboo towel slightly damp and to wait (hope) for the transformation.


Fungus Not Seedlings

Friday, April 27th, 2018

Did not find Dietes and Calochortus sprouts, found this–

Fungus

Fungus

Fungus


Blooming Succulent

Friday, April 27th, 2018

Blooming Succulent

Blooming Succulent Detail


Trapped Cactus Update

Friday, April 27th, 2018

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus 04272018

Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus Bud Detail 04272018